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Focus on current topics in Air Force high-power microwave (HPM) research
Author(s): Forrest Jack Agee; John A. Gaudet; William D. Prather
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes current projects in High Power Microwave (HPM) source development within the Air Force's basic research program managed by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and conducted at the Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate and at universities throughout the U.S. and the world. Studies are proceedings along two separate paths: narrow band high power microwave tubes and ultra-wide band sources. While these two paths invoke drastically different physical mechanisms that produce microwave radiation qualitatively distinct from each other, there are many common technical challenges. The focus of this report will be the active research in the Air Force ultra-wide band program, but many of the technical improvements being sought for improved materials, high voltage breakdown mitigation, and advanced design techniques will help the entire high power microwave program. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of the future of HPM research.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 August 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4371, Intense Microwave Pulses VIII, (15 August 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.436921
Show Author Affiliations
Forrest Jack Agee, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (United States)
John A. Gaudet, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
William D. Prather, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4371:
Intense Microwave Pulses VIII
Howard E. Brandt, Editor(s)

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