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Influence of the gas pressure on the initial phase in coaxial accelerator


This paper presents a two-dimensional computer simulation of the electrical breakdown in the plasma accelerator. The spatial and temporal development of the electron and ion densities, and the electric fields are presented for two different gas pressure values. The aim of this paper is to better understand the influence of the gas pressure on the initial phase of the electrical breakdown and especially the role of the isolator in discharge development.

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Scholz, M., Ivanova-Stanik, I.M. & Zdunek, K. Influence of the gas pressure on the initial phase in coaxial accelerator. Czech. J. Phys. 54, C186 (2004).

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Key words

  • plasma accelerator
  • breakdown
  • nitrogen