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Coherent radiation sources based on laser driven plasma waves

Jaroszynski, D.A. and Ersfeld, B. and Islam, M.R. and Brunetti, E. and Shanks, R.P. and Grant, P.A. and Tooley, M.P. and Grant, D.W. and Reboredo Gil, D. and Lepipas, P. and McKendrick, G. and Cipiccia, S. and Wiggins, S.M. and Welsh, G.H. and Vieux, G. and Chen, S. and Aniculaesei, C. and Manahan, G.G. and Anania, M-P and Noble, A. and Yoffe, S.R. and Raj, G. and Subiel, A. and Yang, X. and Sheng, Z.M. and Hidding, B. and Issac, R.C. and Cho, M-H. and Hur, M.S. (2015) Coherent radiation sources based on laser driven plasma waves. In: 2015 40th International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz waves (IRMMW-THz). IEEE, pp. 1-4. ISBN 978-1-4799-8272-1

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Abstract

Here we explore ways of converting laser radiation into coherent electromagnetic radiation using laser-driven plasma waves. Several schemes are presented, including colliding laser pulses in magnetized plasma and utilizing ultra-short electron bunches from laser wakefield accelerators to produce intense single-cycle pulses through coherent transition radiation and few-cycle coherent synchrotron radiation in undulators and plasma channels. These sources rely on high current electron bunches with femtosecond durations, which can result in radiation over a broad range of frequencies from 1 to 10^5 THz.