Innovative Rugged High Power RF Sources for Compact RF Warheads

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9113M-14-C-0006
Agency Tracking Number: A2-5512
Amount: $327,155.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-062
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Zac Shotts
 Principal Investigator
 (334) 246-2869
Business Contact
 Jeff Pearson
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (256) 489-8543
Research Institution
This work describes an innovative approach to producing high power RF suitable for use in Directed Energy Weapons, based on a"Frozen Wave Generator"as the RF converter. This technique represents a major improvement over existing state of the art by eliminating the need for multiple light activated custom solid state switches and the associated laser trigger generator. The key item, an ultra-fast spark switch must be designed to have the same wave impedance as the transmission line segments that constitute the frozen wave ensemble. Switches with the appropriate turn on characteristics have been demonstrated where switch compactness and wave impedance were not factors. The ability to match the impedance in compact frozen wave geometry will be a major focus of the project. Using a frozen wave generator as the RF converter, in this single switch geometry, allows most of the space in a warhead application to be devoted to energy source for radiation and antenna system rather than for a massive laser and optical power train necessary for precision triggering of the solid state switch elements. The final deliverable for this program will be a TRL-6 prototype RF source with all necessary support equipment to function for a static test.

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