Classical theory of a free-electron laser Academic Article uri icon


  • We present a completely classical analysis of the small-signal regime of a free-electron laser. It is explicitly shown that the amplification is due to stimulated scattering produced by a bunching of the electron distribution. 1976.

published proceedings

  • Optics Communications

author list (cited authors)

  • Hopf, F. A., Meystre, P., Scully, M. O., & Louisell, W. H.

citation count

  • 157

complete list of authors

  • Hopf, FA||Meystre, P||Scully, MO||Louisell, WH

publication date

  • September 1976