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Conference Paper

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Conference Name

2021 IEEE Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena (CEIDP)


A direct current (dc) high voltage photo-emission electron gun operating at 130 kV is utilized at the Jefferson Lab (JLab) Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility to generate spin-polarized electrons for nuclear physics experiments. Over the past decade, JLab has tested and implemented inverted-geometry ceramic insulators in photoguns, connecting the cathode electrode in vacuum to the high voltage power supply using commercial high voltage cables. The results of those tests showed that breakdown voltage was increased using triple-point shielding electrodes and bulk-doped insulators that allow charge drainage. This contribution describes ongoing work to develop a robust insulatorcable connector for reliably applying 500 kV dc to a future polarized beam photogun operating at 350 kV without field emission.


This is a U.S. Government work not protected by U.S. Copyright.

Original Publication Citation

Hernandez-Garcia, C., G. Palacios-Serrano, P. Adderly, D. Bullard, J. Grames, M. A. Mamun, M. Poelker, M. Stutzman, R. Suleiman, Y. Wang and S. A. K. Wijethunga. (2021). Inverted geometry ceramic insulators in high voltage DC electron guns for accelerators. Paper presented at the 2021 IEEE Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena (CEIDP). doi: 10.1109/CEIDP50766.2021.9705333


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