Theory of electric field breakdown nucleation due to mobile dislocations

@article{Engelberg2019TheoryOE,
  title={Theory of electric field breakdown nucleation due to mobile dislocations},
  author={Eliyahu Zvi Engelberg and Ayelet Badichi Yashar and Yinon Ashkenazy and Michael Assaf and I. A. Popov},
  journal={Physical Review Accelerators and Beams},
  year={2019}
}
A model is described, in which electrical breakdown in high-voltage systems is caused by stochastic fluctuations of the mobile dislocation population in the cathode. In this model, the mobile dislocation density normally fluctuates, with a finite probability to undergo a critical transition due to the effects of the external field. It is suggested that once such a transition occurs, the mobile dislocation density will increase deterministically, leading to electrical breakdown. Model… 

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