Introduction to gas discharges

  title={Introduction to gas discharges},
  author={Nicholas St. J. Braithwaite},
  journal={Plasma Sources Science and Technology},
  • N. Braithwaite
  • Published 1 November 2000
  • Physics
  • Plasma Sources Science and Technology
This is a tutorial article. An introductory discussion of direct current gas discharges is presented. Beginning with basic ideas from kinetic theory, gas discharge plasmas are described in terms of phenomena observed in the laboratory. Various models are introduced to account for electrical breakdown, plasma boundaries and the longitudinal and transverse structure of discharges. 

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