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A varactor-tuned IMPATT-diode oscillator with a continuous and monotonic tuning bandwidth of 27 percent and a potential tuning range in excess of 40 percent is described. The results of a computer program which optimizes the tuning bandwidth of the equivalent circuit of the voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) are presented. The VCO consists of two varactors located symmetrically on each side of an IMPATT diode all mounted in a ridged waveguide with two matched outputs into 50-Omega coaxial. Experimental results on bandwidth, power output, frequency linearity, and FM noise are presented.
Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:23 , Issue: 6 )
Date of Publication: Jun 1975