Formation of diffuse and spark discharges in nonuniform electric field in elevated pressure gases

V. F. Tarasenko, E. Kh Baksht, A. G. Burachenko, M. V. Erofeev

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Diffuse and spark discharges are formed and studied during breakdowns with nonuniform electric field in nitrogen, air, and argon at elevated pressures and pulse repetition frequency of 400 Hz. Negative-polarity voltage pulses of the amplitude ~20 kV, width at the base of ~15 ns and rise time of ~2 ns are applied to the electrode with a small radius of curvature. In the conditions of generation of runaway electron beams and X-rays, a CCD camera records the time of the diffuse discharge formation and its duration prior to its transition to a spark one. In all three gases, the diffuse discharge is formed during the time not exceeding 1 ns, when the bright spots appear on cathode in argon and air resulting in the beginning of the spark channel propagation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2105-2111
Number of pages7
JournalGaodianya Jishu/High Voltage Engineering
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes



  • CCD camera
  • Elevated pressure
  • Nanosecond diffuse discharge
  • Nonuniform electric field
  • Spark discharge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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