Accession Number:

ADA051987

Title:

Electron-Beam Sustainer Discharge Streamers and Arcing.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Dec 74-30 Nov 77,

Corporate Author:

AVCO EVERETT RESEARCH LAB INC EVERETT MASS

Report Date:

1977-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

79.0

Abstract:

The electron beam sustainer method of generating a stable high pressure gas discharge is investigated theoretically and experimentally. The most important discharge instability in the non-self-sustaining discharge is the streamer this is dicsussed and a model proposed for formation and propagation. Integration of streamer velocity over the discharge gap predicts arcing times. Experimental measurements of streamer behavior in nitrogen discharge have been made, and these are compared with predictions. Comparisons in other gas mixtures and various electron-beam sustainer discharge devices have also been made. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Lasers and Masers
  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE