Propagation of high power microwave pulses in the air

Spencer Kuo, Y. S. Zhang

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Abstract

The dynamic behavior of the propagation of high-power microwave pulses depends on the intensity, frequency, and width of the pulse and the physical processes occurring during the interaction of the pulse with the air. An attempt has been made experimentally to single out these processes. The experiment was conducted in a large Plexiglas chamber filled with dry air at various pressures. A microwave pulse was fed into the cube by an S-band microwave horn placed at one side of the chamber. A second S-band horn placed at the opposite side of the chamber was used to receive the transmitted pulse. The microwave power was generated by a magnetron tube driven by a soft tube modulator. The magnetron produces a 1-MW peak output power at 3.2 GHz. The Paschen breakdown condition was determined. Two mechanisms responsible for two different degrees of tail erosion were identified. A self-consistent theoretical model is being developed to describe the experimental results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE Int Conf Plasma Sci 1989
Editors Anon
PublisherPubl by IEEE
Pages151
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 1989
EventIEEE International Conference on Plasma Science 1989 - Buffalo, NY, USA
Duration: May 22 1989May 24 1989

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OtherIEEE International Conference on Plasma Science 1989
CityBuffalo, NY, USA
Period5/22/895/24/89

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Microwaves
Air
Modulators
Erosion
Experiments

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Kuo, S., & Zhang, Y. S. (1989). Propagation of high power microwave pulses in the air. In Anon (Ed.), IEEE Int Conf Plasma Sci 1989 (pp. 151). Publ by IEEE.

Propagation of high power microwave pulses in the air. / Kuo, Spencer; Zhang, Y. S.

IEEE Int Conf Plasma Sci 1989. ed. / Anon. Publ by IEEE, 1989. p. 151.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Kuo, S & Zhang, YS 1989, Propagation of high power microwave pulses in the air. in Anon (ed.), IEEE Int Conf Plasma Sci 1989. Publ by IEEE, pp. 151, IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science 1989, Buffalo, NY, USA, 5/22/89.
Kuo S, Zhang YS. Propagation of high power microwave pulses in the air. In Anon, editor, IEEE Int Conf Plasma Sci 1989. Publ by IEEE. 1989. p. 151
Kuo, Spencer ; Zhang, Y. S. / Propagation of high power microwave pulses in the air. IEEE Int Conf Plasma Sci 1989. editor / Anon. Publ by IEEE, 1989. pp. 151
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