Bernard Vancil has 30 years' experience designing and building all
kinds of vacuum electron devices, including traveling wave tubes, cathode
ray tubes, and klystrons. He did graduate work at UCLA in Plasma Physics,
then joined the technical staff at the Electron Dynamics Division of Hughes
Aircraft Company in 1975. His primary job there was to design, construct
and test High Power Coupled Cavity Traveling Wave Tubes. He came to Oregon
in 1977 and was employed as a Process Engineer at Tektronix in the CRT
division. He then moved to the Tektronix Research Labs, where he developed
high frequency real-time cathode ray tubes. During this period he developed
expertise in cathode technology.
In the mid-80's he established a successful consulting practice in the
area of cathodes and electron tubes under the name FDE Associates. He
developed a state-of-the-art traveling wave tube for Hughes and an advanced
measurement CRT for Tektronix. He worked at various times for EGG, Motorola,
Hewlett Packard, McDonnell Douglas, Varian, Boeing, and other companies,
as well as the military and NASA. He has written several articles and
presented work at technical conferences.
In the 1990's, Tektronix was phasing out of the CRT business, and he
acquired its substantial inventory of materials and equipment at low cost.
He formed a partnership with several engineers and technicians from the
disbanded Tektronix CRT operation. The resulting company began building
electron tubes and cathodes, and doing research and development projects
in that area. It won 9 Small Business Innovation and Research grants from
NASA alone. He was the Principal Investigator on these.
In 2002, he became President of e-beam, inc., which provides broad-based
consulting and design services to the electron tube industry. He provides
technical oversight on all projects.
Education: B.A. in Physics, University of California, Berkeley; M.S.
in Physics, UCLA.
|Patents of Bernard K. Vancil
| Publications & Presentations of Bernard K.
Vancil (partial list)
B.K. & Wintucky, E.G. (2003). Miniature reservoir cathode-an
update, Applied Surface Science, Vol. 215(1), pp. 18-24
B.K.; Mueller, R.A.; Steele, E.R.; Ohlinger ,W.L. & Wintucky.
E.G. (1999). The metallurgical properties of tungsten-iridium
cathodes, Applied Surface Science, Vol. 146, pp. 39-46
- Vancil, B.K.(2004). Vacuum Electronics 100 Years. Paper
presented at the 5th Annual International Vacuum Electron Sources
Conference, Beijing, China
- Vancil, B.K. (2004). Weld Techniques for Reservoir Cathodes.
Paper presented at the 5th Annual International Vacuum Electron
Sources Conference, Beijing, China
- Herrero, F.; Nicholas, A.; Vancil, B.; Aalami, D.; Zaruba, C.
& Beasley, L. (2004) The Wind and Temperature Spectrometer
(WTS) in the Atmospheric Neutral Density Experiment (ANDE) Satellite.
American Geophysical Union
- Manohara, H.M.; Siegel, P.H.; Bronikowski, M.J.; Vancil, B.K.
& Hawken, K.
(2004). Development of a Micromachined THz Nanoklystron: A Status
Report. Symposium conducted at the IEEE International Conference
on Plasma Science, Baltimore, MD
- Wintucky, E.G. & Vancil, B.K. A low cost electrostatically
focused TWT. Paper presented at the IEEE Third International Vacuum
Electronics Conference, Monterey, CA