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ECE 662 – Microwave Electronics. Klystrons March 31, April 7, 2005. General Characteristics. Efficiency about 40% Power output Cw:  1MW Pulsed:  100MW @ 10 GHz Power Gain 15 to 70 dB Frequency  100 GHz Characteristics High pulse and CW power Medium bandwidth (2-15 %).

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ece 662 microwave electronics

ECE 662 – Microwave Electronics


March 31, April 7, 2005

general characteristics
General Characteristics
  • Efficiency about 40%
  • Power output
    • Cw:  1MW
    • Pulsed:  100MW @ 10 GHz
    • Power Gain 15 to 70 dB
    • Frequency  100 GHz
  • Characteristics
    • High pulse and CW power
    • Medium bandwidth (2-15 %)
electron bunching process
Electron Bunching Process

The net result of beam transit through the cavity is a sinusoidal

Beam velocity modulation at cavity frequency 

Faster electrons “catch” up with slower electrons. At a certain

Distance L the electrons have “bunched” together. Here (at L)

A second cavity is placed in order to induce microwave fields

In the “output” of “catcher” cavity.

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Electron Bunching Process

The distance from the buncher grid to the location of the of dense electron bunching for the electrons at tb is L = v0 (td -tb).

Distances for electrons at ta and tc are

L = vmin (td -ta) = vmin (td -tb+/(2)) (1)

L = vmax (td -tc) = vmax (td -tb-/(2)) (2), where

vmin= v0 {1-(V1)/(2V0)}; V0 =½(m/e)(v02), V1 =Ed, and

vmax= v0 {1+(V1)/(2V0)}; equations (1) and (2) become

L = v0(td -tb)+{v0 /(2)-v0[(V1)/(2V0)](td-tb)-v0[(V1)/(2V0)]/(2)}

L = v0(td -tb)+{-v0 /(2)+v0[(V1)/(2V0)](td-tb)+v0[(V1)/(2V0)]/(2)}

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Electron Bunching Process

For electrons at ta, tb, and tc to meet at the same distance L means that terms in both brackets {} must = 0. therefore

td -tb = [(2V0)/(v0 V1)][v0/(2)][1-(V1)/(2V0)] ~ V0/V1,

L ~ v0V0/V1 (space charge neglected & not max degree of bunching)

Transit time in the field free region between grids is

T = t2 - t1 = L/ v(t1) = T0 {1 - [(V1)/(2V0)] sin [t1 - (d)/(2v0)]}

where T0=L/v0 and used (1 + x)-1 ~ 1- x; In radians

T = t2 - t1 = L/ v0 - X sin [t1 - (d)/(2v0)], where

X = (L/ v0) [(V1)/(2V0)] = Bunching parameter of a Klystron

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Electron Bunching Process

At the buncher gap a charge dQ0 passing through at a time interval dt0 is given by dQ0 = I0 dt0 = i2 dt2, by conservation of charge, where i2 = current at the catcher gap.

t2 = t0 +  + T0 {1 - [(V1)/(2V0)] sin [t0 + (d)/(2v0)]}

dt2 / dt0 = 1 - X cos [t0 + (d)/(2v0)]

i2 (t0) = I0 / {1 - X cos [t0 + (d)/(2v0)]} = current arriving at catcher.

Using t2 = t0 +  + T0 ,

i2 (t2) = I0 / {1 - X cos [t2 - (L/v0) - [(d)/(2v0)]}

Plot i2 for various X (corresponding to different L providing  and (V1)/(2V0 ) are fixed.)

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Electron Bunching Process

 Electron bunching corresponds to current peaks that take place and for X  1; i2 is rich in harmonics of the input frequency which is the resonant frequency of both cavities. (Klystron can be run as a harmonic generator).

Beam current at the catcher is a periodic waveform of period 2/ about a dc current.  expand i2 in a Fourier Series:

catcher cavity
Catcher Cavity

Phase of catcher gap voltage must be maintained in such a way that the bunched electrons as they pass through the grids encounter a retarding phase. Thus kinetic energy is transferred to the field of the catcher grid.The fundamental component of the induced current is given by:

catcher cavity output power
Catcher Cavity- Output Power

Rsho = wall resistance of catcher cavity

RB = beam loading resistance

RL = external load resistance

RSH = effective Shunt resistance

I2 = If = fundamental component of the beam current at the catcher cavity

V2 = fundamental component of the catcher gap voltage

Output power delivered to the catcher and the load is given by

reflex klystron oscillator
Reflex Klystron Oscillator

Can make an amplifier

oscillate by providing

regenerative feedback

to input terminals.

Simpler is reflex - single

cavity oscillator, but

lower power, 10-500mW,

1-25 GHz, 20-30 % eff.

Widely used in radars.

Key here is to have electrons be repelled such that they return to the

gap in the form of a bunch. Time electron of velocity vi spends in the

gap-repeller space dr is given by

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Reflex Klystron Oscillator

The t1 electrons see

accelerating phase and penetrate farthest into gap-repeller space.

The t3 electrons see

decelerating phase

and spend least time

in gap-repeller space.

Note they all return

when Rf is maximum

in accelerating phase

to give energy back to gap fields.

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Reflex Klystron Oscillator

Theoretical Output Characteristics

of a typical X-band reflex Klystron

for a fixed accelerator voltage, V0.

Average transit time should correspond to (N+3/4) cycles of Rf time where N=0, 1, 2, 3. Optimum positive feedback at cavity resonance, f, occurs when

Frequency, f, changes slightly with repeller voltage - more tuning by

mechanically adjusting the cavity. In general: High Q, Low BW.

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Reflex Klystron Oscillator

Following the same analysis of the 2-cavity klystron amplifier, the

bunching parameter for the reflex is

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Reflex Klystron Oscillator

Note the peak is at

X=2.408, X J1(X)=1.25