Accession Number:

AD0750658

Title:

Breakdown of Magnetic Insulation Due to Diamagnetism.

Descriptive Note:

Topical research rept.,

Corporate Author:

CORNELL UNIV ITHACA N Y LAB OF PLASMA STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1971-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

A magnetic field can act as an insulator by inhibiting the electrons from transversing a gap between two metallic plates. It is here shown that, if electrons are produced at a high enough rate on the surface of the negative plate, breakdown will occur. The critical current density is given by an equation or, if the current is space-charge limited, by another equation. The calculation here reported is non-relativistic, i.e. H sub 0 E sub 0 is assumed.

Subject Categories:

  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE