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Title: INTENSE ENERGETIC GAS DISCHARGE

Abstract

A method and apparatus for initiating and sustaining an energetic gas arc discharge are described. A hollow cathode and a hollow anode are provided. By regulating the rate of gas flow into the interior of the cathode, the arc discharge is caused to run from the inner surface of the cathode with the result that adequate space-charge neutralization is provided inside the cathode but not in the main arc volume. Thus, the gas fed to the cathode is substantially completely ionized before it leaves the cathode, with the result that an energetic arc discharge can be maintained at lower operating pressures.

Inventors:
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Originating Research Org. not identified
OSTI Identifier:
4154487
Patent Number(s):
2927232
Assignee:
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission DTIE; NSA-14-016142
NSA Number:
NSA-14-016142
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-60
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
PHYSICS; ANODES; CATHODES; CONFIGURATION; ELECTRIC CHARGES; ELECTRIC DISCHARGES; ENERGY; GASES; INSTRUMENTS; IONIZATION; PERFORMANCE; PLANNING; PRESSURE; SURFACES

Citation Formats

Luce, J.S. INTENSE ENERGETIC GAS DISCHARGE. United States: N. p., 1960. Web.
Luce, J.S. INTENSE ENERGETIC GAS DISCHARGE. United States.
Luce, J.S. Tue . "INTENSE ENERGETIC GAS DISCHARGE". United States.
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title = {INTENSE ENERGETIC GAS DISCHARGE},
author = {Luce, J.S.},
abstractNote = {A method and apparatus for initiating and sustaining an energetic gas arc discharge are described. A hollow cathode and a hollow anode are provided. By regulating the rate of gas flow into the interior of the cathode, the arc discharge is caused to run from the inner surface of the cathode with the result that adequate space-charge neutralization is provided inside the cathode but not in the main arc volume. Thus, the gas fed to the cathode is substantially completely ionized before it leaves the cathode, with the result that an energetic arc discharge can be maintained at lower operating pressures.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {1960},
month = {3}
}