Determination of longitudinal bunch shape by means of coherent Smith-Purcell radiation

G. Doucas, M.F. Kimmitt, A. Doria, G.P. Gallerano, E. Giovenale, G. Messina, H.L. Andrews, J.H. Brownell

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Coherent enhancement of the Smith-Purcell radiation produced from the interaction of a 1.8 MeV electron beam with a grating has been observed. The emitted radiation has been measured at angles in the 40° to 120° range, which correspond to wavelengths from 0.65 to 4 mm, approximately. The radiated power was 320 mW at 90°. Its angular distribution agrees well with the description of the process in terms of induced surface currents and has been used to infer the longitudinal profile of the electron bunch. It is concluded that the bunch has an approximately triangular profile, with 85% of the bunch particles contained within 14 ps. The possibilities of the technique as a bunch-shape diagnostic tool are also discussed. © 2002 The American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14 - 21
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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Doucas, G., Kimmitt, M. F., Doria, A., Gallerano, G. P., Giovenale, E., Messina, G., ... Brownell, J. H. (2002). Determination of longitudinal bunch shape by means of coherent Smith-Purcell radiation. Physical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams, 5(7), 14 - 21.