Calculation of the effect of electron correlations on shot noise in gyroklystrons

Arne W. Fliflet, Thomas M. Antonsen, Jeffrey P. Calame, Bruce G. Danly

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The results of a theory of shot noise amplification and damping in gyro-amplifiers are compared with measurements for a 35 GHz gyroklystron. The theory models the evolution of the electrostatic cyclotron instability and the development of dielectric screening in the electron gun and interaction cavity regions. These effects modify the `bare' shot noise produced by uncorrelated electrons. The approach is based on the linearized Vlasov equation from plasma kinetic theory. The Vlasov equation is expressed in terms of the interaction potential observed by a test particle in the electron beam. Noise fluctuations are represented by the perturbed distribution function. The model includes the effects of the nonzero transverse size of the electron beam as well as the axial profile of the applied magnetic field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199
Number of pages1
JournalIEEE International Conference on Plasma Science
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventICOPS 2000 - 27th IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science - New Orleans, LA, USA
Duration: Jun 4 2000Jun 7 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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