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High Power RF Component Testing for the NLC


In the Next Linear Collider (NLC), the high power rf components must be capable of handling peak rf power levels in excess of 600 MW. In the current view of the NLC, even the rectangular waveguide components must transmit at least 300 MW rf power. At this power level, peak rf fields can greatly exceed 100 MV/m. We present recent results of high power tests performed at the Accelerator Structure Test Area (ASTA) at SLAC. These tests are designed to investigate the rf breakdown limits of several new components potentially useful for the NLC. In particular, we tested a new TE01-TE10 circular to rectangular 'wrap-around' mode converter, a modified (internal fin) Magic Tee hybrid, and an upgraded 'flower petal' mode converter.

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