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Gigatron, A New Technology For Microwave Power Devices
Author(s): Peter M. McIntyre; Stephen M. Elliott; Henry Gray; Bo Lee; Yaoqi Pang; Milorad B. Popovic
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Paper Abstract

The gigatron is a new design concept for microwave power devices. A gated field-emitter array is employed to produce microwave-modulated electron beam directly from the cathode. A ribbon beam configuration is used to mitigate space-change effects and provide efficient output coupling. A traveling wave output coupler is used to obtain optimum coupling to a wide beam. RF conversion efficiency is estimated at ~75%. Gigatron-family devices have been designed for applications from 3 GHz to 60 GHz frequency, from 30 W microtubes for phased-array antenna drivers to 500 MW drivers for linac colliders.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 1989
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1061, Microwave and Particle Beam Sources and Directed Energy Concepts, (25 July 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.951789
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Peter M. McIntyre, Texas A&M University (United States)
Stephen M. Elliott, Texas A&M University (United States)
Henry Gray, Naval Research Lab (United States)
Bo Lee, Texas A&M University (United States)
Yaoqi Pang, Texas A&M University (United States)
Milorad B. Popovic, Texas A&M University (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1061:
Microwave and Particle Beam Sources and Directed Energy Concepts
Howard E. Brandt, Editor(s)

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