Magnetically insulated transmission line oscillator

Clark, M. Collins; Marder, Barry M.; Bacon, Larry D.
January 1988
Applied Physics Letters;1/4/88, Vol. 52 Issue 1, p78
Academic Journal
The magnetically insulated transmission line oscillator (MILO) is a concept for producing very high-power microwave pulses. It is based on the relativistic flow of electrons in a magnetically insulated transmission line on which a slow wave structure, typically thin metal vanes, has been imposed. Its geometry is similar to that of a linear magnetron or crossed-field amplifier. In the MILO, however, the magnetic field which insulates the diode is produced by the electron flow itself rather than being imposed by external coils. This eliminates the need to match the applied voltage to the magnetic field. Because both the insulating magnetic field and accelerating voltage are produced by the same source, the device can be run at high voltages without electrical breakdown.


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