Pulse Power and Energy Sources for High Power Microwave and High Power Laser
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AbstractThis work describes an innovative approach to developing a pulsed electrical system that can function over a wide range of environmental conditions. Techniques are developed for system scaling over a wide range of sizes. The power systems are self-contained, with long shelf life and designed to function over a wide range of peak and average power levels. Output voltages of 100-1000 kV are achievable with pulse repetition rates greater than 100 Hz. A literature search will identify relevant technologies for major components such as energy source, input voltage control through DC-DC conversion, high voltage transformation, and switching technology to control the flow of energy from the source to a load. A system assessment identifies possible combinations of components that meet requirements and identifies best practice and changes that must be made when scaling to larger sizes. Potting compounds and insulating techniques necessary to withstand both environmental stresses and electric fields are researched and evaluated within the context of compact geometry and environmental constraints. A bench top proof of principle power system will be built and characterized. It will serve as guidance for phase II efforts to produce pulsed power systems for non-conventional warheads with full form, fit, and function.
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