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Subject: Re: Microwave experimentation
Date: Jul 31, 11:45 pm
Poster: Pierce Nichols

On Jul 31, 11:45 pm, Pierce Nichols wrote:

>>What follows is a warning:
>>Experimenting with microwaves from any, normally operated, oven type of magnetron is playing with fire.
>Damn straight. There are lots of kinds of
>magnetrons out there, should you decide that you absolutely need to do IF research, and the oven microwave is probably the worst choice you could possibly make. I can't imagine a serious experimenter ever using one for anything legitimate. If you want to experiment with IF, try using a Gunn diode or a commercial radar maggie. Real (non food) magnetrons have flanges made to be mated to standard waveguides and can be thusly contained. The circuitry required to control them is nontrivial, though.

When I was in college I worked in the plasma physics lab at columbia for a semester. One of the experiments used a magnetron taken from a microwave oven for ECRH.