A pseudospark plasma cathode
can overcome current density limitations imposed by thermionic emission as well as being able to generate a sheet electron beam without the need to use an external magnetic field.
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electron sources; physics, technology, applications.
Key to the operation of the PASOTRON is the generation of a high-energy electron beam from a plasma cathode
, and transmission of that beam through a plasma-filled slow-wave structure without the use of an externally produced magnetic field.
The work will develop and integrate a novel plasma cathode
electron source with an EBM machine focusing on realising the enhanced capabilities of low maintenance, consistent manufacturing performance and higher productivity.