Microfabricated, 94 GHz, 25 W, Helical Traveling Wave Tube

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$899,555.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX12CA45C
Agency Tracking Number:
104440
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Teraphysics Corporation
110 Alpha Park, Cleveland, OH, 44143-2215
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
623981375
Principal Investigator:
Carol Kory
Principal Investigator
(440) 554-3417
ckory@teraphysics.com
Business Contact:
Carole Ream
Business Official
(440) 573-0008
ream@teraphysics.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Teraphysics Corporation completed the Phase I objectives for the electrical design of a 94 GHz, 26 W TWT with 53% overall efficiency, including the helical circuit with efficiency enhancing taper, input/output couplers, electron gun, magnetic circuit and multistage depressed collector. The device includes a novel, microfabricated, helical circuit with electron beam propagating above the helix rather than through the middle. In addition to completing all of the proposed Phase I objectives, we designed vacuum windows, made significant progress on the mechanical design, fabricated the electron gun electrodes and circuit block, and conducted machining trials, and brazing experiments. The successful Phase I results at 94 GHz along with Teraphysics' proven results at 95 and 650 GHz warrant further development of the 94 GHz TWT in a Phase II program. If awarded, we will apply our relevant experience and the Phase I results to fabricate, assemble, and test a 94 GHz TWT. The advantages of implementing high efficiency TWT amplifiers into NASA spacecraft compared to the current state of the art include lower system power requirements, reduced payload volume and reduced thermal management challenges.

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