High-Power Terahertz Cerenkov Traveling-Wave Amplifier

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00164-06-C-6023
Agency Tracking Number:
O053-D08-4074
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD05-D08
Solicitation Number:
2005.3
Small Business Information
OMEGA-P, INC.
Suite 200, 199 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT, 06511
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
084736651
Principal Investigator:
Jay Hirshfield
President
(203) 789-1164
jay@omega-p.com
Business Contact:
George Trahan
Vice President
(203) 787-9180
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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