Accession Number : AD0808508

Title :   HIGH POWER MERCURY SWITCH STUDY.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Aug 65-Aug 66,

Corporate Author : ADVANCED KINETICS INC COSTA MESA CA

Personal Author(s) : Wanick, Ralph W.

Report Date : JAN 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 82

Abstract : The effort was both a theoretical and experimental program leading to the development of high voltage, high power switching devices which utilize a liquid metal cathode. A series of mercury tubes with plasma injection triggering were built and tested culminating with a switch capable of 100KV, 8KA, and 320MW peak operation. A discussion is presented comparing the relative merits of mercury and liquid sodium as the cathode material. Preliminary work with a liquid sodium tube is described. (Author)

Descriptors :   *DISCHARGE TUBES), (*MERCURY, CATHODES(ELECTRON TUBES)), (*ELECTRONIC SWITCHES, LIQUID METALS, SODIUM, PLASMAS(PHYSICS), INJECTION, EXCITATION.

Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE