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Chirped pulse amplification in x-ray free-electron lasers
Author(s): Hugo Dacasa; Benoît Mahieu; Marta Fajardo; Thuy T. T. Le; Lu Li; Eduardo Oliva; Philippe Zeitoun
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Paper Abstract

X-ray free-electron lasers (FELs) are powerful tools for probing matter properties down to sub-nanometer scales with femtosecond time resolution, allowing a growing number of physical, chemical, biological and medical investigations to be carried out. FELs operating in seeding mode intrinsically present enhanced temporal coherence properties with respect to those relying on the self-amplified spontaneous emission (SASE) process. They are however limited, for the moment, to extreme ultraviolet (XUV) wavelengths, or in some cases to soft X-rays, and durations of tens of femtoseconds. We studied how these limits can be overcome by means of X-ray chirped pulse amplification, inspired by infrared lasers.

As a matter of fact, the use of a seed enables a fine control of the chirp and a spectro-temporal shaping of the FEL emission. Moreover, ultrashort wavelengths can be envisaged through schemes of high-gain harmonic generation and echo-enabled harmonic generation. We will present FEL simulations coupled with the study of a compressor in conical diffraction geometry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9589, X-Ray Lasers and Coherent X-Ray Sources: Development and Applications XI, 95890G (22 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2190185
Show Author Affiliations
Hugo Dacasa, Lab. d'Optique Appliquée, CNRS, Ecole Polytechinque (France)
Benoît Mahieu, Lab. d'Optique Appliquée, CNRS, Ecole Polytechinque (France)
Marta Fajardo, Instituto Superior Técnico (Portugal)
Thuy T. T. Le, Lab. d'Optique Appliquée, CNRS, Ecole Polytechinque (France)
Lu Li, Queen's Univ. Belfast (Ireland)
Eduardo Oliva, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Philippe Zeitoun, Lab. d'Optique Appliquée, CNRS, Ecole Polytechinque (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9589:
X-Ray Lasers and Coherent X-Ray Sources: Development and Applications XI
Annie Klisnick; Carmen S. Menoni, Editor(s)

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