A Computer-Based Test Bench for Modulating Terahertz FEL Radiation Power

O. A. Shevchenko, T. V. Salikova, S. V. Tararyshkin, Ya V. Getmanov, S. L. Veber

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Abstract: A simple technique is proposed to modulate the output radiation power in a free-electron laser (FEL) oscillator that allows the average radiation power to be adjusted smoothly, and short (as brief as 35 μs) radiation macrobunches to be obtained. It is based on the periodic shift of the electron bunch phase with respect to that of an FEL radiation bunch stored in the optical cavity, resulting in lasing suppression. The phase shift frequency required to suppress lasing is relatively low and does not change the electron bunch repetition rate appreciably. A computer-based test bench is created to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed technique. The test bench contains standard CAMAC blocks: a G0609 modulator timer and a G0601 clock generator. The electron bunch phase is shifted via programmable skipping of the reference frequency periods used to start the current modulator in the electron gun. The skipping is controlled by a computer program operating in the real-time mode. The clock generator is used to send synchronization signals to the radiation user’s equipment. The test bench is tested via EPR spectroscopy with a temporal resolution that allows the duration of the generated macrobunches to be estimated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-162
Number of pages4
JournalBulletin of the Russian Academy of Sciences: Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019


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