Tunable Plasma-Based Energy Dechirper

R. D'Arcy, S. Wesch, A. Aschikhin, S. Bohlen, C. Behrens, M. J. Garland, L. Goldberg, P. Gonzalez, A. Knetsch, V. Libov, A. Martinez De La Ossa, M. Meisel, T. J. Mehrling, P. Niknejadi, K. Poder, J. H. Röckemann, L. Schaper, B. Schmidt, S. Schröder, C. PalmerJ. P. Schwinkendorf, B. Sheeran, M. J.V. Streeter, G. Tauscher, V. Wacker, J. Osterhoff

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A tunable plasma-based energy dechirper has been developed at FLASHForward to remove the correlated energy spread of a 681 MeV electron bunch. Through the interaction of the bunch with wakefields excited in plasma the projected energy spread was reduced from a FWHM of 1.31% to 0.33% without reducing the stability of the incoming beam. The experimental results for variable plasma density are in good agreement with analytic predictions and three-dimensional simulations. The proof-of-principle dechirping strength of 1.8 GeV/mm/m significantly exceeds those demonstrated for competing state-of-the-art techniques and may be key to future plasma wakefield-based free-electron lasers and high energy physics facilities, where large intrinsic chirps need to be removed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number034801
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2019

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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