WAMICON “Best Paper” Renews Interest in Parametric Power Amplifiers

“Parametric Power Amplifiers: Old Ideas, New Technologies,” by J. Stevenson Kenny of Georgia Tech received the “Best Paper” award this past April at WAMICON 2010. To begin the paper, Dr. Kenney reviewed parametric amplifier (“paramp”) design, which was commonly used for low noise microwave amplifiers in the 1950s and 60s. With the development of low noise GaAs FET devices in the 1970s, paramps ceased to be of interest, although they are still used in optical systems.