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Title: Microwave gas breakdown in elliptical waveguides

This paper analyzes the microwave gas discharge within elliptical waveguides excited by the fundamental mode. The Rayleigh-Ritz method has been applied to solve the continuity equation. The eigenvalue problem defined by the breakdown condition has been solved and the effective diffusion length of the elliptical waveguide has been calculated, what is used to find the corona threshold. This paper extends the microwave breakdown model developed for circular waveguides and shows the better corona withstanding capabilities of elliptical waveguides. The corona breakdown electric field threshold obtained with the variational method has been compared with the one calculated with the Finite Elements Method, showing excellent agreement.
Authors:
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  1. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Laboratoire d’Électromagnétisme et d'Acoustique (LEMA), Station 11, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22252124
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; BREAKDOWN; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; CONTINUITY EQUATIONS; DIFFUSION LENGTH; EIGENVALUES; ELECTRIC FIELDS; MICROWAVE RADIATION; RITZ METHOD; VARIATIONAL METHODS; WAVEGUIDES