Electrical breakdown of solid dielectrics and rocks on the trailing edge of a voltage pulse

An analysis of modern notions of breakdown in condensed media opens up new possibilities for a decrease in the microsecond voltages for solid dielectric breakdown. Investigations of solid dielectric and rock breakdowns on the trailing edge of a voltage pulse in a sharply nonuniform field demonstrate that the pulse amplitude and the slope of the working voltage pulse edge can be decreased significantly.

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Translated from Izvestiya Vysshikh Uchebnykh Zavedenii, Fizika, No. 4, pp. 17–22, April, 2011.

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Kuznetsov, Y.I., Vazhov, V.F. & Zhurkov, M.Y. Electrical breakdown of solid dielectrics and rocks on the trailing edge of a voltage pulse. Russ Phys J 54, 410 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11182-011-9632-1

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  • breakdown initiation
  • breakdown on the trailing pulse edge
  • dielectrics