Coherent dynamics of a free-electron laser with arbitrary magnet geometry. I. General formalism Academic Article uri icon


  • Coupled equations describing the propagation of the laser field (Maxwell equation) and the evolution of the electron distribution (generalized pendulum equations) are derived classically for the case of ultrarelativistic electrons moving in a helical magnet with an arbitrary slowly varying amplitude. The equations apply to coherent transient phenomena, such as picosecond pulse propagation, as well as to continuous-wave laser operation. 1980 The American Physical Society.

published proceedings

  • Physical Review A

author list (cited authors)

  • Moore, G. T., & Scully, M. O.

citation count

  • 33

complete list of authors

  • Moore, Gerald T||Scully, Marlan O

publication date

  • June 1980