PREDICTIONS OF MICROWAVE BREAKDOWN IN AIR FROM KINETIC THEORY CALCULATIONS
AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CA LAB OPERATIONS
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A formulation of the Boltzmann equation for dc and microwave electric field excitation in a uniform, multicomponent gas has been expressed in a computer program at the National Bureau of Standards by L. R. Megill. This program was intended for use in the study of atmospheric afterglow by NBS but was given to the Aerospace Corporation for conversion to study microwave breakdown. The conversion of the program, the alteration of the collision cross-section data pack, and the numerical verification that the program plus data pack accurately describe the response of air to high intensity microwaves are described in this report.
- Physical Chemistry
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics