A hybrid quasi-optical waveguide resonating device providing millimeter-wave beam switching and combination at high power is described in this paper. It can be realized, starting from the beam-splitting properties of the rectangular corrugated waveguide with aperture much greater than the wavelength λ, by arranging the wave-guides in a resonating ring configuration. This kind of waveguide, cut at an appropriate length, has been proposed for the remote steering (RS) system of the ITER upper electron cyclotron resonance heating (ECRH) launcher, because of its imaging properties. In fact, beam steering can be performed far from the plasma edge since an input beam is transformed into an output beam with the same angle with the waveguide axis as the input one. Multiple imaging properties, derived by the fractional Talbot effect, are applied at waveguide sections cut at fractional lengths and lead to 3-dB beam-splitting properties for a length equivalent to half the length of an RS waveguide. Ring-type resonant devices with two outputs are obtained by setting two or more waveguides in properly arranged loops. The power distribution in the two output channels available can be controlled either mechanically, moving the mirrors used to couple the different sections by fractions of the wavelength λ, or varying the source frequency by a fraction Δv/v ≪ 1. The exploitation of a second input port allows beams of different gyrotrons with nearly the same frequency to be coupled to the same transmission line. This relatively compact device can be evaluated for application into the ITER ECRH transmission line, with advantages on beam routing control.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanical Engineering
Bruschi, A., Cirant, S., Moro, A., & Simonetto, A. (2008). Beam combination and routing at high power with a ring-type waveguide millimeter-wave resonator. Fusion Science and Technology, 53(1), 97 - 103. https://doi.org/10.13182/FST08-A1657