AC BREAKDOWN IN GASES
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH LEXINGTON LINCOLN LAB
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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 dgamma 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.
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics