The results of experimental studies of different types of cathodes - carbon-epoxy rods, carbon-epoxy capillary, edged graphite, and metal-dielectric - under the application of high-voltage pulses with an amplitude of several hundreds of kV and pulse duration of several nanoseconds are presented. The best diode performance was achieved with the edged graphite and carbon-epoxy-based cathodes characterized by uniform and fast (<1 ns) formation of explosive emission plasma spots and quasi-constant diode impedance. This result was achieved for both annular cathodes in a strong magnetic field and planar cathodes of a similar diameter (∼2 cm) with no external magnetic field. The cathodes based on carbon-epoxy rods and carbon-epoxy capillaries operating with an average current density up to 1 kA/cm2 showed insignificant erosion along 106 pulses of the generator and the generated electron beam current showed excellent reproducibility in terms of the amplitude and waveform.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)