Gaseous Electronics

Gaseous Electronics

1st Edition - August 28, 1978

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  • Editor: Merle Hirsh
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323140959

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Gaseous Electronics, Volume I: Electrical Discharges deals with the intelligent application of gaseous electronics principles and devices to a variety of practical problems, with emphasis on electrical discharges. This text consists of seven chapters and begins with a discussion on the short history of gaseous electronics. The discussion then turns to the behavior of glow discharges when the applied voltage is direct current or low-frequency alternating current. The applications of cataphoresis, including gas purification, and the effects of cataphoresis on gas lasers are considered. The chapters that follow explore high-frequency and microwave discharges; corona discharges; arcs and torches; and plasmas generated by electron beams and shock waves. These treatments of various kinds of discharge include macroscopic manifestations, such as I-V characteristics and qualitative phenomena, as well as descriptions of the underlying phenomena in terms of microscopic processes. This book is intended for research students and practitioners of electronics and electrical engineering as well as physics.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    Chapter 1 A Short History of Gaseous Electronics


    Chapter 2 Glow Discharges at DC and Low Frequencies

    Part 2.1 Anatomy of the Discharge

    I. General Remarks

    II. Cathode Region

    III. Positive Column

    IV. Anode Region


    Part 2.2 Ionization Waves in Glow Discharges

    I. Introduction

    II. Ranges of Occurrence

    III. Methods of Observation and Measurements

    IV. Analyses

    V. Summary and Conclusions


    Part 2.3 Nonuniformities in Glow Discharges: Electrophoresis

    I. Terminology

    II. Theory

    III. Recent Results

    IV. Electrophoretic Effects


    Part 2.4 Nonuniformities in Glow Discharges: Cataphoresis

    I. Introduction

    II. Theory

    III. Experimental Techniques

    IV. Recent Results

    V. Retrograde Cataphoresis

    VI. Applications


    Chapter 3 High Frequency and Microwave Discharges

    I. Introduction

    II. Breakdown

    III. Maintaining and Steady State Discharges

    IV. Microwave Gas-Discharge Applications


    Chapter 4 Corona Discharges

    I. Introduction

    II. Onset of the Corona Discharge

    III. Continuous Glow Discharge

    IV. Transient Corona

    V. Alternating Voltage Corona Discharge

    VI. Corona Discharges in Long Air Gaps


    Chapter 5 Electric Arcs and Arc Gas Heaters

    I. Introduction

    II. Physics of Electric Arcs

    III. Arc Gas Heaters and Plasma Torches


    Chapter 6 Relativistic Electron Beam Produced Plasmas

    I. Introduction

    II. Pulsed Power Technology as Applied to REB Accelerators

    III. Diode Phenomenology

    IV. Intense Beam Injection into Neutral Gases

    V. Beam Interaction with Plasma

    VI. Beam Interaction with Solid Targets

    VII. Other Applications of Intense Pulsed REBs

    VIII. Conclusion


    Chapter 7 Shock Induced Plasmas

    I. Introduction

    II. Some Characteristic Properties of Shock Waves

    III. Experimental Methods

    IV. Plasma Heating and Plasma Behavior in Theta Pinches

    V. Plasma Behavior in the Front of Shock Waves

    VI. Miscellaneous Topics



Product details

  • No. of pages: 518
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1978
  • Published: August 28, 1978
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323140959

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Merle Hirsh

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