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Coherent Optical Signatures of Electron Microbunching in Laser-Driven Plasma Accelerators
Lumpkin, A. H.; Laberge, M.; Rule, D. W.; Zgadzaj, R.; Hannasch, A.; Zarini, O.; Bowers, B.; Irman, A.; Couperus Cabadağ, J. P.; Debus, A.; Köhler, A.; Schramm, U.; Downer, M. C.
We report observations of coherent optical transition radiation interferometry (COTRI) patterns generated by microbunched∼200-MeV electrons as they emerge from a laser-driven plasma accelerator. The divergence of the microbunched portion of electrons, deduced by comparison to a COTRI model, is ∼9× smaller than the ∼3 mrad ensemble beam divergence, while the radius of the microbunched beam, obtained from COTR images on the same shot, is <3 μm. The combined results show that the microbunched distribution has estimated transverse normalized emittance∼0.4mm mrad.
Keywords: Beam diagnostics; LWFA; COTRI; CTR; transition radiation
Physical Review Letters 125(2020), 014801
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