Unifying photonics and accelerator physics is essential for the development of future accelerators, free electron lasers, and other scientific instruments due to increasingly synergistic advances at the cross‑section between these two fields. Laser fields are ideal agents to tailor the 6-D phase-space distribution of electron beams because they can imprint correlations with extremely high spatio-temporal precision. The Lasers for Accelerators (L4A) team serves existing facilities and disciplines at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University by bringing together experts from various backgrounds in photon sciences and accelerator physics to create integrative scientific and technological advancements in quantum and nonlinear optics, accelerators, and bright x-ray sources.
Ultrafast optical lasers are the primary drivers of a fast growing range of scientific and technological applications. In particular, fiber lasers have recently gained significant traction in ultrafast and nonlinear optics because of their robustness in beam delivery and capacity for high average power. We examine a variety of elementary fiber and hybrid ultrafast photon sources as well as beam delivery solutions based on integrated photonics for operations and research activities relevant to ultrafast photonics and X-ray science.