80220281 (Pulsed-power Applications and High-power Microwaves)

Course Name: Pulsed-power Applications and High-power Microwaves

Course Number: 80220281

Program: Graduate program

Type: Elective

Credits: 2

Term Offered: Fall

Prerequisite(s): Electromagnetism, Physics, high voltage, power electronics

Instructor(s): Weihua Jiang


J. Benford, J. Swegle and E. Schamiloglu, High Power Microwaves - 2nd Etidion, Taylor & Francis, 2007 (Chinese translation by Weihua Jiang and Chi Zhang, National Defense Industry Press, 2009).


R. Barker and E. Schamiloglu, High-Power Microwave Sources and Technologies, Wiley-IEEE Press, 2001.

H. Bluhm, Pulsed Power Systems: Principles and Applications, Springer, 2006.

Course Description:

     The course is about pulsed power applications, especially on high-power microwave generation.  It is an advanced topic in the field of electrical engineering.  The course gives general introduction of the subject and describes the most up-to-date research development in the world.

Course Objectives and Outcomes:

     Numbers in brackets are linked to department educational outcomes.

1. Students could master techniques of pulsed power and high-power microwave system design. [1, 3]

2. Students could get familiar with the process of scientific research and paper writing. [5, 6, 7, 10, 11]

3. Students could learn the intuitive ideas for constrained, multimodal, multiobjective, combinatorial optimization problems and unsupervised, supervised learning problems. [1, 3, 10]

4. Students could grasp the ideas of impedance matching, pulse shortening, and mode competition when designing a   high power microwave system. [1, 3]

Course Topics:

1. Brief Introduction to Pulsed Power Technology

2. Techniques of Pulsed Power Generation

3. Principles of High-Power Microwave Generation

4. High Power Microwave Components

5. High Power Microwave Radiators

6. High Power Microwave Diagnostics

7. High Power Microwave Effects

8. High Power Microwave Applications

Experiment(s): None


High Power Microwave System Design

   Understand and utilize the basic design principles to design a high power microwave system.

High Power Microwave Applications

   Understand and utilize the fundamental high-power microwave effect for practical applications.

Course Assessment:

Final term performance evaluation by the instructor. 100 points.