Transformative Pulsed Power Science and Technology
Final performance rept. 13 Sep 2009-14 Sep 2014
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES
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This study has focused on advanced concepts for generating high peak power, low energy, nanosecond time-scale pulses, and demonstrating that nanosecond pulsed power is an enabling technology. The project has also supported transitions of nanosecond pulsed power to important applications. Single, repetitive, andor highly repetitive bursts of high peak power pulses can enable andor enhance physical processes. Applications include combustion, compact, portable pulsed power generators, plasma-based accelerators, and bioelectric applications including basic studies of fundamental bioelectric processes, and useful therapies including cancer. Technology transfers include the initiation of two new companies Transient Plasma Systems TPS, started by students inspired by and supported by AFOSR supported research, and another new venture under development for medical applications including skin disease therapies. TPS is a US-based company to produce these nanosecond pulse generators, which are now available to the DoD for applications including ignition and flow control, and the company is now and for the future a valuable DoD asset, and another new venture under development for medical applications including skin disease therapies. The archival record includes 9 patents, 35 refereed papers, and 13 conference papers.
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
- Combustion and Ignition