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Undulators and Free-electron Lasers

This new reference is the first fully self-contained and unified monograph on the design and operation of undulators and free-electron lasers. It will be of use to all those working in free-electron laser research as well as for physicists and graduate students who need an introduction to the field. The book includes a convenient overview of early developments and general principles. The different models that are used to describe free-electron laser are presented, sensibly organized according to their range of applicability. Conceptual and mathematical constructs are covered, with an emphasis on obtaining practical results in a simple yet rigorous fashion. Interaction of the undulator with the driving accelerator is treated along with the laser cavity and the design of undulator magnets. A very useful overview of several typical experiments is also included.
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Bibliographical note; Early developments; Overview of the general operational principles; Motion of an electron in an undulating magnetic field; Undulator radiation; Small-signal, small-gain free-electron laser; Large gain; Saturation; Tapered undulators; Undulator operation; Magnet design; Experiments and applications; Appendix A. Concepts of Hamiltonian relativistic mechanics; Appendix B. Effective mass; Appendix C. Undulator and FEL formulary.


`A Book suitable as a learning tool for scientists or graduate students wishing to enter the field and also suitable as a reference text for those already actively working on FELSs.' `Destined to become a physics textbook classic ... important text.' Nature

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