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8 September 1995 Power electron beam front shortening for intense-microwave pulse generation
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The starting point for this investigation is a suggestion that it is possible to get a clearly defined shock electromagnetic wave in a quite short modified magnetically insulated transmittion line (MITL). The line modification resides in an inner coaxial dielectric insert. One may consider the insert as a distributed matched spark-gap. The parameters of the high voltage pulse supplying at the line input are as follows: 1.5 MV, 20-30 kA, 90 ns, front duration--30 ns. A current pulse with a front duration less than 1 ns has been observed at the line output. The output current has ranged up to about 10--12 kA. Efficiency of the sharp front formation grows owing to its dependence on the speed of the flashover front propagation. So, an estimation of this dependence is a step of great importance is solution of the problem. The flashover front speed has been estimated on physical grounds which can be derived from experimental data for the early phases of dielectric surface flashover in vacuum.
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Eugene A. Galstjan and Lev N. Kazanskiy "Power electron beam front shortening for intense-microwave pulse generation", Proc. SPIE 2557, Intense Microwave Pulses III, (8 September 1995);

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