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Ratio of Diffusion Coefficient to Mobility for Electrons in SF6-Air and Freon-Nitrogen Mixtures

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2 Author(s)
V. N. Maller ; Department of High Voltage Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012, India ; M. S. Naidu

The ratio of diffusion coefficient to mobility (D/¿) for electrons has been measured in SF6-air and freon-nitrogen mixtures for various concentrations of SF6 and freon in the mixtures over the range 140¿ E/p¿ 220 V.cm-1 - torr-1. In SF6-air mixtures, the values of D/¿ were always observed to lie intermediate between the values for the pure gases. However, in freon-nitrogen mixtures, with a small concentration (10 percent) of freon in the mixture, the values of D/¿ are found to lie above the boundaries determined by the pure gases. In this mixture, over the lower E/p range (140 to 190) the electrons appear to lose a large fraction of their energy by the excitation of the complex freon molecules, while at higher E/p values (200 to 240), the excitation and consequent deexcitation of nitrogen molecules and its metastables seem to cause an increased rate of ionization of freon molecules.

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IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 4 )