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Title: Electron-cyclotron-resonance ion sources (review)


The physical principles are described and a brief survey of the present state is given of ion sources based on electron-cyclotron heating of plasma in a mirror trap. The characteristics of ECR sources of positive and negative ions used chiefly in accelerator technology are presented. 20 refs., 10 figs., 3 tabs.

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  1. People`s Friendship Univ., Moscow (Russian Federation)
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Instruments and Experimental Techniques; Journal Volume: 34; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: PBD: Jan 1992; TN: Translated from Pribory i Tekhnika Eksperimenta; No. 4, 8-18(Jul-Aug 1991)
Country of Publication:
United States

Citation Formats

Golovanivskii, K.S., and Dougar-Jabon, V.D. Electron-cyclotron-resonance ion sources (review). United States: N. p., 1992. Web.
Golovanivskii, K.S., & Dougar-Jabon, V.D. Electron-cyclotron-resonance ion sources (review). United States.
Golovanivskii, K.S., and Dougar-Jabon, V.D. 1992. "Electron-cyclotron-resonance ion sources (review)". United States. doi:.
title = {Electron-cyclotron-resonance ion sources (review)},
author = {Golovanivskii, K.S. and Dougar-Jabon, V.D.},
abstractNote = {The physical principles are described and a brief survey of the present state is given of ion sources based on electron-cyclotron heating of plasma in a mirror trap. The characteristics of ECR sources of positive and negative ions used chiefly in accelerator technology are presented. 20 refs., 10 figs., 3 tabs.},
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journal = {Instruments and Experimental Techniques},
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