Gas breakdown and secondary electron yields

Dragana Marić, Jelena Sivoš, Marija Savić (Puač), Nikola Škoro, Marija Radmilović radjenović, Zoran Petrović, Gordana Malović

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In this paper we present a systematic study of the gas breakdown potentials. An analysis of the key elementary processes in low-current low-pressure discharges is given, with an aim to illustrate how such discharges are used to determine swarm parameters and how such data may be applied to modeling discharges. Breakdown data obtained in simple parallel-plate geometry are presented for a number of atomic and molecular gases. Ionization coefficients, secondary electron yields and their influence on breakdown are analyzed, with special attention devoted to non-hydrodynamic conditions near cathode.
Original languageEnglish
Article number155
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Physical Journal D: Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics
Early online date23 Jun 2014
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 23 Jun 2014


  • gas breakdown
  • secondary electron yields
  • Paschen curve
  • Breakdown voltage
  • Volt-ampere characteristics


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