SNIC
SUPR
SNIC SUPR
Numerical Simulations of Free-Electron Lasers
Dnr:

SNIC 2017/7-338

Type:

SNAC Small

Principal Investigator:

Alan Mak

Affiliation:

Uppsala universitet

Start Date:

2018-01-05

End Date:

2019-02-01

Primary Classification:

10306: Accelerator Physics and Instrumentation

Allocation

Abstract

We are a group of researchers in accelerator physics at Uppsala University. In this project, we investigate the physics of x-ray free-electron lasers by means of numerical simulations. An x-ray free-electron laser consists of two main components: (i) a beam of relativistic electrons from a particle accelerator; (ii) a magnetic device known as the undulator. This special class of x-ray laser offers a billion-fold improvement in brightness over previous laboratory sources. Our group is involved in the design study of the Soft X-Ray Laser (SXL) facility, which is a planned free-electron laser beamline at the Swedish national accelerator laboratory of MAX IV. In addition, our group is part of the LUSIA consortium, an international collaboration dedicated to developing new techniques for producing ultrashort x-ray pulses from free-electron lasers. Here are some examples of previous publications resulting from the use of SNIC computation resources: [1] Alan Mak et al., "Model-based optimization of tapered free-electron lasers", Phys. Rev. ST Accel. Beams 18, 040702 (2015). [2] Alan Mak et al., "Phase jump method for efficiency enhancement in free-electron lasers", Phys. Rev. Accel. Beams 20, 060703 (2017).