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Ionizing potential waves and high-voltage breakdown streamers.The structure of ionizing potential waves driven by a strong electric field in a dense gas is discussed. Negative breakdown waves are found to propagate with a velocity proportional to the electric field normal to the wavefront. This causes a curved ionizing potential wavefront to focus down into a filamentary structure, and may provide the reason why breakdown in dense gases propagates in the form of a narrow leader streamer instead of a broad wavefront.
Document ID
19720034868
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Authors
Albright, N. W.
Tidman, D. A. (Maryland, University College Park, Md., United States)
Date Acquired
August 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1972
Publication Information
Publication: Physics of Fluids
Volume: 15
Subject Category
PHYSICS, PLASMA
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NOAA-N-22-20-72(G)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NGL-21-002-005
Distribution Limits
Public
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