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Proposed ultraviolet free-electron laser at Brookhaven National Laboratory: a source for time-resolved biochemical spectroscopy
Author(s): Erik D. Johnson; William R. Laws; John Clark Sutherland
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Paper Abstract

Brookhaven National Laboratory is designing an ultraviolet free-electron laser (UV-FEL) user facility that will provide picosecond and subpicosecond pulses of coherent ultraviolet radiation for wavelengths from 300 to 75 nm. Pulse width will be variable from about 7 ps to approximately equals 200 fs, with repetition rates as high as 104 Hz, single pulse energies > 1 mJ and, hence, peak pulse power > 200 MW and average beam power > 10 W. The facility will be capable of `pump-probe' experiments utilizing the FEL radiation with: (1) synchronized auxiliary lasers, (2) a second, independently tunable FEL beam or, (3) broad- spectrum, high-repetition rate recirculating superconducting linear accelerator which feeds pulses of electrons to two magnetic wigglers. Within these two devices, photons from tunable `conventional' lasers would be frequency multiplied and amplified. By synchronously tuning the seed laser and modulating the energy of the electron beam, tuning of as much as 60% in wavelength is possible between alternating pulses supplied to different experimental stations, with Fourier transform limited resolution. Thus, up to four independent experiments may operate at one time, each with independent control of the wavelength and pulse duration. The UV-FEL will make possible new avenues of inquiry in time-resolved studies of diverse fields including chemical, surface, and solid state physics, biology, and materials science. The experimental area is scheduled to include a station dedicated to biological research. The complement of experimental and support facilities required by the biology station will be determined by the interests of the user community.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1992
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1640, Time-Resolved Laser Spectroscopy in Biochemistry III, (1 April 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.58234
Show Author Affiliations
Erik D. Johnson, Brookhaven National Lab. (United States)
William R. Laws, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (United States)
John Clark Sutherland, Brookhaven National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1640:
Time-Resolved Laser Spectroscopy in Biochemistry III
Joseph R. Lakowicz, Editor(s)

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