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Betts, M.

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MOPAS045 Fiber-Based, Spatially and Temporally Shaped Picosecond UV Laser for Advanced RF Gun Applications 533
  • M. Shverdin, S. G. Anderson, C. P.J. Barty, M. Betts, D. J. Gibson, F. V. Hartemann, J. Hernandez, M. Johnson, I. Jovanovic, D. P. McNabb, M. J. Messerly, J. A. Pruet, C. Siders, A. M. Tremaine
    LLNL, Livermore, California
  Funding: This work was performed under auspices of the U. S. Department of Energy by University of California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract W-7504-Eng-48.

The fiber-based, spatially and temporally shaped, picosecond UV laser system described here has been specifically designed for advanced rf gun applications, with a special emphasis on the production of high-brightness electron beams for free-electron lasers and Compton scattering light sources. The laser pulse can be shaped to a flat-top in both space and time with a duration of 10 ps FWHM and rise and fall times under 1 ps. The pulse energy is 100 micro-joules at 261.75 nm and the spot size diameter of the beam at the photocathode measures 2 mm. A fiber oscillator and amplifier system generates a chirped pump pulse at 1047 nm; stretching is achieved in a chirped fiber Bragg grating. A single multi-layer dielectric grating based compressor recompresses the input pulse to 250 fs FWHM and a two stage harmonic converter frequency quadruples the beam. A custom-designed diffractive optic reshapes the input pulse to a flat-top. Temporal shaping is achieved with a Michelson-based ultrafast pulse stacking device with nearly 100% throughput. The integration of the system, as well as preliminary electron beam measurements will be discussed.