The Oxford free electron laser project

W. W M Allison, C. A. Brau, C. B. Brooks, G. Doucas, J. N. Elgin, W. A. Gillispie, A. R. Holmes, D. A. Jaroszynski, M. F. Kimmitt, P. F. Martin, J. H. Mulvey, C. R. Pidgeon, M. W. Poole

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It is proposed to use the Oxford 10 MV Van de Graaff accelerator as an electron beam source for a free electron laser (FEL) operating in the far infra red (FIR). The configuration and layout of the Van de Graaff make it very suitable for conversion, with a potentially high efficiency for electron beam recovery. Using a 2 m long wiggler of 34 mm period, the FEL would operate in the 60-300 µm wavelength band, with extension down to 30 µm on the 3rd harmonic. When constructed, the FEL will support a programme of FEL research and development, concentrating at first on investigations of behaviour in the moderately high-gain regime (~ 100% per pass) and mechanisms for lasing on higher harmonics. It will also be the basis for a national UK user facility in the FIR. © 1990.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-315
Number of pages8
JournalNuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, A
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 1990


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