XENON LAMP TRIGGER START AID
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05
Xerox Disclosure Journal
A Xenon lamp exposure system is used within a reprographic system as a flash illumination source. Such a lamp was used to reduce the overall cost of the flash illumination system. However, the high trigger voltage for the lamp used, approximately 8000 volts, resulted in noise problems in the light sensing circuitry, as well as increased failure of the high voltage triggering circuitry. Reduction of the trigger potential, to alleviate these problems, caused an increase in the number of mis-flashes for the system. A neon glow lamp was placed beside the Xenon lamp in order to keep the rare gas ions within the Xenon lamp in an excited state, and thereby reduce the required trigger potential. Unfortunately, the glow lamp was only moderately successful in reducing the trigger potential to a satisfactory level, and also resulted in a more expensive illumination system.