#high #power #microwave #source

Please join us on October 23rd, Engineering Building, UCCS, between 10AM and Noon for a presentation on the above topic by Dr. Salvador Portillo, PhD., from the University of New Mexico.


The generation of electromagnetic energy using crossed field devices is an ongoing effort that has lasted for almost 8 decades and initially engineered as part of radar systems during the second world war. Today, these crossed field devices, such as the magnetron and MILO are capable of producing GW of electromagnetic energy when driven by a high energy Marx. In the national interest, these high power microwave sources are being developed into directed energy sources capable of disrupting and damaging electronic circuits and components. One of the unsolved problems plaguing these devices is the poor repetition rate and radiation pulse shortening effect due to temporally and spatially evolving plasmas from the anode and cathode.   This talk will discuss some of our efforts to understand and mitigate the pulse shortening mechanism as well as the development of HPM sources and compact high energy pulsed power.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 23 Oct 2015
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-06:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)
  • Add_To_Calendar_icon Add Event to Calendar
  • 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • United States 80918
  • Building: Engineering Building, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

  • Contact Event Host
  • Dr. TS Kalkur, Chair, ECE Dept.


  • Starts 14 October 2015 01:55 PM
  • Ends 23 October 2015 11:00 AM
  • All times are (UTC-06:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)
  • No Admission Charge


Dr. Salvador Portillo, Ph.D.


Dr. Sal Portillo is a research associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. at the University of New Mexico, working in the areas of High power Microwaves, charged particle beam acceleration and pulsed power. The main focus of his lab is in understanding and mitigating the pulse shortening mechanism due to the evolution of anode and cathode plasmas into the interaction space, efficiency improvements to RF generation and the development of compact high energy pulsed power drivers for HPM sources.  His previous work for the Department of Energy stockpile stewardship program focused on the development of high brightness Bremsstrahlung sources for radiographic sub critical experiments where the final source achieved the highest figure of merit for Inductive Voltage Adder driven X-ray sources. 


He is a member of the administrative committee of the Nuclear Plasma Science Society, Chair of the membership activities and is a recently elected member of the Plasma Science and Applications Executive Committee. He was the 2014 treasurer for the Power Modulator Conference and is part of the faculty team working in developing research collaborations with Universities in Mexico.  Dr. Sal Portillo received his Ph.D in physics from Texas Christian University in 2003.

Address:University of New Mexico, New Mexico, United States

Dr. Salvador Portillo, Ph.D.


Address:University of New Mexico, New Mexico, United States