Author: Castaneda Cortes, H.M.
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TUP059 Alternative Electron Beam Slicing Methods for CLARA and X-ray FELs 1
  • D.J. Dunning, H.M. Castaneda Cortes, S.P. Jamison, T.A. Mansfield, N. Thompson, D.A. Walsh
    STFC/DL/ASTeC, Daresbury, Warrington, Cheshire, United Kingdom
  • D. Bultrini, S.P. Jamison, N. Thompson
    Cockcroft Institute, Warrington, Cheshire, United Kingdom
  • D. Bultrini
    University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
  Methods to generate ultra-short radiation pulses from X-ray FELs commonly slice a relatively long electron bunch to feature one (or more) short regions of higher beam quality which then lase preferentially. The slotted foil approach spoils the emittance of all but a short region, while laser-based alternatives modulate the electron beam energy, improving potential synchronisation to external sources. The CLARA FEL test facility under development in the UK will operate at 100-400 nm, aiming to demonstrate FEL schemes applicable at X-ray wavelengths. We present new laser-based slicing schemes which may better suit the wavelength range of CLARA and provide options for X-ray facilities.  
WEP062 Optical Beam Quality Analysis of the Clara Test Facility Using Second Moment Analysis 1
  • H.M. Castaneda Cortes, D.J. Dunning, M.D. Roper, N. Thompson
    STFC/DL/ASTeC, Daresbury, Warrington, Cheshire, United Kingdom
  We studied and characterised the FEL optical radiation in simulations of the CLARA FEL test facility under development at Daresbury Laboratory in the UK. In particular, we determined the optical beam quality coefficient, waist position and other source properties corresponding to different potential FEL operating modes via wavefront propagation in free space using OPC (Optical Propagation Code) and Second Moment Analysis. We were able to find the operation mode and undulator design for which the optical beam has the optimum quality at highest brightness. Furthermore, we studied the way that different properties of the electron bunches (emittance, peak current, bunch length) affect the optical beam. We are now able to understand how the optical beam will propagate from the end of the undulator and through the photon transport system to the experimental stations. This knowledge is necessary for the correct design of the photon transport and diagnostic systems.  
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