Tunable Compact High Power Microwave System

Period of Performance: 02/15/2006 - 02/15/2007

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Eureka Aerospace, LLC
3452 East Foothill Blvd, Suite 340 Array
Pasadena, CA 91107
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Eureka Aerospace proposes to design and to fabricate a compact high-power microwave source capable of generating voltages of up to 300 kV and tunable in the 500 MHz-1000 MHz frequency range. In addition, the design will allow the operations PRFs in excess of 1000 Hz and small damping constant-yielding a relatively large duty cycle and thus large average power. The source will be fabricated using a tunable coaxial geometry Blumlein architecture. To sustain high PRF operations and fast switching time, the microwave generator employs multiple self-break hydrogen switches yielding multi-channeling in a cylindrical hydrogen-filled tank.