RF-photogun as ultra bright terahertz source

W. Root, op 't, T. Oudheusden, van, M.J. Loos, de, S.B. Geer, van der, M.J. Wiel, van der

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Recently research into new terahertz (0.3 to 30 THz) light sources has gained a lot of interest. Especially compact sources capable of delivering high peak fields (?? 1 MV/cm), in a short pulse. To achieve this,we will use short relativistic electron bunches, created by photoemission and accelerated in an rf-photogun, to create THz light by means of coherent transition radiation. Because wavelengths smaller and comparable to the bunch length add up coherently, the intensity scales with N2, with N the number of electrons in the bunch. In the first experiments we expect to create THz light pulses with a bandwidth of 1 THz and 1 µJ per pulse. If such a light pulse is focused on a spot of radius 250 µm, this corresponds to peak electrical fields of 1 MV/cm. The eventual goal is to increase the bandwidth of the source, by creating shorter electron bunches. This will be accomplished by choosing a suitable radial laser profile, leading to ellipsoidal electron bunches, which can be focused and compressed very effectively. Eventually this will lead to THz pulses with a bandwidth of 10 THz and energy of 100 µJ. This corresponds to peak electrical fields of 10 MV/cm and higher.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th European Particle Accelerator Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, June 26-30, 2006
Place of PublicationEdinburgh, United Kingdom
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event10th European Particle Accelerator Conference (EPAC 2006), June 26-30, 2006, Edinburgh, UK - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jun 200630 Jun 2006


Conference10th European Particle Accelerator Conference (EPAC 2006), June 26-30, 2006, Edinburgh, UK
Abbreviated titleEPAC 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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