Development of an Electrical Discharge in Gaps with Great Overvoltage at Low Air Pressure (Razvitie Elektricheskogo Razryada v Silno Perenapryazhennykh pri Nizkom Davlenii Vozdukha),
ARMY FOREIGN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER CHARLOTTESVILLE VA
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The physical processes responsible for breakdown of gas gaps with overvoltages of a few percent have been studied in a number of works both oscillographically and optically. Theoretical calculations have shown that known experimental facts are explained well by the theory of Townsend avalanche generation. In the present work, the authors studied the development of a discharge in gaps of 1-6 cm with overvoltages of 2-20 times, and also measured the time characteristics, both the discharge delay time t sub d, the time of switching to the 0.5 U sub 0 level and the duration of the step as functions of the electric field voltage.
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics