Sina Javanshir, Ali Pourziad, Saeed Nikmehr,
| (a) Schematics of the experimental setup. The QCL (yellow box) is mounted in a He-flow cryostat. BS - dichroic beamsplitter; OL - objective lens; Ge:Ga - photoconductive Ge:Ga detector. (b) Microscope image of the illuminated QCL facet. The excitation spot with a diameter of approximately 90 |
Coherent transition radiation (CTR) from relativistic electron beam interaction with an overdense plasma foil is investigated by making use of two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations. Well-defined single electron beam either of uniform profile or having substructures is considered for various beam-plasma parameters. The main purpose is to mimic the complicated beam-plasma conditions that is often found, for example, in intense laser plasma interactions. Key properties of the CTR concerning their temporal, angular and spectral profiles are identified. Several saturation effects due to the beam energy, size and foil density are found for the CTR energy, and the dependences vary for different spectral components such as in the Terahertz (THz) and optical range. The detailed substructure of the beam also affects greatly the radiation generation, leading to distinctive high harmonic components. Electrons with kinetic energy from sub MeV to tens of GeV are explored. For few MeV electron beams, the effects of the foil plasma on the beam dynamics and associated CTR generation, resembles closely the CTR from hot electrons produced in intense laser-plasma interactions. These results may find important applications in beam diagnostics either in laser-plasma based acceleration or conventional accelerators. They may also be employed to design novel THz radiation sources using tunable electron beams.
|TeraFET Spectrometer principle of operation: (a) phase shift induced by asymmetric antennas and circularly polarized radiation (b) nonzero incident angle of incoming radiation|