Breakdown in mm-sized discharges : modifying the electric field

A. Sobota, M.F. Gendre, F. Manders, E.M. Veldhuizen, van, M. Haverlag

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Abstract

Due to the small size of the gas gap in micro- and millimeter sized discharges, the presence of a metallic structure in its vicinity profoundly influences the breakdown process. This is a drawback because it makes electrical probing impossible, but can also be an advantage because it allows control over the electric ??eld in the discharge reactor. Optical and electrical measurements were performed in an argon atmosphere at 0.3 or 0.7 bar. A pin-pin geometry was used, with 4 or 7mm between the electrode tips. We found that both active and passive structures in uence breakdown, and we demonstrated the di??erences between the two types and their e??ects on the breakdown process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 30th International Conference on Phenomena in Ionized Gases (ICPIG 2011), August 28th- September 2nd, 2011, Belfast, UK
PagesC10-041-1/2
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event30th International Conference on Phenomena in Ionized Gases (ICPIG 2011), August 28 - September 2, 2011, Belfast, UK - Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Aug 20112 Sep 2011
http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/icpig2011/

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Conference30th International Conference on Phenomena in Ionized Gases (ICPIG 2011), August 28 - September 2, 2011, Belfast, UK
Abbreviated titleICPIG 2011
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBelfast
Period28/08/112/09/11
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    Sobota, A., Gendre, M. F., Manders, F., Veldhuizen, van, E. M., & Haverlag, M. (2011). Breakdown in mm-sized discharges : modifying the electric field. In Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Phenomena in Ionized Gases (ICPIG 2011), August 28th- September 2nd, 2011, Belfast, UK (pp. C10-041-1/2)