Characteristics of a laser triggered spark gap using air, Ar, CH4, H2, He, N2, SF6, and Xe

Kimura, W. D.; Kushner, M. J.; Seamans, J. F.
March 1988
Journal of Applied Physics;3/15/1988, Vol. 63 Issue 6, p1882
Academic Journal
Presents information on the results of a study which demonstrate that laser triggering at 248 nanometer of a high voltage spark gap switch is possible in a variety of gas mixtures. Experimental results; Interpretation of spark column interferograms; Model predictions; Conclusions.


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