A novel low-pass filter based on dielectric impedance inverters to enhance the multipactor breakdown threshold

Antonio Romera Perez, Alejandro Pons Abenza, Fernando D. Quesada Pereira, Juan Hinojosa Jimenez, Alejandro Alvarez Melcon, Juan Sebastian Gomez Diaz

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Abstract

This work presents a novel low-pass filter based on using dielectric materials, in the critical areas of the structure, to prevent high-power space condition adverse effects, like multipactor breakdown. It is shown that the use of dielectric pieces in the inverters of the filter leads to increased gaps between metallic parts in the irises. In addition, by completely filling up the air space in critical gaps, the multipactor breakdown thresholds can be increased. Moreover, they also lead to a volume reduction, increasing compactness of the structure. To demonstrate the proposed concept, a prototype has been manufactured with an aluminum housing and a Teflon dielectric material, and tested for multipactor effect at ESA-VSC Laboratory. Tests confirmed that the manufactured filter has good electrical performance with cut-off frequency 13.6 GHz, insertion losses 0.32 dB, return losses better than 15 dB, and additionally does not show multipactor breakdown up to the maximum power tested in the experimental facility (5.5 kW).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number154040
JournalAEU - International Journal of Electronics and Communications
Volume143
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Dielectric filter
  • Microwave filters
  • Multipactor breakdown
  • Waveguide low-pass filter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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