Backward runaway electrons in a subnanosecond air discharge at atmospheric pressure

Victor F. Tarasenko, Igor D. Kostyrya, Dmitry V. Beloplotov

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In the paper, we study the conditions for the generation of backward runaway electrons through a grounded grid cathode in atmospheric pressure air at high-voltage pulses with a full width at half maximum of 1 ns and risetime of 0.3 ns applied to the gap from a SLEP-150 pulser. The study confirms that backward runaway electrons and X-rays do arise near grid cathodes in atmospheric pressure air. It is shown that the current of the backward beam and the X-rays from the gas diode depend differently on the interelectrode distance. The average X-ray exposure dose in a pulse is more than 3.5 mR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-30
Number of pages8
JournalLaser and Particle Beams
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Atmospheric pressure air
  • Nanosecond discharge
  • Runaway electrons beam
  • X-rays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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