Propagation of high power microwave pulses in air breakdown environment

Spencer Kuo, Y. S. Zhang, Paul Kossey

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Abstract

A chamber experiment was conducted to study the propagation of high-power microwave pulses through the air. The Paschen breakdown condition was determined, and two mechanisms responsible for two different degrees of tail erosion were identified. It is shown that an increase of pulse amplitude may not help to increase the energy transfer by the pulse. This is because the two tail-erosion mechanisms degrade the energy transfer. The way to solve this problem is either to lower the amplitude of the pulse or to narrow the pulsewidth so that the propagation loss can be minimized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInt Conf Millimeter Wave Far-Infrared Technol
EditorsAnn Simmons McMillan, Gail M. Tucker
PublisherPubl by IEEE
Pages212-215
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1989
EventInternational Conference on Millimeter Wave and Far-Infrared Technology - Beijing, China
Duration: Jun 19 1989Jun 23 1989

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Millimeter Wave and Far-Infrared Technology
CityBeijing, China
Period6/19/896/23/89

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Kuo, S., Zhang, Y. S., & Kossey, P. (1989). Propagation of high power microwave pulses in air breakdown environment. In A. S. McMillan, & G. M. Tucker (Eds.), Int Conf Millimeter Wave Far-Infrared Technol (pp. 212-215). Publ by IEEE.