20080231551 | Discharge Display Device - On a front substrate, a dielectric layer for accumulating the wall charge is formed, and inside the dielectric layer, a first electrode and a second electrode intersecting each other are formed with a predetermined pitch. The dielectric layer is not flat but is convex at the intersection of the first electrode and the second electrode, and the thickness in the direction of the discharge space from the second electrode at the intersection is larger than the thickness in the remaining area. Consequently, since the electric field distribution at the intersection is coarser than that at places apart from the intersection when discharge is sustained by causing an electric field distribution in the discharge space through the dielectric layer, discharge occurs not at the intersection but in four positions at places apart from the intersection, so that the luminous efficiency per discharge cell is improved. | 09-25-2008 |