Traveling Wave Tube Body Current Sensor.
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON D C
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The patent relates to the body current of a TWT traveling wave tube measured by generating a voltage that is proportional to the difference between the cathode and collector currents of the TWT without materially affecting either by passing the cathode and collector currents through separate transformer windings, wound in opposition, on both a linear core transformer and a non-linear core transformer with separate windings coupling each transformer to the other. A voltage pulse is introduced into another winding on the nonlinear transformer causing a current flow in the circuit coupling the two transformers, the voltage magnitude of which is proportional to the difference between the cathode and collector currents which is the body current.
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