Solidifying Power Electronics [Historical]

  title={Solidifying Power Electronics [Historical]},
  author={Massimo Guarnieri},
  journal={IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine},
  • M. Guarnieri
  • Published 22 March 2018
  • Engineering
  • IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine
More than a century ago, in 1902, American Engineer Peter Cooper Hewitt (1861-1921) derived the mercury-arc rectifier, enclosed in a glass bulb, from his mercury-vapor lamp of the previous year. He devised its use for feeding dc motors from alternating currents. As the first rectifier for power uses (two years before John Ambrose Fleming's diode and four years before Lee de Forest's audion [1]), the mercury-arc rectifier marked the birth of power electronics. The device was used in 1905 in… 

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