Experimental Study of Wave Propagation Through a Rapidly Created Plasma

Spencer P. Kuo, Angqing Ren

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Frequency up conversion and converting a CW source microwave into a frequency up-shifted and chirped periodic pulse have been demonstrated by two experiments. In the first one, the CW source microwave propagates through a periodically microwave-discharged plasma. The CW source microwave is converted into a periodic pulse having up-shifted carrier frequency. The second one uses a high voltage (~100 KV) DC discharge to generate a dense plasma suddenly between two parallel plates. A frequency up-shifted and chirped pulse (~2 ns) converting from the CW source microwave interacting with the suddenly created plasma is observed. The central frequency (~6.4 GHz) of the pulse is up-shifted from the frequency (~4.7 GHz) of the source wave by about 40%. Moreover, frequency components which are up-shifted as high as 80% are also observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-56
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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