STARTING APPARATUS FOR FLASHLAMPS
Original Publication Date: 1978-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-31
Xerox Disclosure Journal
Flashlamp applications, such as those practiced in image expo-sures or toner image fixing, generally require high-voltage trigger apparatus to initiate the gas breakdown for the primary electric discharge, which produces the required optical radiative energy. High trigger voltage, however, has disadvantages associated therewith, such as the introduction of electromagnetic interference to adjacent equipment such as digital computers and control logic electronics which can cause malfunctions. It also potentially introduces high voltage hazard to operating personnel; potential arc-over which can cause damage to the related apparatus such as an optical cavity or even the lamp itself.