Experiments on the Interaction of Highpower Microwaves with Air.
Final rept. 4 Apr 80-4 Jun 81,
MISSION RESEARCH CORP ALEXANDRIA VA
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The physics of gas breakdown for large collision frequency, nuomega 1, is being pursued at the Naval Research Laboratory. The hybrid inverted coaxial magnetron, 500MW, 3.2 Ghz, 30ns pulse width, allows investigation of gas breakdown in the high nuomega regime. The 35 Ghz gyrotron, 150KW, 300pps, allows investigation in a moderate nuomega regime. Large gas breakdown plasma densities have been measured, n approx. 100 n sub c. Spectral measurements have been made showing only excitation of molecular bands. Preliminary propagation experiments have also been performed. Author
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics