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A Unified Theory of Magnetic Bremsstrahlung, Electrostatic Bremsstrahlung, Compton-Raman Scattering and Cerenkov-Smith-Purcell Free Electron Lasers.
Interim rept. 1979-1980,
TEL-AVIV UNIV (ISRAEL) QUANTUM ELECTRONICS LAB
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This article discusses in a comparative way the main operating parameters of various free electron lasers, providing a useful tool for laser design, and for comparative evaluation of the various lasers. We show that the various kinds of FELs satisfy the same gain-dispersion relation and differ only in a single coupling parameter k. The different gain regimes which are common to all FELs are delineated. We find the small signal gain in all the gain regimes warm and cold beam, low or high gain, single electron, collective or strong coupling interaction. The laser gain parameter, radiation extraction efficiency, maximum power generation and spectral width are given and compared in the various kinds of FELs and gain regimes. The maximum power generation of all FELs except Compton-Raman scattering is shown to be limited by an interaction region width parameter. This parameter and consequently the laser power is larger in the highly relativistic limit by a factor in all bremsstrahlung FELs in comparison to Cernkov-Smith-Purcell FELs. Some expressions which were derived earlier for the magnetic bremsstrahlung FEL, like the expression for gain in the low gain regime with space charge effect correction and the low gain expression for efficiency are shown to be special cases of more general expressions. Author
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