Effects of rf magnetic field and wave reflection on multipactor discharge on a dielectric

Sazontov, A. G.; Nevchaev, V. E.
March 2010
Physics of Plasmas;Mar2010, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p033509
Academic Journal
This paper analyzes the effects of the rf magnetic field and partial reflection of the circularly polarized electromagnetic wave on multipactor discharge on a dielectric. A statistical theory (taking into account the velocity spread of injected electrons) is constructed to evaluate the multipactor induced breakdown and saturation level. It is concluded that the spread of initial velocities considerably changes the condition for multipactor initiation in comparison with the dynamic approach. This effect is especially strong for the case of relatively low rf electric field amplitude (when the transit time essentially exceeds the rf period) and leads to the oscillation suppression of effective electron yield and to an increase in the threshold of multipactor growth. It is established that the rf magnetic field eliminates the upper boundary of the susceptibility diagram, while the low boundary almost remains unchanged. It is also found that the presence of partial reflection causes degradation of the saturation level (in comparison with the nonreflecting case) and results in decreasing of the characteristic time required to achieve the steady state.


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