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Nonlinear study of mode locking in a quasi-optical gyrotron
Author(s): Hao Wu; Alan H. McCurdy
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Paper Abstract

Nonlinear, time-dependent multimode calculations have been carried out to study mode locking in quasi-optical gyrotron oscillators. The calculations are based on the rate equation model of modal growth and saturation. The slow-time formalism is used for particle motion and both the time varying electric and magnetic fields are included. It is found that radiation pulses of width 400 ps can be generated in nonlinear regime. The gyrotron features an open resonator of length 100 cm formed by a pair of spherical mirrors and a single pencil electron beam guided by external magnetic field in transverse direction to the axis of symmetry of the cavity. The strong current modulation is provided at frequency of 300 MHz, the nominal model spacing between two odd modes in such a cavity. Eight odd modes are found to be locked to generate extremely short radiation pulses. Application for short pulse radiation in millimeter and submillimeter wavelength range include radar, plasma diagnosis, time domain metrology and communication systems. Parametric dependencies investigated include static magnetic field, beam current and beam voltage, as well as the drive signal amplitudes and frequencies. The work is geared towards support of a proof of principle experiment to generate high power radiation pulses of short duration via synchronous mode locking.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 October 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2843, Intense Microwave Pulses IV, (28 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.255387
Show Author Affiliations
Hao Wu, Univ. of Southern California (United States)
Alan H. McCurdy, Univ. of Southern California (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2843:
Intense Microwave Pulses IV
Howard E. Brandt, Editor(s)

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