Generation of runaway electrons at low pressures in air, nitrogen, and argon


The influence of the air, nitrogen, and argon pressure on the generation of runaway electron beams during a breakdown in an inhomogeneous electric field is studied. Data on parameters of runaway electron beams at pressures corresponding to altitudes of more than 20 km above sea level in the Earth’s atmosphere are obtained.

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Original Russian Text © E.Kh. Baksht, A.G. Burachenko, V.F. Tarasenko, 2015, published in Optika Atmosfery i Okeana.

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Baksht, E.K., Burachenko, A.G. & Tarasenko, V.F. Generation of runaway electrons at low pressures in air, nitrogen, and argon. Atmos Ocean Opt 28, 606–609 (2015).

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  • subnanosecond breakdown of air, nitrogen, and argon in inhomogeneous electric field
  • beam of runaway electrons
  • electron beam parameters versus gas pressure