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1 March 1991 Surface flashover of silicon
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Proceedings Volume 1378, Optically Activated Switching; (1991)
Event: Advances in Intelligent Robotics Systems, 1990, Boston, MA, United States
We present high-speed shutter and streak photographs synchronized with sample current measurements which show clearly that in surface flashover of silicon in a vacuum ambient the current flows primanly in the silicon not in the ambient. We present S. E. M. photographs which show that this current is filamentary. Results obtained from samples with diffused p and n contacts show that the contacts exert a strong influence over the flashover characteristics.
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Paul Frazer Williams, Frank E. Peterkin, Tim Ridolfi, L. L. Buresh, and B. J. Hankla "Surface flashover of silicon", Proc. SPIE 1378, Optically Activated Switching, (1 March 1991);

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