Ecton Mechanism of the Cathode Spot Phenomena in a Vacuum Arc

  title={Ecton Mechanism of the Cathode Spot Phenomena in a Vacuum Arc},
  author={G. A. Mesyats},
  journal={IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science},
  • G. A. Mesyats
  • Published 2013 in IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
In this paper, we review the state of the art in studying the physical processes that occur in the cathode spots of vacuum arcs. The now available experimental data are interpreted in the context of the ecton mechanism of the operation of vacuum arc cathode spots. Central in this mechanism is the explosive electron emission, a phenomenon discovered by the author and his co-workers in the mid-1960s while studying high-voltage pulsed vacuum breakdown. In the light of the ecton mechanism, the… CONTINUE READING
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