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Apokamp discharge as a laboratory analogue of the transient luminous events of middle atmosphere
Author(s): Eduard A. Sosnin; Evgenii Kh. Baksht; Vladimir S. Kuznetsov; Victor A. Panarin; Dmitrii S. Pechenitsin; Victor S. Skakun; Victor F. Tarasenko
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Paper Abstract

The paper demonstrates the possibility of studying blue jets in laboratory apokamp discharges as a source of blue streamers that move upward from the discharge channel. Research data are presented on the formation of such streamers in low-pressure air at a voltage of tens of kilovolts, showing for the first time that they do arise at low (∼8 Hz) pulse repetition frequencies under pressures at which gigantic blue jets develop 10–20 km above the Earth. At a voltage of positive polarity with an amplitude of 33 kV, the streamer velocity in a pulsed apokamp discharge reaches 560 km/s. When applying microsecond voltage pulses of amplitude 15 kV with a repetition frequency of 50 kHz, the length of streamers ranges to more than 120 cm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 December 2019
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 11322, XIV International Conference on Pulsed Lasers and Laser Applications, 1132225 (11 December 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2541527
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Eduard A. Sosnin, Institute of High Current Electronics (Russian Federation)
National Research Tomsk State Univ. (Russian Federation)
Evgenii Kh. Baksht, Institute of High Current Electronics (Russian Federation)
Vladimir S. Kuznetsov, Institute of High Current Electronics (Russian Federation)
Victor A. Panarin, Institute of High Current Electronics (Russian Federation)
Dmitrii S. Pechenitsin, Institute of High Current Electronics (Russian Federation)
Victor S. Skakun, Institute of High Current Electronics (Russian Federation)
Victor F. Tarasenko, Institute of High Current Electronics (Russian Federation)
National Research Tomsk State Univ. (Russian Federation)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11322:
XIV International Conference on Pulsed Lasers and Laser Applications
Victor F. Tarasenko; Anton V. Klimkin; Maxim V. Trigub, Editor(s)

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