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Fundamental primary processes in gaseous discharges

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In recent years there has been considerable progress in our knowledge of the rates of the primary processes which occur in gaseous discharges. A brief review will be given of these developments. Although phenomena occurring at electrode surfaces are clearly of great importance in many discharges no mention of these will be made—an account of some of these surface effects is given in the paper by Hagstrum. We shall consider in more detail ionization and excitation by electron impact, diffusion and recombination. Processes involving negative ions and metastable atoms, transfer of excitation and ionization by positive ions and by neutral atoms will be dealt with only in summary fashion.

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Massey, H.S.W. Fundamental primary processes in gaseous discharges. Appl. Sci. Res. 5, 1–9 (1956). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02933252

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Keywords

  • Gaseous Discharge
  • Helium Atom
  • Ionization Cross Section
  • Metastable Atom
  • Dielectronic Recombination