Dominik Ehberger, Kathrin J. Mohler, Thomas Vasileiadis, Ralph Ernstorfer, Lutz Waldecker, and Peter Baum:
Phys. Rev. Applied 11 (2), 024034 (2019), pp.7;
Compression of electron pulses with terahertz radiation offers short pulse durations and intrinsic subcycle stability in time. We report the generation of 12-fs (rms), 28-fs (FWHM) electron pulses at a kinetic energy of 75 keV by using single-cycle terahertz radiation and a simple planar mirror. The mirror interface provides transverse velocity matching and spatially uniform compression in time with purely longitudinal field-electron interaction. The measured short-term and long-term temporal drifts are substantially below the pulse duration without any active synchronization. A simple phase-space model explains the measured temporal focusing dynamics for different compressor strengths and shows a path toward generating isolated attosecond electron pulses from beams of almost arbitrary transverse emi.
The original publication is available by link DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevApplied.11.024034