High-Power Generation of Microwave and Infrared Radiation,
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The work reported here is a JASON IRD project. It began when the authors attended a talk by Professor Gregory Benford, of the University of California at Irvine, on experimental simulation of high-energy astrophysical processes. It seemed to us that the experimental device described by Benford--which directs a relativistic electron beam into a plasma--might be modified to become a high-power order of gigawatts generator usable from microwave frequencies up to the IR region. The prospects are that such a generator could have reasonable wall-plug efficiency, along with a size and weight compatible with some mobility. Assuming that such improvements on the original Benford device work as intended, the question then is What applications are there We do not address this issue in any detail here. In fact, one of the major reasons for issuing this report is to stimulate thinking about the question of applications.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particle Physics
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics