Experimental Results of a 2 GW Vircator

John J. Mankowski, Eun H. Choi, James C. Dickens, Xupeng Chen, Magne Kristiansen

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Experimental findings on the coaxial virtual cathode oscillator (Vircator) at Texas Tech University are reported. Recent modifications to the system include extending the pulse forming line that now provides an applied diode voltage of 600 kV for 70 nanoseconds at 60 kA. Other modifications include diode voltage, current, and radiated field diagnostics. In this initial phase of experiments, copper reflectors were installed within the diode to provide a simple means of microwave feedback to assist in the E-beam modulation. Thus far we have observed microwave peak power output with feedback reflectors as high as 2 GW corresponding to an efficiency of ∼6%. The mode observed at these high efficiencies is almost entirely TE11. At lower efficiencies, both TM01 and TE11 modes are observed. These results suggest mode competition at lower efficiencies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187
Number of pages1
JournalIEEE International Conference on Plasma Science
StatePublished - 2003
Event2003 IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science - Jeju, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Jun 2 2003Jun 5 2003


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