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Direct measurement of broad spectral electromagnetic wave energy generated by an intense relativstic electron beam

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Efthimion, P.C. ; Plasma Physics Laboratory, Columbia University, New York, New York 10027 ; Schlesinger, S.P.

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A direct determination is made of the total power radiated in a single pulse, F P (ω)  dω, by an intense relativistic electron beam cyclotron maser configuration as a function of applied magnetic field. The existence of other possible instabilities over a broad spectral range notwithstanding, the total output is dominated by the maser instability occurring at the relativistic cyclotron resonance magnetic field. The results for two different anode‐cathode spacings, corresponding qualitatively to cold and warm beam conditions, are presented and compared. A possible explanation accounting for the existence of high power noise radiation at low magnetic fields for the warm beam case is discussed.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:30 ,  Issue: 6 )