Particle Simulation Code for Non-Relativistic Electron Bunch

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Particle Simulation Code for Non-Relativistic Electron Bunch

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Proceedings of the 1984 Linear Accelerator Conference, Seeheim, Germany

Particle Simulation Code for Non-Relativistic Electron Bunch in LASERTRON
Hiroshi Nishimura
The Institute for Solid State Physics, The University of Tokyo
Midori-cho, Tanashi-shi, Tokyo 188, JAPAN

A particle simulation code was developed to investigate the motion of the non-relativistic bunched electron beam in LASERTRON .'.~ This code treats the interaction between the non-relativistic charged particles and the electromagnetic fields in the cavity structure with cylindrical symmetry. The evoluation of the bunch shape was traced under the external electrostatic field for acceleration. Discussion was made on the maximum value of the photoemitted current in terms of critical charge.
LASERTRON is the laser triggered RF power source for the accelerating cavity of electron-positron linear collider in the several TeV region. The merit of the LASERTRON is the high conversion efficiency in the high power region because the beam is bunched from its origin. Fig.l. shows the conceptional structure of the LASERTRON. Electrons were photoemitted by the irradiation of the mode-locked laser whose intensity is modulated at the RF frequency of the LASERTRON. Decause of the high intensity of the photoemitted electron bunch. the force of epace charge and of the wal,e field are not negligible. The bunch shape changed by the force also changes the space and wal,e field. The interaction between the electron distribution and the field makes the analitical investigation difficult. Therefore. the numerical simulation was required on the electron motion in the high intensi ty and nonrelativistic region. In this short paper, the outline of numerical method of the particle simulation code was described. The concept of the cri tical charge that determines the maximum of the available photoemitted current was also discussed.


electron bunch


Conceptional Structure of LASERTRON


if Fig.2. Coordinate

Computational Method

The code was devided into two parts, the calculation

of the fields and that of the particle motion. The

field calculation was the extension of the numerical

mesh method, which was first used by T.Weiland in his code BCI~ to the non-relativistic region in the sense

that bunch shape changes and to the three dimentional

bunch shape with cylindrical symmetry. And the particle-
in-cell method of plasma physics4 was used for particle·

motion. The coordinates were shown in the Fig.2.

The fundamentsl equations of the fields are the

Maxwell eqations: _

... OlB
-- ... rot E

rot H

OlD J + ---

... ;;;,t



div D p

div B = 0



1', H

The electric field is composed of the self-indused wake

part and the external accelerating DC part. The latter

is taken to be constant so the above equations are used

for the wake part. From the symmetry, the field

... components are E = ( Ell ' Ey , 0 ) ,

...H = ( 0 , 0 , H'f) .

Eqs. (1) are treated as evoluation eqs. and (2) as initial conditions that are solved numerically for the given initial distribution of the particles.
The computational method for the eqs.(l) is the mesh method of the BCI with the extension of the following points: (1) Solving the initial value problem for the electric field regarding it as static for the small initial velocity. This was done by solving the difference equation for the scalar potential. The solution was obtained by iteration for the given initial distribution of superparticles under the boundary conditions of the cavity. (2) Off-axis mesh points can have the current component because the bunch has the 2 dimentional distribution. Currents are also devided onto the mesh points as charges. For example, the equation for the Ez becomes

j i

- J " n


1 n

1 nAt n

E;g· + - « 1 + -)H'f - (1 - - . )H'f'


j i E.~

2 i. j i

2 , j i-I E. j i ,

where j,i,n represent the mesh at Zj= jAx, rL = i Ax and

to= n"t.

(3) Including the external electric field for

acceleration. The equation of the particle motion is



= ( lVe


+ -- lit ( E. n mo

- v,. B'I' ) ,

lV r n+l

lv,. ) +

e At ( E,.

+ Vz B'I' ) ,


where t= ( 1 - v.V / c' )', -;; = (v~,


c light velocity,

v" 0) is the m. = rest mass

of the electron.

Simulation was carried out in the following way.

(1) Solve the initial value problem.

(2) Solve the field evoluation.

(3) Solve the particle evoluation.

(4) Repeat (2) and (3) for appropriate times.


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(5) Make outputs.

Thus, the self-consistency between the distribution and the wake field iB realized simulation.

particle in thiB

Output examples of the code.

Fig.3. shows the simplified model of "LASERTRON Mark I-D" for the numerical analysis. The number of mesh is 60 x 30 and the size is 1 mm/mesh. This model is composed of three parts, acceleration gap (B), beam duct (b) and output cavity (c), where (a) Bnd (b) Bre devided by the metal mesh of anode. The acceleration voltage is 100 KV for the gap of 20 mm. The bunch is composed of 40 superparticles in Z-R plane, 4 in Z and 10 in R direction. The charge takes the waterbag distribution in a disk-like bunch of 5 mm in radius and 0.6 mm in thickness at initial state. The initial velocity is 0.01 x light velocity. In Fig.3, the field induced by the bunch of.l nC after the acceleration was shown, where the dash represents the electric field. The position of the bunch is the center of the anode and the wave front because the velocity of the bunch is about
half of the light velocity. In Fig.4, three dimensional display is made with the third axiB V, where V is the magnitude of scalar potential in the Coulomb gauge. This shows the deformation of acceleration field due to the space charge of bunch of 10 nC that is gradually

.... __ ..
..................-."._...._.._-....--._---------------...... ----- ..-...-_-.--.--. .-. .-.

Fig.3. Output (1)



Fig.4. Output (2)


Simulation code was made and used for many parBmeter

sets, and some scale to measure the charge is required

to malle physical interpretations on them.

In this

section, we introduce the concepts of surface charge

limit, space charge limit and critical charge, the

maximum charge that can be extracted from photocathode

by the irradiation of the one laser pulse.

Surface Charge Limit

The time interval of the laser pulse is 350 psec for the S band, but the pulse width is several ten psec that is sharter than the filling time of the charge mlto the cathode. Therefore the photoemitted charge by the single laser pulse is less or equal to the surface charge on cathode of the area of the laser cross section. Thus the surface charge limit, Qsf, is defined as
(4 )

where E~ is the electric field strength on the surface that is determined by the external accelerating voltage and S L is the cross section of the laser beam.

Space Charge Limit

The space charge also limits the maximum emitted current. The effect of the space charge force at the surface of cathode can be treated localy, so the one dimensional disk model is intuitive to estimate this. In this model, space charge limit is defined as the charge with which the tail of the bunch is unable to be emitted from the surface because of the coulomb force due to the rest of the bunch.. Longitudinal space charge field, Es, is given by Es ~ Q /2~SB' with Q ~ total charge in bunch, SD~ cross section of bunch ~ SL.Space charge limit, Qsp, is defined as


EJ. for Q Qsp ,



2 Qsf •


In the disk model, electron beam is fully debunched in

the space charge limit, but the two dimensional numerical simulation by the code shows that the same

situation occurs for the bunch with charge several times

larger than above Qsp because self-field has the

transverse component that makes a decrease in the

longitudinal debunching force.

The debunching of a

bunch with Q ~ Qsp is not so large because the velocity

of debunching is much slower than that of the center of mass of the bunch. It is possible to generate RF power by a bunch with Q ~ Qsp if it is emitted. This means

that there must be a form factor that depends on the struncture of LASERTRON in the definission of the space

charge limit. Therefore the definission, Eq.(5), is to

be regarded as the minimum of the space charge limit ..

From eqs.(4) and (5), it is concluded that the

maximum emitted current is determined not by the space

charge, but by the critical charge. Results of the simulations show that the emitted bunch with charge Q ~ Qsp will be accelerated by the external field with

small debunching. In case of LASERTRON Mark-I, it was

found by the simulation that there is no severe problem

with beam dynamics. Problems with Mark-I were mainly concerning with the emission process, including vacuum

or degas, quantum efficiency and maximum available accelerating voltage ..

Critical Charge

Critical charge, Qc, is defined as the charge that can be emitted by the single laser From the above discussion, it is the surface limi t,
Qc ~ Qsf ..

maximum pulse. charge

The maximum photo current, Ic, is given by

Ic ~ Qc· f RF'

where f RF is the I1F frequency ..


The saturation of the emission occures from two limitaions, one is from the critical charge and the other is from the laser power. Of course, there are many other factors that limits the emission, we take above two factor into consideration. When the laser is weak, it limits the emission current strength, but when laser power is strong, the current is limited by the critical charge. Therefore, when the laser power is strong enough to emit critical charge, ~Ie emission current strength shows linear dependence on the accelerating voltage as shown in Fig .. 5. This linear dependence of current on voltage is one of the most significiant characterS of the LASERTI10N.


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Emillpd Current (A)
10.0 ! c - - - - - f - - - - - _ \ _

1.0 l - - - - - - + - 00


0.1 Fig.5.

Applie-d vottogf' (kv)




Voltage dependence of Emission Current From Ref. (1)

The simulation code was made and used for LASEnTnON, and it was found that the most important problem to be solved is concerned with the emission process of electrons; There may be no severe difficulties with beam dynamics in the acceleration after the emission. Investigations should be done on the structure of the gun in order to increase the critical charge.

The theoretical and experimental research and development on LASERTRON has been done by the Linear Collider Study Group in Japan. The paticipants are the following:
Y.Chin, Y.Fukushima, T.Kamei, H.Matsumoto, H.Mizuno, S.Noguchi, I.Sato, T.Shidara, T.Shinkate, K.Takata and K.Yokoya
National Laboratory for High Energy Physics H.Kuroda, N.Nakano, H.Nishimura and K.Soda
The Institute for Solid State Physics, Tokyo Univ. M.Mutou and M.Yoshioka
The Institute for Nuclear Study, Tokyo Univ. M.Miyao
Research Institute of Electronics, Shizuoka Univ. Y.Kato and T.Kanabe
Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka Univ. S.Takeda
Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka Univ.
The author thanks especially to the members of the simulation subgroup, T.Shintake and S.Takeda, for many discussions, and to M.Yoshioka for his encouragement. He also thanks to Prof. K.Nishihara of the Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka Univ. for his valuable advices on the particle code from the stand point of laser and plasma physics.
(1) Y.Fukushima et al., INS-Rep.-490, March, 19S4 Institute for Nuclear Study, Tokyo Univ.
(2) M.Yoshioka, to be published in this Proc. (3) T.Weiland, CERN!ISR-TH!SO-07, 16 Jan. 19S0, CERN (4) T. Sugiyama , K.Mima, K.Nishihara and T.Yabe, Annual Progress Report on Laser Fusion Program,19S1 Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka Univ., ILE-Apr-S1, 77(19S2)

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