Photon diagnostics at the FLASH THz beamline

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Abstract

The THz beamline at FLASH, DESY, provides both tunable (1–300 THz) narrow-bandwidth (~10%) and broad-bandwidth intense (up to 150 uJ) THz pulses delivered in 1 MHz bursts and naturally synchronized with free-electron laser X-ray pulses. Combination of these pulses, along with the auxiliary NIR and VIS ultrashort lasers, supports a plethora of dynamic investigations in physics, material science and biology. The unique features of the FLASH THz pulses and the accelerator source, however, bring along a set of challenges in the diagnostics of their key parameters: pulse energy, spectral, temporal and spatial profiles. Here, these challenges are discussed and the pulse diagnostic tools developed at FLASH are presented. In particular, a radiometric power measurement is presented that enables the derivation of the average pulse energy within a pulse burst across the spectral range, jitter-corrected electro-optical sampling for the full spectro-temporal pulse characterization, spatial beam profiling along the beam transport line and at the sample, and a lamellar grating based Fourier transform infrared spectrometer for the on-line assessment of the average THz pulse spectra. Corresponding measurement results provide a comprehensive insight into the THz beamline capabilities.

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Pan, R., Zapolnova, E., Golz, T., Krmpot, A. J., Rabasovic, M. D., Petrovic, J., … Stojanovic, N. (2019). Photon diagnostics at the FLASH THz beamline. Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 26(3), 700–707. https://doi.org/10.1107/S1600577519003412

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