Resonant n>0 Modes Trapped by a Dielectric in a Coaxial Line

Lawrence R. Doolittle
Tunnel Dust, Inc.
Walnut Creek, California, USA
January 14, 2002

drawing of coaxial window

Scaling laws provide an incentive to make a high power window as large as possible, since losses scale inversely with radius, and both heat flux and temperature rise scale inversely with the radius squared. One phenomenon that limits how large a window can be made is the presence of higher order modes in the structure. Conventional wisdom is to limit the average circumference to one wavelength, so that these modes cannot propagate. An analysis of the resonant mode properties of low impedance coaxial windows shows how to design a window to keep these modes from interfering with power transmission.

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Larry Doolittle
January 14, 2002