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Basic Data of Plasma Physics

S. Brown

1997

336 pages

Time and use continue to validate the importance of this classic. This 1966 reference book is a compilation of some of the most important plasma physics measurements published during the late 50s and 60s. Over 300 pages of hard to find information essential to using or understanding gaseous conduction and breakdown. It offers a wealth of useful information on elastic-collision and charge-transfer cross sections, mobility and diffusion, electron attachment and detachment, and recombination. Numerous fundamental principles make this a much-consulted handbook on the physical phenomena, measurements, and properties of plasma physics.

Contents
Elastic Collision Cross Sections
Probability of Elastic Collision Between Electrons and Gas Atoms
Probability of Elastic Collision for Ions with Gas Atoms
Charge Transfer Cross Sections
Diffusion and Mobility
Diffusion
Electron Mobility
Ionic Mobility
Average Energy of Electrons
Ambipolar Diffusion
Transition Diffusion
Ambipolar Diffusion with Variable Ion Mobility
Inelastic Collisions of Electrons
Currents at Low Fields
Probability of Excitation
Probability of Ionization
The First Ionization Coefficient
Diffusion- Controlled Breakdown
High-Frequency Breakdown
Effects of a Superimposed Magnetic Field
Cyclotron Resonance Method for Determining Collision Cross Sections
Electron Attachment
Attachment Coefficients
Attachment to Impurities
Diffusion and Attachment Combined
Breakdown Controlled by Electron Attachment
Recombination
Ion-Ion Recombination
Electron-Ion Recombination
Experimental Determinations of Recombination
Secondary Electron Emission by Electrons
Metal Surfaces
Insulators
Breakdown Controlled by Secondary Electron Emission
Secondary Electron Resonance Breakdown
Secondary Electron Resonance Breakdown in Magnetic Fields
The Second Townsend Coefficient
D-C Breakdown
Space-Charge Effects
The Streamer
Townsend Discharge
Space-Charge-Control1ed Townsend Discharge
The Corona Discharge
The Geiger-Muller Counter
Current and Voltage Characteristics
The Negative Corona
The Absence of Positive Corona
Glow Discharges
General Features of the Glow Discharge
Crookes Dark Space and the Cathode Fall of Potential
The Negative Glow
The Positive Column
The Positive Column in a Longitudinal Magnetic Field
The Anode Fall
Steady-State Microwave Discharges
Comparison of Steady-State and Breakdown Fields
Plasma Resonance
Arc Discharges
Glow-to-Arc Transition
Arc Classification
Low-Pressure Arcs
High-Pressure Arcs
Metal Arcs