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Study of a rare-gas transverse fast dischargeAn experimental and analytical study of a Blumlein-type transverse fast discharge operating with He and Xe are presented. An electro-optical voltage probe was used to measure the discharge voltage, and the measured voltages were in agreement with the computed voltages. The analytical model was used to predict the dependence of the discharge efficiency for producing metastables and ions on the important plasma and external circuit parameters. In He the ion efficiency is greater than the metastable efficiency, while in Xe it is the opposite; the He ion efficiencies are much larger than in Xe, while Xe metastable efficiencies are much larger than in He. These differences between Xe and He are accounted by the large dissociative recombination rate of Xe compared with He.
Document ID
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Chubb, D. L. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Michels, C. J. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, Ohio, United States)
Date Acquired
August 10, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 1979
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of Applied Physics
Volume: 50
Subject Category
Distribution Limits