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Title: GASEOUS DISCHARGE DEVICE

Abstract

An extremely compact two-terminal gaseous discharge device is described that is capable of producing neutrons in copious quantities, relatively high energy ions, intense x rays, and the like. Principal novelty resides in the provision of a crossed electric-magnetic field region in the discharge envelope that traps electrons and accelerates them to very high energies to provide an intense ionizing medium adjacent the anode of the device for ionizing gas therein with extremely high efficiency. In addition, the crossed-field trapping region holds the electrons close to the anode whereby the acceleration of ions to the cathode is not materially effected by the electron sheath and the ions assume substantially the full energy of the anodecathode potential drop. (auth)

Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
4108639
Patent Number(s):
2967943
Assignee:
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
H - ELECTRICITY H05 - ELECTRIC TECHNIQUES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR H05H - PLASMA TECHNIQUE
NSA Number:
NSA-15-008235
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-61
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
PHYSICS; ANODES; CATHODES; CONFIGURATION; EFFICIENCY; ELECTRIC DISCHARGES; ELECTRIC FIELDS; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL; ELECTRONS; ENERGY RANGE; GASES; IONIZATION; IONS; MAGNETIC FIELDS; NEUTRONS; PLANNING; PRODUCTION; THERMONUCLEAR DEVICES; X RADIATION

Citation Formats

Gow, J D. GASEOUS DISCHARGE DEVICE. United States: N. p., 1961. Web.
Gow, J D. GASEOUS DISCHARGE DEVICE. United States.
Gow, J D. Tue . "GASEOUS DISCHARGE DEVICE". United States.
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