Diamond Fast Opening Switch for High Voltage, High Average Power X-Ray, Elec

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Amount:
$97,711.00
Award Year:
1996
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
32131
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Alameda Applied Sciences Corp.
1555 Doolittle Dr., Suite 100, San Leandro, CA, 94577
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Mahadevan Krishnan
(510) 483-4156
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Alameda Applied Sciences Corporation (AASC) proposes to develop an all-solid-state, compact, portable, multi-gigawatt poer modulator for electron and ion beam diodes, high power microwave and x-ray sources. This modulator is based on Inductive Energy Store (IES) using an array of Diamond Opening Switches for power compression. Because power amplification using IES requires a much smaller volume than capacitive pulse compression, the footprint of such modulators is considerably smaller than that of equivalent pulse-line accelerators. The repetition rate is also much higher than for modulators that use gas switches. Magnetic switches are best suited to low energy/pulse applications, becoming bulky and less cost effective at >100J/pulse energies. Si (or GaAs) switches have low voltage hold-off and are limited to 1kJ/pulse at > 10kHz rep-rate, with voltage hold-off at the 0.5-1MV level. These parameters make it suitable for compact x-ray sources, high power microwaves, waste clean-up withelectron beams and ion beams for materials modification.

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