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A Fully Coaxial Tunable Broadband Power Equalizer for an X-band MPM

Version 1 : Received: 2 February 2020 / Approved: 4 February 2020 / Online: 4 February 2020 (10:45:44 CET)

How to cite: Livreri, P.; Lo Gerfo, F. A Fully Coaxial Tunable Broadband Power Equalizer for an X-band MPM. Preprints 2020, 2020020045 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202002.0045.v1). Livreri, P.; Lo Gerfo, F. A Fully Coaxial Tunable Broadband Power Equalizer for an X-band MPM. Preprints 2020, 2020020045 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202002.0045.v1).

Abstract

Microwave Power Modules (MPM) are high power devices largely used for radar applications. An MPM is a hybrid combination of a Solid-State Power Amplifier (SSPA) as a driver and a Traveling wave tube amplifier (TWT) as the final high power stage. Power equalizer is often used to flat the TWT output power gain owing to its big gain fluctuations in the operating frequency range. This paper deals with an optimal design and development of a fully-coaxial easy-tunable power equalizer for an X-band MPM. The structure utilizes a coaxial waveguide as the main transmission line and a coaxial cavity loaded with absorbing material as the resonant unit. A sensitivity analysis of the coaxial cavity length, the thickness of the absorbing disc and inserted depth of the probe on the attenuation amplitude and resonant frequency is carried out. The transmission characteristic curves and the voltage standing wave ratio curves show a good compromise in terms of transferred power and adaptive matching impedance at the input and output ports. The measured results show that the equalization curve meets the requirements well and prove that this structure is practical and effective.

Subject Areas

Broadband power equalizer; coaxial; MPM; TWT; X-band

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