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Plasma valve

United States Patent

March 4, 2003
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A plasma valve includes a confinement channel and primary anode and cathode disposed therein. An ignition cathode is disposed adjacent the primary cathode. Power supplies are joined to the cathodes and anode for rapidly igniting and maintaining a plasma in the channel for preventing leakage of atmospheric pressure through the channel.
Hershcovitch; Ady (Mount Sinai, NY), Sharma; Sushil (Hinsdale, IL), Noonan; John (Naperville, IL), Rotela; Elbio (Clarendon Hills, IL), Khounsary; Ali (Hinsdale, IL)
Brookhaven Science Associates LLC (Upton, NY)
09/ 685,227
October 11, 2000
This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-AC02-98CH10886, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.