Diffuse Discharge Switch Analysis.
Final rept. 1 Jul 82-30 Sep 85,
AVCO EVERETT RESEARCH LAB INC EVERETT MA
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The growth of streamers which leads to arcing is studied for the high current discharge needed to make an opening switch. The scaling of discharge parameters is analyzed for the switch application and previous experimental work on streamer growth is reviewed. A general theory of streamer growth is developed from fundamental gas and electrodynamic equations and an equation is derived which predicts the streamer growth rate and which can be evaluated numerically. The implications for e-beam controlled switches are discussed. Keywords electron-beam discharge opening switch streamers discharge arcing discharge stability.
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