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Improvements to the Vacuum Power Booster in Microwave

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
40510
Program Year/Program:
1998 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
40510
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Technology Service Corporation
962 Wayne Avenue Suite 800 Silver Spring, MD 20910-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1998
Title: Improvements to the Vacuum Power Booster in Microwave
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $69,264.00
 

Abstract:

Microwave Power Module (MPM) applications would benefit from improved performance characteristics such as increased electrical efficiency, reduced cooling requirements, and reduced size and weight that are largely determined by the performance of the vacuum power booster MPM component. Technology Service Corporation therefore proposes to improve Microwave Power Module (MPM) performance characteristics by inserting a novel recently developed cold cathode material in the vacuum power booster that (1) eliminates the need for heater filament power and (2) offers the potential to pre-bunch the electron beam, thereby improving the rf efficiency and gain of the power booster. Three subtasks will be performed during Phase I. (1) The cold cathode material will be tested in a planar diode configuration to establish its DC and AC electron emission characteristics, leading to a cathode material electron emission model. (2) This emission model will be used with standard vacuum power booster design tools to analyze the potential improvements this cathode material will have on power booster efficiency and gain. (3) A simplified experimental gun structure will be built and tested for emission and modulation characteristics.

Principal Investigator:

Dean Thelen
8123367576

Business Contact:


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Small Business Information at Submission:

TECHNOLOGY SERVICE CORP.
11400 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 300 Los Angeles, CA 90064

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