We report on the design study of a free-electron-laser experiment designed to produce coherent radiation at the wavelength of 1.5 angstrom and longer. The proposed experiment utilizes 1/3 of the SLAC linac to accelerate electrons to 15 GeV. The high brightness electron beam interacts with the magnetic field of a long undulator and generates coherent radiation by self-amplified spontaneous emission (SASE). The projected output peak power is about 10 GW. The project presents several challenges in the realization of a high brightness electron beam, in the construction and tolerances of the undulator and in the transport of the x-ray radiation. The technical solutions adopted for the design are discussed. Numerical simulations are used to show the performance as a function of system parameters.
"Performance and design concepts of a free-electron laser operating in the x-ray region", Proc. SPIE 2988, Free-Electron Laser Challenges, (15 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.274368; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.274368