Innovative Rugged High Power RF Sources for Compact RF Warheads

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$327,155.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W9113M-14-C-0006
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-5512
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A12-062
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
Radiance Technologies Inc.
350 Wynn Drive, Huntsville, AL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
031994218
Principal Investigator:
Zac Shotts
Principal Investigator
(334) 246-2869
zshotts@radiancetech.com
Business Contact:
Jeff Pearson
Contract Administrator
(256) 489-8543
jpearson@radiancetech.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
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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