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Title: Surface breakdown igniter for mercury arc devices

Abstract

Surface breakdown igniter comprises a semiconductor of medium resistivity which has the arc device cathode as one electrode and has an igniter anode electrode so that when voltage is applied between the electrodes a spark is generated when electrical breakdown occurs over the surface of the semiconductor. The geometry of the igniter anode and cathode electrodes causes the igniter discharge to be forced away from the semiconductor surface.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. Malibu, CA
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
862964
Patent Number(s):
4060748
Assignee:
Hughes Aircraft Company (Culver City, CA)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
H - ELECTRICITY H01 - BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS H01J - ELECTRIC DISCHARGE TUBES OR DISCHARGE LAMPS
DOE Contract Number:  
E(49-18)-2149
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
surface; breakdown; igniter; mercury; devices; comprises; semiconductor; medium; resistivity; device; cathode; electrode; anode; voltage; applied; electrodes; spark; generated; electrical; occurs; geometry; causes; discharge; forced; surface breakdown; cathode electrode; semiconductor surface; anode electrode; electrical breakdown; cathode electrodes; breakdown igniter; /313/

Citation Formats

Bayless, John R. Surface breakdown igniter for mercury arc devices. United States: N. p., 1977. Web.
Bayless, John R. Surface breakdown igniter for mercury arc devices. United States.
Bayless, John R. Sat . "Surface breakdown igniter for mercury arc devices". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/862964.
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abstractNote = {Surface breakdown igniter comprises a semiconductor of medium resistivity which has the arc device cathode as one electrode and has an igniter anode electrode so that when voltage is applied between the electrodes a spark is generated when electrical breakdown occurs over the surface of the semiconductor. The geometry of the igniter anode and cathode electrodes causes the igniter discharge to be forced away from the semiconductor surface.},
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journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {1977},
month = {1}
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