Author: Gottschalk, S.C.
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THPC106 Commissioning Status of the Fritz Haber Institute THz FEL 3137
  • A.M.M. Todd, H. Bluem, V. Christina, M.D. Cole, J. Ditta, D. Dowell, K. Jordan, R. Lange, J.H. Park, J. Rathke, T. Schultheiss, L.M. Young
    AES, Medford, NY, USA
  • W. Erlebach, S. Gewinner, H. Junkes, A. Liedke, G. Meijer, W. Schöllkopf, G. von Helden
    FHI, Berlin, Germany
  • S.C. Gottschalk
    STI, Washington, USA
  The THz Free-Electron Laser (FEL) at the Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) of the Max Planck Society in Berlin is designed to deliver radiation from 3 to 300 microns using a single-plane-focusing mid-IR undulator and a two-plane-focusing far-IR undulator that acts as a waveguide for the optical mode. A key aspect of the accelerator performance is the low longitudinal emittance, < 50 keV-psec, that is specified to be delivered at 200 pC bunch charge and 50 MeV from a gridded thermionic electron source. We utilize twin accelerating structures separated by a chicane to deliver the required performance over the < 20 - 50 MeV energy range. The first structure operates at near fixed field while the second structure controls the output energy, which, under some conditions, requires running in a decelerating mode. "First Light" is targeted for the centennial of the sponsor in October 2011 and we will describe progress in the commissioning of this device to achieve this goal. Specifically, the measured performance of the accelerated electron beam will be compared to design simulations and the observed matching of the beam to the mid-IR wiggler will be described.