THE GREAT MULLARD MAGIC BLOG — DIRECTLY HEATED CATHODE

WHAT'S INSIDE A VALVE? (iv)

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WHAT'S INSIDE A VALVE? (iv)

Let's look at the CATHODE today.  Of the two types of CATHODE construction we commonly see, I am today going to describe just one - the directly heated cathode.      Directly heated cathodes are often seen in battery valves and power rectifiers, these tend to be filament wires or filament tapes coated with an emissive cathode material.  Just take a look at the shadowgram below where we have, from L to R:- a human hair, a coated directly heated filament for a DF66 valve,  an uncoated filament for a DF66 valve. The filament wire used for diretly heated cathodes...

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