Electrical Breakdown and Tracking Characteristics of Pulsed High Voltages in Cryogenic Helium and Nitrogen

  • R. A. Haarman
  • K. D. WilliamsonJr.
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 21)


The use of superconducting energy storage systems has become of interest in the past few years as a possible solution to the large energy-storage requirements in a pulsed-type fusion reactor such as the proposed SFTR (Scyllac Fusion Test Reactor) at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. In these systems rather large voltage pulses are imposed on components as a result of associated electrical circuitry, which includes the superconducting energy system. It is therefore essential to know the dielectric strength of the cryogens proposed for use in the superconducting system so that the engineer can design any high-voltage components within reasonable limits of safety.


Liquid Helium Breakdown Voltage Electrical Breakdown Pulse High Voltage Dielectric Strength 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. A. Haarman
    • 1
  • K. D. WilliamsonJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Los Alamos Scientific LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaLos AlamosUSA

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