Key Publications

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Acceleration of relativistic beams using laser-generated terahertz pulses

Nature Photonics 14, 755 (2020)

DOI: 10.1038/s41566-020-0674-1

We demonstrate acceleration of a relativistic electron beam in a THz-driven linear accelerator. Narrowband THz pulses were phase-velocity-matched with 35 MeV, 60 pC electron bunches, imparting multi-cycle energy modulation to chirped (6 ps) bunches and injection-phase-dependent energy gain (up to 10 keV) to sub-cycle (2 ps) bunches. These results establish a route to whole-bunch linear acceleration of sub-picosecond particle beams, directly applicable to scaled-up and multi-staged concepts capable of preserving beam quality.

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Demonstration of sub-luminal propagation of single-cycle terahertz pulses for particle acceleration 
Nature Communications. 8, 421 (2017)

DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-00490-y

We describe and demonstrate a method for generating single-cycle terahertz pulses that propagate with an effective sub-luminal phase velocity, and without distortion during propagation.  This novel travelling source approach fulfils the requirement for a sub-luminal phase velocity in laser-driven particle acceleration schemes without the need for dispersive structures or waveguides to extend the field-particle interaction.

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Dispersion in dielectric-lined waveguides designed for terahertz-driven deflection of electron beams
Applied Physics Letters 118, 144102 (2021)
DOI: 10.1063/5.0041391

We have developed dielectric-lined rectangular waveguide structures for THz-driven ultrafast deflection of 100 keV electron beams. The structures were designed to achieve THz phase velocity matching with co-propagating electron bunches. The phase-matching capability was experimentally confirmed through time-frequency analysis of the broadband coherent THz transmission measured by electro-optic sampling. We determined the propagation constants for both the dielectric-lined waveguide structure and the integrated input coupling horn.

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Longitudinally polarized single-cycle terahertz pulses generated with high electric field strengths

Applied Physics Letters. 108, 221102 (2016)

DOI: 10.1063/1.4953024

By using a matched pair of polarity inverted MgO:SLN crystals as an optical rectification source, we demonstrate the generation of strong on-axis longitudinally polarized single-cycle terahertz radiation, with electric field amplitudes in excess of 11 kV/cm. In contrast to segmented waveplate sources, the single-cycle terahertz temporal profile is maintained hence maximizing the attainable electric field strength.