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Title: Generation of broadband terahertz radiation using a backward wave oscillator and pseudospark-sourced electron beam

This paper presents for the generation of a small size high current density pseudospark (PS) electron beam for a high frequency (0.2 THz) Backward Wave Oscillator (BWO) through a Doppler up-shift of the plasma frequency. An electron beam ∼1 mm diameter carrying a current of up to 10 A and current density of 10{sup 8} A m{sup −2}, with a sweeping voltage of 42 to 25 kV and pulse duration of 25 ns, was generated from the PS discharge. This beam propagated through the rippled-wall slow wave structure of a BWO beam-wave interaction region in a plasma environment without the need for a guiding magnetic field. Plasma wave assisted beam-wave interaction resulted in broadband output over a frequency range of 186–202 GHz with a maximum power of 20 W.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Physics, SUPA, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, G4 0NG Scotland (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22482181
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 107; Journal Issue: 13; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; CURRENT DENSITY; CURRENTS; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL; ELECTRON BEAMS; GHZ RANGE 100-1000; LANGMUIR FREQUENCY; MAGNETIC FIELDS; OSCILLATORS; PLASMA WAVES; PULSES