CLARA: From ideas to reality

Prof. Brian McNeil

of the University of Strathclyde

Short wavelength FELs are in their infancy. Current XFEL facilities are the equivalent of the first conventional ruby and early gas lasers. If built today, the proposed CLARA FEL test facility would be a unique resource able to test many of the new ideas being proposed for the next generation of XFEL user facilities, taking them towards the equivalent of today’s conventional lasers with few-cycle pulses, transform limited output and much more.

In this talk I will discuss some of the physics ideas developed in the CI/ASTeC that led towards the CLARA design and what may come next. I will also show how these ideas are already being considered for use in facility designs elsewhere.

Slides of this talk will be available soon.