11 January 2000 Leader development in laser-induced discharge under nonuniform dc electric field
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Proceedings Volume 3886, High-Power Lasers in Energy Engineering; (2000) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.375168
Event: Advanced High-Power Lasers and Applications, 1999, Osaka, Japan
Laboratory experiments are carried out to study the mechanism of laser-induced discharge under non-uniform DC electric field as a basic research for the laser-induced lightening. Flashover voltage is measured against the position of the laser plasma. The result indicate that the laser-induced discharge occurs as the leader is formed at the rod electrode and works as an extension of the electrode. Images of leader are taken by a streak camera. The velocity and direction of leader propagation are identified. The velocity of the leader propagation is of the order of 103-104 m/s. The discharge occurs within a time-scale longer by one order of magnitude than the time for the leader to travel the electrode gap. This time difference is explained as the time to heat the plasma channel by Joule heating to from the leader.
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Satoru Nagasawa, Satoru Nagasawa, Mengu Cho, Mengu Cho, Masayuki Hikita, Masayuki Hikita, Hiromasa Takeno, Hiromasa Takeno, } "Leader development in laser-induced discharge under nonuniform dc electric field", Proc. SPIE 3886, High-Power Lasers in Energy Engineering, (11 January 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.375168; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.375168

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