Author: Hartl, I.
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TUP076 Seeding R&D at sFLASH 230
  • C. Lechner, S. Ackermann, R.W. Aßmann, B. Faatz, V. Grattoni, I. Hartl, S.D. Hartwell, R. Ivanov, T. Laarmann, T. Lang, M.M. Mohammad Kazemi, G. Paraskaki, A. Przystawik, J. Zheng
    DESY, Hamburg, Germany
  • A. Azima, H. Biss, M. Drescher, W. Hillert, V. Miltchev, J. Roßbach
    University of Hamburg, Institut für Experimentalphysik, Hamburg, Germany
  • S. Khan
    DELTA, Dortmund, Germany
  Funding: Work supported by Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany under contract No. 05K13GU4, 05K13PE3, and 05K16PEA.
Free-electron lasers (FELs) based on the self-amplified spontaneous emission (SASE) principle generate photon pulses with typically poor longitudinal coherence. FEL seeding techniques greatly improve longitudinal coherence by initiating FEL amplification in a controlled way using coherent light pulses. The sFLASH experiment installed at the FEL user facility FLASH at DESY in Hamburg is dedicated to the study of external seeding techniques. In this paper, the layout of the sFLASH seeding experiment is presented and an overview of recent developments is given.
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About • paper received ※ 30 September 2019       paper accepted ※ 17 October 2019       issue date ※ 05 November 2019  
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WEP046 The European XFEL Photocathode Laser 423
  • L. Winkelmann, A. Choudhuri, U. Grosse-Wortmann, I. Hartl, C. Li, C. Mohr, J. Müller, F. Peters, S. Pfeiffer, S.H. Salman
    DESY, Hamburg, Germany
  We present the Yb:fiber, Nd:YVO4 laser used to generate electrons from the RF photocathode gun at the European XFEL. The laser provides deep UV output pulses in 600 µs bursts with variable internal repetition rate (564 kHz to 4.5 MHz). Due to its robust architecture (mode-locked and synchronized fiber oscillator, Yb:fiber amplifiers and Nd:YVO4 gain blocks), the laser has operated with >99% uptime since January 2017. Using this laser, the XFEL reported energies of 17.5 GeV in July 2018, and simultaneous multi-mJ lasing in its three SASE beamlines. The laser offers two parallel outputs (1064 nm) with single pulse energies of >100 µJ and 11 ps width (FWHM). One output is converted to deep UV with efficiencies > 25%, and the second is used as a laser heater to reduce microbunching instabilities to increase SASE efficiency. Several state-of-art laser controls were implemented, including feed-forward algorithm to flatten electron charge along the bunch, active beam stabilization with < ±10 µm jitter at the photocathode, state machines for hands-off end-user operation, and temporal pulse synchronization and drift compensation to the timing jigger of the electron bunches to less than 45 fs.  
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About • paper received ※ 23 August 2019       paper accepted ※ 29 August 2019       issue date ※ 05 November 2019  
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