Multi-Energy Electron Device Creates Space Environment in the Lab

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Source: U.S. Air Force.
Source: U.S. Air Force.

May 4, 2022 | Originally published by U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory on April 26, 2022

Scientists and engineers from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) are developing a multi-energy electron source capable of emitting a beam of electrons at dozens of energies simultaneously.

In a project funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, the multi-energy electron device was invented by Dr. Miles Bengtson during his tenure as a graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder. Following graduation in 2020, Bengtson was offered a postdoctoral position at the AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate’s Spacecraft Charging and Instrument Calibration Lab (SCICL), with the goal of bringing the multi-energy electron tool from proof of concept to operational status.