A review of catastrophic electromagnetic breakdown for short pulse widths

Forrest J. Agee, David W. Scholfield, Richard P. Copeland, T. H. Martin, James J. Carroll, John J. Mankowski, M. Kristiansen, Lynn L. Hatfield

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This paper reviews the experimental research accomplished to date relating to catastrophic electromagnetic breakdown in certain media that are interesting for high voltage, short temporal pulse width pulsers. The authors begin with the classic work of Felsenthal and Proud and follow experimental results into the present day. The paper considers not only the experimental results of short pulse radio frequency breakdown but also th e relationship with long pulse RF breakdown. The paper presents some recent measurements as well as reviewing the previous work performed in our laboratories and elsewhere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-182
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Oct 28 1996
EventIntense Microwave Pulses IV 1996 - Denver, United States
Duration: Aug 4 1996Aug 9 1996


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