Waves of Ionization in Low Pressure Molecular Gas Discharges.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The dispersion of waves of ionization were studied in nitrogen and in carbon dioxide. The waves were excited by current modulation and the dispersion recorded using a time-space display method. In N2 and in CO2 the ionization waves were cathode to anode forward waves. Their dispersion is presented as a function of the gas pressure and of the discharge currents. The waves with finite group velocity were always attenuated in the pressure range studied 0.3 to 5 torr but standing striations were obtained at the lower pressures without current modulation. However in the mixture N2-CO2, the discharge was very unstable and showed a broad-band spectrum of low frequency oscillations. These self-excited oscillations did not permit time-sampling diagnostics. A 0 to 100 kHz digital correlator was applied to determine the characteristics of these apparently random ionization waves. Results of this experiment are presented. Author
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics