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Streamer propagation mechanism on the basis of plasma oscillations

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A mechanism explaining streamer propagation to the anode and to the cathode without photoionization of the gas is proposed. It is shown that the velocity of the anode streamer is determined by the electron mobility in the field of the end of the streamer. The accelerated electrons appearing at the anode end of the streamer excite longitudinal plasma oscillations in the streamer, whereupon streamer propagation to the cathode is explained. An explanation is given of the phenomenon of streamer “self-propagation” after the disappearance of the external field because of the stored energy of the plasma oscillations. The conditions for the transition of an avalanche into a streamer is defined as the condition for the appearance of accelerated electrons at the anode end of the avalanche.

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Translated from Izvestiya Vysshikh Uchebnykh Zavedenii, Fizika, No. 7, pp. 34–39, July, 1977.

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Rudenko, N.S., Smetanin, V.I. Streamer propagation mechanism on the basis of plasma oscillations. Soviet Physics Journal 20, 859–864 (1977). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00893128

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  • External Field
  • Propagation Mechanism
  • Electron Mobility
  • Accelerate Electron
  • Plasma Oscillation