Cathode design for a low-velocity metastable neon cold cathode discharge source
We present new measurements on the characteristics of a cold cathode, low velocity metastable neon discharge atomic beam source. We have measured both the relative metastable flux and the most probable velocity as a function of the discharge current for four different cathode designs. The results demonstrate that there is a strong dependence of the flux on the design of the cathode, while there is little difference in the velocity of the atomic beams produced.
Measurement Science and Technology
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