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Old 17th May 2009, 06:13 PM   #1
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Question What the heck does a getter do ?

This ? has no bearing on anything...just my pointy head being over-active right now. I understand the fundamentals of how vacuum tubes work..all components except for the getter. Exactly what is it's function...and the "flashing" for that matter. I have heard a few different...and somewhat conflicting I might add...explainations. Can someone clarify this for me ? Thanks in advance..

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Old 17th May 2009, 06:27 PM   #2
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Old 17th May 2009, 07:10 PM   #3
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Ok...so what I had heard is correct in the sense that the getter removes impurities within the vacuum. So the chrome-like coating on the inside of the tube...is that the result of the getter reacting with the impurity or is that a component of the getter itself. What I mean is this : does the presence of the chrome-like coating indicate a tube with little use or does it show that impurities were removed from the vacuum. Tubes with a lot of hours seem to have less chrome inside...I have heard this referred to as "getter loss" ??
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Old 17th May 2009, 07:25 PM   #4
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As the getter does it's job it slowly disappears so a full shiny getter should generally indicate a tube with little use and decent vacumn.
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Old 17th May 2009, 07:51 PM   #5
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Thanks...that's what I thought...
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