Study of plasma breakdown by Stark spectroscopy

E. Wagenaars, M.D. Bowden, G.M.W. Kroesen

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Plasma breakdown is the process that occurs when a voltage is applied across an electrodegap. One of the key features occurring during breakdown is propagation of an ionisationfront across the discharge volume. The aim of our research is to understand the physics ofbreakdown processes on a sub-nanosecond timescale. Stark spectroscopy of gas atoms will beused to measure electric field distributions during breakdown. In this paper we present themeasurement method and experimental arrangement for this study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XXVI International Conference on Phenomena in Ionized Gases
Place of PublicationGermany, Greifswald
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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