Solid State High Tension Rectifier







  From the late seventies and onward, and until the advent of high frequency circuits, semiconductor high tension rectification started advantageously replacing kenotron rectification: compactness: longer life, low forward voltage drop, low reverse current, and the absence of a filament circuit.


      The semiconductor material is usually a piece of crystalline silicone, and in an x-ray high tension rectifier, there are usually a series of them, mounted end to end as seen in the picture above.


       Early solid state rectifiers were built in a size, with end fittings and suitable electrical specifications permitting their use in high tension transformer tanks in replacement of existing kenotrons.


         In the picture above left, both the 5-element semi-conductor rectifier and the kenotron of the same size, are made by Philips.






               Excellent information on the subject can be found in “Christensen’s Physics of Diagnostic Radiology” , 4th edition, 1990, Lea & Febiger, ed., by James S. Curry, James E. Dowdy, and Robert C. Murray,  p.42-46.


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