Comparison between off-resonance and electron Bernstein waves heating regime in a microwave discharge ion source

Castro, G.; Mascali, D.; Romano, F. P.; Celona, L.; Gammino, S.; Lanaia, D.; Di Giugno, R.; Miracoli, R.; Serafino, T.; Di Bartolo, F.; Gambino, N.; Ciavola, G.
February 2012
Review of Scientific Instruments;Feb2012, Vol. 83 Issue 2, p02B501
Academic Journal
A microwave discharge ion source (MDIS) operating at the Laboratori Nazionali del Sud of INFN, Catania has been used to compare the traditional electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) heating with an innovative mechanisms of plasma ignition based on the electrostatic Bernstein waves (EBW). EBW are obtained via the inner plasma electromagnetic-to-electrostatic wave conversion and they are absorbed by the plasma at cyclotron resonance harmonics. The heating of plasma by means of EBW at particular frequencies enabled us to reach densities much larger than the cutoff ones. Evidences of EBW generation and absorption together with X-ray emissions due to high energy electrons will be shown. A characterization of the discharge heating process in MDISs as a generalization of the ECR heating mechanism by means of ray tracing will be shown in order to highlight the fundamental physical differences between ECR and EBW heating.


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