Disappointment

13 12 2011

All photos.

Today I did another test of the CRT based electron gun in the vacuum chamber.

Spoiler alert: I didn’t see an electron beam.

This time I put a grounded piece of phosphor right in front of the beam path:

 

Here is a closeup of the grounding wire:

I printed the phosphor holder with 1% infill so it’s basically hollow, then I drilled it with holes to allow gas to escape:

 

The vacuum reached 1.66 millitorr which is not amazing, but good enough for this run.

I tested the wiring with the unbroken CRT, and it looked good:

 

Then I wired the power supply to the vacuum chamber feedthrough:

The I fired it up, you can see the hot cathode working:

But no beam.

:(

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