INVESTIGATION OF THE STATISTICS OF BREAKDOWN USING NANOSECOND PULSE TECHNIQUES
BRADDOCK DUNN AND MCDONALD INC EL PASO TX
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The experimental equipment, experimental procedures, and test results of a laboratory study of the statistics of discharge initiation in highly over- volted planar spark gaps is presented. The theory of operation of a subnanosecond rise-time multikilovolt pulse generator developed for the study is described. Test data on the electron emission of different electrode materials as a function of gap field strength and electrode conditioning is presented. In addition, a simplified model of the statistics of free-space breakdown in a transmitted microwave beam is developed.
- Electricity and Magnetism