By Topic

Nonlinear simulation of a high-power, collective free-electron laser

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$33 $13
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

2 Author(s)
H. P. Freund ; Science Applications Int. Corp., McLean, VA, USA ; A. K. Ganguly

Results obtained with the three-dimensional nonlinear analysis and simulation code, ARACHNE, and a recent 33.4-GHz, collective, free-electron laser (FEL) amplifier experiment are compared. The experiment has demonstrated power levels of 61 MW (≈27% efficiency) without recourse to tapered magnetic fields, using a 750-keV/300-A electron beam with a nominal axial energy spread of 1.5% propagating through a cylindrical drift tube in the presence of a helical wiggler and an axial guide magnetic field. Significant differences in the character of the emission were found, depending on the direction of the guide magnetic field. When the wiggler and guide fields were parallel, observed power levels reached approximately 4 MW for both the strong and weak guide field regimes, but vanished in the neighborhood of the magnetic resonance. However, the maximum power was observed in the reversed field case when the wiggler and guide fields were antiparallel. In this case, no resonant enhancement in the transverse velocity is expected to occur; however, a significant reduction in the output power occurred in the neighborhood of the antiresonance. The ARACHNE simulation is in substantial agreement with the experiment

Published in:

IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 3 )