The conceptual design of CLARA, a novel fel test facility for ultra-short pulse generation

J. A. Clarke, D. Angal-Kalinin, N. Bliss, R. Buckley, S. Buckley, R. Cash, P. Corlett, L. Cowie, G. Cox, G. P. Diakun, D. J. Dunning, B. D. Fell, A. Gallagher, P. Goudket, A. R. Goulden, D. M P Holland, S. P. Jamison, J. K. Jones, A. S. Kalinin, B. P M LigginsL. Ma, K. B. Marinov, B. Martlew, P. A. McIntosh, J. W. McKenzie, K. J. Middleman, B. L. Militsyn, A. J. Moss, B. D. Muratori, M. D. Roper, R. Santer, Y. Saveliev, E. Snedden, R. J. Smith, S. L. Smith, M. Surman, T. Thakker, N. R. Thompson, R. Valizadeh, A. E. Wheelhouse, P. H. Williams, R. Bartolini, I. Martin, R. Barlow, A. Kolano, G. Burt, S. Chattopadhyay, D. Newton, A. Wolski, R. B. Appleby, H. L. Owen, M. Serluca, G. Xia, S. Boogert, A. Lyapin, L. Campbell, B. W J McNeil, V. V. Paramonov

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CLARA will be a novel FEL test facility focussed on the generation of ultra-short photon pulses with extreme levels of stability and synchronisation. The principal aim is to experimentally demonstrate that sub-cooperation length pulse generation with FELs is viable, and to compare the various schemes being championed. The results will translate directly to existing and future X-ray FELs, enabling them to generate attosecond pulses, thereby extending their science capabilities. This paper gives an overview of the motivation for CLARA, describes the facility design (reported in detail in the recently published Conceptual Design Report [1]) and proposed operating modes and summarises the proposed areas of FEL research. 

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFEL 2013
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 35th International Free-Electron Laser Conference
EditorsCaitlin Scholl, Volker RW Schaa
Place of PublicationBew York
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2013
Event35th International Free-Electron Laser Conference, FEL 2013 - New York, NY, United States
Duration: 26 Aug 201330 Aug 2013


Conference35th International Free-Electron Laser Conference, FEL 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York, NY


  • free electron laser
  • accelerator physics
  • accelerator research
  • light sources
  • test facility
  • pulse generation
  • attosecond pulses
  • ultra-short photon pulses


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