Experimental evidence of energetic neutrals production in an ion diode

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The paper presents several experimental proofs of the formation of energetic charge-exchange neutrals in a self-magnetically insulated ion diode with a graphite cathode. The energetic neutrals are thought to be produced as a result of charge exchange process between accelerated ions and stationary neutral molecules. The experiments have been carried out using both a diode with externally applied magnetic insulation (single-pulse mode: 100 ns, 250-300 kV) and a diode with self-magnetic insulation (double-pulse mode: 300-500 ns, 100-150 kV (negative pulse); 120 ns, 250-300 kV (positive pulse)). The motivation for looking at the neutral component of the ion beam came when we compared two independent methods to measure the energy density of the beam. A quantitative comparison of infrared measurements with signals from Faraday cups and diode voltage was made to assess the presence of neutral atoms in the ion beam. As another proof of charge-exchange effects in ion diode we present the results of statistical analysis of diode performance. It was found that the shot-to shot variation of the energy density in a set of 50-100 shots does not exceed 11%, whilst the same variation for ion current density was 20-30%; suggesting the presence of neutrals in the beam. Moreover, the pressure in the zone of ion beam energy dissipation exceeds the results stated in cited references. The difference between our experimental data and results stated by other authors we attribute to the presence of a low-energy charge-exchange neutral component in the ion beam.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-145
Number of pages8
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Accelerator
  • Charge exchange
  • Energetic neutrals
  • Intense ion beams
  • Self-magnetically insulated diode

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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