Accession Number : AD0715259

Title :   Microwave Breakdown in the Presence of Spatial Nonuniformities: Computer Programs.

Descriptive Note : Rept. for Aug 68-Mar 70,

Corporate Author : AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF LAB OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s) : Light,Glenn C.

Report Date : 30 SEP 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : The conventional theory of microwave breakdown in a uniform electric field is reviewed. Theoretical analyses are presented, on the basis of a variational formulation of Epstein, for continuous wave and for pulsed breakdown in the general case of nonuniform electric field and nonuniform gas properties. The results of computer calculations based on these theoretical analyses are shown. Comparisons are made between these results and exact results in the limit of a uniform field and uniform gas. Comparisons are also made between these results and those of several other investigators for the case of an x-band rectangular slot radiator in a ground plane. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PLASMA MEDIUM, MICROWAVES), (*AIR, IONIZATION), SHOCK WAVES, BLACKOUT(PROPAGATION), ELECTRON DENSITY, PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, NUMERICAL INTEGRATION, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, NITROGEN, ELECTRIC FIELDS

Subject Categories : Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
      Radiofrequency Wave Propagation

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE