The Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the Eighteenth International Vacuum Electronics Conference, IVEC 2017, organized and sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA) with the Technical co‐sponsorship of IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS), that will be held 24 - 26 April 2017 in the city of London, UK. 

IVEC was originally created in 2000 by merging the US Power Tubes Conferences and the European Space Agency TWTA Workshops, and has now expanded to a fully international conference, being held every other year in the USA, and in Europe and Asia alternately every fourth year. After an exciting IVEC in Monterey, USA, in 2016, IVEC’17 returns to Europe to the marvellous city of London (UK). You can learn more about IVEC by visiting, the IEEE EDS Vacuum Electronics Technical Committee website.

IVEC 2017 aims at being an international forum of information and technical discussion between the various players in the field of vacuum electronics: designers, researchers, young and experienced engineers, scientists, device users, manufacturers, operators, government/institutions, academics and, of course, our valuable students. Therefore, we invite you to submit papers with the results of your work and experiences in the field of vacuum electronics. Submissions from all groups are highly encouraged and appreciated. IVEC 2017 will provide a unique place for the exchange of scientific and technical information and will foster collaboration and cooperation in the vacuum electronics domain both at European and worldwide level.

The John R. Pierce Award for Excellence in Vacuum Electronics, and a Best Student Paper Award will be presented at the conference too during the outstanding Gala Dinner Event.

The Conference venue is located in the City of London, a stone's throw from popular Hoxton, Shoreditch and the heart of the financial district, with the most beautiful monuments and tourist attractions within 10 minutes distance by tube. 
The Conference will be complemented by a varied and interesting social program, details of which will be posted on the IVEC 2017 website in the months to come. As in past conferences, the technical meeting and social events will provide a unique opportunity to renew friendships with colleagues and friends, interact with customers, and meet students. 

We look forward to welcoming you to London (UK) in 2017!

Call for paper

Important date

Abstract submission deadline
Draft paper submission deadline
Draft paper acceptance notification
Final paper submission deadline

Submission Topics

Vacuum Electron Devices

  • Traveling-wave tubes (all types)

  • Crossed-field devices (oscillators and amplifiers)

  • Klystrons

  • Spatially distributed electron beam devices

  • Inductive output tubes

  • Fast-wave devices (gyrotrons, gyro-amplifiers)

  • Free electron lasers and masers

  • mm-Wave and Terahertz amplifiers and oscillators

  • Pulse compression devices

  • Plasma filled amplifiers and oscillators

  • High power microwave devices / RF directed energy

  • Triodes, tetrodes and pentodes

  • Power switches

Vacuum Electron Sources and Technologies

  • Thermionic emitters

  • Non-thermionic emitters (e.g. photocathodes, secondary emitters)

  • Field emitters/arrays

  • Materials and technologies 

  • Cathode design, fabrication and characterization

  • Accelerator emission physics (breakdown, halo, emittance)

  • Flat panel displays

Systems and Subsystems

  • Microwave and millimetre-wave power modules

  • Electronic power conditioners, modulators, and supplies

  • Linearizers

  • Amplifier/antenna coupling

  • Device and system integration

  • Reliability


  • Component parts (e.g. guns, circuits, windows, collectors)

  • Analysis and computer modelling

  • Simulation tools

  • Novel materials (e.g. dielectrics, coatings, magnetic materials)

  • Metamaterials

  • RF breakdown

  • Linearity, intermodulation and noise

  • Novel measurement techniques and diagnostics

  • Miniaturization

  • Thermal power management and control 

  • Sensors and detectors

Applications of Vacuum Electron Devices

  • Defense

  • Radar

  • EMC

  • Telecommunications

  • Medicine

  • Particle accelerators

  • Fusion

  • RF interference

  • Instruments and lithography

  • Materials Processing

  • Television

  • Displays

  • Electric Propulsion

Space Technologies and Applications of Vacuum Electron Devices (SPECIAL SESSION)

Space Applications

  1. Classical and future Telecommunication systems

  2. Navigation

  3. Telemetry, Tracking and Command Systems

  4. Earth Observation and Radar instruments 

  5. Science

Space Technology

  1. Generic Technology

  2. Reliability and in-orbit data

  3. Temperature management and control

Space Systems and Sub-Systems

  1. Space-borne TWTs

  2. Electronic Power Conditioners

  3. Linearizers

  4. Microwave Power Modules (MPMs)

  5. Multiport Power Amplifiers (MPAs)

  6. Future Payload Architectures

  7. Ion Thrusters

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Important Date
  • Conference Date

    Apr 24



    Apr 26


  • Dec 23 2016

    Abstract Submission Deadline

  • Dec 23 2016

    Draft paper submission deadline

  • Feb 01 2017

    Draft Paper Acceptance Notification

  • Feb 20 2017

    Final Paper Deadline

  • Apr 26 2017

    Registration deadline

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