Plasma Cathode for E-Beam Lasers
Semiannual technical rept. 1 May-30 Nov 1972
HUGHES RESEARCH LABS MALIBU CA
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The technical goal of this program is to develop a superior substitute for the thermionic-cathode electron gun used for plasma conditioning in high energy lasers. Specifically, the program is directed toward developing a hollow cathode plasma electron source to replace the thermionic source commonly used in these electron guns. To fulfill the technical goals of the program, a theoretical and experimental development program is being carried out. A small scale prototype of the plasma cathode electron gun has been constructed and tested with excellent results. A high-voltage, full-size module is now under construction.
- Lasers and Masers
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics