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Microwave cavity of improved design for gas breakdown studies and its application to helium-oxygen mixtures

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3 Author(s)
Smith, D. ; University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK ; Bell, W.R. ; Auchterlonie, L.J.

The design of an improved TM010-mode cavity for measuring the microwave breakdown characteristics of gases is discussed. The evaluation of the field distribution within the cavity, which contains an axially placed quartz tube and deformable end-wall diaphragm, is described. The operation of the cavity is tested using helium gas. The breakdown characteristic of the helium-oxygen mixture used in diving is measured as a function of pressure.

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Microwaves, Optics and Antennas, IEE Proceedings H  (Volume:131 ,  Issue: 4 )