microchannel plate
  • A compact high voltage electron multiplier which incorporates a very large number of capillary channels, each consisting of a minute hollow glass tube. incident photons generate photoelectrons which in turn produce a cascade of secondary electrons. The thousands, or millions, of side-by-side channels enable such plates to be used, for instance, as powerful image intensifiers. Its abbreviation is MCP. Also spelled micro-channel plate.
  • acronym MCP

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