Reply-To: "fred bartoli"
From: "fred bartoli"
Subject: Re: Comb/Harmonic Generators
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2002 18:01:08 +0100
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John Larkin a écrit dans le
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> On Fri, 6 Dec 2002 11:20:09 +0100, "fred bartoli"
> >John Larkin a écrit dans
> >message : email@example.com...
> >> On 5 Dec 2002 10:13:24 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Vance) wrote:
> >> A bit of lore: SRD was discovered by accident, in 1959 I think, by
> >> Boff. He was experimenting with a diode frequency multiplier and was
> >> getting an unaccountably large harmonic output, more than a diode can
> >> theoretically make. The HP185 sampling scope was brand new (it
> >> initially used an avalanche transistor to make the sampling pulse) so
> >> they hooked that up and lo, they saw the step. Soon the sampling
> >> scopes were using 'Boff diodes' too. The name 'Boff Diode' didn't
> >> stick.
> >Here in France, "bof" means I don't mind / uninteresting ...
> >This must be the reason.
> >BTW, I've well received the SRDs you did send me. Thanks John.
> Is 'bof' a noun in French? C'est bof?
It's an exclamation, as :
- How are you this morning ?
- Bof, comme-ci comme-ça. (Unenthusiastic : Bof, so-so.)
- What a great thingy !
- Bof. (Unenthusiastic again : not terrible)
> 'Boff' also has an English meaning (not used much any more) of, well,
> performing erotic congress upon a lady.
Looking into my dictionnary, I also found boffin and boffo, which should
have ensured a better succes to the name.