BASIC RESEARCH IN THERMIONIC ENERGY CONVERSION
ATOMICS INTERNATIONAL CANOGA PARK CA
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This report presents the results of the past years work in a continuing program to investigate basic processes in thermionic energy conversion important to a thermionic nuclear power plant for naval applications. The previous work was reported in AI-6799, First Summary Report of Basic Research in Thermionic Conversion Processes. The subjects discussed in the present report are statistical mechanics of cesium adsorption, space charge analysis for low pressure thermionic diodes, Emission requirements for removal of space charge barriers, unignited mode of thermionic converters, interpretation of volt-ampere characteristics, vaporization and deposition at cesium covered surfaces, and cesium purification.
- Electricity and Magnetism