Cerenkov radiation produced by 100 MeV electrons.
McLaughlin, David Earl
Buskirk, Fred R.
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It is proposed that electromagnetic radiation of a specified frequency can be produced as a result of stimulated Cerenkov radiation in a dielectric resonator excited by a superluminal electron beam. The frequency generated is a function of three physical parameters. They are the electron energy, the thickness of the dielectric resonator and its index of refraction. This work provides a theoretical derivation for predicting the frequency of stimulated Cerenkov radiation in a dielectric slab. The first experimental results using extremely relativistic electrons are reported, and the problems encountered are outlined with some suggestions for improvements. The results of this validation show that the observed frequency differs from the predicted frequency by less than 1.5%. Incidental to the conduct of this experiment, ordinary Cerenkov radiation in the usual cone was observed in air at microwave frequencies. A possible application of the stimulated Cerenkov process as an electron beam monitor is briefly discussed.
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