Luminescence from minerals excited by subnanosecond pulses of runaway electrons generated in an atmospheric-pressure high-voltage discharge in air

Leonid P. Babich, Kurt H. Becker, Tat'yana V. Loǐko

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Abstract

The duration of the luminescence from minerals excited by low-current subnanosecond pulses of runaway electrons generated in an atmospheric-pressure high-voltage discharge in air at high overvoltages was used to characterize specific minerals. Advantages of using an atmospheric-pressure air discharge as the electron source versus the use of evacuated acceleration tubes are discussed. The luminescence-duration measurement is a simpler approach as compared to other methods that are conventionally employed in the elemental analysis of minerals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2030577
Pages (from-to)2261-2264
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Volume37
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Atmospheric-pressure discharge
  • minerals
  • runaway electrons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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