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Relaxation Oscillations in Voltage-Regulator Tubes

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1 Author(s)
Edwards, P.L. ; U. S. Naval Ordnance Laboratory, White Oak, Silver Spring, Md.

Gas-filled voltage-regulator tubes are subject to relaxation oscillations when operated in parallel with a condenser. These oscillations have been investigated and a qualitative description of their mechanism is presented. It was found that the voltage across the tube as a function of current has a minimum, and that if the current through the tube is greater than that at the voltage minimum, then relaxation oscillations do not occur. It was also found that a 100-ohm resistance in series with a VR105 tube reduces the tube current required to prevent oscillations.

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Proceedings of the IRE  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 12 )