Plasma Physics Reports

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 135–149 | Cite as

Low-frequency instability of an ion beam in the field of a high-current REB

  • V. A. Balakirev
  • N. I. Onishchenko
  • I. N. Onishchenko
Plasma Optics


A study is made of the linear and nonlinear stages of the low-frequency instability of an ensemble of ions that execute radial oscillations in the electric field of the space charge of an unneutralized high-current relativistic electron beam. Nonlinear mechanisms for stabilizing the low-frequency ion instability are considered. It is shown, in particular, that, under certain conditions, the development of the low-frequency instability can lead to the ejection of ions onto the walls of the drift chamber.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. A. Balakirev
    • 1
  • N. I. Onishchenko
    • 1
  • I. N. Onishchenko
    • 1
  1. 1.National Science Center Kharkiv Institute of Physics and TechnologyKharkivUkraine

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