Radiation from SiC PCSS driven gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission line high power microwave source

David V. Reale, Daniel Mauch, Jared M. Johnson, Andreas A. Neuber, James C. Dickens, John J. Mankowski

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Abstract

An all solid-state high power microwave (HPM) source is constructed using a photoconductive semiconductor switch (PCSS) based HV pulse generator to drive a sulfur hexaflouride (SF6) insulated coaxial ferrimagnetic nonlinear transmission line (NLTL) which feeds a TEM horn antenna. The PCSS was fabricated from high purity semi-insulating (HPSI) 4H-SiC and is illuminated with 2 mJ from a frequency tripled Nd:YAG laser at 355 nm with a 7 ns FWHM. Fixed fiber optic delay lines are utilized to generate a burst of four optical pulses from a single solid-state laser source for rep-rate operation. The input to the NLTL is an adjustable pulse from 3 kV to 6 kV with sub-ns rise time and the resulting output of the NLTL is radiation in the L-band to S-band regime with RF power from 100-200 kW depending on charge voltage. A Rexolite® insulated zipper transition, in which the inner conductor of the coax is gradually exposed, is used at the output of the NLTL to transition from a coaxial structure to parallel plate structure in order to feed a free space TEM horn. The zipper transition and feed section of the TEM horn are potted using Sylgard® 184 silicone elastomer to prevent breakdown at the antenna feed and maintain a homogenous dielectric constant for the transition region. Radiated waveforms are presented for several charge voltages and bias conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2014 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference, IPMHVC 2014
EditorsAllen L. Garner
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages123-125
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781467373234
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015
EventIEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference, IPMHVC 2014 - Santa Fe, United States
Duration: Jun 1 2014Jun 5 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2014 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference, IPMHVC 2014

Conference

ConferenceIEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference, IPMHVC 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySanta Fe
Period06/1/1406/5/14

Keywords

  • Ferrimagnetic
  • HPM
  • NLTL
  • Nonlinear Transmission Lines
  • PCSS
  • Pulsed Power

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