Two-Stream Instability in Free Electron Lasers

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The analysis of the interaction between electromagnetic waves and electron beams in semi-infinite wigglers is presented. The beam is assumed to include two cold streams of electrons, hence its space-charge waves may be unstable (“two-stream instability”). In the wiggler, this instability is shown to yield much larger growth rates (up to seven times greater) than in the conventional one-stream free electron laser (FED. Accordingly, the gain per pass is enhanced by orders of magnitude. The enhancement of the two-stream instability is shown to be most effective for short-period wigglers.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)416-423
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1990
Externally publishedYes

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Manuscript received September 14, 1989; revised January I I , 1990. This work was partially supported by the fund for the encouragement of research at the Technion, the Israeli Academy of Science and Humanities. and the Bi-National fund. M. Botton is with the Department of Electrical Engineering. Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Haifa 32000. Israel. A. Ron is with the Department of Physics. Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000, Israel. IEEE Log Number 9035367.


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