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Prebreakdown Ionization in Gases under Steady-State and Pulsed Conditions in Uniform Fields

  • J. Dutton
Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 89a)

Abstract

The electrical breakdown of a gas is a dramatic event in which the electrical conductivity of the gas between a pair of electrodes with an applied voltage changes by many orders of magnitude on a time scale dependent on the conditions, but typically in the range of nanoseconds to milliseconds. The breakdown results from a series of atomic and molecular collision processes following the release of one or more charged particles which gain energy in the electric field E existing between the electrodes. The number of free charges increases rapidly as a result of the collision processes which effectively transfer energy from the field to the gas.

Keywords

Space Charge Breakdown Voltage Light Output Electrical Breakdown Uniform Field 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Dutton
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics, University College of SwanseaUniversity of WalesSwanseaUK

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