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Experiments in sideband suppression on the Los Alamos National Laboratory free-electron laser
Author(s): Cheryl J. White; M. R. Coyle; Alan H. Paxton; Patrick G. O'Shea; Steven C. Bender; Donald A. Byrd; Donald W. Feldman; John C. Goldstein; Eric J. Pitcher; Thomas J. Zaugg
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Paper Abstract

Two versions of the 'Phase-Step Mirror' (PSM), a novel optical component that prevents the formation of sidebands in a Free-Electron Laser (FEL) were tested on the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) APEX FEL. Sideband suppression and frequency control with high extraction efficiency and single line, transform limited operation were demonstrated. The results of our LANL experiments and computer simulations showed that for very high gain applications, the first-order sideband is completely suppressed, but the laser gain is so strong that on about pass 300 the sideband at the second-order or next free spectral range of the PSM appears. This second-order sideband may be suppressed by designing a PSM with grooves having two alternating depths, one chosen to suppress the first-order sideband, and the other, the second-order sideband.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 August 1993
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 1868, Laser Resonators and Coherent Optics: Modeling, Technology, and Applications, (13 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.150635
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Cheryl J. White, Mission Research Corp. (United States)
M. R. Coyle, Mission Research Corp. (United States)
Alan H. Paxton, Mission Research Corp. (United States)
Patrick G. O'Shea, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Steven C. Bender, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Donald A. Byrd, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Donald W. Feldman, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
John C. Goldstein, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Eric J. Pitcher, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Thomas J. Zaugg, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1868:
Laser Resonators and Coherent Optics: Modeling, Technology, and Applications
Anup Bhowmik, Editor(s)

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