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Physics of the Free Electron Laser

  • C. Pellegrini
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (SLAP, volume 49)

Abstract

The free electron laser is a powerful source of tunable, coherent, electromagnetic radiation which can operate in a wavelength interval extending from about one millimeter to the VUV, and perhaps the soft X-ray, region. The efficiency of energy transfer from the electron beam to the radiation field is of the order of one per cent, but can be as high as twenty to twenty-five per cent in specially designed high power systems. The time structure of the laser beam reflects that of the electron beam. Depending on the type of accelerator used to produce the electron beam, one can build lasers with CW operation, or providing very short pulses in the nanosecond or picosecond region.

Keywords

Radiation Field Free Electron Laser Vlasov Equation Electron Bunch Electron Distribution Function 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Pellegrini
    • 1
  1. 1.Brookhaven National LaboratoryUptonUSA

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