Date of Award

Spring 1963

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Ishii, Thomas K.

Second Advisor

Kopydlowski, Donald

Third Advisor

Horgan, James D.


An attempt has been made to utilize the very high speed switching abilities of a transistor when it switches in the avalanche mode to generate microwave frequencies. The avalanche breakdown properties of transistors were investigated along with circuits in which this property could be used. Selection of a circuit was made and the circuit was used in harmonic generation experiments. The circuit chosen was the tree running relaxation oscillator which can have repetition rates as high as 100 Mc/sec. Harmonic generation out to X-band frequencies has been accomplished with the transistor relaxation oscillator.



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