Accession Number:

AD0605183

Title:

EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION OF VOLTAGECURRENT CHARACTERISTICS OF XENON FLASHTUBES,

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ROME AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER GRIFFISS AFB N Y

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Report Date:

1964-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

20.0

Abstract:

This report presents the results of the experimental investigation of the voltage-current VI characteristics of xenon-filled helical flashtubes. The purpose of these experiments was to determine the form of the flashtubes dynamic resistance and its value during conduction. The data obtained is the basis for the development of impedance matching circuitry pulse forming networks in the energy discharge circuit to permit maximum energy transfer between energy source and the flashtube. This consideration is particularly important for the attainment of an optimum design for high energy lasers. It should be noted that at the time of this investigation, February 1963, helical flashtubes were the only type readily available for high energy laser experiments and dynamic voltagecurrent data on these flashtubes was virtually nonexistent. Furthermore, accurate dynamic resistance data is still not generally available, and this lack served as the motivation for this report. This investigation, although confined experimentally to helical flashtubes, also yielded results which apply to linear tubes. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE