FEL research and development at STFC Daresbury laboratory

Thompson, Neil and Clarke, J.A. and Dunning, David and Holder, GM and Jamieson, Steven and McNeil, Brian and Roper, MD and Siggel-King, MRF and Smith, AD and Surman, M and Weightman, P and Wolski, A; (2013) FEL research and development at STFC Daresbury laboratory. In: Proceedings of the 34th International Free-Electron Laser Conference. SPring-8, JPN, pp. 468-471. ISBN 978-3-95450-123-6

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    In this paper we present an overview of current and proposed FEL developments at STFC Daresbury Laboratory in the UK. We discuss progress on the ALICE IR-FEL since first lasing in October 2010, covering the optimisation of the FEL performance, progress on the demonstration of a single shot cross correlation experiment and the results obtained so far with a Scanning Near-Field Optical Microscopy beamline. We discuss a proposal for a 250 MeV single pass FEL test facility named CLARA to be built at Daresbury and dedicated to research for future light source applications. Finally we present a brief overview of other recent research highlights.