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A Figure of Merit for Electron-Concentrating Systems

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1 Author(s)
Pierce, J.R. ; Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc., New York, N.Y.

Electron-concentrating systems are subject to certain limitations because of the thermal velocities of electrons leaving the cathode. A figure of merit is proposed for measuring the goodness of a device in this respect. This figure of merit is the ratio of the area of the aperture which, in an ideal system with the same important parameters as the actual system, would pass a given fraction of the cathode current to the area of the aperture which in the actual system does pass this fraction of the cathode current. Expressions are given for evaluating this figure of merit.

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Proceedings of the IRE  (Volume:33 ,  Issue: 7 )