Abstract

After briefly reporting on the present status of the infrared free-electron laser now operating at the Stanford Photon Research Laboratory and powered by the linear accelerator Mark III, we discuss the results of using nonlinear optical techniques for both the characterization of its output radiation and the enhancment of its tunability range. In particular, to show the evidence of possible self-guiding effects, a new and reliable technique has been devised and successfully tested for real-time monitoring of the micropulse evolution during the buildup of radiation. Finally, we discuss the main problems connected with the damage threshold of optical materials.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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