Surface flashover characteristics of polyethylene film under ns impulse voltage in vacuum

Jun Ping Tang, Ai Ci Qiu, Wei Qing Chen, Xiao Ping He, Shu Qing Ren, Jian Jun Huang, Hong Yu Li

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Surface flashover of insulators is widely applied in pulsed power technique. In the ion diode, polyethylene (PE) film is often used as anode foil, for it's abounding in hydrogen. As a flashover ion source, the formation of anode plasma influences the quantity and quality of ion beam seriously. A set of apparatus for studying flashover behavior of PE film in vacuum and it's measurement system were developed. The experiment results of three PE films with difference thickness under impulse voltage of about 100 kV, 40 ns were presented. For the 90 and 65μm PE films, if the maximal electric field be up to 150.5 kV/cm and 145.3 kV/cm respectively, flashover will occur. The luminescence phenomenon of film surface was also studied preliminarily.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1019-1022
Number of pages4
JournalQiangjiguang Yu Lizishu/High Power Laser and Particle Beams
Issue number76
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2003
Externally publishedYes


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