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Title: Modeling of a Compact Terahertz Source based on the Two-Stream Instability

THz radiation straddles the microwave and infrared bands of the electromagnetic spectrum, thus combining the penetrating power of lower-frequency waves and imaging capabilities of higher-energy infrared radiation. THz radiation is employed in various elds such as cancer research, biology, agriculture, homeland security, and environmental monitoring. Conventional vacuum electronic sources of THz radiation (e.g., fast- and slow-wave devices) either require very small structures or are bulky and expensive to operate. Optical sources necessitate cryogenic cooling and are presently capable of producing milliwatt levels of power at THz frequencies. We propose a millimeter and sub-millimeter wave source based on a well-known phenomenon called the two-stream instability. The two-beam source relies on lowenergy and low-current electron beams for operation. Also, it is compact, simple in design, and does not contain expensive parts that require complex machining and precise alignment. In this dissertation, we perform 2-D particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations of the interaction region of the two-beam source. The interaction region consists of a beam pipe of radius ra and two electron beams of radius rb co-propagating and interacting inside the pipe. The simulations involve the interaction of unmodulated (no initial energy modulation) and modulated (energy-modulated, seeded at a given frequency) electron beams. In addition,more » both cold (monoenergetic) and warm (Gaussian) beams are treated.« less
  1. Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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United States
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS Accelerator Design, Technology, and Operations; microwave; radio-frequency; oscillator; amplifier; terahertz; twt; compact