Steady-state model of a refractory hot anode vacuum arc

I. I. Beilis*, R. L. Boxman, S. Goldsmith

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A plasma model was formulated for the hot refractory anode vacuum arc (HRAVA) taking into account the radial flux. A system of equations was derived for the heat flux from the plasma to the anode and for the anode heating. Using these equations, the calculation of plasma electron temperature, plasma density, anode drop potential and anode temperature was attempted. The calculated and measured anode temperature and plasma parameters were compared, and good agreement was achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-133
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 21 Jan 1999


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