BASIC RESEARCH IN THERMIONIC ENERGY CONVERSION.
Annual technical summary rept. no. 4, 1 Nov 6331 Oct 64,
ATOMICS INTERNATIONAL CANOGA PARK CALIF
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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-64-20, Third Annual Technical Summary Report for Basic Research in Thermionic Energy Conversion. The subject discussed in the present report are ignited mode and ion-rich unignited mode voltampere characteristics boundary conditions and ion generation mechanisms for the ignited mode retarding field operation of thermionic diodes ion production in the collector glow mode and plasma boundary conditions using a generalized Yvons analysis. Author