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Efficiency results from a coaxial vircator using a simple feedback technique

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5 Author(s)
Mankowski, J. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng. & Phys., Texas Tech. Univ., Lubbock, TX, USA ; Cheng, X. ; Dickens, J. ; Kritiansen, M.
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Experimental findings on the coaxial virtual cathode oscillator (vircator) at Texas Tech University are reported. A major modification to the system extended the pulse forming line several meters. The pulsed power system now delivers up to 750 kV and 60 kA for at least 70 nsec. Additional modifications include diagnostics to measure the diode voltage, current, and radiated field pattern of the output microwaves. In this initial phase of experiments copper reflectors were installed within the diode to provide a simple means of microwave feedback to assist in the e-beam modulation. Thus far we have observed microwave peak power output with feedback reflectors as high as 3.5 GW corresponding to an efficiency of /spl sim/9.5%. Measured radiated field patterns show evidence of multimode operation.

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Pulsed Power Conference, 2003. Digest of Technical Papers. PPC-2003. 14th IEEE International  (Volume:1 )

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15-18 June 2003

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