A prerequisite to doing anything in the microwave field is to have a microwave source available. Only when quasi-monochromatic sources began to appear in the 1930s, did the microwave field begin. These sources were microwave tubes, and they are still with us in spite of the appearance of solid State microwave sources in the 1960s. Tubes are by far the most powerful sources, especially at the highest frequencies of the microwave spectrum (up to 1 THz). Be it only for this reason, microwave tubes are here to stay for a long time.
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