Results are presented from experimental studies of the plasma effect on the generation of microwave radiation in systems with a virtual cathode. Using a triode with a virtual cathode as an example, it is shown that the cathode and anode plasmas reduce the generation efficiency; in particular, the power of the generated microwave radiation decreases and the radiation frequency and the microwave pulse duration change appreciably. It is demonstrated that, at high microwave powers, the power radiated into free space can be reduced by the plasma generated at the surface of the output window. This plasma appears due to discharges developing on the window surface under the combined action of bremsstrahlung, UV radiation, electrons and ions arriving from the beam formation zone, and the microwave electric field.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
- Condensed Matter Physics