High gain and high extraction efficiency from a free electron laser amplifier operating in the millimeter wave regime
Description: Experiments at the Electron Laser Facility have generated peak microwave power of 180 MW at 35 GHz. The facility is operated as a single pass amplifier. Gain in excess of 30 dB/m has been observed up to saturation of the amplifier. For the 3 MeV, 850 Amp electron beam, the radiation corresponds to 7% energy extraction from the electron beam. Beyond saturation, the electron beam output power exhibits oscillations corresponding to the synchrotron motion of the trapped electrons in the ponderomotive well. In addition, the TE/sub 21/ and TM/sub 21/ modes have been studied and have power levels comparable to the fundamental. Third harmonic (105 GHz) radiation has been measured at power levels on the order of a few percent of the peak fundamental power.
Date: October 1, 1985
Creator: Orzechowski, T.J.; Anderson, B.R.; Fawley, W.M.; Prosnitz, D.; Scharlemann, E.T.; Yarema, S.M. et al.
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