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Title: Formation of a spark discharge in an inhomogeneous electric field with current limitation by a large ballast Resistance

Results of studies of a spark discharge initiated in argon in a point–plane electrode gap with limitation of the discharge current by a large ballast resistance are presented. It is shown that the current flowing through the plasma channel of such a low-current spark has the form of periodic pulses. It is experimentally demonstrated that, when a low-current spark transforms into a constricted glow discharge, current pulses disappear, the spatial structure of the cathode glow changes abruptly, and a brightly glowing positive plasma column forms in the gap.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physical Material Science, Siberian Branch (Russian Federation)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22471831
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Plasma Physics Reports; Journal Volume: 42; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2016 Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; ARGON; CATHODES; ELECTRIC CURRENTS; ELECTRIC FIELDS; ELECTRIC SPARKS; GLOW DISCHARGES; PLASMA