Author: Plekan, O.
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Generation and Measurement of Intense Few-Femtosecond Superradiant Soft X-Ray Free Electron Laser Pulses  
  • S. Spampinati, E. Allaria, L. Badano, C. Callegari, G. De Ninno, M. Di Fraia, S. Di Mitri, L. Giannessi, N. Mahne, M. Manfredda, N.S. Mirian, G. Penco, O. Plekan, K.C. Prince, L. Raimondi, P. Rebernik Ribič, C. Spezzani, M. Trovò, M. Zangrando
    Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A., Basovizza, Italy
  • R. Feifel, R. Squibb
    Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • T. Mazza
    EuXFEL, Hamburg, Germany
  • X. Yang
    BNL, Upton, New York, USA
  Intense FEL VUV and soft X-ray pulses with a time duration of few fs allows to probe ultrafast, out-of equilibrium dynamics or to pump the sample driving new phase transitions in regimes where uniform heating is not depleted by secondary energy decay channels, such as Auger effect [Principi]. Most of the methods proposed to reduce the FEL pulse duration are based on a manipulation of longitudinal electron beam properties such as emittance, beam current, energy spread, trajectory or optical functions. We present an attractive alternative based on the exploitation of the FEL dynamic process itself, driving the FEL amplifier in saturation and superradiance in a cascade of undulators resonant at higher harmonics of an initial seed. At FERMI we have implemented for the first time a multistage superradiant cascade reaching EUV-soft X-ray wavelengths and producing high-power, stable, FEL pulses with a duration of about 5 fs. We report here the analysis of the configuration used and of the characterization of the radiation produced in this regime.  
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THP079 Status and Perspectives of the FERMI FEL Facility (2019) 742
  • L. Giannessi, E. Allaria, L. Badano, S. Bassanese, F. Bencivenga, C. Callegari, F. Capotondi, D. Castronovo, F. Cilento, P. Cinquegrana, M. Coreno, I. Cudin, G. D’Auria, M.B. Danailov, R. De Monte, G. De Ninno, P. Delgiusto, A.A. Demidovich, M. Di Fraia, S. Di Mitri, B. Diviacco, A. Fabris, R. Fabris, W.M. Fawley, M. Ferianis, L. Foglia, P. Furlan Radivo, G. Gaio, F. Gelmetti, F. Iazzourene, S. Krecic, G. Kurdi, M. Lonza, N. Mahne, M. Malvestuto, M. Manfredda, C. Masciovecchio, M. Milloch, R. Mincigrucci, N.S. Mirian, I. Nikolov, F.H. O’Shea, G. Penco, A. Perucchi, O. Plekan, M. Predonzani, K.C. Prince, E. Principi, L. Raimondi, P. Rebernik Ribič, F. Rossi, L. Rumiz, C. Scafuri, C. Serpico, N. Shafqat, P. Sigalotti, A. Simoncig, S. Spampinati, C. Spezzani, M. Svandrlik, M. Trovò, A. Vascotto, M. Veronese, R. Visintini, D. Zangrando, M. Zangrando
    Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A., Basovizza, Italy
  FERMI is the seeded Free Electron Laser (FEL) user facility at the Elettra laboratory in Trieste, operating in the VUV to EUV and soft X-rays spectral range; the radiation produced by the seeded FEL is characterized by wavelength stability, low temporal jitter and longitudinal coherence in the range 100-4 nm. During 2018 a dedicated experiment has shown the potential of the Echo Enabled Harmonic Generation (EEHG) scheme [1] to cover most of this spectral range with a single stage cascade [2]. Such a scheme, combined to an increment of the beam energy and of the accelerator performances, could extend the FERMI operating range toward the oxygen k-edge. With this perspective, we present the development plans under consideration for the next 3 to 5 years. These include an upgrade of the linac and of the existing FEL lines, consisting in the conversion of FEL-1 first, and FEL-2 successively, into EEHG seeded FELs.
[1] G. Stupakov, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 74801 (2009)
[2] P. Rebernik et al., Nature Photonics
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About • paper received ※ 28 August 2019       paper accepted ※ 29 August 2019       issue date ※ 05 November 2019  
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