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Title: Magnetic dipole discharges. II. Cathode and anode spot discharges and probe diagnostics

The high current regime of a magnetron-type discharge has been investigated. The discharge uses a permanent magnet as a cold cathode which emits secondary electrons while the chamber wall or a grounded electrode serves as the anode. As the discharge voltage is increased, the magnet develops cathode spots, which are short duration arcs that provide copious electrons to increase the discharge current dramatically. Short (1 μs), high current (200 A) and high voltage (750 V) discharge pulses are produced in a relaxation instability between the plasma and a charging capacitor. Spots are also observed on a negatively biased plane Langmuir probe. The probe current pulses are as large as those on the magnet, implying that the high discharge current does not depend on the cathode surface area but on the properties of the spots. The fast current pulses produce large inductive voltages, which can reverse the electrical polarity of the magnet and temporarily operate it as an anode. The discharge current may also oscillate at the frequency determined by the charging capacitor and the discharge circuit inductance. Each half cycle of high-current current pulses exhibits a fast (≃10 ns) current rise when a spot is formed. It induces high frequencymore » (10–100 MHz) transients and ringing oscillations in probes and current circuits. Most probes behave like unmatched antennas for the electromagnetic pulses of spot discharges. Examples are shown to distinguish the source of oscillations and some rf characteristics of Langmuir probes.« less
Authors:
;  [1] ; ;  [2]
  1. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095-1547 (United States)
  2. Institute for Ion Physics and Applied Physics, University of Innsbruck, A-6020 Innsbruck (Austria)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22224202
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 20; Journal Issue: 8; Other Information: (c) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; ANODES; CAPACITORS; CATHODES; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL; ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSES; ELECTRONS; LANGMUIR PROBE; MAGNETIC DIPOLES; MAGNETRONS; PERMANENT MAGNETS; PLASMA DIAGNOSTICS; PLASMA INSTABILITY