Absorbing coatings for high power millimeter-wave devices and matched loads

W. Bin, A. Bruschi, S. Cirant, V. Muzzini, A. Simonetto, N. Spinicchia, G. Angella, F. Dell'Era, G. Gantenbein, W. Leonhardt, A. Nardone, A. Samartsev, M. Schmid

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In the electron cyclotron frequency range the handling of high power is critical. In some cases an unpredictable amount of stray radiation can reach some components or accumulate in localized regions, with risk of damages caused by thermal overloads, and any uncontrolled reflection represents a danger for the sources. A possibility to mitigate the problem consists in covering some regions exposed to radiation with absorbers. Enhanced absorption of stray radiation lowers requirements on active protection systems in microwave diagnostics. The released heat can be extracted by dedicated cooling systems. The chromium oxide (Cr2O3), largely tested at IFP-CNR, has been routinely used as internal coating for matched loads. The performances of a variable thickness coating has been tested at high power at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), with a 140 GHz gyrotron of the W7-X ECRH system and an averaged power density absorbed at the coating surface higher than 1 MW/m2for 3 min. Also boron carbide (B4C) has been tested at low power and patented as a millimeter-wave absorber. In the paper, the results of some tests performed on these coatings are given, together with some simulations of the absorption capability based on low power measurements on samples. Finally, some calculations are presented for a coating obtained combining together Cr2O3and B4C. © 2013 CNR-IFP Instituto di Fisica Plasma.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2510 - 2514
Number of pages5
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Bin, W., Bruschi, A., Cirant, S., Muzzini, V., Simonetto, A., Spinicchia, N., ... Schmid, M. (2013). Absorbing coatings for high power millimeter-wave devices and matched loads. Fusion Engineering and Design, 88(9-10), 2510 - 2514. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fusengdes.2012.12.036