Accession Number : AD0600650

Title :   NANOSECOND PULSE BREAKDOWN IN GASES.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : SPACE SCIENCES INC WALTHAM MASS

Personal Author(s) : Felsenthal,P. ; Proud,J. M.

Report Date : MAR 1964

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : It is shown analytically that under certain conditions pulsed DC and pulsed microwave breakdown are directly comparable. A pulsed DC experimental system to measure breakdown over a wide range of applied voltage, gas pressure and gap distance was used to measure formative time in air, helium and nitrogen. The results when compared with the theoretical predictions of breakdown confirm the utility of the theory in describing breakdown within the imposed limits. The accuracy and extent of the present measurements materially extend the present range of pulsed microwave breakdown data. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PULSE COMPRESSION, GAS DISCHARGES), (*PLASMAS(PHYSICS), GAS IONIZATION), PULSE RATE, AIR, HELIUM, NITROGEN, MICROWAVES, DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES, VOLTAGE, MEASUREMENT, THEORY, RADAR PULSES

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE