Streamers in air splitting into three branches

  title={Streamers in air splitting into three branches},
  author={L. C. J. Heijmans and Sander Nijdam and E. M. van Veldhuizen and U. Ebert},
We investigate the branching of positive streamers in air and present the first systematic investigation of splitting into more than two branches. We study discharges in 100mbar artificial air that is exposed to voltage pulses of 10 kV applied to a needle electrode 160mm above a grounded plate. By imaging the discharge with two cameras from three angles, we establish that about every 200th branching event is a branching into three. Branching into three occurs more frequently for the relatively… CONTINUE READING
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