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Results from thermionic cathode gyro-TWA experiments

By: Phelps, A.D.R.; Robertson, C.W.; Thomson, J.; Whyte, C.G.; He, W.; Cross, A.W.; Rafferty, E.G.; Young, A.R.; Ronald, K.;

2004 / IEEE / 0-7803-8490-3


This item was taken from the IEEE Conference ' Results from thermionic cathode gyro-TWA experiments ' Experimental operation of a gyro-travelling wave amplifier with a helically corrugated interaction region is presented. Two thermionic cathode electron guns in Pierce-type geometries were used to generate rectilinear electron beams of 1 /spl mu/s pulse duration. One diode was operated at 185 keV energy with a current of 7.5 A and the other was operated with an applied potential of 115 kV producing a current of 18 A. Transverse velocity was imparted to the electron beam in a 'kicker'. The electron beam acquired a transverse velocity typically with a pitch factor of between 1 and 1.2. The resulting electron beam described a helical, axis-encircling trajectory. The coupling between the second harmonic cyclotron mode of the gyrating electron beam and the radiation field occurred in the region of near infinite phase velocity over a broad frequency band using a cylindrical waveguide with a helical corrugation on its internal surface. With a beam energy of 185 keV, the amplifier achieved a maximum output power of 220 kW, saturated gain of 24 dB, saturated bandwidth of 8.4 to 10.4 GHz (21% relative bandwidth) and an efficiency of 16%. With a beam energy of 115 keV, the amplifier achieved a maximum output power of 160 kW and an efficiency of 8%.