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Phase And Frequency Control Of Millimeter Wave Sources
Author(s): R. W. McMillan; D. M. Guillory
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Paper Abstract

As the use of the millimeter wave (MMW) bands increases, the need for better spectral control of sources also increases because of widening application of this spectrum to Doppler radar, communication, and measurement systems. As the millimeter bands become more crowded, better frequency control will become necessary to avoid interference. There is also a real advantage to be gained in source power stability by phase-locking; locked sources typically exhibit output power stabilities of a few tenths of one percent. Phase-locking of MMW sources to a frequency standard also provides the basis for frequency measurements which are perhaps the most accurate measurements of any physical quantity ever made, with accuracies of 1 X 10-12 being attainable. Phase-Lock circuits using both linear and digital techniques are available to the MMW system designer, and both types are discussed in this paper along with some typical results obtained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 1985
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0544, Millimeter Wave Technology III, (24 October 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.948245
Show Author Affiliations
R. W. McMillan, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
D. M. Guillory, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0544:
Millimeter Wave Technology III
James C. Wiltse, Editor(s)

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