Effective ionization in air and oxygen gas discharges

Vladimir L. Bychkov, Anastasiya Yu Lomteva, Igor I. Esakov, Lev P. Grachev, Anatolii A. Kudryavtsev, Evgenii A. Bogdanov

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The present work is devoted to analysis of effective ionization process at early discharge stages in air and oxygen as the first necessary step before analysis of ionization in heated and moving air mixtures. It shows that there is no, so called, "threshold" of ionization in these gases at E/N ∼100·10-17 V·cm2 (30 kV/cm at atmospheric pressure), E-electric field strength, N- density of neutrals. Effective ionization is connected with the detachment processes of electrons from negative ions; it takes place at low E/N values, 40·10-17 < E/N <200·10-17 V·cm2. Obtained values of effective frequency for MW discharges in air are in reasonable agreement with some data of experiments. Effective ionization rate constants in air MW discharge are higher than those in the glow discharge. Introduction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006
Event44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting 2006 - Reno, NV
Duration: 9 Jan 200612 Jan 2006

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting


Conference44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting 2006
CountryUnited States
CityReno, NV

Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering

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