Design and operation of a stable intense high-temperature arc-discharge source of hydrogen atoms and metastable trihydrogen molecules

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We report a design for a stable intense beam source ofhyperthermal hydrogen atoms. The basis for the design is an arc heater used first by Knuth for the generation of high-translational energy He-Ar beams. In the case of hydrogen atom generation this source is very unstable due to the corresponding higher temperatures which are generated by the plasma… (More)

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