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EPSRC Reference: EP/H011366/1
Title: Novel Thermal Management of Power Electronic Devices: High Power High Frequency Planar Gunn Diodes
Principal Investigator: Kuball, Professor M
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Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
e2v Technologies Huawei Group RFMD UK Ltd
Rohde & Schwarz UK Limited
Department: Physics
Organisation: University of Bristol
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 06 September 2010 Ends: 05 September 2014 Value (£): 280,318
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Electronic Devices & Subsys.
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Electronics
Related Grants:
EP/H011862/1 EP/H012966/1 EP/H012532/1
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
30 Sep 2009 ICT Prioritisation Panel (Oct 09) Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
This proposal targets the development of a compact high power planar Gunn diode suitable for Tera-Hertz (THz) imaging. THz imaging is seen as new opportunity for enhanced security screening at airports, train stations, and other security sensitive places to counter terrorist threats. To achieve high-power THz Gunn diodes, novel heat-sink technologies will need to be developed, which is the key aim of this proposal. This proposal focuses on a novel Gunn diode design, planar Gunn diodes, which enables output frequencies much higher than possible with the traditional commercially available vertical Gunn diode design. We will develop innovative integrated cooling approaches using a combination of thermoelectric (TE) and gas micro-refrigeration for planar Gunn diodes to achieve the goal of a compact and high power Gunn diode suitable as source for THz imaging. With the UK being technology industry leader on Gunn diodes (e.g. e2v technologies Ltd.), the development of compact and high-power THz Gunn diodes is of strategic importance for UK science, engineering and technology, to gain an international lead in the THz field. Developments on integrated active device cooling achieved in this work, however, will be transferable to other device systems. This is important as active cooling to remove heat from electronic and opto-electronic devices is becoming increasingly important as devices shrink in size, packing densities increase, and as higher output powers are demanded in many applications. The proposal brings together internationally leading UK groups on Gunn diodes and their design, cooling technologies, thermal characterization and device thermal management.
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