Date of Award

Fall 1997

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Computer Engineering - (M.S.)

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

MengChu Zhou

Second Advisor

Edwin Hou

Third Advisor

Wenquan Sui

Abstract

This research investigates a new display device - Beam Matrix Plasma Display Panel (BM PDP). The scan of a PDP in such a system is accomplished through two electrical-beam guns instead of semiconductor switches.

The BM-PDP eliminates the expensive semiconductor switches in the current plasma display device systems. Its drive circuit has only three parts: electron beam guns, resistors and capacitors. During the operation of BM PDP, first a switch cell is turned on by a selection gun (X gun). Then another electron gun (Y gun) emits electrons onto column electrodes and capacitors. When the voltage over the corresponding luminous cell reaches its breakdown point, gas discharges and generates light. Drive circuit design and analysis for BM-PDP is an important research topic. This work derives the formulae describing the operation of the drive circuit. With these formulae all the cases in which the drive circuit may work are discussed theoretically and numerically. Two equations are also given to determine the time of cell breakdown in these cases. The results of numerical simulation show that the current of an electron beam gun can be employed to carry the signal of image, the capacitance of a display cell is not sensitive to the initial current of gas discharge. The later property can be used to reduce the difficulties of manufacturing. The process of gas discharge in a display cell is also discussed and a multi-particle physical model is given to simulate the plasma cell.

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