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Radio-Frequency (RF) Vacuum Electronics: A Resurgent Technology For Tomorrow
Author(s): Robert K. Parker; Richard H. Abrams
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Paper Abstract

Recent advances in the development of fast-wave, or periodic-beam, devices operating at millimeter- and submillimeter-wavelengths are not the only signs of resurgence in the field of RF vacuum electronics. Significant progress is being achieved in areas of well-established slow-wave power tube technology. In addition, the field is being stimulated by the introduction of techniques (CADD/CAM and microelectronics fabrication) and technologies (improved magnetics) from other disciplines. By any single-parameter measure -- peak or average power, efficiency, bandwidth noise reduction -- or by more complex figures-of-merit -- power-bandwidth product, Pf2 -- vacuum RF power device performance is advancing, not incrementally, but at "breakthrough" rates. This dramatic progress could presage a period of growth in RF vacuum electronics unequaled since the postwar period of achievement in magnetron and klystron development.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 1987
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0791, Millimeter Wave Technology IV and RF Power Sources, (24 September 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.940789
Show Author Affiliations
Robert K. Parker, Naval Research Laboratory (United States)
Richard H. Abrams, B-K Technologies, Incorporated (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0791:
Millimeter Wave Technology IV and RF Power Sources
James T. Coleman; James C. Wiltse, Editor(s)

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