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Method of manufacturing arc tube

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Nobuo Ohkawai, Yoshitaka Ohshima, Akihiro Nagata, Shinichi Irisawa

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A method of manufacturing an arc tube having a light emitting tube portion, a first pinch seal portion, and a second pinch seal portion, all formed on a quartz glass tube. The first and second pinch seal portions are disposed on both sides of the light emitting tube portion. The quartz glass is provided almost vertically with the first pinch seal portion down. A thermal insulating plate is provided in a boundary position between the light emitting tube portion and a portion to be pinch-sealed in an outer peripheral space of the quartz glass tube. Liquid nitrogen is jetted from a cooling nozzle provided obliquely below the light emitting tube portion toward the same, thereby cooling the light emitting tube portion. The portion to be pinch-sealed is heated with a burner, and pinch-sealed with a pincher immediately thereafter.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a side sectional view showing a discharge valve incorporating an arc tube to be an object of a manufacturing method according to an embodiment of the present invention;

FIGS. 2A to

2C are side sectional views showing a second pinch-sealing step of the manufacturing method;

FIG. 3 is an enlarged view showing the portion III in FIG. 2B;

FIG. 4 is a plan view showing an index table on which the second pinch-sealing step is carried out;.

FIG. 5 is a sectional view showing a main part, illustrating the general structure of the arc tube; and

FIGS. 6A and 6B are views similar to FIG. 2, illustrating a conventional example.

Claims

1. A method of manufacturing an arc tube, the arc tube including a light emitting tube portion, a first pinch seal portion, and a second pinch seal portion, wherein the light emitting tube portion, the first pinch seal portion, and the second pinch seal portion are formed on a quartz glass tube, and wherein the first pinch seal portion and the second pinch seal portion are disposed on both sides of the light emitting tube portion, said method comprising the steps of:

2. The method of manufacturing an arc tube according to claim 1, wherein the thermal insulating plate includes an inner peripheral plane portion facing the quartz glass tube, and

3. The method of manufacturing an arc tube according to claim 1, wherein a liquid nitrogen jet angle of the cooling nozzle is set upward by 10° to 60° with respect to a horizontal plane.

4. The method of manufacturing an arc tube according to claim 1, wherein an inside diameter of a tip portion of the cooling nozzle is set to 3 mm or less and a distance between a tip surface of the cooling nozzle and an outer surface of the light emitting tube portion is set to 40 mm or less.

5. The method of manufacturing an arc tube according to claim 1, wherein the liquid nitrogen is repeatedly jetted through the cooling nozzle in a plurality of stations and the liquid nitrogen jet angle of the cooling nozzle in each of the stations is set to have the substantially same value.

6. The method of manufacturing an arc tube according to claim 1, wherein the heating operation is repeatedly carried out with the burner in stations and a heating power of the burner in each of the stations is set to be gradually increased every movement to a new one of the stations.