Breakdown of Magnetic Insulation Due to Diamagnetism.
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CORNELL UNIV ITHACA N Y LAB OF PLASMA STUDIES
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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.
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics