Long-Life Miniature Reservoir Cathode For High-Frequency Amplifiers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-07-M-0161
Agency Tracking Number: N071-055-0073
Amount: $69,946.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solitcitation Year: 2007
Solitcitation Topic Code: N07-055
Solitcitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
21070 SW Tile Flat Road, Beaverton, OR, 97007
Duns: 192000149
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bernard Vancil
 (503) 628-0703
Business Contact
 Leslie Gott
Title: Office Manager
Phone: (503) 628-0703
Email: bernie@ebeaminc.com
Research Institution
The proposal describes a low-risk program for solving the remaining problems on reservoir cathodes. The solution will allow production of a miniature cathode with at least 20 Amps/cm2 loading and a life greater than 50,000 hours. All dispenser cathodes are limited by their supply of barium. Reservoir cathodes are unique in that they provide, in principle, unlimited amounts of barium. All other attempts to improve performance do so by conserving existing barium by lowering temperature. Lowering temperature implies a fundamental materials breakthrough that has not been forthcoming. But the remaining problems on reservoir cathodes are largely engineering and fabrication issues. Hence the reservoir cathode is a low-risk solution to the present cathode impasse. The performance of linear beam amplifiers is now acutely limited by cathode technology - both their size and output. Power frequency and life would increase if better cathodes were available. Ion engine performance is limited for the same reasons.

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