20 May 2011 Echo-enabled harmonic generation for seeded FELs
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In the x-ray wavelengths, the two leading FEL concepts are the self-amplied spontaneous emission (SASE) conguration and the high-gain harmonic generation (HGHG) scheme. While the radiation from a SASE FEL is coherent transversely, it typically has rather limited temporal coherence. Alternatively, the HGHG scheme allows generation of fully coherent radiation by up-converting the frequency of a high-power seed laser. However, due to the relatively low up-frequency conversion eciency, multiple stages of HGHG FEL are needed in order to generate x-rays from a UV laser. The up-frequency conversion eciency can be greatly improved with the recently proposed echo-enabled harmonic generation (EEHG) technique. In this work we will present the concept of EEHG, and address some practically important issues that aect the performance of the seeding. We show how the EEHG can be incorporated in the FEL scheme and what is the expected performance of the EEHG seeded FEL. We will then brie y describe the rst proof-of-principle EEHG experiment carried out at the Next Linear Collider Test Accelerator (NLCTA) at SLAC. We will also discuss latest advances in the echo-scheme approach, and refer to subsequent modications of the original concept.
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G. Stupakov, G. Stupakov, } "Echo-enabled harmonic generation for seeded FELs", Proc. SPIE 8078, Advances in X-ray Free-Electron Lasers: Radiation Schemes, X-ray Optics, and Instrumentation, 80780Q (20 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.886526; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.886526
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