Sometimes our magnetic components turn out to be beautiful, like this one:

mystery ferrite with 8 symmetric windings

I took this out of what looks like a projection TV, where there were three of these. Does anybody know what it does? I suspect it is a fine adjust of position.

Here is how it fits into the part that I believe steers the electron gun.

suspect this is electron gun assembly, and how first component sits on top

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    \$\begingroup\$ myscope.training/legacy//images/questions/tem/DSCN3479.JPG I like this one \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 8, 2021 at 18:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ A focussing multipole \$\endgroup\$
    – Neil_UK
    Commented Jul 8, 2021 at 19:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Tony_Stewart_EE75 -- Very beautiful. Thank you. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 8, 2021 at 20:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ @TonyStewartEE75 - Welcome back, Tony! You were missed! Are you still here? Take care, wherever you are, EE and Physics (and LED and Joule Thief and ...) buddy! \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 15, 2023 at 17:15
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    \$\begingroup\$ @TonyStewartEE75 -- Somehow, I don't think they will do that. Welcome back, Tony! \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 16, 2023 at 14:50

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This could be part of an electron beam stigmator. A solenoid with an axial magnetic field can focus/defocus an electron beam. If you have 2nd order and higher astigmatism to correct, you need higher order magnetic fields, which could be produced by this structure. Depending which coils you energize you get quadrupolar fields in one direction of 45° different.

This image from here shows it fairly well:

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To add to the previous good answer some intuition as follows with optics and waveform required.

In optics we have corrective lens that depend on the spherical and cylindrical correction opposite to the eye’s deficiency. The spherical diopters either magnify or condense according to the limitations of near or far field focus respectively. Astigmatism is the cylindrical lens corrections which create the elliptical distortion of pinpoints are corrected by the linear cylindrical curve across the horizontal axis.

Similarly, magnetic stigmatic correction is done by a sawtooth weak current to stretch or contract the horizontal sweep of the electron beam. The diagonal opposite gets the inverse current so that axis has a null sum of stigmatic correction to create a slight cylindrical correction for each axis to result in a spherical beam. The transition ramp occurs during the blanking horizontal retrace interval.

With 3 of these, astigmatic correction can be made for each RGB colour which is emitted from nearby yet different parts of the gun.

  • \$\begingroup\$ So the tv needed glasses? ;-) It should get bifocals. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 9, 2021 at 8:02
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    \$\begingroup\$ Sony went to a cylindrical screen with better astigmatic correction. while others used pin-cushion as well to go to flat. I don't like progressive glasses because the focal area is terribly distorted beyond a small ellipse. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 9, 2021 at 13:10

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