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      Pseudospark discharge; hollow cathode; electron beam; plasma cathode electron gun; particle-in-cell simulation.

    • Abstract


      This paper presents the experimental studies on self-breakdown-based single-gap plasma cathode electron (PCE) gun (5–20 kV/50–160 A) in argon, gas atmosphere and its performance evaluation based on particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation code `OOPIC-Pro’.The PCE-Gun works in conducting phase (low energy, high current) of pseudospark discharge. It produces an intense electron beam, which can propagate more than 200 mm in the drift space region without external magnetic field. The profile of this beam in the drift space region at different breakdown conditions (i.e., gas pressures and applied voltages) has been studied and the experimental results are compared with simulated values. It is demonstrated that ∼30% beam current is lost during the propagation possibly due to space charge neutralization and collisions with neutral particles and walls.

    • Author Affiliations


      Niraj Kumar1 2 Nalini Pareek1 2 Udit Narayan Pal1 2 Deepak Kumar Verma1 Jitendra Prajapati1 Mahesh Kumar1 Bharat Lal Meena1 Ram Prakash1 2

      1. Microwave Tubes Division, CSIR-Central Electronics and Engineering Research Institute, Pilani 333 031, India
      2. Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), New Delhi 110 025, India
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  • Pramana – Journal of Physics | News

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