Accession Number : AD0774911

Title :   Inductive Energy Storage Switching Technology for High Repetition Rate Lasers.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 May 72-30 Apr 73,


Personal Author(s) : Alting-Mees,H.

Report Date : AUG 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 98

Abstract : The basic objective of this program was to determine the feasibility of a particular Hughes switching concept in a high repetition rate laser power conditioning system using inductive energy storage (IES). A second objective was to compare a conventional capacitive system and an inductive system (using the Hughes switching concept) in order to determine which system is the most appropriate for projected applications. The Hughes liquid-metal cathode plasma valve (LMPV) played a major role in this investigation because it is, at present, the only device capable of carrying high average currents with attendant recovery rates comparable to vacuum devices. The program was divided into three tasks. These tasks were: (1) Using the LMPV, evaluate experimentally different interruption methods; (2) through a scaling study provide a preliminary design of an 8.5-kA average, 10-kA peak, 100-kV LMPV; and (3) perform a systems study.

Descriptors :   *Electronic switches, *Energy storage, *Lasers, Electromagnetic induction, Switching, High power, High voltage, Plasmas(Physics), Liquid metals

Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment
      Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE