Study of space charge compensation phenomena in charged particle beams

P. Veltri, M. Cavenago, G. Serianni

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The propagation of a charged particle beam is accompanied by the production of secondary particles created in the interaction of the beam itself with the background gas flowing in the accelerator tube. In the drift region, where the electric field of the electrodes is negligible, secondary particles may accumulate giving a plasma which shields the self-induced potential of the charged beam. This phenomenon, known as space charge compensation is a typical issue in accelerator physics, where it is usually addressed by means of 1D radial transport codes or Monte Carlo codes. The present paper describes some theoretical studies on this phenomenon, presenting a Particle in Cell-Monte Carlo (PIC-MC) Code developed ad hoc where both radial and axial confinements of secondary particles are calculated. The features of the model, offering a new insight on the problem, are described and some results discussed. © 2012 EURATOM.
Original languageEnglish
Article number02B709
Pages (from-to)-
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation

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