Design and characterization of dielectric filled TM110 microwave cavities for ultrafast electron microscopy

W. Verhoeven, J.F.M. van Rens, A.H. Kemper, E.H. Rietman, H.A. van Doorn, I. Koole, E.R. Kieft, P.H.A. Mutsaers, O.J. Luiten (Corresponding author)

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Microwave cavities oscillating in the TM110 mode can be used as dynamic electron-optical elements inside an electron microscope. By filling the cavity with a dielectric material, it becomes more compact and power efficient, facilitating the implementation in an electron microscope. However, the incorporation of the dielectric material makes the manufacturing process more difficult. Presented here are the steps taken to characterize the dielectric material and to reproducibly fabricate dielectric filled cavities. Also presented are two versions with improved capabilities. The first, called a dual-mode cavity, is designed to support two modes simultaneously. The second has been optimized for low power consumption. With this optimized cavity, a magnetic field strength of 2.84 ± 0.07 mT was generated at an input power of 14.2 ± 0.2 W. Due to the low input powers and small dimensions, these dielectric cavities are ideal as electron-optical elements for electron microscopy setups.

Original languageEnglish
Article number083703
Number of pages9
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019

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