A Plasma-Assisted Megawatt Class Microwave Source With an Output of 1KJ Per Pulse
Final annual performance rept. Jul 2007-Apr 2008
MARYLAND UNIV COLLEGE PARK INST FOR RESEARCH IN ELECTRONICS AND APPLIED PHYSICS
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The Air Force requires lightweight, compact sources of high-power high-frequency radiation for numerous applications in communications, radar, ECM, and directed-energy weapons DEW. This effort will be a satellite effort under the Microwave Power Research Initiative MiPRI program that addresses important research issues that impact directly on both the high-power microwave HPM and microwave vacuum electronics MVE RD thrusts within the DOD. The goal of the proposed basic research is to study and understand the physics of the Plasma Assisted Slow-wave Oscillator PASOtron. That HPM device concept, originally proposed by Schumacher at the Hughes Research Labs in the late 1980s, hold exceptional promise for a future high efficiency, low cost HPM system of the future. Before progress toward prototype development can move forward, however, the fundamental physics of the device concept must be thoroughly mastered.
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
- Radiofrequency Wave Propagation