EFFECT OF ELECTRODE CONFIGURATION ON THERMIONIC CONVERTER OUTPUT CHARACTERISTICS.
Annual technical summary rept., Mar 62-Mar 63,
THERMO ELECTRON ENGINEERING CORP WALTHAM MASS
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No significant difference was observed in the optimized power output of a converter with coaxial cylindrical electrodes from that obtained from one with plane-parallel electrodes. The current-voltage characteristics of the test vehicle studied could not be altered by creating a discharge at the edge of the interelectrode gap other than shifting the ignition voltage. The split collector configuration, howev r, proved a very useful tool in exploring both gaseous and surface phenomena occurring in the thermionic converter. Author