- on Miscellaneous Electronics
- Published in issue 3/2015 on page 23
Weird Component # 12
A few months ago we took a look at magnetrons and how they generate microwaves. Magnetrons work well when you just need a high power microwave energy source but they can’t normally amplify a microwave signal like a klystron can. Klystrons aren’t very common but they fill a very important niche in high power microwave applications like radar, communications and even atomic physics. Let’s take a closer look at how they work.