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Chin. Phys. B, 2014, Vol. 23(4): 048402    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/23/4/048402

Three-dimensional simulation method of multipactor in microwave components for high-power space application

Li Yuna, Cui Wan-Zhaoa, Zhang Naa, Wang Xin-Boa, Wang Hong-Guangb, Li Yong-Dongb, Zhang Jian-Fengc
a National Key Laboratory of Science and Technology on Space Science, China Academy of Space Technology (Xi'an), Xi'an 710100, China;
b Key Laboratory of Physical Electronics and Devices of the Ministry of Education, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an 710049, China;
c State Key Laboratory of Millimeter Waves, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China
Abstract  Based on the particle-in-cell technology and the secondary electron emission theory, a three-dimensional simulation method for multipactor is presented in this paper. By combining the finite difference time domain method and the particle tracing method, such an algorithm is self-consistent and accurate since the interaction between electromagnetic fields and particles is properly modeled. In the time domain aspect, the generation of multipactor can be easily visualized, which makes it possible to gain a deeper insight into the physical mechanism of this effect. In addition to the classic secondary electron emission model, the measured practical secondary electron yield is used, which increases the accuracy of the algorithm. In order to validate the method, the impedance transformer and ridge waveguide filter are studied. By analyzing the evolution of the secondaries obtained by our method, multipactor thresholds of these components are estimated, which show good agreement with the experimental results. Furthermore, the most sensitive positions where multipactor occurs are determined from the phase focusing phenomenon, which is very meaningful for multipactor analysis and design.
Keywords:  multipactor      numerical method      three-dimensional      high-power      threshold  
Received:  20 March 2013      Revised:  03 June 2013      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  84.32.-y (Passive circuit components)  
  52.40.Db (Electromagnetic (nonlaser) radiation interactions with plasma)  
  79.20.Ap (Theory of impact phenomena; numerical simulation)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Key Laboratory Foundation, China (Grant No. 9140C530103110C5301).
Corresponding Authors:  Li Yun     E-mail:
About author:  84.32.-y; 52.40.Db; 79.20.Ap

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Li Yun, Cui Wan-Zhao, Zhang Na, Wang Xin-Bo, Wang Hong-Guang, Li Yong-Dong, Zhang Jian-Feng Three-dimensional simulation method of multipactor in microwave components for high-power space application 2014 Chin. Phys. B 23 048402

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