Breakdown of gas gaps in a nonuniform electric field at a short voltage pulse rise time

E. K. Baksht, A. M. Boichenko, M. V. Erofeev, V. F. Tarasenko, A. N. Tkachev

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Abstract

The influence of the nitrogen pressure on the breakdown voltage in a nonuniform electric field is studied. Voltage pulses with nanosecond and subnanosecond rise times are applied to the gas gap. Simultaneously with the application of voltage pulses, supershort avalanche electron beam are observed behind a foil anode. It is found that, when a runaway electron beam is generated and voltage pulses have a subnanosecond rise time, the breakdown voltage rises as the nitrogen pressure decreases from 677 to 1 Torr. Experimental data are in good agreement with pulsed breakdown analytical curves.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRunaway Electrons Preionized Diffuse Discharges
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages354-371
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781633219403, 9781633218833
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Baksht, E. K., Boichenko, A. M., Erofeev, M. V., Tarasenko, V. F., & Tkachev, A. N. (2014). Breakdown of gas gaps in a nonuniform electric field at a short voltage pulse rise time. In Runaway Electrons Preionized Diffuse Discharges (pp. 354-371). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..