Stand-alone, FCG-driven high power microwave system

A. Young, A. Neuber, M. Elsayed, J. Walter, J. Dickens, M. Kristiansen, L. L. Altgilbers

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An explosively driven High Power Microwave (HPM) source has been developed that is based on the use of a Flux Compression Generator (FCG) as the primary driver. Four main components comprise the HPM system, and include a capacitor-based seed energy source, a dual-staged FCG, a power conditioning unit and an HPM diode reflex-triode vircator). Volume constraints dictate that the entire system must fit within a tube having a 15 cm diameter, and a length no longer than 1.5 m. Additional design restrictions call for the entire system to be stand-alone (free from any external power sources). Presented here are the details of HPM system, with a description of each subcomponent and its role in the generation of HPM. Waveforms will be shown which illustrate the development of power as it commutates through each stage of the system, as well as power radiated from the diode. Analysis and comparisons will be offered that will demonstrate the advantages of an explosively driven HPM system over more conventional pulsed power devices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPPC2009 - 17th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference
Number of pages5
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


Conference17th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference, PPC2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington, DC


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