Modeling and numerical simulation of microwave pulse propagation in air breakdown environment

J. Kim, S. P. Kuo

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Abstract

A theoretical model describing the propagation of an intense microwave pulse in an air breakdown environment was developed. The self-consistent description of the propagation process was provided by a set of two modal equations including a continuity equation (Poynting's equation) for the energy density of the pulse and a rate equation of the electron density. Results showed that using only a single unfocused microwave pulse transmitted upwards from the ground for the ionization, the maximum electron density produced at, e.g., 50 km altitude, is limited by the tail erosion effect to below 107 cm-3. A repetitive pulse approach and a focus beam approach were also examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-208
Number of pages2
JournalIEEE International Conference on Plasma Science
StatePublished - 1994
EventProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science - Santa Fe, NM, USA
Duration: Jun 6 1994Jun 8 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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