Video Detection of Milimeter Waves with Glow Discharge Tubes: Part I-Physical Description; Part II—Experimental Results

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Abstract

An experimental program was undertaken with the goal of realizing a fast, inexpensive millimeter wave glow discharge video detector. The work performed led to the realization of an economical commercial glow tube that, when biased properly, exhibits a sensitivity quite comparable to that of the crystal diode detector. As a result of this work, an anomalous mode plus a new mode of detection utilizing a sensing electrode external to the glow tube, with considerable improvement in NEP, were observed. In this paper, Part I describes the detection mechanism and physical characteristics of a glow discharge found to be important in the detection of millimeter waves and Part II the results of experiments concerning effects of biasing and gas type and pressure upon sensitivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)534-548
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
Volume22
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1975

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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