Durability improvement of Cesium Telluride photocathode for an rf-gun

T. Tamba*, J. Miyamastsu, K. Ezawa, Y. Koshiba, K. Sakaue, H. Ijima, M. Washio

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At Waseda University, we have been studying for high quality electron beam generation using 1.6 cell Cesium Telluride (Cs-Te) photocathode rf-gun. We use photocathode as the electron source, which can generate high-quality electron beam such as low emittance, and short bunch. The performance of photocathode is evaluated mainly in terms of quantum efficiency (Q.E.) and lifetime. Cs-Te photocathode is known for high Q.E. about 10% with UV light and relatively longer lifetime among semiconductor photocathodes. Since it is a hard environment for photocathode inside the gun, it is necessary to replace the photocathode every several months. In other words, in order to achieve long-term operation of rf-gun, it is necessary to establish highly durable photocathode recipe. In this report, we report the evaluation results of Cs-Te photocathode by co-evaporation, CsBr coated photocathode performance in an rf-gun and future prospects.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberC05006
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2020 May


  • Accelerator Applications
  • Accelerator Subsystems and Technologies
  • Ion sources (positive ions
  • electron beam (EBIS))
  • electron cyclotron resonance (ECR)
  • negative ions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Instrumentation


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