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Micro Vacuum Backward Wave Oscillator Terahertz Source

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
81225
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
06SB2-0045
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Stellar Micro Devices
2020 Centimeter Circle Austin, TX 78758-4956
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Micro Vacuum Backward Wave Oscillator Terahertz Source
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0304
Award Amount: $749,900.00
 

Abstract:

A sweeping and scanning system uses four micro-scale backward wave oscillator (MBWO) sources to cover the 170 - 800 GHz range. The MBWOs use high current density edge emitter cold cathodes to emit a sheet beam over a micromachined slow wave structure. A beam energy homogenizing structure increases efficiency compared with thermionic BWOs and reduces the need for magnetic confinement of the beam. Shared magnets and power supplies, and the improved efficiency of the MBWO, reduce the size and power of the system to well under 1/10 that of conventional systems. Continuous tuning or locking within and MBWO are accomplished by controlling the beam voltage with a phase lock loop control system. The control system also provides instantaneous switching between bands.

Principal Investigator:

Mark W. Tinker
Senior Research Engineer
5129977780
tinker@stellar-micro.com

Business Contact:

Mark Eaton
President & CEO
5129977781
eaton@stellar-micro.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

STELLAR MICRO DEVICES
2020 Centimeter Circle Austin, TX 78758

EIN/Tax ID: 742843930
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No