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Dedicated to Preserving the History and Future of Vacuum Tubes

The International Vacuum Tube Museum is dedicated to being the preeminent international organization devoted to the collection, study, education, exhibition, research, conservation, interpretation, preservation and documentation of vacuum tubes and vacuum tube artifacts.

Vacuum Tubes: History

Happy Birthday to the Triode Tube. On this day in 1906, October 20th, Dr. Lee de Forest presented his paper, “The Audion. A New Receiver for Wireless Telegraphy.” to the American Institute of Electrical Engineers.

Vacuum Tube Trains were predicted in 1950 (Now called the Hyperloop)

Vacuum Tubes: Future

The Future of Computers is Vacuum Tubes

Microscale Vacuum Tubes

Hyperloop would send people traveling over 700 miles-per-hour through a vacuum tube

Vacuum Tubes: Present

World’s First Terahertz Vacuum Amplifier Created “Vacuum tubes bring back visions of antique electronics, but these are not your grandparents’ TV sets. DARPA-sponsored research has taken tools developed by the semiconductor and MEMS revolution–microfabrication methods and materials–and applied them to reliable, efficient vacuum tube technologies.” Learn more

Markets for Vacuum Tubes Just one of the many markets for vacuum tubes, the microwave and millimeter wave high-power vacuum electron devices marketplace, is running at $1 Billion annually. (ABI Research, December 2012).

Vacuum Tubes are Everywhere Today:

  • Atomic Clocks
  • Audio Systems
  • Car Dashboards
  • Cellular Telephone Satellites
  • Computer Monitors
  • DVD Players & Recorders
  • Electromagnetic Testing
  • Electron Microscopes
  • Gas Discharge Systems
  • Gas Lasers
  • Guitar Amplifiers
  • Ham Radio
  • High-Speed Circuit Switching
  • Industrial Heating
  • Ion Microscopes
  • Ion Propulsion Systems
  • Lasers
  • Lighting
  • Microwave Systems
  • Microwave Ovens
  • Military Systems
  • Mobile Phone, Bluetooth & Wi-Fi Microwave Components
  • Musical Instrument Amplifiers
  • Particle Accelerators
  • Photomultiplier Tubes
  • Plasma Panel Displays
  • Plasma Propulsion Systems
  • Professional Audio Equipment
  • Radar Systems
  • Radio Communications
  • Radio Stations
  • Recording Studios
  • Solar Collectors
  • Sonar Systems
  • Strobe Lights
  • Satellite Ground Stations
  • Semiconductor Vacuum Electronic Systems
  • TV Stations
  • Vacuum Electron Devices
  • Vacuum Panel Displays
  • Vacuum Technologies