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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Abstract-Fast mapping of terahertz bursting thresholds and characteristics at synchrotron light sources
Miriam Brosi, Johannes L. Steinmann, Edmund Blomley, Erik Bründermann, Michele Caselle, Nicole Hiller, Benjamin Kehrer, Yves-Laurent Mathis, Michael J. Nasse, Lorenzo Rota, Manuel Schedler, Patrik Schönfeldt, Marcel Schuh, Markus Schwarz, Marc Weber, and Anke-Susanne Müller
Dedicated optics with extremely short electron bunches enable synchrotron light sources to generate intense coherent THz radiation. The high degree of spatial compression in this so-called low-αc optics entails a complex longitudinal dynamics of the electron bunches, which can be probed studying the fluctuations in the emitted terahertz radiation caused by the microbunching instability (“bursting”). This article presents a “quasi-instantaneous” method for measuring the bursting characteristics by simultaneously collecting and evaluating the information from all bunches in a multibunch fill, reducing the measurement time from hours to seconds. This speed-up allows systematic studies of the bursting characteristics for various accelerator settings within a single fill of the machine, enabling a comprehensive comparison of the measured bursting thresholds with theoretical predictions by the bunched-beam theory. This paper introduces the method and presents first results obtained at the ANKA synchrotron radiation facility.