Micro-Balloon Gas Discharge Display
Original Publication Date: 1985-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
This article relates to a proposed construction of an AC plasma display panel using micro-balloon technology, similar to laser fusion fuel elements. As shown in the drawing, vertical and horizontal conductor patterns 11, 13 are formed on substrates 15, 17, respectively, where the front plate 17 is transparent. The conductor patterns can be either metalized or transparent, while the substrates can be glass, ceramic or polymeric since no subsequent thermal processing is required. Operation of the display device is as follows. A multiplicity of glass or quartz micro-balloons 19 are positioned in the gap between substrates 15 and 17, each balloon 19 being filled with a penning mixture of inert gases, whereby a discharge occurs whenever the associated conductors 11, 13 are energized.