Author: Henderson, B.
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WEPLM57 200 kW, 350 - 700 MHz RF Sources using Multiple Beam Triodes 724
  • R.L. Ives, T. Bui, D. Marsden, M.E. Read
    CCR, San Mateo, California, USA
  • B. Henderson, L. Higgins, R. Ho
    CPI, Palo Alto, California, USA
  Funding: U.S. Department of Energy Grant No. DE-SC0018838
Calabazas Creek Research, Inc. and Communications & Power Industries, LLC are developing multiple beam triodes to produce more than 200 kW of RF power at extremely low cost and efficiencies exceeding 85%. RF power is achieved by installing the triode inside coaxial input and output cavities at the desired frequency. The multiple beam triodes developed in this program will provide RF power from 350 MHz to 700 MHz using the appropriate, tuned, resonant cavities. This program is using eight grid-cathode assemblies to achieve 200 kW with a target efficiency exceeding 80%. A 350 MHz RF source would be approximately 36 inches high, 18 inches in diameter and weigh approximately 150 pounds. This is significantly smaller than any other RF source at this frequency and power level. The gain is limited to approximately 14 dB, so a single beam triode-based source will serve as a driver. The combined cost and efficiency will still exceed the performance of other comparable RF sources, including solid state sources. Design issues, include grid cooling, uniformity of RF electric fields on the grids, and efficiency, will be discussed.
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About • paper received ※ 27 August 2019       paper accepted ※ 04 September 2019       issue date ※ 08 October 2019  
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