We report the generation of ultrahigh brightness X-ray pulses using the Fresh Bunch Self-Seeding
(FBSS) method in an X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL). The FBSS method uses two different
electron slices or bunches, one to generate the seed and the other to amplify it after the monochro-
mator. This method circumvents the trade-off between the seed power and electron slice energy
spread, which limits the efficiency of regular self-seeded FELs. The experiment, the performance
of which is limited by existing hardware, shows FBSS feasibility, generating 5.5 keV photon pulses
which are 9 fs long and of 7.3 10 5 bandwidth and 50 GW power. FBSS performance is com-
pared with Self Amplified Spontaneous Emission/self-seeding performance, measuring a brightness
increase of twelve/two times, respectively. In an optimized XFEL, FBSS can increase the peak
power a hundred times more than state-of-the-art to multi-TW, opening new research areas for
nonlinear science and single molecule imaging.
In this paper we present undulator magnet tapering methods for obtaining high efficiency and multiterawatt peak powers in x-ray free electron lasers (XFELs), a key requirement for enabling 3D atomic resolution single molecule imaging and nonlinear x-ray science. The peak power and efficiency of tapered XFELs is sensitive to time dependent effects, like synchrotron sideband growth. To analyze this dependence in detail we perform a comparative numerical optimization for the undulator magnetic field tapering profile including and intentionally disabling these effects. We show that the solution for the magnetic field taper profile obtained from time independent optimization does not yield the highest extraction efficiency when time dependent effects are included. Our comparative optimization is performed
for a novel undulator designed specifically to obtain TW power x-ray pulses in the shortest distance: superconducting, helical, with short period and built-in strong focusing. This design reduces the length of the breaks between modules, decreasing diffraction effects, and allows using a stronger transverse electron focusing. Both effects reduce the gain length and the overall undulator length. We determine that after a fully time dependent optimization of a 100 m long Linac coherent light source-like XFEL we can obtain a maximum efficiency of 7%, corresponding to 3.7 TW peak radiation power. Possible methods to suppress the synchrotron sidebands, and further enhance the FEL peak power, up to about 6 TW by increasing the seed power and reducing the electron beam energy spread, are also discussed.
High efficiency, terawatt peak power X-ray Free Electron Lasers (XFELs) are a promising tool for enabling 3D atomic resolution single molecule imaging and nonlinear science using X-ray beams. Increasing the efficiency of XFELs while maintaining good longitudinal coherence can be achieved via self-seeding and tapering the undulator magnetic field. The efficiency of tapered self seeded XFELs is limited by two factors: the ratio of seed power to beam energy spread and the ratio of seed power to electron beam shot noise. We present a method to overcome these limitations by producing a strong X-ray seed and amplifying it with a small energy spread electron bunch. This can be achieved by selectively suppressing lasing for part of the electron beam in the SASE section and using the rest of the bunch to generate the seed radiation. In this manner one can reach saturation with the seeding electrons and the strong seed pulse can be overlapped with the “fresh" electrons downstream of the self-seeding monochromator. Simulations of this scenario demonstrating an increased efficiency are presented for two systems, an optimal superconducting undulator design and the Linac Coherent Light Source. In the case of the LCLS we examine how the betatron oscillations leading to selective suppression can be induced by using the transverse wakefield of a parallel plate corrugated structure, a dechirper.
Tapering optimization schemes for TeraWatt (TW) level X-ray Free Electron Lasers (FELs) are critically sensitive to the length of individual undulator and break sections. Break sections can be considerably shortened if the focusing quadrupole field is superimposed on the undulator field, increasing the filling factor and the overall extraction efficiency of the tapered FEL. Furthermore, distributed focusing reduces the FODO length and allows one to use smaller beta functions, reducing particle de-trapping due to betatron motion from the radial tails of the electron beam. We present numerical calculations of the tapering optimization for such an undulator using the three dimensional time dependent code GENESIS. Time dependent simulations show that 8 keV photons can be produced with over 3 TW peak power in a 100m long undulator. We also analyze in detail the time dependent effects leading to power saturation in the taper region. The impact of the synchrotron sideband
growth on particle detrapping and taper saturation is discussed. We show that the optimal taper profile obtained from time independent simulation does not yield the maximum extraction efficiency when multi-frequency effects are included. A discussion of how to incorporate these effects in a revised model is presented.
We perform an analysis of the transverse coherence of the radiation from a TW level tapered hard X-ray Free Electron Laser (FEL). The radiation properties of the FEL are studied for a Gaussian, parabolic and uniform transverse electron
beam density profile in a 200 m undulator at a resonant wavelength of 1.5 Å. Simulations performed using the 3-D FEL particle code GENESIS show that diffraction of the radiation occurs due to a reduction in optical guiding in the
tapered section of the undulator. This results in an increasing transverse coherence for all three transverse electron beam profiles. We determine that for each case considered the radiation coherence area is much larger than the electron beam spot size, making coherent diffraction imaging experiments possible for TW X-ray FELs.
We study the dependence of the peak power of a 1.5 Å TW, tapered X-ray free-electron laser on the transverse electron density distribution. Multidimensional optimization schemes for TW hard X-Ray free electron lasers are applied to the cases of transversely uniform and parabolic electron beam distributions and compared to a Gaussian distribution. The optimizations are performed for a 200 m undulator using the fully 3-dimensional FEL particle code GENESIS. The study shows that the flatter transverse electron distributions enhance optical guiding in the tapered section of the undulator and increase the maximum radiation power from a maximum of 1.56 TW for a transversely Gaussian beam to 2.26 TW for the parabolic case and 2.63 TW for the uniform case.
We study the dependence of the peak power of a 1.5 Å Terawatt (TW), tapered x-ray free-electron laser (FEL) on the transverse electron density distribution. Multidimensional optimization schemes for TW hard x-ray free-electron lasers are applied to the cases of transversely uniform and parabolic electron beam
distributions and compared to a Gaussian distribution. The optimizations are performed for a 200 m undulator and a resonant wavelength of λr=¼1.5Å using the fully three-dimensional FEL particle code GENESIS. The study shows that the flatter transverse electron distributions enhance optical guiding in the tapered section of the undulator and increase the maximum radiation power from a maximum of 1.56 TW for a transversely Gaussian beam to 2.26 TW for the parabolic case and 2.63 TW for the uniform case. Spectral data also shows a 30% – 70% reduction in energy deposited in the sidebands for the uniform and parabolic beams compared with a Gaussian. An analysis of the transverse coherence of the radiation shows the coherence area to be much larger than the beam spotsize for all three distributions, making coherent diffraction imaging experiments possible.