432 Pages 340 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Following in the footsteps of its popular predecessors, High Power Microwaves, Fourth Edition continues to provide a wide-angle, integrated view of the field of high power microwaves (HPMs). This fourth edition includes significant updates in every chapter as well as a new chapter on High Power Amplifiers. Written by a range of experimentalists, theorists, and applied theorists, the book offers complementary perspectives on different source types. The authors address:

    • How HPM relates historically and technically to the conventional microwave field,
    • The possible applications for HPM and the key criteria that HPM devices have to meet in order to be applied,
    • How high power sources work, including their performance capabilities and limitations,
    • The broad fundamental issues to be addressed in the future for a wide variety of source types.
    The book is accessible to several audiences. Researchers currently in the field can widen their understanding of HPM. Present or potential users of microwaves will discover the advantages of the dramatically higher power levels that are being made available. Newcomers to the field can pursue further research. Decision makers in direct energy acquisition and related fields, such as radar, communications, and high energy physics, can see how developments in HPM will affect them.

    Key Features:

    • Discusses the key criteria that must be fulfilled for emerging applications of HPMs in addition to the HPM formulary of practical equations for everyday work.
    • Describes the broad fundamental issues for each class of HPM sources and clarifies HPM capabilities and limitations on performance.
    • Uses a format suitable for classroom instruction with updated problems in each chapter alongside references and guidance to the literature for readers seeking more details.

    Solutions to the problems are available at [email protected].

    Chapter 1: Introduction. Chapter 2: Designing High Power Microwave Systems. Chapter 3: High Power Microwave Applications. Chapter 4: Fundamentals. Chapter 5: Enabling Technologies. Chapter 6: Beamless Systems. Chapter 7: Relativistic Magnetrons and Milos. Chapter 8: BWOs, TWTs, and Devices Involving O-Type Cerenkov Interactions. Chapter 9: Klystrons, Transit Time and Oscillators, and Reltrons. Chapter 10: Vircators. Chapter 11: Gyrotrons, Electron Cyclotron Masers, and Free-electron Lasers. Chapter 12: High Power Microwave Amplifiers. Appendix: High Power Microwave Formulary.


    James Benford is the president of Microwave Sciences. He is a life fellow of the IEEE. He has taught 26 courses on high power microwaves in 10 countries. He earned a PhD in physics from the University of California, San Diego.

    Edl Schamiloglu is a distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of New Mexico. A fellow of the IEEE and American Physical Society, he conducts numerous short courses and lectures worldwide and is a recipient of numerous IEEE honors. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science. He earned a BS and an MS from Columbia University and a PhD from Cornell University.

    Jacob Stephens is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Texas Tech University. He earned his PhD in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University and completed post-doctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Plasma Science and Fusion Center.

    John A. Swegle is an independent consultant for J-Two ROB, LLC. He’s worked at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Savannah River National Laboratory and has conducted short courses on HPM in the United States, Europe, and China. He holds PhD and MS degrees from Cornell University and BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Washington. He served two terms as an associate editor of The Physics of Plasmas.

    Peng Zhang is Associate Professor (Assistant Professor, 2016 - 2021) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University. He received his B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees in electrical and electronic engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2006 and 2008, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree in nuclear engineering and radiological sciences from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2012.