Review of coherent SASE schemes

Lawrence Campbell, David Dunning, James Robert Henderson, Brian McNeil, Neil Thompson

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A review of some methods that have recently been proposed to improve the temporal coherence of SASE output is presented. These methods do not require any external laser seed field, or the use of the so-called self-seeding methods, where the SASE radiation is optically filtered and improved at an early stage of the interaction before re-injection and amplification to saturation. By using methods that introduce an additional relative propagation between the electron beam and the radiation field, the localised collective interaction, which leads to the formation of the ‘spiking’ associated with normal SASE output, is removed. The result is output pulses which are close to the fourier transform limit without the need for any external seeds or intermediate optics.

We acknowledge STFC MoA 4132361; ARCHIE-WeSt HPC, EPSRC grant EP/K000586/1; John von Neumann Institute for Computing (NIC) on JUROPA at Julich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), under project HHH20.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014
Event36th International Free Electron Laser Conference - Basel, Switzerland
Duration: 25 Aug 201429 Aug 2014


Conference36th International Free Electron Laser Conference
Abbreviated titleFEL 2014


  • free-electron laser
  • SASE schemes
  • FEL
  • self-amplified stimulated emission


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