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Topic 60c - High-efficiency power amplifiers for Project X, Phase II

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-11ER90151
Agency Tracking Number: 97641
Amount: $999,577.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 60 c
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000676
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-08-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-08-07
Small Business Information
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Colchester, VT 05446-3121
United States
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Frederick Raab
 (802) 655-9670
Business Contact
 Frederick Raab
Title: Dr.
Phone: (802) 655-9670
Research Institution

Accelerators used for nuclear-physics research require megawatts of radio-frequency energy. They currently employ vacuum-tube power amplifiers or conventional solid-state amplifiers that areinefficient and therefore consume a great deal of prime power. Many other applications including semiconductor processing, cellular-telephone base station transmitters and military communication systems similarly use inefficient power amplifiers and therefore consume large amounts of electrical power. We will develop two high-efficiency power-amplifier systems that can produce the radio- frequency energy with a much lower consumption of electrical power. This will be accomplished by combining state-of-the art transistors, amplifier techniques, and digital signal processing. Phase I investigated critical areas of technology to determine what could be done and how best to do it. A good deal of Phase I was experimental so that real-world results were obtained and concepts proven. We used these results to develop the best approach to make a high- efficiency, high-reliability power amplifier that can be scaled to the high power levels needed by DOE and other applications. The heart of the scalable high-efficiency power amplifier is a 500-W power module and the associated digital signal processor. Phase II is a step-by-step development of this module including the signal processor, RF final power amplifier, RF drivers, high-level modulators, and control circuits. These components will be integrated into 500-W modules for two Fermi-Lab frequencies and then multiple modules will be integrated into 4-kW prototypes. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: The amplifiers developed under this grant can be adapted for use in military communication and jamming, high-field magnetic-resonance imaging, digital-television (HDTV) transmitters, and new applications in the bands vacated by analog television. The proposed amplifiers will significantly reduce the amount of prime power used by DOE accelerators, resulting in reduced operating cost, importation of foreign petroleum, pollution, and green-house gas emissions.

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