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1 Overview of CLARA Jim Clarke ASTeC and Cockcroft Institute ALPHA-X Workshop, May 2013

2 Update:Versatile Electron Linear Accelerator VELA is the new name for EBTF High brightness RF Photoinjector Essential technology for advanced electron facilities Light sources Colliders First RF Photoinjector in the UK New tool for industry to develop new accelerator-based technologies Healthcare Security scanners Water treatment …. Two independent beam areas available Funded August 2011

3 VELA Beam Transport Layout Beam Enclosure 1 Beam Enclosure 2 Beam Injector

4 VELA Injector


6 VELA Status VELA Approval – August 2011 VELA hardware commissioning started – Oct 2012 RF Conditioning started – 30 th Nov 5.3 MW peak power achieved – 20 th Dec RF window vacuum leak identified – 11 th Jan 2013 RF Conditioning restarted – 21 st Feb Multipactoring observed as solenoid powered 4.8 MW, RF window cracked – 6 th March Ceramic window fitted (Strathclyde) RF Conditioning restarted – 19 th Mar 5.7 MW peak power achieved – 2 nd Apr First electrons – 5 th Apr 2013 Shutdown for installation of all systems

7 CLARA Compact Linear Accelerator for Research and Applications Major upgrade of VELA A world class FEL test facility that can try out new ideas so they can be implemented directly into a future light source facility – we know there is a strong demand for these improvements from the NLS Science Case and direct interactions with users In parallel we will also be able test advanced accelerator technologies The investment in CLARA will pay for itself by reducing future risk and timescales More importantly, it will also make any UK future light source a world beater !

8 4 th Generation Light Sources Free Electron Lasers –Ultra high peak intensity –Very short pulses of light –Tuneable –Basic FEL unstable in intensity and wavelength –Immature as a technology, plenty of scope for improvement –Fortunately lots of ideas exist for improving FEL stability (wavelength and intensity) and to make even shorter pulses of light but very few have been tested –Can’t propose a major new facility based on an untested idea! Need test facility

9 Reviewing the field – Facilities Currently there are only five (soon to be three?) dedicated single pass FEL test facilities worldwide, two in the US (NLCTA and SDU), one in Asia (SDUV-FEL) and two in Europe (SPARC and MAX). Highest current priority for FELs is improving temporal coherence. Reducing size and cost is another common theme. An opportunity exists for a new FEL test facility looking at next frontiers. Extract from: A Review of Worldwide Test Facilities for Free Electron Lasers David Dunning, ASTeC

10 To develop a normal conducting test accelerator able to generate longitudinally and transversely bright electron bunches and to use these bunches in the experimental production of stable, synchronised, ultra short photon pulses of coherent light from a single pass FEL with techniques directly applicable to the future generation of light source facilities. Stable in terms of transverse position, angle, and intensity from shot to shot. A target synchronisation level for the photon pulse ‘arrival time’ of better than 10 fs rms is proposed. In this context “ultra short” means less than the FEL cooperation length, which is typically ~100 wavelengths long (i.e. this equates to a pulse length of 400 as at 1keV, or 40 as at 10 keV). A SASE FEL normally generates pulses that are dictated by the electron bunch length, which can be orders of magnitude larger than the cooperation length. Ultimate aims of CLARA

11 Other Aims and Prerequisites To deliver the ultimate objectives of CLARA will encompass development across many areas: NC RF photoinjectors and seed laser systems NC RF photoinjectors and seed laser systems Generation and control of bright electron bunches –manipulation by externally injected radiation fields –mitigation against unwanted short electron bunch effects Generation and control of bright electron bunches –manipulation by externally injected radiation fields –mitigation against unwanted short electron bunch effects High temporal coherence and wavelength stability through seeding or other methods Generation of coherent higher harmonics of a seed source Photon pulse diagnostics for single shot characterisation and arrival time monitoring Low charge single bunch diagnostics Synchronisation systems Advanced digital low level RF systems Novel short period undulators

12 Goals, Opportunities and Benefits The proof of principle demonstrations of ultra-short photon pulse generation using schemes which are applicable to X-ray FELs and with extreme levels of synchronisation. The ability to test other novel schemes for increasing the intrinsic FEL output intensity stability, wavelength stability, or the longitudinal coherence using external seeding, self- seeding or other methods. The ability to generate higher harmonic radiation of a seed source using EEHG, HGHG, etc. The generation and characterisation of very bright (in 6D) electron bunches and the manipulation of the bunch properties with externally injected lasers. The development of advanced accelerator technologies, such as a high repetition rate NCRF photoinjector, single bunch low charge diagnostics, and novel photocathode materials and preparation techniques. The enhancement of VELA, in terms of energy, beam power, and repetition rate. The development of vital skills within the UK accelerator community, including providing excellent opportunities for PhD students and post docs to work on a world class accelerator test facility. To use the electron beam for other applications: ultrafast electron diffraction, plasma wakefield accelerator research, Compton scattering source of X-rays or gamma photons, and other novel acceleration schemes such as dielectric wakefield accelerators.

13 Flexible FEL Layout By implementing a flexible FEL layout, especially in the modulator region, it will be possible to test several of the most promising schemes. We are carefully comparing the various schemes and their detailed requirements – we do not anticipate testing them all! We are designing in this flexibility from the start.

14 EXAMPLES OF FEL SCHEMES ON CLARA SINGLE SPIKE SASE 100pC tracked bunch compressed via velocity bunching SLICING + CHIRP/TAPER Short pulse generation using an energy chirped electron bunch and a tapered undulator E. L. Saldin et al, Phys. Rev. STAB 9, 050702, 2006 MODE-LOCKING Mode-locked amplifier FEL using the standard CLARA lattice with electron beam delays between undulators N. R. Thompson and B. W. J. McNeil, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 203901, 2008 MATCHED MODE-LOCKING Electron beam delays matched to the rms electron bunch length to distinguish a single spike from the pulse train Plots courtesy of Ian Martin and Neil Thompson

15 Slicing Scheme Example Few-cycle seed laser is used to modulate the electron beam energy to an amplitude greater than the natural bandwidth of the FEL. By tapering the gap of the undulator, only the sections of the electron bunch where the energy chirp is correctly matched to the undulator taper will experience high FEL gain. CLARA Example: 50  m, 10  J, 500 fs seed laser

16 Parameters The parameters have now been broken down to cover 5 different operating modes. This helps us understand which parameters we need simultaneously. FEL output wavelengths from 400nm to 100nm Can make use of 800nm laser for harmonic generation experiments Can use well established laser diagnostics for single shot pulse length measurements No need for long photon beamlines, can deflect by 90 degrees 25

17 RF Frequency & Rep Rate The current VELA gun (ALPHA-X) and the DLS 1 kHz gun are both S EU There is significant effort within Europe on advanced RF guns using S EU CLARA will have an S EU gun and an S EU linac with an X EU linearizing cavity Higher rep rates (>100 Hz) will be useful for Industrial applications Feedback systems for stabilization Sharing pulses amongst multiple facilities Technology demonstration and leadership A future national facility CLARA has a maximum energy specified to be 250 MeV but it is not necessary (or even important) to attain this energy at the highest rep rates The vast majority of industrial users will be satisfied with 100 MeV We have proposed that CLARA should have a repetition rate of 400 Hz but at a reduced linac gradient (and so beam energy). The infrastructure (eg RF modulators, lasers) should therefore be capable of up to 400 Hz operation. Full beam energy should be possible at 100 Hz.

18 High Repetition Rate NCRF Initial EBTF gun cavity (ALPHA-X) will operate at up to 10 Hz repetition rate High Rep Rate Gun Development Scaled to S-band FLASH/XFEL gun cavity fabricated by DLS could be tested at up to 400 Hz with EBTF/CLARA (no RF pick up) New design is being generated and compared against DLS solution CLARA Linac Assuming use of 3 x SwissFEL Injector linac structures (100 Hz @ 20 to 25 MeV/m, 400Hz @ 10MeV/m, 4.3 m long) A study on practical realisation of high gradient, 20 to 25 MeV/m, 400 Hz linac structures has carried out by AES – solution proposed looks feasible and realistic X-Band RF Source Collaboration initiated with CERN Development of low cost RF source for linearising cavity

19 CLARA Layout Gun 2m linac EBTF exploitation area 4m linac Bunch Compressor Laser Heater 4m linacs 4 th Harmonic Cavity TDC1 TDC2 FEL modulator Further exploitation line FEL radiators FEL afterburner Dump Photon Diagnostics 70MeV 250MeV Total Length ~ 90m

20 Impact on VELA

21 CLARA axis is offset by 1m from VELA VELA photoinjector laser/RF system used by CLARA gun (VELA gun cavity initially as well) Existing VELA beamline will stay in place (after first 5m) CLARA will then feed VELA at up to 25MeV (cf 5MeV) Option for new themionic gun for VELA available if required CLARA Front End

22 Other Opportunities Time Resolved Electron Diffraction – Grant proposal submitted for ultrafast electron diffraction – Will be incorporated into existing VELA for demo experiments, aiming to incorporate within CLARA later Plasma accelerator research – see next talk THz source for science Compton fs gamma or X-ray source High energy beamline for industrial exploitation Dielectric Wakefield Acceleration Experiments Exotic storage rings (eg optical stochastic cooling, non-equilibrium light source, integrable optics lattice)

23 Next Steps CDR now being drafted TDR will follow CLARA funding still to be secured SwissFEL linacs released Jan 2015 If procurement starts April 2014 then could install in first half of 2016 CLARA first commissioning – mid 2016


25 Acknowledgement Many thanks to colleagues from ASTeC, Technology Department, Strathclyde University, SwissFEL, LAL, the Cockcroft Institute, the John Adams Institute, and Diamond Light Source for their contributions to this talk and the CLARA project

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