A new grid-type electron filter for volume-production negative-ion source
Scientific Center of Physical Technologies - Svobody sq. 6, 61108, Kharkiv, Ukraine
2 Department of Physics and Technology, V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University - Kurchatova ave. 31, 61108, Kharkiv, Ukraine
Accepted: 24 January 2012
A new system providing continuous generation of broad negative-ion beam is described and characterized. The key element of the system is the grid-type electron filter allowing the formation without magnetic field of a stationary highly electronegative plasma which can be biased negatively with respect to a relatively high-area electrode that allows to extract the negative ions. Measurements of negative-ion energy distribution functions conducted using a magnetically filtered energy analyzer show broad (250 mm) negative-ion beam formation with controllable energy starting from several eV. A conclusion is made about the possibility of practical application of the grid-type electron filter in negative ion sources for electric propulsion and etching technologies.
PACS: 52.27.Cm – Multicomponent and negative-ion plasmas / 52.50.Dg – Plasma sources / 52.59.Bi – Grid- and ion-diode-accelerated beams
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