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Ionization Waves in Electrical Breakdown of Gases

A. M. Lagarkov and I. M. Rutkevich

1993

xi + 231 pages

This edition fills a gap in the western literature by presenting detailed results of recent Soviet and Russian research. The authors present a systematic theoretical treatment of phenoma that lead to electrical breakdown of gases and plasmas by walls, including electron drift and impact ionization, diffusion, photoionization, and resonance radiation transfer.

Contents

Wave phenomena determining discharge development in gas gaps

Macroscopic and kinetic description of a weakly ionized gas in an electric field

Theory of plane ionization waves

Propagation of ionizing electric-field solitary waves in shielded discharge tubes with preionization

Propagation of electric breakdown waves along a gas-dielectric boundary with no preionization