Department of overlooked technologies, unusual effects, and forgotten weapons page 5 alternate history discussion gas city indiana newspaper

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I’ve been looking into the posibilities of 1920’s transisters. It would take cat’s whisker crystal technology leading to intensive research into semiconductors. Point contact diodes would lead into exploring the effects of fields, currents and charges on the flow of current through a semiconductor. Doped Germanium would initially offer more success (the first point contact transister/triode) it would o gascon take a year to make 4000 of these early prototypes. Two years on plastic (epoxy resin) bead cases would be used to increase stability from the early metal cartridges.(Bell Labs)

Two years on from that a new type of transister, the NPN grown junction transister, would lead to cheaper manufacture and increased reliability. Based on techniques developed in 1917 by the Polish chemist Jan Czochralski, they suspended a small “seed” crystal of germanium in a crucible of molten germanium and slowly withdrew it, forming a long, narrow, single crystal. They fabricated p-n junctions by dropping tiny pellets of impurities into the molten germanium grade 6 science electricity test during the crystal-growing process. Then they began adding two successive pellets into the melt, the first with a p-type impurity and the second n-type, forming n-p-n structures with a thin inner, or base, layer. A year later, such “grown-junction transistors” surpassed the best point-contact transistors in performance.(Bell Labs)

Three years later a silicon grown junction transister would be prototyped. the team had worked night and day on the dual tasks of producing the silicon crystals with electrically satisfactory junctions, and developing methods of fabricating silicon transistors. Then it all came together. Using high-purity silicon material, the team grew a silicon crystal gas utility bill. They cut a quarter-inch bar from the crystal and attached the electrical contacts to it.

Teal turned and switched on an RCA 45-rpm turntable, playing the swinging sounds of Artie Shaw’s “Summit Ridge Drive.” The germanium transistors in the amplifier of the record player were dunked in a beaker of hot oil, and the sound died away as the devices failed from the high temperature. Then Teal switched over to an identical amplifier with silicon transistors, placed it in the hot oil, and the music played on. One conference attendee was heard shouting into a pay phone in the lobby, “They’ve got the silicon transistor down in Texas.” The silicon age had arrived in Teal’s coat pocket.))

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His blade-less turbines could have also been used, and something not many people know is that Tesla had already found about X-rays before Röntgen published his discoveries. His arc lamp could have meant that incandescent lamps (much more consuming than fluorescent electricity magnetism and light lamps, which are low-pressure mercury arc lamps) could have been less used, with the consequent save of money.

He had too some things that could have been used by the military: Tesla Coils as defensive structures (way too much imaginative, and already used in the Command Conquer: Red Alert series) or VTOL aircraft (this would give the Air part of the army a bigger edge, since they would need smaller spaces for the landing and taking off, and thus the airport bombing that was used in WWII wouldn’t have much success), for example.