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Title: Low pressure spark gap triggered by an ion diode

Abstract

Spark gap apparatus for use as an electric switch operating at high voltage, high current and high repetition rate. Mounted inside a housing are an anode, cathode and ion plate. An ionizable fluid is pumped through the chamber of the housing. A pulse of current to the ion plate causes ions to be emitted by the ion plate, which ions move into and ionize the fluid. Electric current supplied to the anode discharges through the ionized fluid and flows to the cathode. Current stops flowing when the current source has been drained. The ionized fluid recombines into its initial dielectric ionizable state. The switch is now open and ready for another cycle.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (Livermore, CA)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
865386
Patent Number(s):
4507589
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) LLNL
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
pressure; spark; gap; triggered; diode; apparatus; electric; switch; operating; voltage; current; repetition; rate; mounted; inside; housing; anode; cathode; plate; ionizable; fluid; pumped; chamber; pulse; causes; emitted; move; ionize; supplied; discharges; ionized; flows; stops; flowing; source; drained; recombines; initial; dielectric; cycle; mounted inside; repetition rate; electric current; spark gap; current source; current supplied; /315/313/

Citation Formats

Prono, Daniel S. Low pressure spark gap triggered by an ion diode. United States: N. p., 1985. Web.
Prono, Daniel S. Low pressure spark gap triggered by an ion diode. United States.
Prono, Daniel S. Tue . "Low pressure spark gap triggered by an ion diode". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/865386.
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title = {Low pressure spark gap triggered by an ion diode},
author = {Prono, Daniel S.},
abstractNote = {Spark gap apparatus for use as an electric switch operating at high voltage, high current and high repetition rate. Mounted inside a housing are an anode, cathode and ion plate. An ionizable fluid is pumped through the chamber of the housing. A pulse of current to the ion plate causes ions to be emitted by the ion plate, which ions move into and ionize the fluid. Electric current supplied to the anode discharges through the ionized fluid and flows to the cathode. Current stops flowing when the current source has been drained. The ionized fluid recombines into its initial dielectric ionizable state. The switch is now open and ready for another cycle.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1985},
month = {1}
}

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