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The experimental study of the surface current excitation under the influence of a relativistic electron electromagnetic field

G. Naumenko (Nuclear physics institute of Tomsk polytechnic university, Tomsk, Russia), A. Potylitsyn, Yu. Popov, L. Sukhikh (Tomsk polytechnic university, Tomsk, Russia)
Arxiv ID: 0901.2732Last updated: 7/3/2020
The problem of the surface current excitation in a conductive targets by a relativistic electron electric field as the origin of such radiation mechanisms as diffraction and transition radiation of relativistic electron was considered in frame of both surface current and pseudo-photon methods. The contradiction between these viewpoints in respect to the surface current on the target downstream surface necessitated the experimental test of this phenomenon. The test performed on electron beam of the 6 MeV microtron showed, that not any surface current is induced on the target downstream surface under the influence of a relativistic electron electromagnetic field in contrast to the upstream surface. This is important implication for the understanding of the forward transition and diffraction radiation nature.

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