THE PRODUCTION OF BEV POTENTIAL WELLS,
AVCO EVERETT RESEARCH LAB EVERETT MASS
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It may be possible to produce large electrostatic potential wells by a method which avoids the usual breakdown limitations. The well would by produced by a cloud of electrons suspended in a magnetic field. Estimates presented suggest that the Bev range may be accessible with large equipment. Ions introduced into the potential well would be both accelerated and contained. If the number of ions which can be contained in this way is limited by the accumulation of positive space charge, it would be possible to produce an overall reaction rate of the order of 10 to the 16th power nuclear reactions per second.