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Title: Terahertz electron cyclotron maser interactions with an axis-encircling electron beam

To generate terahertz radiation via the electron cyclotron maser instability, harmonic interactions are essential in order to reduce the required magnetic field to a practical value. Also, high-order mode operation is required to avoid excessive Ohmic losses. The weaker harmonic interaction and mode competition associated with an over-moded structure present challenging problems to overcome. The axis-encircling electron beam is a well-known recipe for both problems. It strengthens the harmonic interaction, as well as minimizing the competing modes. Here, we examine these advantages through a broad data base obtained for a low-power, step-tunable, gyrotron oscillator. Linear results indicate far more higher-harmonic modes can be excited with an axis-encircling electron beam than with an off-axis electron beam. However, multi-mode, time-dependent simulations reveal an intrinsic tendency for a higher-harmonic mode to switch over to a lower-harmonic mode at a high beam current or upon a rapid current rise. Methods are presented to identify the narrow windows in the parameter space for stable harmonic interactions.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Physics, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22408346
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: (c) 2015 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; BEAM CURRENTS; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; CYCLOTRON HARMONICS; ELECTRON BEAMS; ENERGY LOSSES; INSTABILITY; INTERACTIONS; MAGNETIC FIELDS; MATHEMATICAL SPACE; MICROWAVE AMPLIFIERS; OSCILLATORS; TIME DEPENDENCE