In the paper, we present our progress toward designing a “smart” high-peak power microwave (HPM) tube. We use iterative learning control (ILC) methodologies in order to control a repetitively pulsed high-power backward-wave oscillator (BWO). The learning-control algorithm is used to drive the error between the actual output and its desired value to zero. The desired output may be a given power level, a given frequency, or a combination of both. The learning-control methodology is then verified in simulation. This methodology is applicable to a wide variety of HPM sources.
IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Backward-wave oscillator, frequency agility, high-peak power microwave, iterative learning control
Abdallah, Chaouki T.; Vatche S. Soualian; and Edl Schamiloglu. "Toward “smart tubes” using iterative learning control." IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 26, 3 (1998): 905-911. doi:10.1109/27.700869.