Vacuum Devices Committee

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  • Vacuum Devices Committee Chair

  • Vacuum Devices Committee Members

    • Marinella Aloisio
       - Dr.
      European Space Agency ESA/ESTEC
      Keplerlaan 1
      AZ Noordwijk 2201
      Phone 1:
      +31 71 56 56704

      +31 71 56 54596
    • Monica Blank
       - Dr.
      Communications & Power Industries LLC
      Microwave Power Products Division
      811 Hansen Way
      Palo Alto, CA 94304
      Phone 1:

    • John Booske
       - Prof.
      University of Wisconsin-Madison
      1415 Engineering Drive
      Madison, WI 53706
      Phone 1:
      +1 608 262 8548

      +1 608 262 1267
    • Yaogen Ding
       - Prof.
      Institute of Electronics
      Chinese Academy of Science
    • Jinjun Feng
       - Dr.
      Beijing Vacuum Electronics Research Institute
      Vacuum Electronics National Laboratory
      PO Box 749, Ext Box 41
      Beijing 100015
      Phone 1:
      +1 86 10 64362878

      +1 86 10 64364640
    • Dan M. Goebel
       - Dr.
      Jet Propulsion Laboratory
      Mail Stop 125-109,
      4800 Oak Grove Drive
      Pasadena, CA 91109
      Phone 1:
      +1 818 354 8284

      +1 818 393 6682
    • Carol L. Kory
       - Dr.
      Teraphysics, USA
      Phone 1:
      +1 440 871 0940

      +1 216 433 8705
    • Baruch Levush
       - Dr.
      Naval Research Laboratory
      4555 Overlook Ave. SW
      Washington, DC 20375
      Phone 1:
      +1 (202) 767 3693

      +1 202 767 1280
    • William Menninger
       - Dr.
      L-3 Communications Electron Technologies, Inc.
      M/C 230-1191
      3100 Lomita Blvd 90505
      Torrance, CA 90505
      Phone 1:
      +1 310 517 6271

      +1 310 517 6216
    • Dev Palmer
       - Fellow
      DARPA Microsystems Technology Office
      146 Pinecrest Road
      Durham, NC 27705-5813
      Phone 1:

      Lecture Topics: Sub-mm and THz Electronics
    • Claudio Paoloni
       - Prof.
      Cockcroft Chair
      Engineering Department
      Lancaster University
      Lancaster LA1 4YR
      Phone 1:
      + 44 (0) 15245 92721

    • Gun-Sik Park
       - Prof.
      Seoul National University
      Plasma and Microwave Devices Lab
      Shinlim-dong, Kwana-ku
      Seoul 151-742
      Phone 1:
      +82 2 880 7749

      +82 2 879 2036
    • Nikita M. Ryskin
       - Professor
      Saratov State University
      Department of Nonlinear Physics
      83 Astrakhanskaya Street
      Saratov 410012
      Phone 1:
      +7 (8452) 523864

    • Philippe Thouvenin
      Thomson Tubes Electroniques
      Velizy F-78141
    • Manfred Thumm
       - Vacuum Electron Devices
      Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
      Institute for Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology (IHM)
      Kaiserstr. 12
      Karlsruhe 76131
      Phone 1:
      +1 49 721 608 23630

      +1 49 721 608 24874
      Manfred Thumm (SM’94-F’02) was born in Magdeburg, Germany, on August 5, 1943. He received the Dipl. Phys. and Dr. rer. nat. degrees in physics from University of Tübingen, Germany, in 1972 and 1976, respectively.
      At the University of Tübingen he was involved in the investigation of spin-dependent nuclear forces in inelastic neutron scattering. From 1972 to 1975 he was Doctoral Fellow of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. In 1976 he joined the Institute for Plasma Research in the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Stuttgart, Germany, where he worked on RF production and RF heating of toroidal pinch plasmas for thermonuclear fusion research. From 1982 to 1990 his research activities were mainly devoted to electromagnetic theory and experimental verification in the areas of component development transmission of very high power millimeter waves through overmoded waveguides and of antenna structures for RF plasma heating with microwaves. In June 1990 he became a Full Professor at the Institute for Microwaves and Electronics of the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and Head of the Gyrotron Development and Microwave Technology Division, Institute for Technical Physics, Research Center Karlsruhe (Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe: FZK). Since April 1999, he has been the Director of the Institute for Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology, FZK, where his current research projects are the development of high power gyrotrons, dielectric vacuum windows, transmission lines and antennas for nuclear fusion plasma heating, and industrial material processing. On October 1, 2009, the University of Karlsruhe and the FZK have merged to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). M. Thumm has authored/co-authored four books, 13 book chapters, 266 research papers in scientific journals, and more than 1170 conference proceedings articles. He holds 12 patents on active and passive microwave devices.
      He is member of the IEEE EDS Vacuum Devices Technical Committee and the NPSS PSAC Executive Committee, a member of the Chapter 8.6 Committee Vacuum Electronics and Displays of the Information Technical Society in German VDE (Chairman from 1996 to 1999) and a member of the German Physical Society. From 2007 to 2008 he was an EU member of the ITER Working Group on Heating and Current Drive, the vice chairman of the Scientific-Technical Council of the FZK and the vice chairman of the Founding Senate of the KIT. From 2008 to 2010 he was the deputy head of the Topic Fusion Technology of the KIT Energy. He was the General Chair of the IRMMW-THz 2004 and IEEE ICOPS 2008 Conference in Karlsruhe, Germany. He has been a member of the International Organization and Advisory Committees of many International Conferences. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves. From 2003 to 2010 he was the ombudsman for upholding good scientific practice at FZK/KIT.
      He was awarded with the Kenneth John Button Medal and Prize 2000, in recognition of outstanding contributions to research on the physics of gyrotrons and their applications. In 2002, he was awarded the title of Honorary Doctor, presented by the St. Petersburg State Technical University, for his outstanding contributions to the development and applications of vacuum electron devices. He received the IEEE-EDS 2008 IVEC Award for Excellence in Vacuum Electronics for outstanding achievements in the development of gyrotron oscillators, microwave mode converters and transmission line components, and their applications in thermonuclear fusion plasma heating and materials processing. Together with two of his colleagues he received the 2006 Best Paper Award of the Journal of Microwave Power and Electromagnetic Energy and the 2009 CST University Publication Award. In 2010 he was awarded with the IEEE-NPSS Plasma Science and Applications Award for outstanding contributions to the development of high power microwave sources (in particular gyrotrons) for application in magnetically confined fusion plasma devices as well as for stimulation and establishing of extensive international co-operations. Winner of the 2010 open grant competition of the Government of the Russian Federation to support scientific research projects implemented under supervision of Leading Scientists at Russian institutions of higher education. Together with A. Litvak and K. Sakamoto he has been the recipient of the EPS Plasma Physics Innovation Prize 2011 for outstanding contributions to the realization of high power gyrotrons for multi-megawatt long-pulse electron cyclotron heating and current drive in magnetic confinement nuclear fusion plasma devices. In 2011 he was awarded the Heinrich Hertz Prize of the ENBW Foundation for outstanding contributions to generation, transmission and mode conversion of high and very high microwave power for nuclear fusion.