ENERGY CONVERSION TECHNIQUES FOR MICROWAVE GENERATION
Final technical rept. for 30 Mar 1964-15 May 1965
STANFORD RESEARCH INST MENLO PARK CA
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Converters were studied, using spark gaps operating in various types of microwave structures. The general design principles that have emerged from this study are discussed in considerable detail. It is recognized that the use of spark gaps for RF generation is generically related to the devices used by early workers, and to certain devices currently being studied for sub-microwave operation. A survey of some of the more notable steps in the historical development of such devices is included. The work, in general, demonstrates that spark gaps can be used for the generation of short e.g., 100 periods pulses of microwave energy. It also demonstrates that this method of generating power does require very careful attention to the integrated design of the spark gap and its associated microwave and driving circuitry. The interactions between the spark gap and both the microwave circuitry and the driving circuitry are, in some cases, quite subtle. At this stage in the understanding of the process, it is not sufficient to study the different components separately. It is, instead, of paramount importance to study in detail the performance of the system as a functioning whole. It is concluded that the use of spark gaps for the generation of short pulses at microwave frequencies is well worth further exploration.
- Non-electrical Energy Conversion