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Plasma Engineering by Isak Beilis, Michael Keidar

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Chapter 3

Electrical Discharges

3.1 Electrical breakdown and Paschen law

Electrical breakdown in low-pressure gases is characterized by the short transition time from an insulating interelectrode gap to a relatively high electrical conductivity gap. The transition time varies from ns to µs scale depending on gap size, electrode surface state, etc. (Figure 3.1).

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Figure 3.1 Schematics of the electron avalanche and gas breakdown.

Let us consider phenomena of the electrical breakdown in a low-pressure gas. When a high voltage is applied to the gap, the primary electrons flow in direction from cathode to the anode, multiplying new electrons in an avalanche ...

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