Gundersen, Martin Electrical Engineering Department, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Voltage and current characteristics
- Choice of gas
- Thermionic cathode
- Types of tubes
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
An electron tube, usually a diode (see illustration) or triode, containing a gas. The gas contributes two significant advantages: (1) The plasma, or gas of electrons and ions, that is formed in the gas during conduction allows space-charge effects to be overcome; and (2) the gas acts to reduce power dissipation at electrodes. These factors result in tubes that can conduct high currents and remain in use for long periods. Gas tubes are particularly important for high-power applications. Two important types are the thyratron and the gas-filled rectifier.
The content above is only an excerpt.
for your institution. Subscribe
To learn more about subscribing to AccessScience, or to request a no-risk trial of this award-winning scientific reference for your institution, fill in your information and a member of our Sales Team will contact you as soon as possible.
to your librarian. Recommend
Let your librarian know about the award-winning gateway to the most trustworthy and accurate scientific information.
AccessScience provides the most accurate and trustworthy scientific information available.
Recognized as an award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, AccessScience is an amazing online resource that contains high-quality reference material written specifically for students. Contributors include more than 10,000 highly qualified scientists and 46 Nobel Prize winners.
MORE THAN 8700 articles covering all major scientific disciplines and encompassing the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology
115,000-PLUS definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
3000 biographies of notable scientific figures
MORE THAN 19,000 downloadable images and animations illustrating key topics
ENGAGING VIDEOS highlighting the life and work of award-winning scientists
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY and additional readings to guide students to deeper understanding and research
LINKS TO CITABLE LITERATURE help students expand their knowledge using primary sources of information