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An electron tube comprising a photocathode and an anode mounted within an evacuated glass envelope through which radiant energy is transmitted to the photocathode. A gas phototube contains, in addition, argon or other inert gas which provides amplification of the photoelectric current by partial ionization of the gas. The photocathode emits electrons when it is exposed to ultraviolet, visible, or near-infrared radiation. The anode is operated at a positive potential with respect to the photocathode. See also: Electrical conduction in gases; Electron tube
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