Kennedy: MCQs in Microwave Tubes and Circuits

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MCQs in Microwave Tubes and Circuits

This is the Multiple Choice Questions in Chapter 11: Microwave Tubes and Circuits from the book Electronic Communication Systems by George Kennedy. If you are looking for a reviewer in Communications Engineering this will definitely help. I can assure you that this will be a great help in reviewing the book in preparation for your Board Exam. Make sure to familiarize each and every questions to increase the chance of passing the ECE Board Exam.

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Choose the letter of the best answer in each questions.

1. A microwave tube amplifier uses an axial magnetic field and a radial electric field. This is the

  • a. reflex klystron
  • b. coaxial magnetron
  • c. traveling-wave magnetron
  • d. CFA

2. One of the following is unlikely to be used as a pulsed device. It is the

  • a. multicavity klystron
  • b. BWO
  • c. CFA
  • d. TWT

3. One of the reasons why vacuum tubes eventually fail at microwave frequencies is that their

  • a. noise figure increases
  • b. transit time becomes too short
  • c. shunt capacitive reactances become too large
  • d. series inductive reactances become too small

4. Indicate the false statement. Transit time in microwave tubes will be reduced if

  • a. the electrodes are brought closer together
  • b. a higher anode current is used
  • c. multiple or coaxial leads are used
  • d. the anode voltage is made larger

5. The multicavity klystron

  • a. is not a good low-level amplifier because of noise
  • b. has a higher repeller voltage to ensure a rapid transit time
  • c. is not suitable for pulsed operation
  • d. needs a long transit time through the buncher cavity to ensure current modulation

6. Indicate the false statement. Klystron amplifiers may use intermediate cavities to

  • a. prevent the oscillations that occur in two-cavity klystrons
  • b. increase the bandwidth of the device
  • c. improve the power gain
  • d. increase the efficiency of the klystron

7. The TWT is sometimes preferred to the multicavity klystron amplifier, because it

  • a. is more efficient
  • b. has a greater bandwidth
  • c. has a higher number of modes
  • d. produces a higher output power

8. The transit time in the repeller space of a reflex klystron must be n + ¾ cycles to ensure that

  • a. electrons are accelerated by the gap voltage on their return
  • b. returning electrons give energy to the gap oscillations
  • c. it is equal to the period of the cavity oscillations
  • d. the repeller is not damaged by striking electrons

9. The cavity magnetron uses strapping to

  • a. prevent mode jumping
  • b. prevent cathode back-heating
  • c. ensure bunching
  • d. improve the phase-focusing effect

10. A magnetic field is used in the cavity magnetron to

  • a. prevent anode current in the absence of oscillation
  • b. ensure that the oscillations are pulsed
  • c. help in focusing the electron beam, thus preventing spreading
  • d. ensure that the electrons will orbit around the cathode

11. To avoid difficulties with strapping at high frequencies, the type of cavity structure used in the magnetron is the

  • a. hole-and-slot
  • b. slot
  • c. vane
  • d. rising sun

12. The primary purpose of the helix in a traveling-wave tube is to

  • a. prevent the electron beam from spreading in the long tube
  • b. reduce the axial velocity of the RF field
  • c. ensure broadband operation
  • d. reduce the noise figure

13. The attenuator is used in the traveling-wave tube to

  • a. help bunching
  • b. prevent oscillations
  • c. prevent saturation
  • d. increase gain

14. Periodic permanent-magnet focusing is used with TWTs to

  • a. allow pulsed operation
  • b. improve electron bunching
  • c. avoid the bulk of an electromagnet
  • d. allow coupled-cavity operation at the highest frequencies

15. The TWT is sometimes preferred to the magnetron as a radar transmitter output tube because it is

  • a. capable of a longer duty cycle
  • b. a more efficient bandwidth
  • c. more broadband
  • d. less noisy

16. A magnetron whose oscillating frequency is electronically adjustable over a wide range is called a

  • a. coaxial magnetron
  • b. dither-tuned magnetron
  • c. frequency-agile magnetron
  • d. VTM

17. Indicate which of the following is nota TWT slow-wave structure:

  • a. Periodic-permanent magnet
  • b. Coupled cavity
  • c. Helix
  • d. Ring-bar

18. The glass tube of a TWT may be coated with aquadag to

  • a. help focusing
  • b. provide attenuation
  • c. improve bunching
  • d. increase gain

19. A backward-wave oscillator is based on the

  • a. rising-sun magnetron
  • b. crossed-field amplifier
  • c. coaxial magnetron
  • d. traveling-wave tube

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