Title

Apparatus and method for guiding an electric discharge

Inventor

John T. Bahns

Document Type

Patent

Patent Number

US Patent 5,345,465

Patent agency

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Publication Date

9-6-1994

Assignee

University of Iowa Research Foundation (Iowa City, IA, US)

Application Number

07/926,294

Date Filed

1992-08-10

Total Pages

20 pages

Abstract

A device for generating and guiding an electric discharge current including a first electrode, second electrode and a material arranged between the first and second electrode. The device uses a laser for generating photons having energies equal to the energy between two excited electronic states of the material. The photons fill a region of the material from the first electrode through the material to the second electrode ionizing the region of the material between the first and second electrodes. A voltage generating unit connected to the first and second electrodes applies a voltage between the first and second electrodes thereby generating the electric discharge which follows an ionized path in the region between the first and second electrodes.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/patents/125