Stationary States and Noise in the Ballast Resistor, An Electro-Thermal Instability in a Conducting Wire

  • D. Bedeaux
  • P. Mazur
  • R. A. Pasmanter


In two recent papers we discussed the stationary states and the noise properties of the ballast resistor. This resistor consists of a conducting wire, surrounded by a gas, through which an electric current is passed. In this system the homogeneous temperature distribution becomes unstable for certain values of the gas temperature and the current. In this paper we summarize our results and shortly discuss some new ones with respect to the existence of solitary wave solutions.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Bedeaux
    • 1
  • P. Mazur
    • 2
  • R. A. Pasmanter
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Instituut-LorentzRijksuniversiteit LeidenLeidenThe Netherlands

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