Performance of a compact triode vircator and Marx generator system

J. Walter, J. Dickens, M. Kristiansen

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Abstract

Vircator high power microwave sources are simple, robust, and require no external magnetic field, making them desirable for use in practical compact high power microwave systems. A vircator can be driven directly from the output of a low-impedance Marx generator, eliminating the need for bulky intermediate energy storage components. A compact high power microwave system has been constructed and tested at Texas Tech University utilizing a triode geometry vircator and a compact Marx Generator. The size and performance of this system is compared to a similar system previously developed at Texas Tech. The current triode vircator is housed within a six inch diameter tube which is eleven inches in length. The Marx is contained in an oil tank that is 36 inches long x 12 inches wide x 18 inches tall. Diode voltage and current, and radiated microwave waveforms are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPPC2009 - 17th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference
Pages133-137
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Event17th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference, PPC2009 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: Jun 28 2009Jul 2 2009

Publication series

NamePPC2009 - 17th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference

Conference

Conference17th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference, PPC2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington, DC
Period06/28/0907/2/09

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