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FIR optical cavity oscillation is observed with the AT&T Bell Laboratories free-electron laser
Author(s): Earl D. Shaw; Robert J. Chichester; A. La Porta
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Paper Abstract

Laser emission is observed at a wavelength near 225 microns from a microtron-based free electron laser. The microtron accelerator produces macropulses with charge of 1 (mu) C at energies of 19 - 20 MeV and a 30 Hz repetition rate. The 16 microsecond(s) ec macropulse consists of 3 GHz micropulses approximately 6 mm long. The electron beam is steered and focused into a 10 m, 20 cm period, 750 helical undulator whose axis is collinear with that of a 15 m optical cavity formed by two 10 m radius of curvature copper mirrors. The far-infrared radiation is coupled through a 6 mm diameter hole located 5 mm off axis in one mirror and steered 10 m from the free electron laser and detected with a stressed Ge:Ga detector. A positive round trip laser gain is inferred from the temporal profile of the signal. The FIR temporal profile varies periodically with tuning of the rf micropulse frequency with a period of 25 kHz. This evidence of micropulse radiation interference and evidence of threshold behavior indicate optical cavity oscillation in the FIR. The intra-cavity power is estimated to be about 100 Watts. Characterization of the AT&T Bell Laboratories free electron laser is in progress and present status is reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1991
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1552, Short-Wavelength Radiation Sources, (1 December 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.50588
Show Author Affiliations
Earl D. Shaw, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)
Robert J. Chichester, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)
A. La Porta, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1552:
Short-Wavelength Radiation Sources
Phillip Sprangle, Editor(s)

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