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High Power And Super Power Plasma Cerenkov Masers
Author(s): J. S. De Groot; R. A. Stone; J. H. Rogers; T. Sargent; R. J. Faehl; R. K. Keinigs
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Paper Abstract

A high power (GW level), high efficiency (⪆ 10%), high gain (40 db), long pulse (1 μsec) Plasma Cerenkov Maser (PCM) is under development. The preparations for preliminary experiments at reduced power (.1 GW) and pulse length (.1 μsec) are near completion. The experimental design has been modeled using linear and particle simulation codes for both reduced and full power operation. Several designs have been modeled in an effort to find a method to reduce the AC space charge effect of high current beams. Optimum efficiency is obtained with a thin beam close to a thin plasma. Calculations with a full 2-1/2 D relativistic particle code are presented for the first reported experimental device. The results generally agree with our previous 1 D calculations. Stability analysis indicates self-oscillation due to imperfect coupling can limit the gain of the amplifier. The design of the UCD PCM is described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 1989
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1061, Microwave and Particle Beam Sources and Directed Energy Concepts, (25 July 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.951811
Show Author Affiliations
J. S. De Groot, University of California (United States)
R. A. Stone, University of California (United States)
J. H. Rogers, University of California (United States)
T. Sargent, University of California (United States)
R. J. Faehl, Los Alamos National Laboratory (United States)
R. K. Keinigs, Los Alamos National Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1061:
Microwave and Particle Beam Sources and Directed Energy Concepts
Howard E. Brandt, Editor(s)

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