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Very high power THz radiation at Jefferson Lab

  • Author(s): Carr, G.L.
  • Martin, Michael C.
  • McKinney, Wayne R.
  • Jordan, K.
  • Neil, George R.
  • Williams, G.P.
  • et al.

We report the production of high power (20 watts average, ~;1 Megawatt peak) broadband THz light based on coherent emission from relativistic electrons. We describe the source, presenting theoretical calculations and their experimental verification. For clarity we compare this source with one based on ultrafast laser techniques, and in fact the radiation has qualities closely analogous to that produced by such sources, namely that it is spatially coherent, and comprises short duration pulses with transform-limited spectral content. In contrast to conventional THz radiation, however, the intensity is many orders of magnitude greater due to the relativistic enhancement.

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