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Low group velocity traveling wave tube amplifiers

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6 Author(s)
Kuang, E. ; Lab. of Plasma Studies, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY, USA ; Davis, T.J. ; Ivers, J.D. ; Kerslick, G.
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We report experimental and theoretical results from research into high power X-band traveling wave tube amplifiers designed to eliminate sidebands caused by reflections from the output of such structures. These amplifiers have a low energy velocity, such that the time it takes a wave to be reflected from the output to the input is of the order of, or greater than, the electron beam pulse duration. The elimination of sidebands and the effects of reflections is achieved by this transit time isolation, The bandwidth of the output spectrum is limited by the low pass-band of the periodic structures. Such amplifiers have been operated at power levels of up to 160 MW at 9 GHz for 50 ns pulse durations

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Plasma Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:22 ,  Issue: 5 )