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Title: Arc plasma generator of atomic driver for steady-state negative ion source

The paper reviews the results of development of steady-state arc-discharge plasma generator with directly heated LaB{sub 6} cathode. This arc-discharge plasma generator produces a plasma jet which is to be converted into an atomic one after recombination on a metallic plate. The plate is electrically biased relative to the plasma in order to control the atom energies. Such an intensive jet of hydrogen atoms can be used in negative ion sources for effective production of negative ions on a cesiated surface of plasma grid. All elements of the plasma generator have an augmented water cooling to operate in long pulse mode or in steady state. The thermo-mechanical stresses and deformations of the most critical elements of the plasma generator were determined by simulations. Magnetic field inside the discharge chamber was optimized to reduce the local power loads. The first tests of the steady-state arc plasma generator prototype have performed in long-pulse mode.
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2] ; ; ; ; ;  [1] ; ;  [3]
  1. Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)
  2. (Russian Federation)
  3. Tri Alpha Energy Inc., Rancho Santa Margarita, California 92688 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22253643
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Review of Scientific Instruments; Journal Volume: 85; Journal Issue: 2; Conference: ICIS 2011: 14. international conference on ion sources, Giardini-Naxos, Sicily (Italy), 12-16 Sep 2011; Other Information: (c) 2014 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; ANIONS; CATHODES; HYDROGEN; LANTHANUM BORIDES; MAGNETIC FIELDS; PLASMA JETS; PLATES; PULSES; REVIEWS; STEADY-STATE CONDITIONS