Practical Aspects of Fundamental Research in Thermionic Conversion.
Final technical rept. 1 Nov 71-30 Jun 72,
RASOR (NED S) DAYTON OHIO
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The report is the fourth in a series summarizing the results in a continuing effort to use basic converter research for practical improvement of thermionic conversion systems. In the reporting period, pulse-enhancement experiments previously reported for argon were repeated using xenon. The results confirm the theoretical analysis i.e. decay times are twice as long in xenon and pulse power requirements less than half those in argon. By adding cesium vapor at low pressure to lower the collector work function, both the argon and xenon pulse-enhanced diodes were operated with significant output power at 1200-1300K. Pulse input power for xenon was less than 20 of the output power. Author
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