Author: Mahieu, B.
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Spectro-Temporal Control and Characterization of XUV Pulses from a Seeded Free-Electron Laser  
  • D. Gauthier, E. Allaria, P. Cinquegrana, M.B. Danailov, G. De Ninno, A.A. Demidovich, E. Ferrari, L. Giannessi, G. Penco, P. Rebernik Ribič, P. Sigalotti
    Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A., Basovizza, Italy
  • G. De Ninno
    University of Nova Gorica, Nova Gorica, Slovenia
  • E. Ferrari
    Università degli Studi di Trieste, Trieste, Italy
  • L. Giannessi
    ENEA C.R. Frascati, Frascati (Roma), Italy
  • B. Mahieu
    LOA, Palaiseau, France
  In ultrafast X-ray science, the knowledge of and the ability to control the spectro-temporal properties of individual X-ray pulses, such as those from free-electron lasers (FELs), constitute a fundamental aspect in the design of new experiments aimed at probing matter with femtosecond temporal resolution. Recent works carried out at the seeded free-electron laser FERMI in Trieste demonstrate that such a device is able to generate light pulses in the XUV spectral region, whose spectro-temporal content can be precisely controlled. These examples rely on the manipulation of the seed laser used as coherent input signal to drive the FEL process. The first experiment demonstrates the phase control of the FEL output pulse through the manipulation of the seed laser frequency chirp. The second is the implementation of a single-shot method for complete pulse characterization. These experiments show not only the first direct evidence of the temporal coherence and the generation of Fourier limited pulses, but they demonstrate the ability to control and shape the spectro-temporal content of the pulses. Consequently, a seeded FEL can be really considered as a laser-like source providing high peak power light pulses. A fine tuning of the light pulses opens the door to new kinds of experiments in the field of coherent nonlinear optics and coherent quantum control.  
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