Energy conversion with stacks of nanocapacitors

Matthias Grosse-Perdekamp (Inventor), Andrey Belkin (Inventor), Andrew P Friedl (Inventor), Eric J Shinn (Inventor), Alfred W Hubler (Inventor), Dave Lyon (Inventor), Alexey Bezryadin (Inventor)

Research output: Patent

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for converting kinetic energy of an energetic particle into electrical energy and for accelerating charged particles. A stack of substantially parallel conductors separated by gaps is disposed such that the conductors are substantially parallel to the surface of a cathode, with the conductors mutually electrically uncoupled. An anode is disposed at an end of the stack of conductors distal to the cathode, and a power management system applies a bias voltage between the cathode and the anode and collects charge deposited at the anode in the form of current in an external electrical circuit.
Original languageEnglish (US)
U.S. patent number9824785
StatePublished - Nov 21 2017

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