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Institute for Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology

Campus Nord, Bldg. 421

Hermann-von- Helmholtz-Platz 1

76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen
Tel.: +49 721 608 22441
E-Mail: infoRbp2∂ihm kit edu

The Institute for Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology at a Glance

The Institute for Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology (IHM) is doing research and development as well as education and technology transfer in the areas of pulsed power and high-power microwave technologies.

We are focusing on:

  • Fundamental research
    • electron beam physics and beam target interactions
    • fretting (wear resistance of materials) 
    • generation, transmission and conversion of high electromagnetic fields at millimeter wave frequencies
    • plasma-wall interaction
  • Application of the results
    • to generate pulsed electron beams with large diameters and sufficient beam energies
    • to improve the wear resistance and the liquid metal corrosion of steels
    • to electroporate biomasses and to stimulate biological cells to supply Megawatt power levels for electron-cyclotron resonance heating and control
    • to apply high-power microwaves to materials by developing large-scale microwave ovens and specific microwave tools
    • to predict the impact of transients on the erosion and lifetime of wall materials of future fusion reactors




Picture of the months
Picture of the month

One of our new semiconductor-based Marx generators currently under development made it as "Picture of the Month" into the newspaper "Badische Neuste Nachrichten"!

Using nearly 900 individual power semiconductor switches and 150 microprocessors, it is designed to generate an arbitrary output voltage of up to 120kV at 600A pulsed current. The device, when finished, will be used as driving pulse power source for our pulsed electron beam device (GESA).

EAPPC 2018

Mr. Zhen Wang,  CSC Stipendiat of the Institute for Pulsed Power and Microwave Technolgy (IHM),  was 

awarded at the Euro-Asian Pulsed Power Conference (EAPPC) and Int. Conference on High-Power Particle Beams (BEAMS) with the "2018 EAPPC Outstanding Young Researcher Award".

IEEE NPSS 2018 Merit Award für Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Manfred Thumm

Bei der “45th IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science” vom 24. – 28. Juni 2018 in Denver, CO, USA, wurde Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Manfred Thumm vom IHM und IHE des KIT mit dem “IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) 2018 Merit Award” ausgezeichnet. Die

Preiswidmung lautet:  “For outstanding contributions and leadership in the field of electron cyclotron heating and current drive technology for thermonuclear fusion plasma research”. Der Merit Award ist die höchste Auszeichnung für hervorragende wissenschaftlich-technische Beiträge im Bereich der NPSS.

Verleihung des IEEE NPSS 2018 Merit Awards an Prof. Thumm durch den Vorsitzenden des „Plasma Science and Application Committee (PSAC)“, Prof. Michael Kong, von der Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, USA.

Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral researcher Dr. Nanya Li gave a speech in Chinese embassy

28.06.2018: Dr. Nanya Li from Institut für Hochleistungsimpuls- und Mikrowellentechnik participated the Alexander von Humboldt Annual meeting in Berlin and met Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier with other Humboldt fellows.

On 29.06.2018, the Chinese fellows were invited by the Chinese embassy in Germany and Dr. Nanya Li was selected to give a speech, in front of Chinese ambassador Mingde Shi, Humboldt secretary: Dr. Aufderheide, Humboldt director of Aisa: Dr. Manderla and all Chinese fellows. 

On behalf of Chinese fellows, he talked about his research work on aerospace composite additive manufacturing technologies under professor John Jelonnek’s advice and his experience in KIT. He also greatly appreciated the research support from KIT and the Humboldt foundation, and hoped to do more for the aerospace industry.