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The Strathclyde terahertz to optical pulse source (TOPS)

Jaroszynski, D.A. and Ersfeld, B. and Giraud, G. and Jamison, S.P. and Jones, D.R. and Issac, R.C. and McNeil, B.M.W. and Phelps, A.D.R. and Wiggins, Mark (2000) The Strathclyde terahertz to optical pulse source (TOPS). Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 445 (1-3). pp. 317-319. ISSN 0168-9002

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Abstract

We describe the newly created free-electron laser facility situated at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, which will produce ultra-short pulses of high-power electromagnetic radiation in the terahertz frequency range. The FEL will be based on a 4 MeV photoinjector producing picosecond 1 nC electron pulses and driven by a frequency tripled Ti:sapphire laser thus ensuring synchronism with conventional laser based tuneable sources. A synchronised multi-terawatt Ti:sapphire laser amplifier will be used in the study of laser/plasma/electron beam interactions and as a plasma based X-ray source. A substantial user commitment has already been made in support of the programme.