X-band EPR setup with THz light excitation of Novosibirsk Free Electron Laser: Goals, means, useful extras

Sergey L. Veber, Sergey V. Tumanov, Elena Yu Fursova, Oleg A. Shevchenko, Yaroslav V. Getmanov, Mikhail A. Scheglov, Vitaly V. Kubarev, Daria A. Shevchenko, Iaroslav I. Gorbachev, Tatiana V. Salikova, Gennady N. Kulipanov, Victor I. Ovcharenko, Matvey V. Fedin

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Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) station at the Novosibirsk Free Electron Laser (NovoFEL) user facility is described. It is based on X-band (∼9 GHz) EPR spectrometer and operates in both Continuous Wave (CW) and Time-Resolved (TR) modes, each allowing detection of either direct or indirect influence of high-power NovoFEL light (THz and mid-IR) on the spin system under study. The optics components including two parabolic mirrors, shutters, optical chopper and multimodal waveguide allow the light of NovoFEL to be directly fed into the EPR resonator. Characteristics of the NovoFEL radiation, the transmission and polarization-retaining properties of the waveguide used in EPR experiments are presented. The types of proposed experiments accessible using this setup are sketched. In most practical cases the high-power radiation applied to the sample induces its rapid temperature increase (T-jump), which is best visible in TR mode. Although such influence is a by-product of THz radiation, this thermal effect is controllable and can deliberately be used to induce and measure transient signals of arbitrary samples. The advantage of tunable THz radiation is the absence of photo-induced processes in the sample and its high penetration ability, allowing fast heating of a large portion of virtually any sample and inducing intense transients. Such T-jump TR EPR spectroscopy with THz pulses has been previewed for the two test samples, being a useful supplement for the main goals of the created setup.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-22
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018


  • Electron paramagnetic resonance
  • Free electron laser
  • NovoFEL
  • T-jump EPR
  • THz radiation
  • ESR


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