High-Power Terahertz Cerenkov Traveling-Wave Amplifier

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00164-06-C-6023
Agency Tracking Number: O053-D08-4074
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD05-D08
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
Suite 200, 199 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT, 06511
DUNS: 084736651
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jay Hirshfield
 President
 (203) 789-1164
 jay@omega-p.com
Business Contact
 George Trahan
Title: Vice President
Phone: (203) 787-9180
Email: enid@omega-p.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Analysis and computations will be carried out to refine the design for a THz Cerenkov traveling-wave amplifier, in which a rectangular dielectric-lined waveguide comprises the slow-wave structure. Preliminary calculations for a 0.5 THz point design indicate that high gain and high bandwidth can be achieved, with an average power output of 10's of watts, and an efficiency of a few percent. This device has a major advantage over existing gyrotron 10's of watts THz sources in that no superconducting magnet is needed; and that weight, size, and cost are smaller than alternative laser-based technologies by considerable factors. The rectangular dielectric circuit design allows for straightforward realization of precision micron-scale tolerences, for effective suppression of undesired modes, and for good access for input and output couplers. The Phase I design is to form the basis for engineering development and construction of one or more proof-of-principle prototypes in Phase II.

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