Collective Ion Acceleration with Intense Relativistic Electron Beams.
AIR FORCE WEAPONS LAB KIRTLAND AFB N MEX
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Recent theoretical and experimental investigations of ion acceleration occurring when an intense relativistic electron beam is injected into low pressure neutral gases have yielded a fairly complete description of the process. In this report the experimental procedure and results of the collective ion acceleration program at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory, including related diode and beam propagation work, are examined in detail. Important conclusions pertaining to the existence of an ion acceleration threshold current, to accelerated ion energy spectra, and to process efficiency are reported. Author
- Particle Accelerators
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics