|APEX: A Photo-injector for High Average Power Light Sources and Beyond
Funding: Work supported by the Director of the Office of Science of the US Department of Energy under Contract no. DEAC02-05CH11231
Direct observation of structural dynamics in complex systems calls for a new generation of ultrafast instruments with enhanced average brightness and increased stability. The APEX electron source at LBNL was conceived and built for answering that demand. It combines ultra-short bunches and high accelerating fields of rf guns, with high-repetition-rate, stability and reliability typical of CW sources. The successful demonstration of the source key performances, such as accelerating field, emittance and beam current, would enable high repetition rate operations for applications such as X-Ray FELs, and ultrafast electron diffraction. We present the latest results, including cathode tests, photo-beam and dark current characterization, laser and beam jitter results, and future plans.
|Slides TUA01 [18.646 MB]
|A Review of High Power OPCPA Technology for High Repetition Rate Free-Electron Lasers
High repetition rate free-electron lasers (FEL) require the development of new laser systems that have the ability to operate at high average power. Optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA) is presently the most promising method to fulfill these requirements. This technique has been used to demonstrate amplification up to tens of watts with a repetition rate in the range between tens of kHz to MHz in burst and continuous mode. We review the current OPCPA technology for systems operating around 800 nm; this includes various frontend options, pump amplifier technology and latests results, and we discuss the important requirements for achieving high power lasers in both burst and continuous operation.
Work supported by the Helmholtz Institute Jena and the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY in Hamburg.
|Slides TUA02 [4.997 MB]
|A GaAs Photoemission DC Gun for CAEP High-average-power THz FEL
|FEL-THz plays an important role in THz science and technology research, for high power output and tunable wavelength, which is indispensable to material, biology, medical research. Now, the construction is underway at China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP) on high-average-power FEL THz source, and the demonstration of stable, reliable, high brightness, high power electron source operation is one of key issues. The components of the system were constructed and the performance tests are still on. The lifetime of the Negative Electron Affinity (NEA) surface is about 40 hours, which is limitied mainly by vacuum. Up to now, the gun can supply 5mA beam current and has been employed for preliminary experiments. In this paper, the design considerations and present status are given.
|Slides TUA03 [1.182 MB]
|Status of the SwissFEL C-band Linac
|The linear accelerator of SwissFEL will be based on C- band technology. This paper summarizes the latest results that were achieved with the first prototype components. Fur- thermore, the progress and plans of the series production are discussed.
|Slides TUA04 [11.482 MB]