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Mechanism of electrical degradation and breakdown of insulating polymers

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Zakrevskii, V.A. ; Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute of The Russian Academy of Sciences, 194021, St. Petersburg, Russia ; Sudar, N.T. ; Zaopo, A. ; Dubitsky, Yu.A.

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The electrical breakdown of polymers with saturated bonds is considered as a consequence of formation of low-density regions in the bulk of the polymers. These regions form due to the dissociation of chemical bonds initiated by the ionization of macromolecules in a high electric field. It was shown that the electrical lifetime of a polymer can be estimated based on this approach. © 2003 American Institute of Physics.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:93 ,  Issue: 4 )