Coaxial magnetron spectra and instabilities
June 24, 1977
Application of advanced radar clutter rejection techniques to FAA airport surveillance and enroute radars is constrained by inherent instabilities and spectral properties of the device used with the radar transmitter to generate high level RF pulse energy, and the degree to which its spectrum can be influenced by the circuit in which it operates. Coaxial magnetrons are believed to be spectrally pure, controllable and stable, and to embody other characteristics such as long life, which make them attractive replacements for the magnetrons presently employed. This report summarizes the results of extensive measurements made on a conventional S-band magnetron (presently employed in the ASR-7 radar) and a coaxial magnetron of equivalent pulse and power rating to compare their instabilities and spectral properties.