Tables for
Volume H
Powder diffraction
Edited by C. J. Gilmore, J. A. Kaduk and H. Schenk

International Tables for Crystallography (2018). Vol. H, ch. 2.2, p. 53

Section Wigglers

A. Fitcha*

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Correspondence e-mail: Wigglers

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If K is large (10 or above), the insertion device is a wiggler and the electrons oscillate with an amplitude significantly greater than the emitted radiation's natural opening angle 1/γ. Every oscillation along the device produces a burst of synchrotron radiation and these add together incoherently so increasing the flux in proportion to the number of magnetic periods. The radiation emerges from the wiggler in a horizontal fan with a horizontal opening angle ∼2K/γ. The intensity of a wiggler-based beamline can be very high because each oscillation produces synchrotron radiation, and this radiation is directed close to the axis of the device. Like a bending magnet, wigglers produce a continuous spectrum but with the critical energy shifted to harder energies because the magnetic field is (usually) greater. Thus for a wiggler at a 6-GeV source, with a magnetic field of 1.2 T and a magnetic period of 125 mm, K is 14, the maximum deflection of the electrons from the straight-line path is 1.2 mrad and the critical photon energy is 28.7 keV. Magnetic fields of several tesla can be exploited using superconducting magnets to obtain even higher critical photon energies.

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