WASHINGTON Nano-Proprietary Inc. said Wednesday (Aug. 3) it will use carbon nanotube technology to develop components for military radars and other microwave devices under a U.S. Air Force contract.
Nano-Proprietary (Austin, Texas), a subsidiary of Applied Nanotech Inc., said it will develop a high-current-density electron source for continuous-beam operation using carbon nanotube cold cathodes. The targeted applications is traveling-wave tubes for radars and other microwave devices.
The company said cold cathodes based on carbon nanotubes would permit higher current densities.
The work, being conducted under an Air Force Small Business Innovation Research grant, is expected to benefit Nano-Proprietary's research on field-emission displays and X-ray source technology.
The Air Force project is expected to be completed within nine months, the company said.