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Published in Applied Physics B 96 (2009), pp. 309-314. DOI 10.1007/s00340-008-3355-1 Published by Springer Verlag.
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We report the construction of an electron gun emitting ultrashort pulses with a repetition rate of 2.7 MHz. The gun works at an acceleration voltage of 20 kV and is operated with a laser oscillator having an ultralong cavity. A low number of electrons per pulse eliminates space charge broadening. Electron yield and beam profiles are measured for operation with laser wavelengths of 800, 400, and 266 nm. The initial energy spread of the electrons is determined for these three wavelengths, and pulse durations of 600, 390, and 270 fs are inferred from the data.

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