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Design of a Ka-band gyro-TWT for radar applications

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7 Author(s)
K. T. Nguyen ; Vacuum Electron. Branch, Naval Res. Lab., Washington, DC, USA ; J. P. Calame ; D. E. Pershing ; B. G. Danly
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The design of a Ka-band gyrotron traveling wave tube (TWT) amplifier capable of operating over a wide range of peak powers and bandwidths is presented. The amplifier operates in the TE11 mode at the fundamental cyclotron harmonic. Instantaneous bandwidths in the range of 2.5 to 3.9 GHz (at 1 dB below saturation) with corresponding peak powers between 92.2 and 57.9 kW can be achieved by simply adjusting the mod-anode voltage of the electron gun. The corresponding gains range from 57.1 to 36.0 dB. The design performance is obtained with a high quality, 6 A, 70 kV electron beam generated with a double-anode magnetron injection gun. This wide range performance capability in the design is achieved via the use of the distributed loss approach in the interacting circuit, which also guarantees zero-drive stability. A diffractive loading scheme is employed in the lossy section of the circuit to ensure high average power operation of the amplifier

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IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices  (Volume:48 ,  Issue: 1 )