Steve Turley's Atomic Physics Research
I am working on atomic physics research projects dealing with
producing an x-ray laser. In collaboration with Dr. Larry Knight and
various students and post-docs we are building a table-top x-ray
amplifier based on a capillary discharge. My particular interest
centers on studying the collision dynamics and spectroscopy of the
plasma in the capillary. As a result of these studies I hope to be
able to better optimize the gain of the medium and design improved
future systems. We are looking for students to help design and build
detection systems, test the x-ray amplifier, acquire spectroscopic
data, and model the plasma excitations.
I expect that these capillary sources will find applications in plasma
diagnostics, high-resolution microscopy, and improved photolithography
for integrated circuits.