Cover: Application of Electron Beams in Space for Energy Storage and Optical Beam Generation

Application of Electron Beams in Space for Energy Storage and Optical Beam Generation

Published 1978

by Robert M. Salter


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Examination is made of the potential for in-space-propagated electron beams for storage rings that buffer solar energy collected in low-orbit-altitude satellites. An example case in a 3,000-mile equatorial orbit utilizes a nine-beam helical configuration to store 5.8 TJ in 60 MeV electrons. Electron energized optical and rf generators are covered including transmission of a 3 GW synchrotron radiation beam of λc = 1,000Å over 6,000 km to a ground receiver with an 827 m aperture.

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