Gas Panel Laser Spacer Bond
Original Publication Date: 1978-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-20
Gas panel devices are fabricated by forming arrays of parallel conductors on glass plates, overcoating the conductor arrays with a dielectric material and sealing the plates together such that the parallel conductor arrays are positioned substantially orthogonal to each other, the intersection of conductors defining the gaseous discharge cells. One of the critical parameters in such devices is the discharge gap, i.e., the distance between the opposed dielectric surfaces which must be maintained uniform over the entire display area. While various means for maintaining such a uniform gap are known in the art, it is necessary, particularly in larger panels, to utilize spacers having dimensions corresponding or related to the gap, the number and configuration of such spacers being determined by the geometry of the panel.