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Coolidge tube

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noun Coo·lidge tube \ ˈkü-lij- \

medical Definition of Coolidge tube

:a vacuum tube for the generation of X-rays in which the cathode consists of a spiral filament of incandescent tungsten and the target serves as the anode and consists of massive tungsten and in which the temperature of the cathode determines the intensity of the X-rays while the applied voltage determines wavelength

Biographical Note for coolidge tube

  • Coolidge, William David (1873–1975), American engineer and physicist. In 1913 Coolidge invented an X-ray tube (now known as the Coolidge tube) that was the prototype of the modern X-ray tube.

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