Unipolar Cherenkov and Diffraction Radiation of Relativistic Electrons

G. Naumenko, M. Shevelev, K. E. Popov

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Abstract: For ordinary (bipolar) radiation, the integral of the electric-field strength in time is zero. The possibility of generating unipolar radiation was theoretically considered in (E.G. Bessonov. Preprint no. 76, Lebedev Physical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union, Moscow, 1990) for the first time. In this work, unipolar radiation is defined as radiation for which the integral of the electric-field strength in time differs significantly from zero. Later, a number of theoretical articles were devoted to this problem, mainly as applied to synchrotron radiation. However, there are still no experimental studies of this phenomenon. This paper presents the results of an experimental observation of unipolar Cherenkov and diffraction radiation generated by relativistic electrons in the millimeter wavelength range. For this, a detector was developed that is sensitive to the selected direction of electric-field strength. We observed coherent Cherenkov radiation and the backward diffraction radiation of a beam of relativistic electrons when electrons move close to targets. The effect of partial unipolarity is registered for Cherenkov radiation, and almost complete unipolarity is observed for backward diffraction radiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)834-839
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics of Particles and Nuclei Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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