Relativistic electron beam

Relativistic electron beam

Relativistic electron beams (REBs) are streams of electrons moving at relativistic speeds. They are the lasing medium in free electron lasers (FELs) to be used in atmospheric research conducted at such entities as the Pan-oceanic Environmental and Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) at the University of Hawaii and NASA.

It has been suggested that REBs could be used to heat and accelerate the reaction mass in electrical rocket engines that Dr. Robert W. Bussard called Quiet Electric Discharge Engines (QEDs). [cite paper
author = Ligon, Tom
title = "The World's Simplest Fusion Reactor, And How to Make It Work"
date = 1998
verion = 2007-01-05
url =
format = PDF
retrieved = 2007-10-14


ee also

* [ PEARL Lab @ UHawaii]
* [ Applying REBs for the development of high-powered microwaves (HPM)]

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