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Consideration of an autonomous compact source for high-power microwave applications

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2 Author(s)
Novac, B.M. ; Dept. of Electron. & Electr. Eng., Loughborough Univ. of Technol., UK ; Smith, I.R.

The use of explosively driven flux compressors as light and compact autonomous single-shot power supplies for high-power microwave applications requires special attention to be paid to the conditioning and matching elements of the overall system, due to the fast-rising high voltage output step that is needed. This paper addresses various schemes by which this may be achieved and, based on proven techniques, a practical approach using a high-voltage transformer is described in detail. In addition, it is shown that future developments in long conduction plasma opening switches and fast-pulse compressors will open the way to much more compact and higher performance systems, with characteristics that could also match the requirements of high-power lasers and ion-beam generators

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Plasma Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:28 ,  Issue: 5 )