Efficiency enhancement in a single-pass Raman free electron laser

Rouhani, M. H.; Maraghechi, B.
September 2009
Physics of Plasmas;Sep2009, Vol. 16 Issue 9, p093110
Academic Journal
Efficiency enhancement in free electron laser (FEL) with ion channel and axial magnetic field is compared. By using Maxwell’s equations and nonwiggler averaged equation of motion of electron beam, a set of coupled nonlinear differential equations is derived in the slowly varying amplitude and wave number approximation. Because of using nonwiggler averaged equation of motion, it is possible to treat the injection of the beam into the wiggler. The electron beam propagates with a relativistic velocity, ions are assumed immobile and slippage is ignored. The final set of nonlinear first-order differential equations describing the nonlinear evolution of the FEL is solved by the Runge–Kutta method. Efficiency enhancement in group I orbits is almost the same for both ion channel and axial magnetic field cases, with somewhat larger growth rate for the latter. In group II orbits, efficiency enhancement is not possible for the ion-channel guiding; however, the intrinsic efficiency can be larger than that of the axial magnetic field case.


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