In this paper, a smoothly profiled horn was designed and manufactured to replace a corrugated output horn for a W-band gyro-TWA with improved ultra-high vacuum compatibility. It was optimized for high vacuum integrity, low reflection, high fundamental Gaussian mode content, low side lobe levels and high directivity over the frequency bandwidth of 90 - 100 GHz. Over this operating frequency band the reflectivity was better than -37 dB and the coupling to a fundamental Gaussian mode was above 97%. The far field pattern showed a directivity of approximately 27 dB in the measurement with side lobes lower than -30 dB.
- smoothly profiled horn
- Gaussian mode