Modeling and Simulation (M&S) of a Multiple Beam Inductive Output Tube (MB-IOT)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-09-C-4141
Agency Tracking Number: N081-049-0069
Amount: $749,792.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-049
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
5406 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, MD, 20814
DUNS: 128889123
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Edward Wright
 Senior Engineer
 (510) 487-8044
 ewright.bwresearch@comcast.net
Business Contact
 Khanh Nguyen
Title: Senior Engineer
Phone: (240) 535-2162
Email: knguyen.bwresearch@comcast.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The multiple beam inductive output tube (MB IOT) will play a vital role as a high-power microwave source to drive the accelerator cavities used in future free electron laser directed energy weapons systems. There is a great deal that is still unknown about the complex beam wave interaction inherent in conventional IOTs; their development has largely been a cut-and-try endeavor due to a lack of available modeling and simulation tools capable of handling the complexities of this class of vacuum electron device. Issues persist today that limit their performance and reduce manufacturing yield. We propose the development of a suite of self-consistent, physics-based finite element particle in cell codes specifically tailored to address the unique modeling and simulation needs of IOTs and ultimately MB IOTs, in an effort to shed light on the complex nature of their beam-wave interaction, which is the first step on a path to improving performance and yield.

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