Comparison between Experimental and Numerical Studies of a Reflex Triode
SWEDISH DEFENCE RESEARCH AGENCY FOI TUMBA (SWEDEN) WEAPONS AND PROTECTION DIV
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This paper presents a comparison of experimental and simulated results of a reflex triode driven by a compact Marx system. The experimental setup consists of a Marx system and a reflex triode together with a short output waveguide. A parametric study has been performed. The diagnostics used include current and voltage measurements and measurement of the magnetic field component of the microwave pulses using a B-dot probe. The 3-dimensional particle-in-cell simulation code MAGIC is used to numerically study the system described above. A 1D model of the Marx system has been designed and this is connected to a 3D model of the reflex triode. Also included in this model is the output waveguide and part of the anechoic chamber used in the experiments. The simulated current, voltage and microwave radiation are compared to the experimental results and close qualitative agreements are usually found. Parameters like generated microwave power and microwave energy are also studied and presented in this paper.
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