Since the free-electron laser FLASH at DESY in Hamburg, Germany [1] lases in Self-Amplified Spontaneous Emission (SASE) mode each pulse is “unique” and has different pulse energy, XUV spectrum and pulse duration. Due to very small fluctuations in the acceleration, the arrival time of the XUV pulses jitters within several tens of femtoseconds. A Terahertz (THz) field driven streak camera [2,3] has the potential to deliver single-shot pulse duration information basically wavelength independent and with a high dynamic range (in pulse duration and FEL energy) and it is able to be operated with repetition rates up to several hundred kHz (potentially even MHz). In addition, it can provide arrival time information between the XUV pulse and the laser driving the THz generation for each single pulse with accuracy well below 10 fs resolution.

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