Ac breakdown in near-atmospheric pressure noble gases: I. Experiment

A. Sobota, J.H.M. Kanters, F. Manders, M.F. Gendre, J. Hendriks, E.M. Veldhuizen, van, M. Haverlag

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Ac-driven breakdown processes have been explored much less than the pulsed or dc breakdown, even though they have possible applications in industry. This paper focuses on the frequency range between 60 kHz and 1 MHz, at a pin–pin electrode geometry and gap lengths of 4 or 7 mm. The breakdown process was examined in argon and xenon at 0.3 and 0.7 bar. We used electrical and optical measurements to characterize the breakdown process, to observe the influence of frequency change and the effect of ignition enhancers—UV irradiation and radioactive material.
Original languageEnglish
Article number224002
Pages (from-to)224002-1/13
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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