Subradiant spontaneous undulator emission through collective suppression of shot noise

D. Ratner, E. Hemsing, A. Gover, A. Marineelli, A. Nause

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The phenomenon of Dicke's subradiance, in which the collective properties of a system suppress radiation, has received broad interest in atomic physics. Recent theoretical papers in the field of relativistic electron beams have proposed schemes to achieve subradiance through suppression of shot noise current fluctuations. The resulting "quiet" beam generates less spontaneous radiation than emitted even by a shot noise beam when oscillating in an undulator. Quiet beams could have diverse accelerator applications, including lowering power requirements for seeded free-electron lasers and improving efficiency of hadron cooling. In this paper we present experimental observation of a strong reduction in undulator radiation, demonstrating the feasibility of noise suppression as a practical tool in accelerator physics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number050703
JournalPhysical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams
Issue number5
StatePublished - 21 May 2015


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