Development of a Waveguide FEL Seeded in the 1–3 THz Range for Microbunching Experiment at the Neptune Laboratory

Sung, C.; Tochitsky, S. Ya.; Reiche, S.; Gottschalk, S. C.; Kimura, W. D.; Rosenzweig, J. B.; Pellegrini, C.; Joshi, C.
November 2006
AIP Conference Proceedings;2006, Vol. 877 Issue 1, p895
Conference Proceeding
IFEL and FEL techniques can be used to modulate an electron beam on the scale of the radiation wavelength. However, the lack of a high power radiation source in the 100–300 μm range hinders the progress on THz IFEL microbunching. In this paper, we discuss microbunching of an electron beam using a single-pass FEL seeded with a low power THz pulse generated by frequency mixing of CO2 laser lines in a GaAs nonlinear crystal. A narrowband THz seed source is pumped by a dual beam TEA CO2 laser and can be tuned in the 1–3 THz range. The THz radiation is guided through a hollow waveguide inside the planar FEL undulator driven by a photoinjector. By using a time-dependent FEL code GENESIS 1.3, we optimized the undulator parameters and analyzed the dynamics of the modulated electron beam. By using a ∼ 8 MeV electron beam with a peak current of 40 A and a ∼1kW THz seed with wavelength 200 μm, the energy modulation up to 1.3% can be achieved in a ∼1.8-m long undulator with a constant period of 2.7 cm. At present, the THz seed source is built and fully characterized. The results of transmission measurements for THz waveguides are also discussed. © 2006 American Institute of Physics


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