Plasma Limiter: RF Mitigation Device for Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems

Period of Performance: 09/30/2003 - 03/31/2004


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Accurate Automation Corp.
7001 Shallowford Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Principal Investigator


The widespread use of communication devices and radar systems has made our society increasingly vulnerable to disruptive, high-power, short pulse electromagnetic interference (EMI) and high power microwaves (HPM). Significant advances in devices that produce these high-power, short pulses have been made in the US and abroad in the past few decades. As a result, the need for devices that can protect sensitive communications equipment from such disruption is greater than ever. The primary objective of the proposed Phase I program is the development of a S-band plasma limiter to protect RF electronics, specifically within radars and electronic warfare systems. The S-band plasma limiter has target specifications of 10kW power handling,