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Electron Physics of Vacuum and Gaseous Devices

Sedlacek, Miroslav

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ISBN 10: 0471145270 / ISBN 13: 9780471145271
Published by Wiley-VCH, U.S.A., 1996
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Title: Electron Physics of Vacuum and Gaseous ...

Publisher: Wiley-VCH, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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An excellent text/reference that describes the fundamentals of electron physics. Presents working principles for diverse tubes and devices and includes technical data which demonstrates the state of art and use in possible applications. Although solid state has replaced old electron tubes in many electronic devices, electronic tubes and instruments are still important in vacuum technology, electron accelerators and microscopes, devices using free charged particles and microwaves. This book provides a comprehensive treatment of the physics behind this technology.

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This comprehensive text/reference explores the latest developments in electron physics and tube technology

This volume serves as a tribute to present-day electron tube technology and its application in vacuum and gaseous devices. Lest anyone assume that semiconductor technology has completely supplanted these seemingly antiquated gizmos, Electron Physics of Vacuum and Gaseous Devices clearly demonstrates that the old electron tube is here to stay--having grown into a rich, versatile, and powerful technology in a number of areas, from color TVs and microwave tubes, to electron microscopes and lasers.

Complete with 450 illustrations, useful citations throughout the text, and extensive appendices, this book:
* Uses material that has been developed and tested by the author in teaching a university course
* Discusses the physical background, theories, and other fundamentals of electron physics
* Covers different types of devices in use today--including electron tubes and optical devices, microwave tubes and large accelerators, as well as gaseous devices
* Describes the working principles for apparatus and techniques, focusing on principles that apply to entire classes of devices
* Provides technical data and tips on potential applications
* Uses the International System of Units (SI)
* Offers a historical perspective on various milestones and breakthroughs in the field

This book makes the field of electron beams accessible to students, physicists, and electrical engineers. It provides a complete guide to theories and applications and shows where this intriguing technology is leading us.

For over fifty years, the electron tube was the dominant component in electronic devices used in communications, industry, and science. By the 1960s, however, the transistor and solid-state technology appeared to render the quaint glowing tubes obsolete. However, the electron tube has continued as the component of choice in a wide range of important devices and applications where semiconductors simply will not do: televisions, electron microscopes, spectrometers, X-ray equipment, accelerators, devices using freely charged particles, and microwave devices, to name a few.

This introduction to electron physics of free particles illuminates the present-day diversity of applications as well as likely future developments in electron tube technology. Miroslav Sedlacek employs hundreds of illustrations to support his text, describes the specifics of devices and techniques, and examines the role of electron tubes in many fields--not the least of which, ironically, is the production of integrated circuits.

The physics that govern the workings of vacuum tubes and gaseous devices are covered in broad, yet thorough terms. Fundamental principles, theories, and mathematical treatments are presented at every stage. These range from electromagnetic fields and particle orbits; through statistical mechanics, electron emission, and charged particle dynamics; to the theory and practicalities of electron optics, microwave tubes, and applications of gas discharges. Extensive appendices contain additional theories, historical notes, comprehensive bibliography, and more.

Based on a course taught by the author at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm for over two decades, this volume provides a complete and authoritative resource for students of physics and electrical engineering, and for professionals working in electron optics and microwave engineering, beam physics, and accelerator technology.

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