The cavity dumping technique, applied to free electron lasers (FEL), is described. Taking advantage of both numerical simulations and experimental results on the Mark III FEL, a fairly exhaustive analysis is reported. In particular, we show that the output peak power can be increased by a factor even higher than one hundred. The cavity dumping experiment, under way on the Mark III FEL, is discussed in some detail.
© 1989 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 25, 1988
Published: August 1, 1989
Antonello Cutolo, Stephen V. Benson, John F. Schultz, and John M. Madey, "Cavity dumping for free electron lasers," Appl. Opt. 28, 3177-3182 (1989)