High-Power Millimeter-Wave Micro-Sources for Communications & Radar Dominance
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
The proposed effort is to evaluate the feasibility of a W-band sheet-beam vacuum electronic device that can provide up to 1 kW of peak RF power at a minimum efficiency of 20%. Key elements of this effort are on the generation and transport of the sheet beam and its interaction with the RF circuit. The potential of employing a depressed collector to improve overall efficiency will also be investigated. As part of this effort, a proof-of-principle expreriment will be performed in the Phase-I to demonstrate the potential of the miniature plasma gun as a sheet-beam electron gun. Fabrication techniques will also be evaluated based on optimized beam and circuit parameters. The overall goal of this work is to define a Phase-II development strategy that is innovative yet based on achievable fabrication methods and tolerances.
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Research Institution Information:
BEAM-WAVE RESEARCH, INC.
5406 Bradley Boulevard Bethesda, MD 20814
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UNIV. OF MARYLAND
College Park, MD 20742
Nonprofit college or university