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Virtual Prototyping of Directed Energy Weapons

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14 Author(s)
Cartwright, K.L. ; AFRL/DE, High Power Microwave Division, Kirtland AFB, NM ; Amdahl, D.J. ; Bettencourt, M. ; Bowers, L.A.
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This paper gives an overview of how RF systems, from pulsed power to antennas, can be virtually prototyped with the ICEPIC (Improved Concurrent Electromagnetic Particle-in-Cell) code. ICEPIC simulates from first principles (Maxwell’s equations and Lorenz’s force law) the electrodynamics and charged particle dynamics of the RF-producing part of the system. Our simulations focus on gigawatt-class sources; the relativistic magnetron is shown as an example. Such simulations require enormous computational resources. These simulations successfully expose undesirable features of these sources and help us to suggest improvements.

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Users Group Conference, 2005

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