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Compression of Frequency-Modulated Pulses using Helically Corrugated Waveguides and Its Potential for Generating Multigigawatt rf Radiation

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  • S. V. Samsonov
  • A.D.R. Phelps
  • V. L. Bratman
  • G. Burt
  • G. G. Denisov
  • A. W. Cross
  • K. Ronald
  • W. He
  • H. Yin
Journal publication date2004
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Pages118301 -118301
Original languageEnglish


A new method to generate ultrahigh-power microwave pulses compatible with mildly relativistic electron sources is proposed. This method involves a novel microwave compressor in the form of a metal helically corrugated waveguide, which can enhance the power of frequency-modulated nanosecond pulses up to the multigigawatt level. The results of the proof-of-principle experiments at kilowatt power levels are in good agreement with theory.