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Injection Locked "Cooker" Magnetron

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-20-C-0823
Agency Tracking Number: N20A-T015-0131
Amount: $140,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N20A-T015
Solicitation Number: 20.A
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-07-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-01-13
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1111
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Sean Torrez
 (978) 738-8176
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution
 University of New Mexico
 Timothy Wester
The University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0000
United States

 (505) 277-1264
 Nonprofit College or University

The Navy desires a compact and highly efficient S-band magnetron source with stabilized output capable of modulation over a narrow bandwidth. In this Phase I STTR proposal, Physical Sciences Inc (PSI) outlines the development of an injection locked “cooker” magnetron which can be used for frequency shift keying (FSK) or phase shift keying (PSK) in a portable high power transmission device. In Phase I, PSI will determine through simulation the optimal means of frequency pulling COTs magnetrons while minimizing the cost and complexity of ancillary electronics. PSI will work with the University of New Mexico to determine an injection scheme via simulation. We will demonstrate modulation on a benchtop breadboard. We will measure performance of the overall injection locked magnetron system and compare simulation to experiment. During Phase II, PSI will work to transition the injection locked source from the breadboard and integrate it into a mobile platform to be deployed and tested in the field. The mobile system would include power supply and driver electronics, packaged into a small volume and low weight. PSI will leverage the efficiency, availability and low cost of these mass-produced S-band sources to develop a SWAP-C minimized system.

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