Electrostatic Deflection in CRT

Definition: Electrostatic deflection is the method of aligning the path of charged particles by applying the electric field between the deflecting plates. The word electrostatic means the strength and the direction of the field changes with respect to time. So that, the particles will move only in one direction.

The cathode ray tube uses deflecting plates for modifying the path of electrons. The electrons after exiting through the electron gun pass through deflecting plates. The CRT uses vertical and horizontal plates for focussing the electron beam.

The vertical plate produces an electrical field in the horizontal plane and causes horizontal deflection. The other pair is mounted horizontally and generates an electric field in the vertical plane and causes vertical deflection. These plates allow the beam to pass through the deflecting plates without striking them.

Electrostatic Deflection Arrangement

The general arrangement of the electrostatic deflection is shown in the figure below. The A and B are the two parallel plates between which the potential difference is applied. These deflection plates produce the uniform electrostatic field in the Y direction.


The electron enters between the plates experienced the force only in the Y direction, and the electron will move only in that direction. There is no force either in X direction or in the Z direction. Hence, no acceleration of electrons occurs in that direction.

E0 = Voltage of pre-accelerating anode in volt.
e = charge of an electron in coulomb.
m = mass of electron in Kg.
VOX = velocity of the electron when entering into the deflecting plates in meter per second.
Ed = potential between deflecting plates in Volts.
d = distance between deflecting plate in the meter.
L= length of deflecting plate in meters.
L = Distance between screen and the mid of the deflecting plates.
D = deflection of the electron beam on the screen in the Y direction.

When the electron moves from the accelerating cathode to anode, they lose their potential energy. The potential energy of the electron is given by the formula.


The electrons gain the kinetic energy. And their energy is given by the equation deflection-plate-equation-2

Equating the potential and kinetic energy we get the velocity of the electron when it enters in the deflecting plates.


The velocity of the electron in X direction remains same throughout the deflection plate because no force was acting in the X direction.

The electric field intensity in the Y direction is given by the equation deflection-plate-equation-4

The force acting on the electron in Y direction


The acceleration of electron in Y direction ay is expressed as


The initial velocity of the electron enter into the deflection plate is equal to zero and the displacement of electron in the Y direction at any time t is given by the equation


The velocity in Y direction is constant, and the displacement in Y direction is given as


Substituting the value of t in the displacement equation y gives


The above equation represents parabola.The slope at any point is given as deflection-plate-equation-11

By substituting the x = ld, we get the value of tanθ.


After passing through the deflection plate, the electrons move into the straight line.This straight line is the tangent to the parabola at x = ld and intersect the X-axis at point O’.The location of the point is given by the equation


The deflection D on the screen is expressed as defelction-plate-equation-15

By substituting the value of deflection-plate-equation-3 in equation the above equation we get


From the above equation, we can conclude that the deflection of the electron is directly proportional to the deflecting voltage.

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