Accession Number : AD0618503


Title :   AC BREAKDOWN IN GASES


Descriptive Note : Technical rept.


Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH LEXINGTON LINCOLN LAB


Personal Author(s) : Muehe, C E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/618503.pdf


Report Date : 26 Feb 1965


Pagination or Media Count : 36


Abstract : The breakdown potential of helium, neon, argon and xenon was measured over the frequency range from DC to 1000 Mcps, and the pressure range from 10 to the minus 8th power to 600 mmHg employing a glass breakdown cell with 1-cm spacing. Graphs showing contours of constant breakdown potential as a function pf pd and d/gamma are presented. These graphs show three distinct breakdown regions: (1) the diffusion-controlled region, (2) the secondary-electron- emission (multipactor) region, and (3) the low-frequency region. The breakdown mechanism in each of these regions is explained. An extensive bibliography on AC breakdown in gases is included.


Descriptors :   *GAS DISCHARGES , *GAS IONIZATION , *RARE GASES , ALTERNATING CURRENT , BIBLIOGRAPHIES , ELECTRONS , IONIZATION POTENTIALS , PLASMAS(PHYSICS) , SECONDARY EMISSION , VOLTAGE


Subject Categories : Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE