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Ionizing gas breakdown waves in strong electric fields.A previous analysis by Albright and Tidman (1972) of the structure of an ionizing potential wave driven through a dense gas by a strong electric field is extended to include atomic structure details of the background atoms and radiative effects, especially, photoionization. It is found that photoionization plays an important role in avalanche propagation. Velocities, electron densities, and temperatures are presented as a function of electric field for both negative and positive breakdown waves in nitrogen.
Document ID
19730027261
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Authors
Klingbeil, R.
Tidman, D. A.
Fernsler, R. F. (Maryland, University College Park, Md., United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1972
Publication Information
Publication: Physics of Fluids
Volume: 15
Subject Category
PHYSICS, PLASMA
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NGL-21-002-005
CONTRACT_GRANT: NOAA-N-22-20-72(G)
Distribution Limits
Public
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