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Inductive Energy Storage Switching Technology for High Repetition Rate Lasers.
Final rept. 1 May 72-30 Apr 73,
HUGHES RESEARCH LABS MALIBU CALIF
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The basic objective of this program was to determine the feasibility of a particular Hughes switching concept in a high repetition rate laser power conditioning system using inductive energy storage IES. A second objective was to compare a conventional capacitive system and an inductive system using the Hughes switching concept in order to determine which system is the most appropriate for projected applications. The Hughes liquid-metal cathode plasma valve LMPV played a major role in this investigation because it is, at present, the only device capable of carrying high average currents with attendant recovery rates comparable to vacuum devices. The program was divided into three tasks. These tasks were 1 Using the LMPV, evaluate experimentally different interruption methods 2 through a scaling study provide a preliminary design of an 8.5-kA average, 10-kA peak, 100-kV LMPV and 3 perform a systems study.
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