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Cathode Ray Tube

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0403
Category: Head-Mounted Equipment [HMD/NVG/Glasses]
Object Type: Module/Sub-Assembly/Component
Object Name: Cathode Ray Tube
Part No: 1E36P20
Serial No: 16390
Manufacturer: Thomas Electronics
Division: Unknown
Year of Manufacture: 1982
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Location: Cupboard 4 (CRTs) [Main Store]

Thomas Electronics, Inc
100 Riverview Drive, Wayne, New Jersey 07470
S/N 16390
Date 8221


This CRT is a 20mm tube "01852" is the CAGE code for Thomas Electronics, Inc. who were used as an alternative to the Brimar tubes.

A CRT can run in 2 modes:
Cursive- this is where lines are vector drawn on the screen. Only a small area of the screen is illuminated but very high luminance levels are achievable (~10,000fL)
Raster- this is where the whole screen is covered by scanning – as in conventional TV. Luminance is lower (~3,000fL)
The two can be mixed by doing the cursive writing during the flyback of the raster scan.
On the down side, high resolution CRTs are generally limited to one colour (usually green), are based on valve technology, involve high voltage (up to 13kV) and are heavy (a 1” CRT weighs about 80g)
A nominal 1” CRT can (just) achieve SXGA resolution, they are obsolescent resistant, and have a good temperature range. They are not a pixilated device so any distortion correction (to offset any optical distortion elsewhere) can be achieved without necessarily losing resolution.

A CRT in a Helmet Mounted Display will often have a fibre-optic faceplate which is a coherent fibre optic plate that precisely transmits an image from its input surface to its output surface. A fibre-optic faceplate (FOP) is composed of millions of fibres fused together in parallel array. It is capable of transferring high-resolution image from on end to another. So it is widely used in high-resolution image transferring, magnification, reduction and inverting in image intensifiers and CRTs. In this case it is used for field-flattening and distortion correction.

The latest HMD now use solid state displays.

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