Technical Physics Letters

, Volume 37, Issue 11, pp 1054–1057 | Cite as

Soft X-ray generation and its role in breakdown of air gap at elevated pressures

  • A. V. Kozyrev
  • V. F. Tarasenko
  • E. Kh. Baksht
  • Yu. V. Shut’ko


Fast runaway electrons, which appear during the electric breakdown in an air-filled discharge gap under the action of a short-front voltage pulse, generate 525-eV photons from the K-shell of oxygen. This soft X-ray emission effectively generates new electrons in the region of enhanced field. The proposed mechanism may explain the fast streamer propagation and the formation of a diffuse discharge at atmospheric pressure.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. V. Kozyrev
    • 1
  • V. F. Tarasenko
    • 1
  • E. Kh. Baksht
    • 1
  • Yu. V. Shut’ko
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of High-Current Electronics, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesTomskRussia

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