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Townsend's First Ionization Coefficients and Sparking Potentials in Crossed Electric and Magnetic Fields

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2 Author(s)
G. R. Gurumurthy ; Department of High Voltage Engineering Indian Institute of Soience ; G. R. Govinda Raju

Townsend's first ionization coefficients have been measured in corssed electric and magnetic fields for values of B/p ranging from 0.013 TESLA. TORR-1 to 0.064 TESLA.TORR-1 and for 103 x 102¿ E/p¿ 331 x 102 V.M-1. TORR-1 in oxygen and for 122 x 102¿ E/p¿488 x 102 V.M-1.TORR-1 for dry air. The values of effective collision frequencies determined from the equivalent pressure (pe) concept generally increase with E/p at constant B/p and decrease with increasing B/p at constant E/p. Effective collision frequencies determined from measured sparking potentials at high values of E/p increase with decreasing E/pe. The drift velocity and mean energy of electrons in oxygen in crossed electric and magnetic fields have been derived.

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IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 3 )