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Magnetic Insulation For The Space Environment
Author(s): H. Krompholz; R. Korzekwa; M. Lehr; M. Kristiansen
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Paper Abstract

The influence of magnetic fields on dielectric surface breakdown voltages for space conditions (pressure in the range of 10-7 to 10-2 Torr, background plasma, and UV illumination) is investigated, both for DC and pulsed voltages as well as DC and pulsed magnetic fields, including conditions for magnetic self insulation. DC conditions are susceptible to corona-type discharges with major influences of magnetic fields on discharge paths and geometry. For pulsed volt-ages, insulation effects dependent on the polarity of the magnetic field (with respect to the electric field and the surface) are starting at field amplitudes of 0.2 T.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 April 1988
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0871, Space Structures, Power, and Power Conditioning, (6 April 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.943693
Show Author Affiliations
H. Krompholz, Texas Tech University (United States)
R. Korzekwa, Texas Tech University (United States)
M. Lehr, Texas Tech University (United States)
M. Kristiansen, Texas Tech University (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0871:
Space Structures, Power, and Power Conditioning
Raymond F. Askew, Editor(s)

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