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Author Huang, D. ♦ Yang, L. J. ♦ Ma, J. B. ♦ Liu, S. ♦ Wang, W. ♦ Ding, W. D. ♦ Huo, P. ♦ Li, G. ♦ Yao, S. L.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY ♦ BREAKDOWN ♦ CAPILLARIES ♦ DISTANCE ♦ ELECTRIC FIELDS ♦ ELECTRIC POTENTIAL ♦ ELECTRODES ♦ EXPERIMENT RESULTS ♦ PLASMA ♦ PROBABILITY ♦ SPARK GAPS ♦ THERMONUCLEAR IGNITION ♦ TRIGGER CIRCUITS ♦ VERIFICATION
Abstract The paper has proposed a new triggering method for long spark gap based on capillary plasma ejection and conducted the experimental verification under the extremely low working coefficient, which represents that the ratio of the spark gap charging voltage to the breakdown voltage is particularly low. The quasi-neutral plasma is ejected from the capillary and develops through the axial direction of the spark gap. The electric field in the spark gap is thus changed and its breakdown is incurred. It is proved by the experiments that the capillary plasma ejection is effective in triggering the long spark gap under the extremely low working coefficient in air. The study also indicates that the breakdown probabilities, the breakdown delay, and the delay dispersion are all mainly determined by the characteristics of the ejected plasma, including the length of the plasma flow, the speed of the plasma ejection, and the ionization degree of the plasma. Moreover, the breakdown delay and the delay dispersion increase with the length of the long spark gap, and the polarity effect exists in the triggering process. Lastly, compared with the working patterns of the triggering device installed in the single electrode, the working pattern of the devices installed in both the two electrodes, though with the same breakdown process, achieves the ignition under longer gap distance. To be specific, at the gap length of 14 cm and the working coefficient of less than 2%, the spark gap is still ignited accurately.
ISSN 1070664X
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2016-01-15
Publisher Place United States
Journal Physics of Plasmas
Volume Number 23
Issue Number 1


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