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ca. 1966 - Charactron Shaped Beam Tube, 7-inch Type, One-shot extrusion method of forming characters

CHARACTRON

E&MP52.020

Electronics

ca. 1966

Charactron Shaped Beam Tube, 7-inch Type One-shot extrusion method of forming characters.

ELECTRON GUN - Shoots unshaped electron beam

SELECTION PLATES - Direct unshaped electron beam to illuminate a pre-selected aperture in the matrix

MATRIX - Shapes electron beam into a character by extrusion process

CONVERGENCE COIL Directs shaped beam to reference plates

REFERENCE PLATES - Align shaped beam on axis of tube

FOCUS COIL - Focuses shaped beam character on screen

DEFLECTION YOKE - Bends beam to position shaped beam character on viewing screen

HELICAL ACCELERATOR - Gives shaped beam character "speed" for increased brightness

METAL SHIELD

VIEWING SCREEN

DISPLAYED CHARACTER

[Charactron was U. S. registered trademark (number 0585950, 23 February 1954) by Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation Convair for its shaped electron character generator.
Gary Horton, SI Volunteer 2009]

Original Caption by Science Service
Stromberg Carlson Company
A Division of General Dynamics Corporation



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