A Reflex Triode System with Multicavity Adjustment

David Barnett, James Dickens, Kirk Rainwater, Andreas Neuber, John Mankowski

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This paper focuses the tunability of a reflex triode virtual cathode oscillator (vircator). The vircator cathode is a bimodal carbon fiber (CF) material, while the anode is polished pyrolytic graphite. These materials have ideal operating characteristics for use within a vircator. These materials have high operating temperatures greater than 1000 K which support large current densities of ~200 A/cm 2 . A 12-stage, 158-J pulse-forming network (PFN)-based modular Marx generator is used to drive the vircator at 350 kV, 4 kA with ~100-ns pulsewidth at a pulse repetition frequency up to 100 Hz. The 12 stages of the Marx are constructed from a PFN using five, 2.1 nF, high-voltage ceramic capacitors in parallel. The Marx is broken into six modules each containing two stages. The Marx modules are machined from acetyl copolymer commonly called Delrin to provide rigidity and strength. Each Marx module includes air supply lines machined directly into each block, allowing external airl
Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
StatePublished - Jan 2019


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