a1 Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH, Postfach 3640, D-7500 Karlsruhe Federal Republic of Germany
The Pseudospark is an axially symmetric, high-voltage gas discharge operating at pressures below 100 Pa. It is capable of producing pinched high current ion beams. Streak camera photographs of the operation of this discharge reveal that a pinch with a diameter of 1 mm occurs in the diode. The beam then expands to about 1 to 10 mm in a distance of 12 cm. The beam-target interaction shows a UV-emitting plasma corresponding to protons with a main energy of 100 keV and a current density of about 16 kA/cm2. Initial theoretical results for the pseudospark are given.