The space charge limited current of an electron beam generated in a magnetically insulated foil-less diode by a cylindrical or hollow cathode and injected into a cylindrical drift tube depends on the energy of the electrons and on the ratio of the beam radius to the tube radius. When this beam drifts into a tube of larger radius, it exceeds the corresponding space charge limit. This leads to the formation of a virtual cathode and to the reduction of the energy of the beam. The latter is known as a squeezed beam state. When the cylindrical tube consists of more segments of different radii and lengths, the dynamics of the beam can be manipulated. We propose a simple configuration resulting in the production of a high-frequency periodic train of high-current electron beam pulses.
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Research Article| September 09 2019
Generation of high-current pulses by a magnetized squeezed electron beam
J. G. Leopold ;
Y. P. Bliokh ;
J. G. Leopold, Y. P. Bliokh, M. Siman-Tov, Ya. E. Krasik; Generation of high-current pulses by a magnetized squeezed electron beam. Phys. Plasmas 1 September 2019; 26 (9): 093107. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5121484
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