Investigation of an electron string ion source with field emission cathode

R. Becker, Frederick Currell, E.D. Donets, E.E. Donets, O. Kester, W. Quint, V.E. Ptitsin

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The string mode of operation for an electron beam ion source uses axially oscillating electrons in order to reduce power consumption, also simplifying the construction by omitting the collector with cooling requirements and has been called electron string ion source (ESIS). We have started a project (supported by INTAS and GSI) to use Schottky field emitting cathode tips for generating the electron string. The emission from these specially conditioned tips is higher by orders of magnitude than the focused Brillouin current density at magnetic fields of some Tesla and electron energies of some keV. This may avoid the observed instabilities in the transition from axially oscillating electrons to the string state of the electron plasma, opening a much wider field of possible operating parameters for an ESIS. Besides the presentation of the basic features, we emphasize in this paper a method to avoid damaging of the field, emission tip by backstreaming ions. (C) 2008 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Article number02A701
Pages (from-to)0-0
Number of pages1
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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