Performance of the high brightness linac for the advanced free-electron laser initiative at Los Alamos

R. L. Sheffield, R. H. Austin, K. C.D. Chan, S. M. Gierman, J. M. Kinross-Wright, S. H. Kong, D. C. Nguyen, S. J. Russell, C. A. Timmer

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The AFEL accelerator has produced beams of 1 nC with peak currents greater than 100 A and a normalized, rms emittance less than 2π mm mrad. The 1300 MHz standing-wave accelerator uses on-axis coupling cells. The electron source is a photoinjector with a CsK2Sb photocathode. The photoinjector is an integral part of a single 11-cell accelerator structure. The accelerator operates between 12 and 18 MeV. The beam emittance growth in the accelerator is minimized by using a photoinjector, a focusing solenoid to correct the emittance growth due to space charge, and a special design of the coupling slots between accelerator cavities to minimize quadrupole effects. This paper describes the experimental results and compares those results with PARMELA simulation. The simulation code PARMELA was modified for this effort. This modified version uses SUPERFISH files for the accelerator cavity fields, MAFIA files for the fields due to the coupling slots in the accelerator cells, and POISSON files for the solenoid field in the gun region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-374
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, A
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Mar 1 1994
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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