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- n. Any of several types of thermoelectric valve once used as a high-speed switch
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I can still recall the warm orange glow of the vacuum tube filaments and the cool blue glow of the thyratron tubes.
Before the war he designed gas thyratron tubes for use as decimal counters in an electronic calculator, a working model of which was completed before the war.
Soon the coils of its five-thousand-ton magnets began to drain their enormous currents from the thyratron converters.
Hmmmm although the microwave video is entertaining, if memory serves, doing that will either drastically shorten the life of the microwave (the thyratron) or cause it not to work at all.
(The electronic counters were designed by C.E. Wynn-Williams, who had been using thyratron tubes in counting circuits at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, since 1932