Thermionic Conversion

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Thermionic Conversion

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The process whereby electrons released by thermionic emission are collected and utilized as electric current. The simplest example of this is provided by a vacuum tube, in which the electrons released from a heated anode are collected at the cathode or plate. Used as a method of producing electrical power for spacecraft. [[/a>|/a> ]]

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This article is based on NASA's Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use