Photonic-crystal mediated charged particle beam velocity modulation and electromagnetic wave generation

Yiming Xu, Rebecca Seviour

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We present the first experimental results of a photonic crystal (PC) structure-mediated charged particle beam velocity modulation and energy exchange. Our structure was based on two photonic lattices working at 9.532 GHz: a modulation lattice (ML) driven by a 2.5-6W signal to velocitymodulate an electron beam of dc voltage from 15 to 30 kV and current from 50 to 150μA, and an excitation lattice (EL) to exchange energy with the modulated beam, similar to a two-cavity klystron. Experimental results successfully demonstrated high spectral purity from signals excited by the velocity-modulated beam in the EL, with power level in excellent agreement with conventional theories.

Original languageEnglish
Article number013014
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2012


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