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This paper presents the results of the experimental studies of a pulsed discharge in atmospheric pressure air in an inhomogeneous electric field for various parameters of voltage pulses. It is shown that in a wide range of experimental conditions, including those with a positive electrode of small curvature radius, a diffuse discharge is ignited in the gap. In particular, a diffuse discharge is ignited at a pulse repetition frequency of 1 kHz and a voltage pulse amplitude of ∼25 and ∼40 kV across a high-resistance load. With voltage pulses of ∼ 220 kV in amplitude and low repetition frequencies, an extended (∼70 cm) diffuse discharge is observed in gaps of 13–40 mm. It is confirmed that the diffuse form of discharges in an inhomogeneous electric field at increased pressures is attributed to the generation of runaway electrons and x-rays.