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

A. M. Boichenko, V. F. Tarasenko, E. Kh Baksht, A. G. Burachenko, M. V. Erofeev, 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 pulses are observed behind a foil anode. It is found that, when a runaway electron beam is generated and voltage pulses have a subnano-second rise time, the breakdown voltage rises as the nitrogen pressure decreases from 9 × 104 to 1 × 102 Pa. Experimental data are in good agreement with pulsed breakdown analytical curves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-374
Number of pages5
JournalTechnical Physics
Volume58
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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