Abstract

Terahertz (THz) pulses with energies up to 100μJ and corresponding electric fields up to 1MV/cm were generated by coherent transition radiation from 500MeV electron bunches at the free-electron laser Freie-Elektronen-Laser in Hamburg (FLASH). The pulses were characterized in the time domain by electro-optical sampling by a synchronized femtosecond laser with jitter of less than 100fs. High THz field strengths and quality of synchronization with an optical laser will enable observation of nonlinear THz phenomena.

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