Chapter 8. Cold Cathode Microwave Devices

  1. Wei Zhu Ph.D.
  1. R. Allen Murphy1 and
  2. Mary Anne Kodis2

Published Online: 15 APR 2002

DOI: 10.1002/0471224332.ch8

Vacuum Microelectronics

Vacuum Microelectronics

How to Cite

Murphy, R. A. and Kodis, M. A. (2001) Cold Cathode Microwave Devices, in Vacuum Microelectronics (ed W. Zhu), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471224332.ch8

Editor Information

  1. Bell Laboratories—Lucent Technologies, 600 Mountain Avenue, Murray Hill, NJ 07974, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 244 Wood Street, Lexington, Massachusetts 02420-9108

  2. 2

    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, California 91109-8099

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2002
  2. Published Print: 1 OCT 2001

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471322443

Online ISBN: 9780471224334



  • microwave devices;
  • microwave power amplifiers;
  • traveling wave tube;
  • twystrode;
  • klystrode;
  • emission noise;
  • beam current modulation;
  • transit time;
  • input impedance;
  • space charge;
  • current density;
  • beam quality;
  • failure mechanism;
  • characteristics of microwave tubes;
  • device efficiency;
  • output power


Chapter 8 discusses the application of field emitter arrays to microwave power tubes. It describes the potential advantages of such devices over conventional vacuum tubes and semiconductor devices. Key device concepts, physical principles that underlie the issues, and simple mathematical analyses are presented.