Free electron lasers without inversion: principles and proposed realizations Conference Paper uri icon


  • The small-gain regime of free-electron lasers without inversion (FELWI) is considered and seeming contradictions with the traditional theory of FEL are resolved. As a result, a generalized Madey's theorem is obtained for the case of a phase shift given to electrons between the two wigglers. It explicitly demonstrates the contribution of interference of radiation from the wigglers. It is shown, by considering the motion in the phase-space, that Liouville's theorem applied to the motion of electrons in a two-dimensional (rather than one-dimensional) real space is consistent with a non-zero integral of the gain over electron energies. These conclusions are crucial for the achievement of orders-of-magnitude improvement in the FEL gain in the case of a large electron energy spread.

name of conference

  • Fourth-Generation X-Ray Sources and Ultrafast X-Ray Detectors

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Scully, M. O., & Rostovtsev, Y. V.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Scully, MO||Rostovtsev, YV

editor list (cited editors)

  • Tatchyn, R. O., Chang, Z., Kieffer, J., & Hastings, J. B.

publication date

  • August 2004