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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 11 — Jun. 2, 2014
  • pp: 12869–12879

Towards jitter-free pump-probe measurements at seeded free electron laser facilities

Miltcho B. Danailov, Filippo Bencivenga, Flavio Capotondi, Francesco Casolari, Paolo Cinquegrana, Alexander Demidovich, Erika Giangrisostomi, Maya P. Kiskinova, Gabor Kurdi, Michele Manfredda, Claudio Masciovecchio, Riccardo Mincigrucci, Ivaylo P. Nikolov, Emanuele Pedersoli, Emiliano Principi, and Paolo Sigalotti  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 11, pp. 12869-12879 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.012869


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Abstract

X-ray free electron lasers (FEL) coupled with optical lasers have opened unprecedented opportunities for studying ultrafast dynamics in matter. The major challenge in pump-probe experiments using FEL and optical lasers is synchronizing the arrival time of the two pulses. Here we report a technique that benefits from the seeded-FEL scheme and uses the optical seed laser for nearly jitter-free pump-probe experiments. Timing jitter as small as 6 fs has been achieved and confirmed by measurements of FEL-induced transient reflectivity changes of Si3N4 using both collinear and non-collinear geometries. Planned improvements of the experimental set-up are expected to further reduce the timing jitter between the two pulses down to fs level.

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OCIS Codes
(140.2600) Lasers and laser optics : Free-electron lasers (FELs)
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements
(320.7120) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast phenomena
(320.7130) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast processes in condensed matter, including semiconductors

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: March 21, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 8, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 8, 2014
Published: May 20, 2014

Citation
Miltcho B. Danailov, Filippo Bencivenga, Flavio Capotondi, Francesco Casolari, Paolo Cinquegrana, Alexander Demidovich, Erika Giangrisostomi, Maya P. Kiskinova, Gabor Kurdi, Michele Manfredda, Claudio Masciovecchio, Riccardo Mincigrucci, Ivaylo P. Nikolov, Emanuele Pedersoli, Emiliano Principi, and Paolo Sigalotti, "Towards jitter-free pump-probe measurements at seeded free electron laser facilities," Opt. Express 22, 12869-12879 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-11-12869


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