Accession Number:

AD0609638

Title:

THE DIOCOTRON INSTABILITY IN A CYLINDRICAL GEOMETRY,

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Corporate Author:

AVCO EVERETT RESEARCH LAB EVERETT MASS

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Report Date:

1964-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

The diocotron or slipping stream instability of low density electron beams in crossed fields is considered for a cylindrical geometry. For a simple density distribution, the normal modes of the electron beam correspond to a continuum of eigenvalues, plus two discrete eigenvalues. Work due to Case and Dikii appears to show that the continuous spectrum is not important in stability studies of this type. The condition for stability considering the discrete modes only is derived under suitable geometrical and electrical conditions, it is shown that these modes can be stable. The analogy between the electromagnetic problem considered here and the problem of the stability of an ideal rotating fluid is discussed. It is shown that stability conditions derived for the latter problem depend on the possibility of axial perturbations what this implies for the electron beam problem is briefly discussed. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE