An Approach to Radiation Source Design for Military Applications Utilizing the Wall-Stabilized Arc as an Example
Thermomechanics Research Laboratory, Aerospace Research Laboratories Wright-Patterson AFB United States
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An approach to the selection of radiation sources for military applications is presented. A logical breakdown of the various types of discharge sources and a list of parameters to be considered are given. As an example, an analytical and experimental study of the fully developed, laminar flow, argon electric arc discharge is included. A description of the arc facility and the diagnostic techniques used are presented. The analytical results are compared with experimental results.