Advanced High Power Solid-State Burst Generator

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-10-M-0098
Agency Tracking Number: F09B-T14-0080
Amount: $99,941.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF09-BT14
Solicitation Number: 2009.B
Small Business Information
Ness Engineering, Inc.
P.O. Box 261501, San Diego, CA, 92196
DUNS: 118547830
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard M Ness
 President
 (858) 566-2372
 nessengr@san.rr.com
Business Contact
 Richard Ness
Title: President
Phone: (858) 566-2372
Email: nessengr@san.rr.com
Research Institution
 University of Southern California
 Caron Thomas
 Dept of Contracts and Grants
837 W Downey Way, Room 315
Los Angeles, CA, 90089
 (213) 740-6478
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Recent advances in dielectric and magnetic materials have spurred renewed interest in the field of solid state pulse and RF burst generation using Non-Linear Transmission Lines (NLTL) . The NLTL approach to HPM and UWB generation eliminates the need for an electron beam, vacuum system and magnets required in conventional HPM sources. Furthermore, the novel waveforms of NLTL generated pulses promises to offer a degree of frequency diversity unseen in current electron beam driven HPM sources. Also, a degree of control of amplitude, oscillating frequency, and temporal envelope has been demonstrated using NLTL systems at modest powers. We will design, model & fabricate a test NLTL system to study pulse sharpening & RF generation at currents up to 1000 amperes and voltages up to 10 kV and at a frequency of 1GHz. BENEFIT: The commercial product foreseen from this SBIR Program is the development of high power high rep-rate microwave burst generators for both Air Force and commercial (e.g. biomedical, industrial, environmental, etc.) applications.

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