Physical Review Accelerators and Beams
Recently various laser-chirping schemes have been investigated with the goal of reducing or eliminating ponderomotive line broadening in Compton or Thomson scattering occurring at high laser intensities. As a next level of detail in the spectrum calculations, we have calculated the line smoothing and broadening expected due to incident beam energy spread within a one-dimensional plane wave model for the incident laser pulse, both for compensated (chirped) and unchirped cases. The scattered compensated distributions are treatable analytically within three models for the envelope of the incident laser pulses: Gaussian, Lorentzian, or hyperbolic secant. We use the new results to demonstrate that the laser chirping in Compton sources at high laser intensities: (i) enables the use of higher order harmonics, thereby reducing the required electron beam energies; and (ii) increases the photon yield in a small frequency band beyond that possible with the fundamental without chirping. This combination of chirping and higher harmonics can lead to substantial savings in the design, construction and operational costs of the new Compton sources. This is of particular importance to the widely popular laser-plasma accelerator based Compton sources, as the improvement in their beam quality enters the regime where chirping is most effective.
Original Publication Citation
Terzic, B., Reeves, C., & Krafft, G.A. (2016). Combining harmonic generation and laser chirping to achieve high spectral density in compton sources. Physical Review Accelerators and Beams, 19(4), 1-8. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevAccelBeams.19.044403
Terzić, Balša; Reeves, Cody; and Krafft, Geoffrey A., "Combining Harmonic Generation and Laser Chirping to Achieve High Spectral Density in Compton Sources" (2016). Physics Faculty Publications. 23.