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From: Phil Hobbs
Subject: Re: Explosions in electronics.
Date: Sun, 29 Sep 2002 19:46:29 -0400
Organization: IBM Global Services North -- Burlington, Vermont, USA
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Chuck Simmons wrote:
> large complement of thumbs. About ten. On each hand! It was largely due
> to his efforts that we made the astounding discovery of SASEF in my lab
> (SASEF is Smoke Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Fire). Other
> discoveries we made were definite identification of a particle emission
> region in the characteristic curves of most semiconductors and methods
> for high velocity launch of electrolytic capacitors.
Metal can electrolytics used to be called "confetti generators" because
even the two-thumbed had this experience with them.
Reversed tantalums used at any serious voltage (say 12 to 35 V)
frequently produce shrapnel--the service technicians at Watson wear
safety glasses for this reason, and it's a good practice.
IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
Yorktown Heights NY
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