Electrostatic Accelerator Free Electron Lasers

  • Luis. R. Elias
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (SLAP, volume 49)


The amplification of short wavelength coherent electromagnetic radiation by relativistic electrons moving through a spatially periodic transverse magnetic field was first demonstrated at Stanford University [1]. These experiments were carried out using the bunched electron beam emerging from a radio frequency linear accelerator. Although the electron beam quality was ideally suited to study the most important operating characteristics of the free electron laser, the small amount of available average electron beam current coupled with only a small laser extraction efficiency contributed to limit both the amount of average laser power produced (P=0.5 watts) and the overall operating efficiency of the device (e<0.1%).


Electron Beam Free Electron Laser Electron Beam Current Magnet Period Small Signal Gain 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis. R. Elias
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  1. 1.Quantum InstituteUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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