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Development of the Aurora high-power microwave source
Author(s): George A. Huttlin; D. B. Conrad; S. Gavnoudias; Daniel C. Judy; Carl J. Lazard; Marc S. Litz; Nino R. Pereira; Douglas M. Weidenheimer
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Paper Abstract

Work begun in 1986 has continued on the reflex-diode oscillator mounted on one of the four Aurora $OM10-MV, $OM22-(Omega) pulse lines. This is a preliminary report on the most recent work, which extracted microwaves radially into 18 rectangular WR-975 waveguides around the virtual cathode. Two additional arms upstream of the anode extracted microwaves around the real cathode. Vestigial-loop, waveguide directional couplers measured the radially extracted microwave energy. The output is typically 50 to 100 J/arm, for the frequencies between 0.6 and 1.0 GHz. Effects were compared from two cathode tips differing by a factor of $OM2 in diameter. Additional parameter variations have included the anode/cathode spacing and the positioning of a second foil.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1407, Intense Microwave and Particle Beams II, (1 April 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.43490
Show Author Affiliations
George A. Huttlin, Harry Diamond Labs. (United States)
D. B. Conrad, Harry Diamond Labs. (United States)
S. Gavnoudias, Harry Diamond Labs. (United States)
Daniel C. Judy, Harry Diamond Labs. (United States)
Carl J. Lazard, Harry Diamond Labs. (United States)
Marc S. Litz, Harry Diamond Labs. (United States)
Nino R. Pereira, Berkeley Research Associates, Inc. (United States)
Douglas M. Weidenheimer, Berkeley Research Associates, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1407:
Intense Microwave and Particle Beams II
Howard E. Brandt, Editor(s)

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