Dielectric wall accelerator (DWA), towards high gradient acceleration field (30 MeV/m–100 MeV/m), is under development at Institute of Modern Physics. A prototype was designed and constructed to prove the principle. This needs a short pulse high current electron source to match the acceleration field generated by the Blumlein-type pulse forming lines (PFLs). In this paper, we report the design and test of a new type short pulse high current electron gun based on principle of vacuum arc discharge. Electron beams of 100 mA with pulse width of 10 ns were obtained.
Dielectric wall acceleratorArc dischargeShort pulse high current electron gunElectric field simulation
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