We have developed a 500-kV, 10-mA photocathode DC gun for energy recovery linac (ERL) light sources. A segmented ceramic insulator with guard rings is employed to improve robustness at high voltage operation, because this structure can prevent field emission electrons from directly striking the ceramic surface. We have recently succeeded in applying 500 kV on the ceramics for eight hours without any discharge. This high voltage testing was performed with a simple configuration without NEG pumps, cathode and anode electrodes to mainly study the field emission from a tube supporting the cathode electrode. The same high voltage testing with a full configuration necessary for beam generation was carried out up to 380 kV where some increase of radiation was observed. Up-to-date status of our gun development is presented in detail.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)