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The Generation of Gigawatt Power Levels of Microwave Radiation
HARRY DIAMOND LABS ADELPHI MD
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Recent dramatic increases in the ability to produce ultrahigh power bursts of microwave radiation both in the United States and in the Soviet Union are causing a complete reevaluation of our use of electronic systems on the battlefield and the susceptibility of current devices of new forms of electronic warfare. At the Harry Diamond Laboratories, a reflex triode has been used to produce peak powers as high as 3 GW in the X-band. Although this device was originally developed as an ion source, the oscillating dipole motion of the electrons makes it an obvious candidate for a source of electromagnetic radiation. A fully relativistic, time-dependent, one-dimensional simulation code was written to investigate these collective oscillations and to predict the microwave energy spectral density. Author
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