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Characteristics of the Stabilized Glow Discharge in Air

Waters, Ronald and Stark, W. B. 1975. Characteristics of the Stabilized Glow Discharge in Air. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 8 (4) , pp. 416-426. 10.1088/0022-3727/8/4/014

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The discharge space between a positive cylindrical electrode (in the diameter range 0.3185-3.175cm) and a coaxial outer electrode of diameter 58.1 cm has been irradiated by a radioactive /3-source to obtain a stable glow discharge in which streamers are absent. Onset electric gradient, voltage-current characteristics and electric gradient measurements at the anode surface in the presence of corona have been obtained. A modified form of the Townsend voltage-current characteristic has been derived which is in good agreement with the measured values for all conductor diameters. The surface gradient is found to be constant at about 5 % below the onset value after establishment of the glow discharge, and to be independent of further voltage increase. Calculations suggest that this is consistent with a positive-ion mobility of 1.8 x m2 V-1 s-1.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Publisher: IOP Publishing
ISSN: 00223727
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2017 11:50

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