Accession Number : ADA135651

Title :   Discharge under the Combined Influence of DC and RF Fields.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Thorne,J A

PDF Url : ADA135651

Report Date : Dec 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 125

Abstract : Cold cathode discharges in argon and argon-nitrogen mixtures were investigated experimentally. Current-voltage characteristics were obtained experimentally for these in microwave sustained discharges. The current-voltage characteristics show current saturating at low values of E/N followed by a rapid increase in current at higher E/N. Lowke's theoretical investigation of gas discharges sustained by an external ionizing source was extended to include microwave excitation. This analysis predicted a similar saturation for the current in the current-voltage characteristics.

Descriptors :   *Electric discharges, *Gas discharges, *Cold cathode tubes, *Electric fields, Alternating current, Electric current, Excitation, Direct current, Radio fields, Mixtures, Switching circuits, Microwaves, Glow discharges, Ionization, Voltage, Sources, Radiofrequency, Gain, Nitrogen, Pulse generators, Theory, Nonlinear systems, External, Helium, Energy storage, Value, Theses, Argon, Drift

Subject Categories : Electricity and Magnetism

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE