Author: Zhang, Z.
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WEP084 Microbunching-Instability-Induced Sidebands in a Seeded Free-Electron Laser 741
  • Z. Zhang
    TUB, Beijing, People's Republic of China
  • Y. Ding, W.M. Fawley, Z. Huang, J. Krzywinski, A.A. Lutman, G. Marcus, A. Marinelli, D.F. Ratner
    SLAC, Menlo Park, California, USA
  The measured, self-seeded soft X-ray radiation spectrum corresponding to multiple effective undulator lengths of the LCLS exhibits a pedestal-like distribution around the seeded frequency. In the absence of a post-undulator monochromator, this contamination limits the spectral purity and may seriously degrade certain user applications. In general for either externally- or self-seeded FELs, such pedestals may originate with any time-varying property of the electron beam that can modulate the complex gain function. In this paper we specifically focus on the contributions of electron beam microbunching prior to the undulator. We show that both energy and density modulations can induce sidebands in a seeded FEL configuration. Analytic FEL theory and numerical simulations are used to analyze the sideband content relative to the amplified seeded signal, and to compare with experimental results.  
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