Diamond Fast Opening Switch for High Voltage, High Average Power X-Ray, Elec
Department of Defense
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
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Alameda Applied Sciences Corp.
1555 Doolittle Dr., Suite 100, San Leandro, CA, 94577
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Dr. Mahadevan Krishnan
AbstractAlameda 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
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