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Cavity resonator free electron lasers as a source of stable attosecond pulses

McNeil, B.W.J. and Thompson, N.R. (2011) Cavity resonator free electron lasers as a source of stable attosecond pulses. EPL: A Letters Journal Exploring the Frontiers of Physics, 96. ISSN 0295-5075

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High-gain Free Electron Laser amplifiers are a potential source of single X-ray attosecond pulses and Attosecond Pulse Trains. Single-pulse output from short electron bunches is prone to significant power and arrival-time fluctuations. A Mode Locked Optical Klystron configuration of the FEL amplifier predicts generation of a frequency comb that may be locked to give APT output. In this paper it is shown using numerical simulations that a low feedback (so-called Regenerative Amplifier) FEL cavity resonator configuration can significantly improve output stability for single-pulse operation. The MLOK configuration may also be used in a cavity resonator to generate a frequency comb with spacing much greater than those of the axial cavity modes. As with the MLOK amplifier case, these modes can lock to generate a stable pulse train, each of a few optical cycles.