Accession Number:

AD0420693

Title:

NON-STEADY RESPONSE OF PLASMAS TO MICROWAVE RADIATION,

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GENERAL ELECTRIC CO PHILADELPHIA PA MISSILE AND SPACE DIV

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Report Date:

1963-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

27.0

Abstract:

A theoretical study of some non-steady aspects of microwave radiation on ionized gases is presented. For weakly-ionized gases, the concept of stabilized electron temperature is introduced. It is shown that under certain conditions, ionization due to microwave radiation may be assumed to take place with the electron temperature remaining at this stabilized value. A simple expression for the ionization rate can then be obtained. Several time scales pertient to these non-steady processes have been obtained, and their relative order of magnitude is seen to be crucial in determining the nature of the nonsteady response. One type of non-steady solutions for the ionization front of the gas under microwave radiation is considered in some detail. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE