Master of Science (MS)
Electrical and Computer Engineering
First Committee Member
Robert A. Schill, Jr.
Number of Pages
The Nevada Shocker is a pulsed power machine composed of a 540 kV (maximum), 4.54 kJ (maximum) Marx Bank in series with a 50 ns pulse forming Blumlein activated by a self breaking water switch. The energy released by the water dielectric Blumlein is guided by a water-filled coaxial line to a vacuum chamber containing a parallel plate diode. A cylinder of Rexolite plastic is sandwiched in between the parallel plate diode electrodes. The applied field mechanically stresses the electrodes on a molecular level generating a shock wave that changes the localized index of refraction. Further during discharge, the applied electric field also results in a change in index of refraction. Interferometers may be used to detect small, localized changes at each point in time. This thesis provides a preliminary study of interferometry probing the characteristics of Rexolite plastic under stress on a prototype of the setup modeled on the environment housing the Nevada Shocker.
Detector; Interferometry; Measure; Optical; Perturbations; Plastics; System
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Gurujala Radhakrishna, Satya Sundeep, "Optical interferometry with detector system to measure perturbations in plastics" (2006). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2020.
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