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Idea of alphavoltaic power conversion

  1. May 27, 2008 #1
    I was musing once again about the idea of alphavoltaic power conversion, and suddenly I thought about the idea of solid electrolytes as a possible conversion material.

    Recently, solid electrolytes have been in the news, due to the announcements about HP's invention of the Memristor, which uses a solid electrolyte material to shift atoms in a way that varies the resistance according to the current flow through the component.

    I'm wondering if such shifting of atoms could be useful for repairing or sustaining the integrity of a semiconductive material exposed to alpha-bombardment, so that the semiconductor can continue to convert power without losing its potency.

    Would anyone care to comment?
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