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Title: Thermionic gas switch

Abstract

A temperature responsive thermionic gas switch having folded electron emitting surfaces. An ionizable gas is located between the emitter and an interior surface of a collector, coaxial with the emitter. In response to the temperature exceeding a predetermined level, sufficient electrons are derived from the emitter to cause the gas in the gap between the emitter and collector to become ionized, whereby a very large increase in current in the gap occurs. Due to the folded emitter surface area of the switch, increasing the "on/off" current ratio and adjusting the "on" current capacity is accomplished.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Livermore, CA
  3. San Jose, CA
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
GENERAL ELECTRIC CO
OSTI Identifier:
865978
Patent Number(s):
4611147
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC)
DOE Contract Number:  
AT03-76SF71032
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
thermionic; gas; switch; temperature; responsive; folded; electron; emitting; surfaces; ionizable; located; emitter; interior; surface; collector; coaxial; response; exceeding; predetermined; level; sufficient; electrons; derived; gap; ionized; whereby; increase; current; occurs; due; increasing; ratio; adjusting; capacity; accomplished; ionizable gas; electron emitting; temperature responsive; interior surface; predetermined level; gas switch; current capacity; thermionic gas; emitter surface; emitting surfaces; emitting surface; /313/376/

Citation Formats

Hatch, George L, Brummond, William A, and Barrus, Donald M. Thermionic gas switch. United States: N. p., 1986. Web.
Hatch, George L, Brummond, William A, & Barrus, Donald M. Thermionic gas switch. United States.
Hatch, George L, Brummond, William A, and Barrus, Donald M. Wed . "Thermionic gas switch". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/865978.
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abstractNote = {A temperature responsive thermionic gas switch having folded electron emitting surfaces. An ionizable gas is located between the emitter and an interior surface of a collector, coaxial with the emitter. In response to the temperature exceeding a predetermined level, sufficient electrons are derived from the emitter to cause the gas in the gap between the emitter and collector to become ionized, whereby a very large increase in current in the gap occurs. Due to the folded emitter surface area of the switch, increasing the "on/off" current ratio and adjusting the "on" current capacity is accomplished.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1986},
month = {1}
}

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