THE THERMIONIC POWER CONVERTER AND ITS APPLICATIONS 600273
A simplified description of the thermionic converter and its operating principles are presented to provide a basis for the discussion of thermionic converter applications. The converter may be used as an electrical power generator or high-temperature sensor in space, airborne, ground, or sub-surface systems. In many of these systems, the heat source selected may be chemical, nuclear, or solar energy. Application requirements and limitations are discussed for these various systems.