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Title: Systems and methods for the magnetic insulation of accelerator electrodes in electrostatic accelerators

The present invention provides systems and methods for the magnetic insulation of accelerator electrodes in electrostatic accelerators. Advantageously, the systems and methods of the present invention improve the practically obtainable performance of these electrostatic accelerators by addressing, among other things, voltage holding problems and conditioning issues. The problems and issues are addressed by flowing electric currents along these accelerator electrodes to produce magnetic fields that envelope the accelerator electrodes and their support structures, so as to prevent very low energy electrons from leaving the surfaces of the accelerator electrodes and subsequently picking up energy from the surrounding electric field. In various applications, this magnetic insulation must only produce modest gains in voltage holding capability to represent a significant achievement.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1110782
Report Number(s):
8,610,379
12/640,058
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-08CH11555
Resource Type:
Patent
Research Org:
PPPL (Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States))
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
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