[On point-contact transistors]. "First, the theory underlying theirfunction is imperfectly understood even after almost a century..., and second, they involve active metal-semiconductor contacts ofa highly specialized nature. ...The manufacturing process is deceptively simple, but since much of it involves the empirical know-how ofthefabricator, the true variables are almost impossible to isolate or study. ... although the very nature ofthese units limits them to smallpower capabilities, the concept ofsmall-signal behavior, in the sense ofthe term when applied tojunction devices, is meaningless, since there is no region ofoperation wherein equilibrium or theoreticalperformance is observed. Point-contact devices may therefore be described as sharply nonlinear under all operating conditions. " [William B. Burford III and H. Grey Verner] {282}.

5.1 Introduction

In this chapter we present a selection of potential overunity notions, inventions, and experiments by various inventors and researchers. Its purpose is to show some of the more relevant work that has been done, and hopefully to stimulate new thinking by the interested reader. It is not intended to be all-inclusive, but merely representative. Most of the work addressed is by other inventors and scientists, and we give an appropriate commentary from our viewpoint as best we understand the invention and the process used. Not all the concepts presented can be clearly explained, though some can and are.

This is not intended to be a "kit of parts" or an assembly instructions type of presentation. For that, the interested researcher will have to rely on his or her own ingenuity and lots of bench experiments, because no such "kit of parts with instructions" for COP>1.0 electrical power systems exists at present {283,284}.

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