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Accurate and efficient free electron laser performance model including nonideal effects
Author(s): Lester E. Thode; Mark J. Schmitt; C. James Elliott
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Paper Abstract

There are a number of codes that can calculate the performance of a free-electron laser (FEL) in 3D with nonideal electron beams, wigglers, and optics. Unfortunately, these codes can be very computationally intensive. So, given the large number of parameters associated with an FEL, it is often impractical to utilize such a large-scale code to develop a preliminary design. To overcome this problem we developed a reduced FEL model that is sufficiently accurate to provide a realistic performance estimate, while, at the same time, the algorithm is sufficiently efficient to investigate a large number of parameter variations. The low-level algorithms design the wiggler, determine the effective energy distribution of the electron beam inside the wiggler, determine the small-signal gain, determine the saturation gain and efficiency, and design the optics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3154, Coherent Electron-Beam X-Ray Sources: Techniques and Applications, (1 November 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.279383
Show Author Affiliations
Lester E. Thode, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Mark J. Schmitt, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
C. James Elliott, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3154:
Coherent Electron-Beam X-Ray Sources: Techniques and Applications
Andreas K. Freund; Henry P. Freund; Malcolm R. Howells, Editor(s)

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