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  1. Surface Breakdown Characteristics of Silicone Oil for Electric Power Apparatus

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    Wada, Junichi; Nakajima, Akitoshi; Miyahara, Hideyuki; Takuma, Tadasu; Okabe, Shigemitu; Kohtoh, Masanori; Yanabu, Satoru

    This paper describes the surface breakdown characteristics of the silicone oil which has the possibility of the application to innovative switchgear as an insulating medium. At the first step, we have experimentally studied on the impulse breakdown characteristics of the configuration with a triple-junction where a solid insulator is in contact with the electrode. The test configurations consist of solid material (Nomex and pressboard) and liquid insulation oil (silicone and mineral oil). We have discussed the experimental results based on the maximal electric field at a triple-junction. As the second step, we have studied the configuration which may improve the surface breakdown characteristics by lowering the electric field near the triple-junction.

  2. High Temperature Characteristic in Electrical Breakdown and Electrical Conduction of Epoxy/Boron-nitride Composite

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    Takenaka, Yutaka; Kurimoto, Muneaki; Murakami, Yoshinobu; Nagao, Masayuki

    The power module for the electrical vehicle needs electrical insulation material with high thermal conductivity. Recently, the epoxy insulating material filled with boron-nitride particles (epoxy/boron-nitride composite) is focused as an effective solution. However, the insulation performance of epoxy/boron-nitride composite was not investigated enough especially at the high temperature in which the power module was used, i.e. more than 100°C. In this paper, we investigated high temperature characteristics in electrical breakdown and conduction current of epoxy/boron-nitride composite. Breakdown test under the application of DC lamp voltage and impulse voltage clarified that the epoxy/boron-nitride composite had the constant breakdown strength even in the high temperature. Comparison of the epoxy/boron-nitride composite with previous material, which was epoxy/alumina composite, indicated that the breakdown voltage of the epoxy/boron-nitride composite in the high temperature was found to be higher than that of epoxy/alumina composite under the same thermal-transfer quantity among them. Furthermore, conduction current measurement of epoxy/boron-nitride composite in the high temperature suggested the possibility of the ionic conduction mechanism.

  3. Electrical Breakdown in Solids

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    Hjalmarson, Harold; Zutavern, Fred; Kambour, Kenneth; Moore, Chris; Mar, Alan

    During electron breakdown of a solid subjected to a large electric field, impact ionization causes growth of an electron-hole plasma. This growth process is opposed by Auger recombination of the electron-hole pairs. In our work, such breakdown is investigated by obtaining steady-state solutions to the Boltzmann equation. In these calculations, the carriers are heated by the electric field and cooled by phonon emission. Our results imply that breakdown may lead to high carrier-density current filaments. Conductive filaments have been observed in optically-triggered, high-power photoconductive semiconductor switch (PCSS) devices being developed at Sandia Labs. The relationship between the steady-state computed solutions to the observed filaments will be discussed in the presentation. This work was supported by the Laboratory Directed Research and Development program at Sandia National Laboratories. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  4. Influence of the hot filament on the electrical breakdown characteristics in the presence of Ar/N2

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    Borkhari, Arian Fateh; Yasserian, Kiomars

    2013-01-01

    The influence of a hot filament on the electrical breakdown characteristics is studied for different ratios of argon and nitrogen gases for a wide range of pressure. The vacuum tube consists of two parallel plane stainless steels used as cathode and anode accompanied with a tungsten filament located behind the cathode. Paschen's curves are obtained for different ratios of argon and nitrogen as a function of pressure for various electric currents of the hot filament. The first and second Townsend coefficients as well as the ionization efficiency and secondary ionization coefficient are obtained for different filament currents. In addition, the influences of the nitrogen partial pressure on the forgoing parameters are obtained. It is shown that, increase of the filament current causes the decrease of the electrical breakdown voltage which is more pronounced in low pressures. Furthermore, introducing the nitrogen gas leads to the increase of the breakdown voltage and decrease of the ionization efficiency as well as the first and second Townsend coefficients. Moreover, it is concluded that, in the middle range of pressure, the presence of the hot filament results to the electrical breakdown which reveals the linear features.

  5. Breakdown characteristics of an isolated conducting object in a uniform electric field

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    Grothaus, M. G.; Trost, T. F.

    1986-01-01

    A laboratory experiment was conducted to determine the physical processes involved in the electrical breakdown of a particular spark gap arrangement. The gap consists of an isolated conducting ellipsoid located midway between two large flat electrodes. Gradual increase of the applied electric field, E, in the gap produces corona on the ellipsoid tips followed by flashover in a leader-arc sequence. The leader phase consists of the abrupt formation of ionized channels which partially bridge the gap and then decay prior to the arc. Measurements of dE/dt and of current were made, and photographs were taken with an image converter. Experimental parameters are listed.

  6. Space Charge Modulated Electrical Breakdown.

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    Li, Shengtao; Zhu, Yuanwei; Min, Daomin; Chen, George

    2016-01-01

    Electrical breakdown is one of the most important physical phenomena in electrical and electronic engineering. Since the early 20(th) century, many theories and models of electrical breakdown have been proposed, but the origin of one key issue, that the explanation for dc breakdown strength being twice or higher than ac breakdown strength in insulating materials, remains unclear. Here, by employing a bipolar charge transport model, we investigate the space charge dynamics in both dc and ac breakdown processes. We demonstrate the differences in charge accumulations under both dc and ac stresses and estimate the breakdown strength, which is modulated by the electric field distortion induced by space charge. It is concluded that dc breakdown initializes in the bulk whereas ac breakdown initializes in the vicinity of the sample-electrode interface. Compared with dc breakdown, the lower breakdown strength under ac stress and the decreasing breakdown strength with an increase in applied frequency, are both attributed to the electric field distortion induced by space charges located in the vicinity of the electrodes. PMID:27599577

  7. Space Charge Modulated Electrical Breakdown

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    Li, Shengtao; Zhu, Yuanwei; Min, Daomin; Chen, George

    2016-01-01

    Electrical breakdown is one of the most important physical phenomena in electrical and electronic engineering. Since the early 20th century, many theories and models of electrical breakdown have been proposed, but the origin of one key issue, that the explanation for dc breakdown strength being twice or higher than ac breakdown strength in insulating materials, remains unclear. Here, by employing a bipolar charge transport model, we investigate the space charge dynamics in both dc and ac breakdown processes. We demonstrate the differences in charge accumulations under both dc and ac stresses and estimate the breakdown strength, which is modulated by the electric field distortion induced by space charge. It is concluded that dc breakdown initializes in the bulk whereas ac breakdown initializes in the vicinity of the sample-electrode interface. Compared with dc breakdown, the lower breakdown strength under ac stress and the decreasing breakdown strength with an increase in applied frequency, are both attributed to the electric field distortion induced by space charges located in the vicinity of the electrodes. PMID:27599577

  8. Laser-induced electric breakdown in solids

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    Bloembergen, N.

    1974-01-01

    A review is given of recent experimental results on laser-induced electric breakdown in transparent optical solid materials. A fundamental breakdown threshold exists characteristic for each material. The threshold is determined by the same physical process as dc breakdown, namely, avalanche ionization. The dependence of the threshold on laser pulse duration and frequency is consistent with this process. The implication of this breakdown mechanism for laser bulk and surface damage to optical components is discussed. It also determines physical properties of self-focused filaments.

  9. Electrical breakdown in tissue electroporation.

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    Guenther, Enric; Klein, Nina; Mikus, Paul; Stehling, Michael K; Rubinsky, Boris

    2015-11-27

    Electroporation, the permeabilization of the cell membrane by brief, high electric fields, has become an important technology in medicine for diverse application ranging from gene transfection to tissue ablation. There is ample anecdotal evidence that the clinical application of electroporation is often associated with loud sounds and extremely high currents that exceed the devices design limit after which the devices cease to function. The goal of this paper is to elucidate and quantify the biophysical and biochemical basis for this phenomenon. Using an experimental design that includes clinical data, a tissue phantom, sound, optical, ultrasound and MRI measurements, we show that the phenomenon is caused by electrical breakdown across ionized electrolysis produced gases near the electrodes. The breakdown occurs primarily near the cathode. Electrical breakdown during electroporation is a biophysical phenomenon of substantial importance to the outcome of clinical applications. It was ignored, until now. PMID:26482855

  10. Breakdown characteristics of xenon HID Lamps

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    Babaeva, Natalia; Sato, Ayumu; Brates, Nanu; Noro, Koji; Kushner, Mark

    2009-10-01

    The breakdown characteristics of mercury free xenon high intensity discharge (HID) lamps exhibit a large statistical time lag often having a large scatter in breakdown voltages. In this paper, we report on results from a computational investigation of the processes which determine the ignition voltages for positive and negative pulses in commercial HID lamps having fill pressures of up to 20 atm. Steep voltage rise results in higher avalanche electron densities and earlier breakdown times. Circuit characteristics also play a role. Large ballast resistors may limit current to the degree that breakdown is quenched. The breakdown voltage critically depends on cathode charge injection by electric field emission (or other mechanisms) which in large part controls the statistical time lag for breakdown. For symmetric lamps, ionization waves (IWs) simultaneously develop from the bottom and top electrodes. Breakdown typically occurs when the top and bottom IWs converge. Condensed salt layers having small conductivities on the inner walls of HID lamps and on the electrodes can influence the ignition behavior. With these layers, IWs tend to propagate along the inner wall and exhibit a different structure depending on the polarity.

  11. Influence of Si/SiO 2 interface properties on electrical performance and breakdown characteristics of ultrathin stacked oxide/nitride dielectric films

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    Lee, Yi-Mu; Wu, Yider

    2008-05-01

    In this work, the influence of Si/SiO 2 interface properties, interface nitridation and remote-plasma-assisted oxidation (RPAO) thickness (<1 nm), on electrical performance and TDDB characteristics of sub-2 nm stacked oxide/nitride gate dielectrics has been investigated using a constant voltage stress (CVS). It is demonstrated that interfacial plasma nitridation improves the breakdown and electrical characteristics. In the case of PMOSFETs stressed in accumulation, interface nitridation suppresses the hole traps at the Si/SiO 2 interface evidenced by less negative Vt shifts. Interface nitridation also retards hole tunneling between the gate and drain, resulting in reduced off-state drain leakage. In addition, the RPAO thickness of stacked gate dielectrics shows a profound effect in device performance and TDDB reliability. Also, it is demonstrated that TDDB characteristics are improved for both PMOS and NMOS devices with the 0.6 nm-RPAO layer using Weibull analysis. The maximum operating voltage is projected to be improved by 0.3 V difference for a 10-year lifetime. However, physical breakdown mechanism and effective defect radius during stress appear to be independent of RPAO thickness from the observation of the Weibull slopes. A correlation between trap generation and dielectric thickness changes based on the C- V distortion and oxide thinning model is presented to clarify the trapping behavior in the RPAO and bulk nitride layer during CVS stress.

  12. On the electric breakdown in liquid argon at centimeter scale

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    Auger, M.; Blatter, A.; Ereditato, A.; Goeldi, D.; Janos, S.; Kreslo, I.; Luethi, M.; von Rohr, C. Rudolf; Strauss, T.; Weber, M. S.

    2016-03-01

    We present a study on the dependence of electric breakdown discharge properties on electrode geometry and the breakdown field in liquid argon near its boiling point. The measurements were performed with a spherical cathode and a planar anode at distances ranging from 0.1 mm to 10.0 mm. A detailed study of the time evolution of the breakdown volt-ampere characteristics was performed for the first time. It revealed a slow streamer development phase in the discharge. The results of a spectroscopic study of the visible light emission of the breakdowns complement the measurements. The light emission from the initial phase of the discharge is attributed to electro-luminescence of liquid argon following a current of drifting electrons. These results contribute to set benchmarks for breakdown-safe design of ionization detectors, such as Liquid Argon Time Projection Chambers (LAr TPC).

  13. Breakdown Characteristics of Gas Insulated Switchgears for Non-standard Lightning Impulse Waveforms under Non-uniform Electric Field

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    Ueta, Genyo; Kaneko, Shuhei; Okabe, Shigemitsu

    To improve insulation specification of a gas insulated switchgear (GIS), it is necessary to recognize the insulation characteristics of SF6 gas under actual surge (called non-standard lightning impulse waveform) occurring in the field substation. The authors had observed the insulation characteristics of SF6 gas gap under various types of non-standard lightning impulse waveforms and compared them with under standard lightning impulse waveform quantitatively. From the investigation of the experimental results, the evaluation method for real surges is shown and the method is applied to typical surges for various UHV and 500kV systems. In the proceeding study, therefore, only for the quasi-uniform electric field (with a typical range of the field utilization factors in the bus of a GIS) was investigated. In this paper, the insulation characteristics of SF6 gas gap for non-uniform electric field were observed experimentally and investigated about the evaluation method of converting non-standard lightning impulse waveforms equivalently to the standard lightning impulse waveform.

  14. Pulsed electric breakdown in adipose tissue

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    Kolb, Juergen F.; Scully, Noah; Paithankar, Dilip

    2011-08-01

    High voltage pulses of sub-microsecond duration can instigate electrical breakdown in adipose tissue, which is followed by a spark discharge. Breakdown voltages are generally lower than observed for purified lipids but higher than for air. Development of breakdown for the repetitive application of pulses resembles a gradual and stochastic process as reported for partial discharges in solid dielectrics. The inflicted tissue damage itself is confined to the gap between electrodes, providing a method to use spark discharges as a precise surgical technique.

  15. Anticipating electrical breakdown in dielectric elastomer actuators

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    Muffoletto, Daniel P.; Burke, Kevin M.; Zirnheld, Jennifer L.

    2013-04-01

    The output strain of a dielectric elastomer actuator is directly proportional to the square of its applied electric field. However, since the likelihood of electric breakdown is elevated with an increased applied field, the maximum operating electric field of the dielectric elastomer is significantly derated in systems employing these actuators so that failure due to breakdown remains unlikely even as the material ages. In an effort to ascertain the dielectric strength so that stronger electric fields can be applied, partial discharge testing is used to assess the health of the actuator by detecting the charge that is released when localized instances of breakdown partially bridge the insulator. Pre-stretched and unstretched samples of VHB4910 tape were submerged in dielectric oil to remove external sources of partial discharges during testing, and the partial discharge patterns were recorded just before failure of the dielectric sample.

  16. Electrical breakdown gas detector featuring carbon nanotube array electrodes.

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    Kim, Seongyul; Pal, Sunil; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Borca-Tasciuc, Theodorian; Koratkar, Nikhil

    2008-01-01

    We demonstrate here detection of dichloro-difluoro-methane and oxygen in mixtures with helium using a carbon nanotube electrical breakdown sensor device. The sensor is comprised of an aligned array of multiwalled carbon nanotubes deposited on a nickel based super-alloy (Inconel 600) as the anode; the counter electrode is a planar nickel sheet. By monitoring the electrical breakdown characteristics of oxygen and dichloro-difluoro-methane in a background of helium, we find that the detection limit for dichloro-difluoro-methane is approximately 0.1% and the corresponding limit for oxygen is approximately 1%. A phenomenologigal model is proposed to describe the trends observed in detection of the two mixtures. These results indicate that carbon nanotube based electrical breakdown sensors show potential as end detectors in gas-chromatography devices. PMID:18468093

  17. Planned waveguide electric field breakdown studies

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    Wang Faya; Li Zenghai

    2012-12-21

    This paper presents an experimental setup for X-band rf breakdown studies. The setup is composed of a section of WR90 waveguide with a tapered pin located at the middle of the waveguide E-plane. Another pin is used to rf match the waveguide so it operates in a travelling wave mode. By adjusting the penetration depth of the tapered pin, different surface electric field enhancements can be obtained. The setup will be used to study the rf breakdown rate dependence on power flow in the waveguide for a constant maximum surface electric field on the pin. Two groups of pins have been designed. The Q of one group is different and very low. The other has a similar Q. With the test of the two groups of pins, we should be able to discern how the net power flow and Q affect the breakdown. Furthermore, we will apply an electron beam treatment to the pins to study its effect on breakdown. Overall, these experiments should be very helpful in understanding rf breakdown phenomena and could significantly benefit the design of high gradient accelerator structures.

  18. Electrical breakdown of transformer oil with sulfur hexafluoride and air bubbles

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    Gadzhiev, M. Kh.; Isakaev, E. Kh.; Tyuftyaev, A. S.; Akimov, P. L.; Yusupov, D. I.; Kulikov, Yu. M.; Panov, V. A.

    2015-07-01

    The influence of gas bubbles on the breakdown voltage of transformer oil is experimentally studied. The influence of the oil flow on the electrical characteristics of breakdown is analyzed. It is shown that sulfur hexafluoride and air bubbles decrease the breakdown voltage.

  19. Electrical breakdown studies with Mycalex insulators

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    Waldron, W.; Greenway, W.; Eylon, S.; Henestroza, E.; Yu, S.

    2003-05-01

    Insulating materials such as alumina and glass-bonded mica (Mycalex) are used in accelerator systems for high voltage feedthroughs, structural supports, and barriers between high voltage insulating oil and the vacuum beam pipe in induction accelerator cells. Electric fields in the triple points should be minimized to prevent voltage breakdown. Mechanical stress can compromise seals and result in oil contamination of the insulator surface. We have tested various insulator cleaning procedures including ultrasonic cleaning with a variety of aqueous-based detergents, and manual scrubbing with various detergents. Water sheeting tests were used to determine the initial results of the cleaning methods. Ultimately, voltage breakdown tests will be used to quantify the benefits of these cleaning procedures.

  20. Electric breakdown effect in the current-voltage characteristics of amorphous indium oxide thin films near the superconductor-insulator transition

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    Cohen, O.; Ovadia, M.; Shahar, D.

    2011-09-01

    Current-voltage characteristics in the insulator bordering superconductivity in disordered thin films exhibit current jumps of several orders of magnitude due to the development of a thermally bistable electronic state at very low temperatures. In this high-resolution study we find that the jumps can be composed of many (up to 100) smaller jumps that appear to be random. This indicates that inhomogeneity develops near the transition to the insulator and that the current breakdown proceed via percolative paths spanning from one electrode to the other.

  1. Electric field-free gas breakdown in explosively driven generators

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    Shkuratov, Sergey I.; Baird, Jason; Talantsev, Evgueni F.; Altgilbers, Larry L.

    2010-07-15

    All known types of gas discharges require an electric field to initiate them. We are reporting on a unique type of gas breakdown in explosively driven generators that does not require an electric field.

  2. Electric field breakdown in single molecule junctions.

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    Li, Haixing; Su, Timothy A; Zhang, Vivian; Steigerwald, Michael L; Nuckolls, Colin; Venkataraman, Latha

    2015-04-22

    Here we study the stability and rupture of molecular junctions under high voltage bias at the single molecule/single bond level using the scanning tunneling microscope-based break-junction technique. We synthesize carbon-, silicon-, and germanium-based molecular wires terminated by aurophilic linker groups and study how the molecular backbone and linker group affect the probability of voltage-induced junction rupture. First, we find that junctions formed with covalent S-Au bonds are robust under high voltage and their rupture does not demonstrate bias dependence within our bias range. In contrast, junctions formed through donor-acceptor bonds rupture more frequently, and their rupture probability demonstrates a strong bias dependence. Moreover, we find that the junction rupture probability increases significantly above ∼1 V in junctions formed from methylthiol-terminated disilanes and digermanes, indicating a voltage-induced rupture of individual Si-Si and Ge-Ge bonds. Finally, we compare the rupture probabilities of the thiol-terminated silane derivatives containing Si-Si, Si-C, and Si-O bonds and find that Si-C backbones have higher probabilities of sustaining the highest voltage. These results establish a new method for studying electric field breakdown phenomena at the single molecule level. PMID:25675085

  3. Electrical breakdown of carbon nanotube devices and the predictability of breakdown position

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    Goswami, Gopal Krishna; Nanda, Karuna Kar

    2012-06-01

    We have investigated electrical transport properties of long (>10 μm) multiwalled carbon nanotubes (NTs) by dividing individuals into several segments of identical length. Each segment has different resistance because of the random distribution of defect density in an NT and is corroborated by Raman studies. Higher is the resistance, lower is the current required to break the segments indicating that breakdown occurs at the highly resistive segment/site and not necessarily at the middle. This is consistent with the one-dimensional thermal transport model. We have demonstrated the healing of defects by annealing at moderate temperatures or by current annealing. To strengthen our mechanism, we have carried out electrical breakdown of nitrogen doped NTs (NNTs) with diameter variation from one end to the other. It reveals that the electrical breakdown occurs selectively at the narrower diameter region. Overall, we believe that our results will help to predict the breakdown position of both semiconducting and metallic NTs.

  4. Experimental Study on Electrical Breakdown for Devices with Micrometer Gaps

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    Meng, Guodong; Cheng, Yonghong; Dong, Chengye; Wu, Kai

    2014-12-01

    The understanding of electrical breakdown in atmospheric air across micrometer gaps is critically important for the insulation design of micro & nano electronic devices. In this paper, planar aluminum electrodes with gaps ranging from 2 μm to 40 μm were fabricated by microelectromechanical system technology. The influence factors including gap width and surface dielectric states were experimentally investigated using the home-built test and measurement system. Results showed that for SiO2 layers the current sustained at 2-3 nA during most of the pre-breakdown period, and then rose rapidly to 10-30 nA just before breakdown due to field electron emission, followed by the breakdown. The breakdown voltage curves demonstrated three stages: (1) a constantly decreasing region (the gap width d < 5 μm), where the field emission effect played an important role just near breakdown, supplying enough initial electrons for the breakdown process; (2) a plateau region with a near constant breakdown potential (5 μm < d < 10 μm) (3) a region for large gaps that adhered to Paschen's curve (d > 10 μm). And the surface dielectric states including the surface resistivity and secondary electron yield were verified to be related to the propagation of discharge due to the interaction between initial electrons and dielectrics.

  5. Electrical breakdown of soil under nonlinear pulsed current spreading

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    Vasilyak, L. M.; Pecherkin, V. Ya; Vetchinin, S. P.; Panov, V. A.; Son, E. E.; Efimov, B. V.; Danilin, A. N.; Kolobov, V. V.; Selivanov, V. N.; Ivonin, V. V.

    2015-07-01

    Laboratory investigations on pulsed current spreading from spherical electrodes and evolution of electrical breakdown of silica sand with different water contents under a 15-20 kV voltage pulse were carried out. A sharp nonlinear decrease in the pulsed resistance of soil was observed when the current density exceeded a certain threshold value. Then ionization-overheating instability develops and leads to current contraction and plasma channel formation in the soil. The method for determination of the threshold electric field for ionization is proposed. Electrical discharge in wet sand was found to develop with a significant delay time for long discharge gaps similar to thermal breakdown.

  6. Runaway breakdown and electrical discharges in thunderstorms

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    Milikh, Gennady; Roussel-Dupré, Robert

    2010-12-01

    This review considers the precise role played by runaway breakdown (RB) in the initiation and development of lightning discharges. RB remains a fundamental research topic under intense investigation. The question of how lightning is initiated and subsequently evolves in the thunderstorm environment rests in part on a fundamental understanding of RB and cosmic rays and the potential coupling to thermal runaway (as a seed to RB) and conventional breakdown (as a source of thermal runaways). In this paper, we describe the basic mechanism of RB and the conditions required to initiate an observable avalanche. Feedback processes that fundamentally enhance RB are discussed, as are both conventional breakdown and thermal runaway. Observations that provide clear evidence for the presence of energetic particles in thunderstorms/lightning include γ-ray and X-ray flux intensifications over thunderstorms, γ-ray and X-ray bursts in conjunction with stepped leaders, terrestrial γ-ray flashes, and neutron production by lightning. Intense radio impulses termed narrow bipolar pulses (or NBPs) provide indirect evidence for RB particularly when measured in association with cosmic ray showers. Our present understanding of these phenomena and their enduring enigmatic character are touched upon briefly.

  7. Electric properties and carrier multiplication in breakdown sites in multi-crystalline silicon solar cells

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    Schneemann, Matthias; Carius, Reinhard; Rau, Uwe; Kirchartz, Thomas

    2015-05-28

    This paper studies the effective electrical size and carrier multiplication of breakdown sites in multi-crystalline silicon solar cells. The local series resistance limits the current of each breakdown site and is thereby linearizing the current-voltage characteristic. This fact allows the estimation of the effective electrical diameters to be as low as 100 nm. Using a laser beam induced current (LBIC) measurement with a high spatial resolution, we find carrier multiplication factors on the order of 30 (Zener-type breakdown) and 100 (avalanche breakdown) as new lower limits. Hence, we prove that also the so-called Zener-type breakdown is followed by avalanche multiplication. We explain that previous measurements of the carrier multiplication using thermography yield results higher than unity, only if the spatial defect density is high enough, and the illumination intensity is lower than what was used for the LBIC method. The individual series resistances of the breakdown sites limit the current through these breakdown sites. Therefore, the measured multiplication factors depend on the applied voltage as well as on the injected photocurrent. Both dependencies are successfully simulated using a series-resistance-limited diode model.

  8. Breakdown characteristics and conditioning of carbon and refractory metal electrodes

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    Goebel, Dan M.

    2004-01-01

    High voltage carbon and refractory metal electrodes employed in devices used in space, such as ion thrusters and traveling wave tubes, can be easily damaged by electrical breakdown and arcing events. Modification of the electrode surfaces due to these events can impact the voltage hold off capability of the surfaces, which could lead to additional arcing, further damage, and the potential for device failure. On the cathode-potential surface, the arc energy is deposited by all of the processes at the surface ultimately responsible for net electron emission, such as melting, vapor and particulate formation, sputtering, ion bombardment, etc. On the anode-potential surface, the energy is deposited from the plasma or electron stream that crosses the gap, which causes surface damage by local heating. In spite of this energy dependence on the damage, many systems that use arc discharges characterize the amount of material removed from the surfaces and the lifetime of the device for voltage hold-off by the amount of current that passes through the arc, or the 'Coulomb-rating'. The results of a series of tests that were preformed on the boltage hold off capability and damage to carbon-carbon composite surfaces and molybdenum surfaces due to induced arcing will be presented and discussed. Damage to the surfaces was characterized by the field emission performance after the arc initiation and SEM photographs for the different energy and coulomb-transfer arc conditions. Both conditioning and damage to the surfaces were observed, and will be related to the characteristics of the electrical breakdown.

  9. The electrical breakdown of thin dielectric elastomers: thermal effects

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    Zakaria, Shamsul; Morshuis, Peter H. F.; Benslimane, Mohamed Y.; Gernaey, Krist V.; Skov, Anne L.

    2014-03-01

    Dielectric elastomers are being developed for use in actuators, sensors and generators to be used in various applications, such as artificial eye lids, pressure sensors and human motion energy generators. In order to obtain maximum efficiency, the devices are operated at high electrical fields. This increases the likelihood for electrical breakdown significantly. Hence, for many applications the performance of the dielectric elastomers is limited by this risk of failure, which is triggered by several factors. Amongst others thermal effects may strongly influence the electrical breakdown strength. In this study, we model the electrothermal breakdown in thin PDMS based dielectric elastomers in order to evaluate the thermal mechanisms behind the electrical failures. The objective is to predict the operation range of PDMS based dielectric elastomers with respect to the temperature at given electric field. We performed numerical analysis with a quasi-steady state approximation to predict thermal runaway of dielectric elastomer films. We also studied experimentally the effect of temperature on dielectric properties of different PDMS dielectric elastomers. Different films with different percentages of silica and permittivity enhancing filler were selected for the measurements. From the modeling based on the fitting of experimental data, it is found that the electrothermal breakdown of the materials is strongly influenced by the increase in both dielectric permittivity and conductivity.

  10. Reducing bubbles in glass coatings improves electrical breakdown strength

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    Banks, B.

    1968-01-01

    Helium reduces bubbles in glass coatings of accelerator grids for ion thrustors. Fusing the coating in a helium atmosphere creates helium bubbles in the glass. In an argon atmosphere, entrapped helium diffuses out of the glass and the bubbles collapse. The resultant coating has a substantially enhanced electrical breakdown strength.

  11. Ionizing gas breakdown waves in strong electric fields.

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    Klingbeil, R.; Tidman, D. A.; Fernsler, R. F.

    1972-01-01

    A previous analysis by Albright and Tidman (1972) of the structure of an ionizing potential wave driven through a dense gas by a strong electric field is extended to include atomic structure details of the background atoms and radiative effects, especially, photoionization. It is found that photoionization plays an important role in avalanche propagation. Velocities, electron densities, and temperatures are presented as a function of electric field for both negative and positive breakdown waves in nitrogen.

  12. Breakdown Characteristics Study on an 18 Cell X-band Structure

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    Wang Faya

    2009-01-22

    A CLIC designed 18 cells, low group velocity (2.4% to 1.0% c), X-band (11.4 GHz) accelerator structure (denoted T18) was designed at CERN, its cells were built at KEK, and it was assembled and tested at SLAC. An interesting feature of this structure is that the gradient in the last cell is about 50% higher than that in the first cell. This structure has been RF conditioned at SLAC NLCTA for about 1400 hours where it incurred about 2200 breakdowns. This paper presents the characteristics of these breakdowns, including 1) the breakdown rate dependence on gradient, pulse width and conditioning time, 2) the breakdown distribution along the structure, 3) relation between breakdown and pulsed heating dependence study and 4) electric field decay time for breakdown changing over the whole conditioning time. Overall, this structure performed very well, having a final breakdown rate of less than 1e-6/pulse/m at 106 MV/m with 230 ns pulse width.

  13. Breakdown Characteristics Study on an 18 Cell X-band Structure

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    Wang, Faya

    2008-11-12

    A CLIC designed 18 cells, low group velocity (2.4% to 1.0% c), X-band (11.4 GHz) accelerator structure (denoted T18) was designed at CERN, its cells were built at KEK, and it was assembled and tested at SLAC. An interesting feature of this structure is that the gradient in the last cell is about 50% higher than that in the first cell. This structure has been RF conditioned at SLAC NLCTA for about 1400 hours where it incurred about 2200 breakdowns. This paper presents the characteristics of these breakdowns, including (1) the breakdown rate dependence on gradient, pulse width and conditioning time, (2) the breakdown distribution along the structure, (3) relation between breakdown and pulsed heating dependence study and (4) electric field decay time for breakdown changing over the whole conditioning time. Overall, this structure performed very well, having a final breakdown rate of less than 1e-6/pulse/m at 106 MV/m with 230 ns pulse width.

  14. Resistance of a pulsed electrical breakdown channel in ionic crystals

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    Punanov, I. F.; Emlin, R. V.; Kulikov, V. D.; Cholakh, S. O.

    2014-04-01

    A technique for estimating the resistance of the electrical breakdown channel in ionic crystals is proposed. This technique is based on measuring the channel velocity in a sample when a ballast resistor is connected to the circuit of a needle anode and on using the theoretical dependence of the channel velocity on the channel conductivity. The breakdown channel resistance at a voltage of 140 kV is about 6.5 kΩ in KCl and about 6.1 kΩ in KBr. These resistances are shown to characterize a gas phase. The gas-phase resistance is found to be nonuniform along the breakdown channel. The head part ˜1 mm long has the maximum resistance. This head region is concluded to contain dielectric substance clusters, which then decompose into metal and halogen ions. The cluster lifetime is ˜10-9 s.

  15. Ion manipulation device with electrical breakdown protection

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    Chen, Tsung-Chi; Tang, Keqi; Ibrahim, Yehia M; Smith, Richard D; Anderson, Gordon A; Baker, Erin M

    2014-12-02

    An ion manipulation method and device is disclosed. The device includes a pair of substantially parallel surfaces. An array of inner electrodes is contained within, and extends substantially along the length of, each parallel surface. The device includes a first outer array of electrodes and a second outer array of electrodes. Each outer array of electrodes is positioned on either side of the inner electrodes, and is contained within and extends substantially along the length of each parallel surface. A DC voltage is applied to the first and second outer array of electrodes. A RF voltage, with a superimposed electric field, is applied to the inner electrodes by applying the DC voltages to each electrode. Ions either move between the parallel surfaces within an ion confinement area or along paths in the direction of the electric field, or can be trapped in the ion confinement area. The surfaces are housed in a chamber, and at least one electrically insulative shield is coupled to an inner surface of the chamber for increasing a mean-free-path between two adjacent electrodes in the chamber.

  16. Comparison between measured and simulated breakdown characteristics in micro discharges in argon

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    Petrovic, Zoran; Radmilovic-Radjenovic, Marija; Maguire, Paul; Mahony, Charles; Skoro, Nikola; Maric, Dragana

    2007-10-01

    Devices with micron and sub-micron gaps can face a serious challenge due to electrical breakdown during manufacturing, handling and operation. Therefore, it is necessary to be aware of the breakdown voltage for different gaps. Gas breakdown and Volt-Ampere characteristics are studied in an atmospheric pressure argon discharges. Experimental results are compared with the results obtained by using PIC/MCC code in order to establish whether the standard micro discharges operate in Townsend regime or in Glow Regime. The code is adjusted to include field emission effect in microgaps. It is applied manly for the breakdown stage but may also follow the formation of the space charge. The measurements of Volt-Ampere and breakdown characteristics of micro discharges were performed down to 20,μm gaps at pressures up to 400,orr. Paschen curves reveal that very tight geometry is required to avoid long path breakdown at the left hand side of the Paschen curve. It is critical to measure width of the discharge to test the scaling and regime of operation of micro discharges.

  17. Field emission driven direct current argon discharges and electrical breakdown mechanism across micron scale gaps

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    Matejčik, Štefan; Radjenović, Branislav; Klas, Matej; Radmilović-Radjenović, Marija

    2015-11-01

    In this paper results of the experimental and theoretical studies of the field emission driven direct current argon microdischarges for the gaps between 1 μm and 100 μm are presented and discussed. The breakdown voltage curves and Volt-Ampere characteristics proved to be a fertile basis providing better understanding of the breakdown phenomena in microgaps. Based on the measured breakdown voltage curves, the effective yields have been estimated confirming that the secondary electron emission due to high electric field generated in microgaps depends primarily on the electric field leading directly to the violation of the Paschen's law. Experimental data are supported by the theoretical predictions that suggest departure from the scaling law and a flattening of the Paschen curves at higher pressures confirming that Townsend phenomenology breaks down when field emission becomes the key mechanism leading to the breakdown. Field emission of electrons from the cathode, the space charge effects in the breakdown and distinction between the Fowler-Nordheim field emission and the space charge limited current density are also analyzed. Images and Volt-Ampere characteristics recorded at the electrode gap size of 20 μm indicate the existence of a discharge region similar to arc at the pressure of around 200 Torr has been observed. Contribution to the Topical Issue "Recent Breakthroughs in Microplasma Science and Technology", edited by Kurt Becker, Jose Lopez, David Staack, Klaus-Dieter Weltmann and Wei Dong Zhu.

  18. Experimental bench modeling of a plasma environment and solar batteries influence on ISS surface electric breakdowns

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    Homin, Taras; Tverdokhlebova, Ekaterina; Korsun, Anatolii; Borisov, Broris; Garkusha, Valerii; Rusakov, Anatolii; Sizov, Aleksandr; Jurchenko, Nikolai

    Most of the surface of all International Space Station segments are coated with thin dielectric films. The cathode potential drop collects a surface charge on the coatings. The coated parts of the ISS frame are electric capacities that accumulate high charge and energy. These surfaces is plasma capacitors. The plasma capacitors breakdowns generate powerful impulsive discharges that is a threat to space-suit and ISS systems. It is necessary to know all breakdown characteristics to forecast the disturbance and damaging effects on space-suit and ISS systems. We examine their characteristics in bench experiments. The spectrum of the electromagnetic emission arising at a plasma capacitor breakdown is determined. There are peaks of the high-frequency oscillations in spectrum caused by interactions of an electron beam and plasma. Low-frequency oscillations are generated by oscillations in the virtual contour consisting of plasma capacities and inductances.

  19. Fast Diagnostic For Electrical Breakdowns In Vacuum

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    Houck, T L; Javedani, J B; Lahowe, D A

    2008-03-25

    The design of an inexpensive, small, high bandwidth diagnostic for the study of vacuum insulator flashover is described. The diagnostic is based on the principle of capacitive coupling and is commonly referred to as a D-dot probe due to its sensitivity to the changing of the electric displacement field. The principle challenge for the design proved to be meeting the required mechanical size for the application rather than bandwidth. An array of these probes was fabricated and used in an insulator test stand. Data from the test stand with detailed analysis is presented. A highlight of the application of the probes to the test stand was the ability to detect the charging of the insulator surface by UV illumination as a prelude to the insulator flashover. The abrupt change in the insulator's surface charge during the flashover was also detected.

  20. Space Charge Formation and Electrical Breakdown at High Temperature Region in PVC for Electrical Wiring Assembly

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    Miura, Masakazu; Fukuma, Masumi; Kishida, Satoru

    The Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the most popular insulating material, is used as an insulating material of various electric products. When using an electrical wiring assembly code over the power capacity, PVC could melt by the joule heating and cause an electrical breakdown. Therefore, it is necessary to clarify the electrical breakdown phenomena near the melting point (170°C) in PVC. In this paper, space charge distribution and conduction current have been measured in PVC sheets up to the electrical breakdown in the range from room temperature to 200°C under DC electric field. The breakdown strength decreases with temperature in PVC. Small hetero-space charges are accumulated near both of the electrodes at room temperature region. At high temperature region above 100°C, it is observed that positive charges are injected from anode and move toward the cathode; the electric field is emphasized near the cathode due to the packet-like positive charge in PVC. It shows a thermal breakdown process of the electric fields due to positive charge behavior and conduction current increase with temperature near the melting point in PVC.

  1. Mass spectra of neutral particles released during electrical breakdown of thin polymer films

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    Kendall, B. R. F.

    1985-01-01

    A special type of time-of-flight mass spectrometer triggered from the breakdown event was developed to study the composition of the neutral particle flux released during the electrical breakdown of polymer films problem. Charge is fed onto a metal-backed polymer surface by a movable smooth platinum contact. A slowly increasing potential from a high-impedance source is applied to the contact until breakdown occurs. The breakdown characteristics is made similar to those produced by an electron beam charging system operating at similar potentials. The apparatus showed that intense instantaneous fluxes of neutral particles are released from the sites of breakdown events. For Teflon FEP films of 50 and 75 microns thickness the material released consists almost entirely of fluorocarbon fragments, some of them having masses greater than 350 atomic mass units amu, while the material released from a 50 micron Kapton film consists mainly of light hydrocarbons with masses at or below 44 amu, with additional carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. The apparatus is modified to allow electron beam charging of the samples.

  2. Breakdown Characteristics of SF6 Gas under Non-Standard Lightning Impulse Voltage

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    Yuasa, Sadayuki; Okabe, Shigemitsu

    Evaluation of lightning surge waveforms that actually enter into substations is important to rationalization of the test voltage of electric power equipment. The standard lightning impulse voltage (1.2/50μs) is used for factory tests. However, the actual lightning surge waveforms in substations are different from the standard lightning impulse voltage because they are complex and are usually superimposed with various oscillations. Insulation characteristics of SF6 gas under such complex voltages have not been sufficiently clarified. This paper deals with gap and spacer surface breakdown characteristics in SF6 gas under sub-microsecond single pulses. The minimum breakdown voltages (Vmin) under experimental waveforms are higher than Vmin under the standard lightning impulse voltage. The evaluation method, which deals duration applied over 80% of peak voltage, can also estimate the insulation characteristics under single pulses with various conditions as well as oscillations.

  3. Electrical breakdown of a bubble in a water-filled capillary

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    Bruggeman, P.J.; Leys, C.A.; Vierendeels, J. A.

    2006-06-01

    In this Communication, the electrical breakdown of a static bubble in a water-filled capillary generated in a dc electrical field is studied. We present experimental results which indicate that the liquid layer between capillary and bubble wall can have an important influence on the breakdown mechanism of the bubble. The breakdown electrical field (atmospheric pressure) without a liquid layer in a (vapor) bubble is 18 kV/cm. When a liquid layer is present, the electrical breakdown of an air bubble is observed at electrical fields typically two times smaller. Local plasma formation is observed in this case possibly due to bubble deformation.

  4. Controllable electrical and physical breakdown of poly-crystalline silicon nanowires by thermally assisted electromigration

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    Park, Jun-Young; Moon, Dong-Il; Seol, Myeong-Lok; Jeon, Chang-Hoon; Jeon, Gwang-Jae; Han, Jin-Woo; Kim, Choong-Ki; Park, Sang-Jae; Lee, Hee Chul; Choi, Yang-Kyu

    2016-01-01

    The importance of poly-crystalline silicon (poly-Si) in semiconductor manufacturing is rapidly increasing due to its highly controllable conductivity and excellent, uniform deposition quality. With the continuing miniaturization of electronic components, low dimensional structures such as 1-dimensional nanowires (NWs) have attracted a great deal of attention. But such components have a much higher current density than 2- or 3- dimensional films, and high current can degrade device lifetime and lead to breakdown problems. Here, we report on the electrical and thermal characteristics of poly-Si NWs, which can also be used to control electrical and physical breakdown under high current density. This work reports a controllable catastrophic change of poly-Si NWs by thermally-assisted electromigration and underlying mechanisms. It also reports the direct and real time observation of these catastrophic changes of poly-Si nanowires for the first time, using scanning electron microscopy.

  5. Controllable electrical and physical breakdown of poly-crystalline silicon nanowires by thermally assisted electromigration

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    Park, Jun-Young; Moon, Dong-Il; Seol, Myeong-Lok; Jeon, Chang-Hoon; Jeon, Gwang-Jae; Han, Jin-Woo; Kim, Choong-Ki; Park, Sang-Jae; Lee, Hee Chul; Choi, Yang-Kyu

    2016-01-01

    The importance of poly-crystalline silicon (poly-Si) in semiconductor manufacturing is rapidly increasing due to its highly controllable conductivity and excellent, uniform deposition quality. With the continuing miniaturization of electronic components, low dimensional structures such as 1-dimensional nanowires (NWs) have attracted a great deal of attention. But such components have a much higher current density than 2- or 3- dimensional films, and high current can degrade device lifetime and lead to breakdown problems. Here, we report on the electrical and thermal characteristics of poly-Si NWs, which can also be used to control electrical and physical breakdown under high current density. This work reports a controllable catastrophic change of poly-Si NWs by thermally-assisted electromigration and underlying mechanisms. It also reports the direct and real time observation of these catastrophic changes of poly-Si nanowires for the first time, using scanning electron microscopy. PMID:26782708

  6. Controllable electrical and physical breakdown of poly-crystalline silicon nanowires by thermally assisted electromigration.

    PubMed

    Park, Jun-Young; Moon, Dong-Il; Seol, Myeong-Lok; Jeon, Chang-Hoon; Jeon, Gwang-Jae; Han, Jin-Woo; Kim, Choong-Ki; Park, Sang-Jae; Lee, Hee Chul; Choi, Yang-Kyu

    2016-01-01

    The importance of poly-crystalline silicon (poly-Si) in semiconductor manufacturing is rapidly increasing due to its highly controllable conductivity and excellent, uniform deposition quality. With the continuing miniaturization of electronic components, low dimensional structures such as 1-dimensional nanowires (NWs) have attracted a great deal of attention. But such components have a much higher current density than 2- or 3-dimensional films, and high current can degrade device lifetime and lead to breakdown problems. Here, we report on the electrical and thermal characteristics of poly-Si NWs, which can also be used to control electrical and physical breakdown under high current density. This work reports a controllable catastrophic change of poly-Si NWs by thermally-assisted electromigration and underlying mechanisms. It also reports the direct and real time observation of these catastrophic changes of poly-Si nanowires for the first time, using scanning electron microscopy. PMID:26782708

  7. Electrical breakdown of graphene and few-layer graphene structures

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    Sundararajan, Abhishek; Hunley, D. Patrick; Strachan, Douglas. R.

    2012-02-01

    The electrical breakdown of graphene and few-layer graphene (FLG) structures are investigated. To better understand the dynamics of these nano-scale thermal effects, we investigate graphene and FLG structures of various dimensions and find that significant joule heating occurs inducing the structures to evolve. A distinct change in the behavior during electrical stressing indicates that different mechanisms and geometrical effects occur at the various stages of evolution. The results could have implications on the development of high current carrying nanoscale graphene devices. Supported in part by NSF Award No. DMR-0805136, the Kentucky NSF EPSCoR program through award EPS-0814194, and the University of Kentucky Center for Advanced Materials.

  8. Electrical breakdown of graphene and few-layer graphene structures

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    Sundararajan, Abhishek; Johnson, Stephen; Hunley, D. Patrick; Flores, Roel; Johnson, A. T. Charlie; Strachan, Douglas

    2011-03-01

    The electrical breakdown of graphene and few-layer graphene (FLG) structures are investigated. To better understand the dynamics of these nano-scale thermal effects, we investigate graphene and FLG nanowires of various dimensions and find that significant joule heating occurs inducing the structures to evolve. A distinct change in the behavior during electrical stressing indicates that different mechanisms occur at the various stages of evolution. The results are compared to detailed thermal modeling of our structures and could have implications on the development of high current carrying nanoscale graphene devices. Supported in part by NSF Award No. DMR-0805136, the Kentucky NSF EPSCoR program, the University of Kentucky Center for Advanced Materials, and the University of Kentucky Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

  9. Soft breakdown characteristics of ultralow-k time-dependent dielectric breakdown for advanced complementary metal-oxide semiconductor technologies

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    Chen, Fen; Shinosky, Michael

    2010-09-01

    During technology development, the study of ultralow-k (ULK) time-dependent dielectric breakdown (TDDB) is important for assuring robust reliability. As the technology advances, the increase in ULK leakage current noise level and reversible current change induced by soft breakdown (SBD) during stress has been observed. In this paper, the physical origin of SBD and reversible breakdown, and its correlation to conventional hard breakdowns (HBDs) were extensively studied. Based on constant voltage stress (CVS) and constant current stress (CCS) results, it was concluded that SBD in ULK is an intrinsic characteristic for ULK material, and all first breakdown events most likely are soft instead of hard. Therefore, a unified understanding of SBD and HBD for low-k TDDB was established. Furthermore, the post-SBD and HBD breakdown conduction characteristics were explored and their impacts on circuit operation were discussed. Based on current limited constant voltage stress studies, it was found that the power dissipation, not the stored energy, determined the severity of ULK dielectric breakdown, and the postbreakdown conduction properties. A percolation-threshold controlled, variable-range-hopping (VRH) model was proposed to explain all postbreakdown aspects of SBD and HBD of ULK material.

  10. DC breakdown characteristics of silicone polymer composites for HVDC insulator applications

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    Han, Byung-Jo; Seo, In-Jin; Seong, Jae-Kyu; Hwang, Young-Ho; Yang, Hai-Won

    2015-11-01

    Critical components for HVDC transmission systems are polymer insulators, which have stricter requirements that are more difficult to achieve compared to those of HVAC insulators. In this study, we investigated the optimal design of HVDC polymer insulators by using a DC electric field analysis and experiments. The physical properties of the polymer specimens were analyzed to develop an optimal HVDC polymer material, and four polymer specimens were prepared for DC breakdown experiments. Single and reverse polarity breakdown tests were conducted to analyze the effect of temperature on the breakdown strength of the polymer. In addition, electric fields were analyzed via simulations, in which a small-scale polymer insulator model was applied to prevent dielectric breakdown due to electric field concentration, with four DC operating conditions taken into consideration. The experimental results show that the electrical breakdown strength and the electric field distribution exhibit significant differences in relation to different DC polarity transition procedures.

  11. Radiation-induced electrical breakdown of helium in fusion reactor superconducting magnet systems

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    Perkins, L.J.

    1983-12-02

    A comprehensive theoretical study has been performed on the reduction of the electrical breakdown potential of liquid and gaseous helium under neutron and gamma radiation. Extension of the conventional Townsend breakdown theory indicates that radiation fields at the superconducting magnets of a typical fusion reactor are potentially capable of significantly reducing currently established (i.e., unirradiated) helium breakdown voltages. Emphasis is given to the implications of these results including future deployment choices of magnet cryogenic methods (e.g., pool-boiling versus forced-flow), the possible impact on magnet shielding requirements and the analogous situation for radiation-induced electrical breakdown in fusion RF transmission systems.

  12. Locating initial breakdown pulses using electric field change network

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    Karunarathne, Sumedhe; Marshall, Thomas C.; Stolzenburg, Maribeth; Karunarathna, Nadeeka; Vickers, Lauren E.; Warner, Tom A.; Orville, Richard E.

    2013-07-01

    Initial breakdown pulses (IBPs) observed in the fast electric field change (E-change) at the beginning of intracloud (IC) and cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning flashes are located using a time-of-arrival technique called Position By Fast Antenna (PBFA) with data from a network of 10 E-change sensors located at Kennedy Space Center. Location errors, estimated using a Monte Carlo method, are usually less than 100 m for horizontal coordinates and several hundreds of meters for altitude, depending on distance to the sensors and altitude of the source. Comparison of PBFA source locations to locations from a VHF lightning mapping system (Lightning Detection and Ranging II (LDAR2)) shows that PBFA locates most of the "classic" IBPs while LDAR2 locates only a few percent of them. As the flash develops during the IB stage, PBFA and LDAR2 obtain similar locations when they detect the same IBPs. The overall vertical motion indicated by the PBFA positions of IBPs was downward with time for CG flashes and upward with time for IC flashes. Location of the fast pulses due to return strokes of CG flashes is also determined using PBFA. Comparison to locations from the Cloud-to-Ground Lightning Surveillance System (CGLSS) shows that PBFA reliably locates ground strokes. These results are verified using ground truth data acquired with a high-speed video camera. After cross calibration with the CGLSS data set, peak currents of return strokes are also determined.

  13. THE ONSET OF ELECTRICAL BREAKDOWN IN DUST LAYERS: I. MICROSPARKING DESCRIBED BY PASCHEN'S LAW

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    This paper describes a study of the onset of electrical breakdown in dust layers, for hand-deposited dust layers in a parallel-plate geometry. It was found that the breakdown was an ordinary electron-avalanche process originating in voids within the dust layer and obeying Paschen...

  14. THE ONSET OF ELECTRICAL BREAKDOWN IN DUST LAYERS: II. EFFECTIVE DIELECTRIC CONSTANT AND LOCAL FIELD ENHANCEMENT

    EPA Science Inventory

    Part 1 of the work has shown that electrical breakdown in dust layers obeys Paschen's Law, but occurs at applied field values which appear too small to initiate the breakdown. In this paper the authors show how an effective dielectric constant characterizing the dust layer can be...

  15. Analytical investigation of electrical breakdown properties in a nitrogen-SF6 mixture gas

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    Uhm, Han S.; Byeon, Yong S.; Song, Ki B.; Choi, Eun H.; Ryu, Han-Yong; Lee, Jaimin

    2010-11-01

    The electrical breakdown properties in nitrogen gas mixed with SF6 are analytically investigated in this article by making use of the ionization and attachment coefficients of the mixed gas. The ionization coefficients of nitrogen and SF6 gas are obtained in terms of the electron temperature Te by assuming a Maxwellian distribution of the electron energy. The attachment coefficient of SF6 gas is also obtained in terms of the gas temperature Te. An algebraic equation is obtained, relating explicitly the electron breakdown temperature Tb in terms of the SF6 mole fraction χ. It was found from this equation that the breakdown temperature Tb increases from approximately 2 to 5.3 eV as the mole fraction χ increases from zero to unity. The breakdown temperature Tb of the electrons increases very rapidly from a small value and then approaches 5.3 eV slowly as the SF6 mole fraction increases from zero to unity. This indicates that even a small mole fraction of SF6 in the gas dominates the electron behavior in the breakdown system. The breakdown electric field Eb derived is almost linearly proportional to the breakdown electron temperature Tb. The experimental data agree remarkably well with the theoretical results. Therefore, it is concluded that even a small fraction of SF6 gas dominates nitrogen in determining the breakdown field. In this context, nearly 25% of the SF6 mole fraction provides a reasonable enhancement of the breakdown field for practical applications.

  16. Electromechanical Breakdown of Barrier-Type Anodized Aluminum Oxide Thin Films Under High Electric Field Conditions

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    Chen, Jianwen; Yao, Manwen; Yao, Xi

    2016-02-01

    Barrier-type anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) thin films were formed on a polished aluminum substrate via electrochemical anodization in 0.1 mol/L aqueous solution of ammonium pentaborate. Electromechanical breakdown occurred under high electric field conditions as a result of the accumulation of mechanical stress in the film-substrate system by subjecting it to rapid thermal treatment. Before the breakdown event, the electricity of the films was transported in a highly nonlinear way. Immediately after the breakdown event, dramatic cracking of the films occurred, and the cracks expanded quickly to form a mesh-like dendrite network. The breakdown strength was significantly reduced because of the electromechanical coupling effect, and was only 34% of the self-healing breakdown strength of the AAO film.

  17. Pre-breakdown processes in a dielectric fluid in inhomogeneous pulsed electric fields

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    Shneider, Mikhail N.; Pekker, Mikhail

    2015-06-14

    We consider the development of pre-breakdown cavitation nanopores appearing in the dielectric fluid under the influence of the electrostrictive stresses in the inhomogeneous pulsed electric field. It is shown that three characteristic regions can be distinguished near the needle electrode. In the first region, where the electric field gradient is greatest, the cavitation nanopores, occurring during the voltage nanosecond pulse, may grow to the size at which an electron accelerated by the field inside the pores can acquire enough energy for excitation and ionization of the liquid on the opposite pore wall, i.e., the breakdown conditions are satisfied. In the second region, the negative pressure caused by the electrostriction is large enough for the cavitation initiation (which can be registered by optical methods), but, during the voltage pulse, the pores do not reach the size at which the potential difference across their borders becomes sufficient for ionization or excitation of water molecules. And, in the third, the development of cavitation is impossible, due to an insufficient level of the negative pressure: in this area, the spontaneously occurring micropores do not grow and collapse under the influence of surface tension forces. This paper discusses the expansion dynamics of the cavitation pores and their most probable shape.

  18. Pre-breakdown processes in a dielectric fluid in inhomogeneous pulsed electric fields

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    Shneider, Mikhail N.; Pekker, Mikhail

    2015-06-01

    We consider the development of pre-breakdown cavitation nanopores appearing in the dielectric fluid under the influence of the electrostrictive stresses in the inhomogeneous pulsed electric field. It is shown that three characteristic regions can be distinguished near the needle electrode. In the first region, where the electric field gradient is greatest, the cavitation nanopores, occurring during the voltage nanosecond pulse, may grow to the size at which an electron accelerated by the field inside the pores can acquire enough energy for excitation and ionization of the liquid on the opposite pore wall, i.e., the breakdown conditions are satisfied. In the second region, the negative pressure caused by the electrostriction is large enough for the cavitation initiation (which can be registered by optical methods), but, during the voltage pulse, the pores do not reach the size at which the potential difference across their borders becomes sufficient for ionization or excitation of water molecules. And, in the third, the development of cavitation is impossible, due to an insufficient level of the negative pressure: in this area, the spontaneously occurring micropores do not grow and collapse under the influence of surface tension forces. This paper discusses the expansion dynamics of the cavitation pores and their most probable shape.

  19. Numerical modeling of the electrical breakdown and discharge properties of laser-generated plasma channels.

    PubMed

    Petrova, Tz B; Ladouceur, H D; Baronavski, A P

    2007-12-01

    An extensive nonequilibrium steady-state kinetics model incorporating collisional and radiative processes is developed to study the electrical breakdown and discharge maintenance of laser-induced atmospheric plasma channels formed in externally applied electric fields. The model is based upon a self-consistent numerical solution of the Boltzmann equation for the electron energy distribution function coupled with the electron energy balance equation and the population balance equations for electrons and air species. Using the electron energy distribution function, the ionization and electron attachment rates as a function of the reduced applied electric field at different degrees of ionization are calculated. We find that the ionization rate as a function of applied electric field in a laser-induced plasma channel is orders of magnitude larger than that obtained for a natural atmospheric air discharge. Therefore, the electrical breakdown of these plasma channels may occur at significantly lower applied electric fields. The present model predicts a breakdown electric field of 10kVcm , while the experimentally determined breakdown field strength is approximately 5.7kVcm [A. P. Baronavski, NRL Memorandum Report No. NRL/MR/6110-02-8642, 2002 (unpublished)], a reduction of about a factor of 5 from the natural Paschen electrical breakdown field of approximately 30kVcm . PMID:18233930

  20. High field breakdown characteristics of carbon nanotube thin film transistors.

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    Gupta, Man Prakash; Behnam, Ashkan; Lian, Feifei; Estrada, David; Pop, Eric; Kumar, Satish

    2013-10-11

    The high field properties of carbon nanotube (CNT) network thin film transistors (CN-TFTs) are important for their practical operation, and for understanding their reliability. Using a combination of experimental and computational techniques we show how the channel geometry (length L(C) and width W(C)) and network morphology (average CNT length L(t) and alignment angle distribution θ) affect heat dissipation and high field breakdown in such devices. The results suggest that when WC ≥ L(t), the breakdown voltage remains independent of W(C) but varies linearly with L(C). The breakdown power varies almost linearly with both W(C) and L(C) when WC > L(t). We also find that the breakdown power is more susceptible to the variability in the network morphology compared to the breakdown voltage. The analysis offers new insight into the tunable heat dissipation and thermal reliability of CN-TFTs, which can be significantly improved through optimization of the network morphology and device geometry. PMID:24029606

  1. The electrical breakdown strength of pre-stretched elastomers, with and without sample volume conservation

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    Zakaria, Shamsul; Morshuis, Peter H. F.; Yahia Benslimane, Mohamed; Yu, Liyun; Ladegaard Skov, Anne

    2015-05-01

    In practice, the electrical breakdown strength of dielectric electroactive polymers (DEAPs) determines the upper limit for transduction. During DEAP actuation, the thickness of the elastomer decreases, and thus the electrical field increases and the breakdown process is determined by a coupled electro-mechanical failure mechanism. A thorough understanding of the mechanisms behind the electro-mechanical breakdown process is required for developing reliable transducers. In this study, two experimental configurations were used to determine the stretch dependence of the electrical breakdown strength of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) elastomers. Breakdown strength was determined for samples with and without volume conservation and was found to depend strongly on the stretch ratio and the thickness of the samples. PDMS elastomers are shown to increase breakdown strength by a factor of ∼3 when sample thickness decreases from 120 to 30 μm, while the biaxial pre-stretching (λ = 2) of samples leads similarly to an increase in breakdown strength by a factor of ∼2.5.

  2. Breakdown characteristics in pulsed-driven dielectric barrier discharges: influence of the pre-breakdown phase due to volume memory effects

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    Höft, H.; Kettlitz, M.; Becker, M. M.; Hoder, T.; Loffhagen, D.; Brandenburg, R.; Weltmann, K.-D.

    2014-11-01

    The pre-phase of the breakdown of pulsed-driven dielectric barrier discharges (DBDs) was investigated by fast optical and electrical measurements on double-sided DBDs with a 1 mm gap in a gas mixture of 0.1 vol% O2 in N2 at atmospheric pressure. Depending on the pulse width (the pause time between subsequent DBDs), four different breakdown regimes of the following discharge were observed. By systematically reducing the pulse width, the breakdown characteristics could be changed from a single cathode-directed propagation (positive streamer) to simultaneous cathode- and anode-directed propagations (positive and negative streamer) and no propagation at all for sub-μs pulse times. For all cases, different spatio-temporal emission structures in the pre-phase were observed. The experimental results were compared with time-dependent, spatially one-dimensional fluid model calculations. The modelling results confirmed that different pre-ionisation conditions, i.e. considerably high space charges in the volume created by the residual electrons and ions from the previous discharge, are the reason for the observed phenomena.

  3. An investigation into the cumulative breakdown process of polymethylmethacrylate in quasi-uniform electric field under nanosecond pulses

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    Zhao, Liang; Cang Su, Jian; Bo Zhang, Xi; Feng Pan, Ya; Min Wang, Li; Peng Fang, Jin; Sun, Xu; Lui, Rui

    2013-08-15

    A group of complete images on the discharge channel developed in PMMA in quasi-uniform electric field under nanosecond pulses are observed with an on-line transmission microscope. The characteristics of the cumulative breakdown process are also generalized, which include initiating from the vicinity of the cathode, developing to the anode with a branch-like shape, and taking on a wormhole appearance when final breakdown occurs. The concluded characteristics are explained by referring to the conceptions of “low density domain” and “free radical” and considering the initial discharge channel as a virtual needle. The characteristics are helpful for designers to enhance the lifetime of insulators employed on a nanosecond time scale.

  4. Mechanisms of gas breakdown in non-uniform electric field between flat electrodes

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    Lisovskiy, Valeriy; Osmayev, Ruslan; Yegorenkov, Vladimir

    2015-09-01

    This paper studies how the electric field non-uniformity and the electron diffusion escape affect the DC gas breakdown between flat electrodes. We registered the breakdown curves of the DC discharge between the electrodes having the radius of Re = 6 mm with the inter-electrode gap values L between 3 and 72 mm in the tubes of inner diameter values of 13 and 56 mm within the nitrogen pressure range p from 0.02 to 120 Torr. We found that the breakdown curves for the gap of 3 mm actually match in the total pressure range, the diffusion escape of electrons to the tube walls playing no role in the gas breakdown process. In a narrow tube the minimum breakdown voltage is constant in the range of L/Re <= 1 but with the subsequent gap growth it increases linearly in order to compensate for the diffusion loss to the tube walls. For the wide tubes of 56 mm in diameter and for the gap of 72 mm the breakdown curves possess more flat minima and they run in the range of lower breakdown voltage values than one for a narrow tube. The minimum breakdown voltage grows slowly only in the range of L/Re >2. and Scientific Center of Physical Technologies, Svobody Sq.6, Kharkov, 61022, Ukraine.

  5. Investigation of the breakdown products produced from electrical discharge in selected CFC replacement fluids

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    Hawley-Fedder, R.; Goerz, D.; Koester, C.; Wilson, M.

    1996-04-01

    LLNL personnel have designed and constructed a special purpose electrical test stand to evaluate CFCs and CFC replacement fluids under simulated AC, DC, and pulsed breakdown conditions. The test stand includes an electrical diagnostic system which allows the measurement of breakdown voltage, discharge current, arc power, and energy associated with each pulse. The appropriate data that is collected in order to correlate the quantity of by-products produced with the pertinent control variables, such as voltage, current, pulse width, pulse repetition frequency, and energy. Along with the electrical test stand, LLNL has extensive chemical analysis facilities that enable us to perform gas chromatographic and gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric analysis of various fluids to identify and quantify the breakdown products formed under various scenarios of electrical energy deposition.

  6. Analysis of the polarity effects in the electrical breakdown of liquids.

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    Woodworth, Joseph Ray; Qian, J.; Joshi, Ravindra P.; Schamiloglu, Edl; Gaudet, John A.; Lehr, Jane Marie

    2005-03-01

    Electrical breakdown simulations are carried out for liquids in response to a sub-microsecond ({approx}100-200 ns) voltage pulse. This model builds on our previous analysis and focuses particularly on the polarity effect seen experimentally in point-plane geometries. The flux-corrected transport approach is used for the numerical implementation. Our model adequately explains experimental observations of pre-breakdown current fluctuations, streamer propagation and branching as well as disparities in hold-off voltage and breakdown initiation times between the anode and cathode polarities. It is demonstrated that polarity effects basically arise from the large mobility difference between electrons and ions. The higher electron mobility leads to greater charge smearing and diffusion that impacts the local electric field distributions. Non-linear couplings between the number density, electric field and charge generation rates then collectively affect the formation of ionized channels and their temporal dynamics.

  7. Visualizing Electrical Breakdown and ON/OFF States in Electrically Switchable Suspended Graphene Break Junctions

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    Zhang, Hang; Bao, Wenzhong; Zhao, Zeng; Huang, Jhao-Wun; Standley, Brian; Liu, Gang; Wang, Fenglin; Kratz, Philip; Jing, Lei; Bockrath, Marc; Lau, Chun Ning

    2012-04-01

    Narrow gaps are formed in suspended single to few layer graphene devices using a pulsed electrical breakdown technique. The conductance of the resulting devices can be programmed by the application of voltage pulses, with a voltage of 2.5V~4.5V corresponding to an ON pulse and voltages ~8V corresponding to OFF pulses. Electron microscope imaging of the devices shows that the graphene sheets typically remain suspended and that the device conductance tends to zero when the observed gap is large. The switching rate is strongly temperature dependent, which rules out a purely electromechanical switching mechanism. This observed switching in suspended graphene devices strongly suggests a switching mechanism via atomic movement and/or chemical rearrangement, and underscores the potential of all-carbon devices for integration with graphene electronics.

  8. Statistical analysis of the electrical breakdown time delay distributions in krypton

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    Maluckov, Čedomir A.; Karamarković, Jugoslav P.; Radović, Miodrag K.; Pejović, Momčilo M.

    2006-08-01

    The statistical analysis of the experimentally observed electrical breakdown time delay distributions in the krypton-filled diode tube at 2.6mbar is presented. The experimental distributions are obtained on the basis of 1000 successive and independent measurements. The theoretical electrical breakdown time delay distribution is evaluated as the convolution of the statistical time delay with exponential, and discharge formative time with Gaussian distribution. The distribution parameters are estimated by the stochastic modelling of the time delay distributions, and by comparing them with the experimental distributions for different relaxation times, voltages, and intensities of UV radiation. The transition of distribution shapes, from Gaussian-type to the exponential-like, is investigated by calculating the corresponding skewness and excess kurtosis parameters. It is shown that the mathematical model based on the convolution of two random variable distributions describes experimentally obtained time delay distributions and the separation of the total breakdown time delay to the statistical and formative time delay.

  9. Statistical analysis of the electrical breakdown time delay distributions in krypton

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    Maluckov, Cedomir A.; Karamarkovic, Jugoslav P.; Radovic, Miodrag K.; Pejovic, Momcilo M.

    2006-08-15

    The statistical analysis of the experimentally observed electrical breakdown time delay distributions in the krypton-filled diode tube at 2.6 mbar is presented. The experimental distributions are obtained on the basis of 1000 successive and independent measurements. The theoretical electrical breakdown time delay distribution is evaluated as the convolution of the statistical time delay with exponential, and discharge formative time with Gaussian distribution. The distribution parameters are estimated by the stochastic modelling of the time delay distributions, and by comparing them with the experimental distributions for different relaxation times, voltages, and intensities of UV radiation. The transition of distribution shapes, from Gaussian-type to the exponential-like, is investigated by calculating the corresponding skewness and excess kurtosis parameters. It is shown that the mathematical model based on the convolution of two random variable distributions describes experimentally obtained time delay distributions and the separation of the total breakdown time delay to the statistical and formative time delay.

  10. Microcontroller based system for electrical breakdown time delay measurement in gas-filled devices

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    Pejović, Milić M.; Denić, Dragan B.; Pejović, Momčilo M.; Nešić, Nikola T.; Vasović, Nikola

    2010-10-01

    This paper presents realization of a digital embedded system for measuring electrical breakdown time delay. The proposed system consists of three major parts: dc voltage supply, analog subsystem, and a digital subsystem. Any dc power source with the range from 100 to 1000 V can be used in this application. The analog subsystem should provide fast and accurate voltage switching on the testing device as well as transform the signals that represent the voltage pulse on the device and the device breakdown into the form suitable for detection by a digital subsystem. The insulated gate bipolar transistor IRG4PH40KD driven by TC429 MOSFET driver is used for high voltage switching on the device. The aim of a digital subsystem is to detect the signals from the analog subsystem and to measure the elapsed time between their occurrences. Moreover, the digital subsystem controls various parameters that influence time delay and provides fast data storage for a large number of measured data. For this propose, we used the PIC18F4550 microcontroller with a full-speed compatible universal serial bus (USB) engine. Operation of this system is verified on different commercial and custom made gas devices with different structure and breakdown mechanisms. The electrical breakdown time delay measurements have been carried out as a function of several parameters, which dominantly influence electrical breakdown time delay. The obtained results have been verified using statistical methods, and they show good agreement with the theory. The proposed system shows good repeatability, sensitivity, and stability for measuring the electrical breakdown time delay.

  11. Microcontroller based system for electrical breakdown time delay measurement in gas-filled devices

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    Pejovic, Milic M.; Denic, Dragan B.; Pejovic, Momcilo M.; Nesic, Nikola T.; Vasovic, Nikola

    2010-10-15

    This paper presents realization of a digital embedded system for measuring electrical breakdown time delay. The proposed system consists of three major parts: dc voltage supply, analog subsystem, and a digital subsystem. Any dc power source with the range from 100 to 1000 V can be used in this application. The analog subsystem should provide fast and accurate voltage switching on the testing device as well as transform the signals that represent the voltage pulse on the device and the device breakdown into the form suitable for detection by a digital subsystem. The insulated gate bipolar transistor IRG4PH40KD driven by TC429 MOSFET driver is used for high voltage switching on the device. The aim of a digital subsystem is to detect the signals from the analog subsystem and to measure the elapsed time between their occurrences. Moreover, the digital subsystem controls various parameters that influence time delay and provides fast data storage for a large number of measured data. For this propose, we used the PIC18F4550 microcontroller with a full-speed compatible universal serial bus (USB) engine. Operation of this system is verified on different commercial and custom made gas devices with different structure and breakdown mechanisms. The electrical breakdown time delay measurements have been carried out as a function of several parameters, which dominantly influence electrical breakdown time delay. The obtained results have been verified using statistical methods, and they show good agreement with the theory. The proposed system shows good repeatability, sensitivity, and stability for measuring the electrical breakdown time delay.

  12. Effects of load voltage on voltage breakdown modes of electrical exploding aluminum wires in air

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    Wu, Jian; Li, Xingwen Yang, Zefeng; Wang, Kun; Chao, Youchuang; Shi, Zongqian; Jia, Shenli; Qiu, Aici

    2015-06-15

    The effects of the load voltage on the breakdown modes are investigated in exploding aluminum wires driven by a 1 kA, 0.1 kA/ns pulsed current in air. From laser probing images taken by laser shadowgraphy, schlieren imaging, and interferometry, the position of the shockwave front, the plasma channel, and the wire core edge of the exploding product can be determined. The breakdown mode makes a transition from the internal mode, which involves breakdown inside the wire core, to the shunting mode, which involves breakdown in the compressed air, with decreasing charging voltage. The breakdown electrical field for a gaseous aluminum wire core of nearly solid density is estimated to be more than 20 kV/cm, while the value for gaseous aluminum of approximately 0.2% solid density decreases to 15–20 kV/cm. The breakdown field in shunting mode is less than 20 kV/cm and is strongly affected by the vaporized aluminum, the desorbed gas, and the electrons emitted from the wire core during the current pause. Ohmic heating during voltage collapses will induce further energy deposition in the current channel and thus will result in different expansion speeds for both the wire core and the shockwave front in the different modes.

  13. Effects of load voltage on voltage breakdown modes of electrical exploding aluminum wires in air

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    Wu, Jian; Li, Xingwen; Yang, Zefeng; Wang, Kun; Chao, Youchuang; Shi, Zongqian; Jia, Shenli; Qiu, Aici

    2015-06-01

    The effects of the load voltage on the breakdown modes are investigated in exploding aluminum wires driven by a 1 kA, 0.1 kA/ns pulsed current in air. From laser probing images taken by laser shadowgraphy, schlieren imaging, and interferometry, the position of the shockwave front, the plasma channel, and the wire core edge of the exploding product can be determined. The breakdown mode makes a transition from the internal mode, which involves breakdown inside the wire core, to the shunting mode, which involves breakdown in the compressed air, with decreasing charging voltage. The breakdown electrical field for a gaseous aluminum wire core of nearly solid density is estimated to be more than 20 kV/cm, while the value for gaseous aluminum of approximately 0.2% solid density decreases to 15-20 kV/cm. The breakdown field in shunting mode is less than 20 kV/cm and is strongly affected by the vaporized aluminum, the desorbed gas, and the electrons emitted from the wire core during the current pause. Ohmic heating during voltage collapses will induce further energy deposition in the current channel and thus will result in different expansion speeds for both the wire core and the shockwave front in the different modes.

  14. Electrical Breakdown Physics in Photoconductive Semiconductor Switches (PCSS).

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    Mar, Alan; Zutavern, Fred J.; Vawter, Gregory A.; Hjalmarson, Harold P.; Gallegos, Richard Joseph; Bigman, Verle Howard

    2016-01-01

    of 200kV (DC) and 5kA current that can be stacked in parallel to achieve 100's of kA with 10e5 shot lifetime. The new vertical switch design configuration generates parallel filaments in the bulk GaAs (as opposed to just beneath the surface as in previous designs) to achieve breakdown fields close to the maximum for the bulk GaAs while operating in air, and with 2-D scalability of the number of current-sharing filaments. This design also may be highly compatible with 2-D VCSEL arrays for optical triggering. The demonstration of this design in this LDRD utilized standard thickness wafers to trigger 0.4kA at 35kV/cm (limited by 0.6mm wafer thickness), tested to 1e5 shots with no detectable degradation of switch performance. Higher fields, total current, and switching voltages would be achievable with thicker GaAs wafers. Another important application pursued in this LDRD is the use of PCSS for trigger generator applications. Conventional in-plane PCSS have achieved triggering of a 100kV sparkgap (Kinetech-type) switch of the type similar to switches being considered for accelerator upgrades. The trigger is also being developed for pulsed power for HPM applications that require miniaturization and robust performance in noisy compact environments. This has spawned new programs for developing this technology, including an STTR for VCSEL trigger laser integration, also pursuing other follow-on applications.

  15. A system for gas electrical breakdown time delay measurements based on a microcontroller

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    Todorović, Miomir; Vasović, Nikola D.; Ristić, Goran S.

    2012-01-01

    A new system, called gasmem v1.0, for the measurements of gas electrical breakdown time delay (td), with significantly better characteristics than older systems, has been developed and realized. It is based on the PIC 18F4550 microcontroller and could measure the minimal td of about 1.5 μs with the resolution of 83.33 ns. The relaxation (afterglow) period (τ) could vary from 1 to 232 ms (≈50 days). The successive series of td measurements with various τ could be performed, giving very reliable td data that are stored on the personal computer (PC) hard drive via the USB interface. The td and τ values enable the drawing of memory curves (langtdrang = f(τ)) and the analysis of memory effects in the gases. The randomness of td values measured by the gasmem system for more τ values was tested using the nonparametric Wald-Wolfowitz test showing the stochastic nature of obtained results. The memory curves obtained by this system have shown very high reproducibility. In addition, the system has a capability of operating as a stand-alone system (independently of a PC), with the possibility for the implementation of a touch screen for controlling the system and additional memory (e.g. memory card) for data storage.

  16. Mass analysis of neutral particles and ions released during electrical breakdowns on spacecraft surfaces

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    Kendall, B. R. F.

    1985-01-01

    Charged-particle fluxes from breakdown events were studied. Methods to measure mass spectra and total emitted flux of neutral particles were developed. The design and construction of the specialized mass spectrometer was completed. Electrical breakdowns were initiated by a movable blunt contact touching the insulating surface. The contact discharge apparatus was used for final development of two different high-speed recording systems and for measurements of the composition of the materials given off by the discharge. It was shown that intense instantaneous fluxes of neutral particles were released from the sites of electrical breakdown events. A laser micropulse mass analyzer showed that visible discoloration at breakdown sites were correllated with the presence of iron on the polymer side of the film, presumably caused by punch-through to the Inconel backing. Kapton samples irradiated by an oxygen ion beam were tested. The irradiated samples were free of surface hydrocarbon contamination but otherwise behaved in the same way as the Kapton samples tested earlier. Only the two samples exposed to oxygen ion bombardment were relatively clean. This indicates an additional variable that should be considered when testing spacecraft materials in the laboratory.

  17. Gate-Free Electrical Breakdown of Metallic Pathways in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Crossbar Networks.

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    Li, Jinghua; Franklin, Aaron D; Liu, Jie

    2015-09-01

    Aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) synthesized by the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method have exceptional potential for next-generation nanoelectronics. However, the coexistence of semiconducting (s-) and metallic (m-) SWNTs remains a considerable challenge since the latter causes significant degradation in device performance. Here we demonstrate a facile and effective approach to selectively break all m-SWNTs by stacking two layers of horizontally aligned SWNTs to form crossbars and applying a voltage to the crossed SWNT arrays. The introduction of SWNT junctions amplifies the disparity in resistance between s- and m-pathways, leading to a complete deactivation of m-SWNTs while minimizing the degradation of the semiconducting counterparts. Unlike previous approaches that required an electrostatic gate to achieve selectivity in electrical breakdown, this junction process is gate-free and opens the way for straightforward integration of thin-film s-SWNT devices. Comparison to electrical breakdown in junction-less SWNT devices without gating shows that this junction-based breakdown method yields more than twice the average on-state current retention in the resultant s-SWNT arrays. Systematic studies show that the on/off ratio can reach as high as 1.4 × 10(6) with a correspondingly high retention of on-state current compared to the initial current value before breakdown. Overall, this method provides important insight into transport at SWNT junctions and a simple route for obtaining pure s-SWNT thin film devices for broad applications. PMID:26263184

  18. Influence of magnetic field on the electric breakdown in penning ion source.

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    Mahjour-Shafiei, M; Noori, H; Ranjbar, A H

    2011-11-01

    A cold-cathode penning-type ion source has been developed in our laboratory to study the electric breakdown in this type of sources. The breakdown voltage was measured as a function of axial magnetic field, in the range of 440-600 G, and anode length, in steps of 14, 20, and 24 mm. The measurement was performed with stainless steel cathodes in argon gas at pressure of 4 × 10(-2) mbar. Furthermore, a model was developed to explain the breakdown voltage data. In the construction of the model, the first Townsend coefficient was not directly used to avoid difficulties originating from the non-uniformity of the electric field. The empirical parameters of the model were obtained using the experimental data. The equation γ = c × (E(z)/N)(n), expressing the effective secondary emission coefficient in terms of reduced electric field, which was needed in the modeling process, was inspired from previous works. The parameters c and n were then calculated from the empirical parameters of the model. The n parameter turned out to be 0.59, which differs from the value reported by other authors merely by 1.6%. Three values, 0.010, 0.013, and 0.017 corresponding to the three anodes were obtained for the c parameter. These numbers are in good agreement with 0.01, which has been reported in the previous works. It was also found that the value of n has a decisive impact on the breakdown voltage curve in the high breakdown voltage region. PMID:22128971

  19. Influence of magnetic field on the electric breakdown in penning ion source

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    Mahjour-Shafiei, M.; Noori, H.; Ranjbar, A. H.

    2011-11-01

    A cold-cathode penning-type ion source has been developed in our laboratory to study the electric breakdown in this type of sources. The breakdown voltage was measured as a function of axial magnetic field, in the range of 440-600 G, and anode length, in steps of 14, 20, and 24 mm. The measurement was performed with stainless steel cathodes in argon gas at pressure of 4 × 10-2 mbar. Furthermore, a model was developed to explain the breakdown voltage data. In the construction of the model, the first Townsend coefficient was not directly used to avoid difficulties originating from the non-uniformity of the electric field. The empirical parameters of the model were obtained using the experimental data. The equation γ = c × (Ez/N)n, expressing the effective secondary emission coefficient in terms of reduced electric field, which was needed in the modeling process, was inspired from previous works. The parameters c and n were then calculated from the empirical parameters of the model. The n parameter turned out to be 0.59, which differs from the value reported by other authors merely by 1.6%. Three values, 0.010, 0.013, and 0.017 corresponding to the three anodes were obtained for the c parameter. These numbers are in good agreement with 0.01, which has been reported in the previous works. It was also found that the value of n has a decisive impact on the breakdown voltage curve in the high breakdown voltage region.

  20. Electric-field-controlled suppression of Walker breakdown and chirality switching in magnetic domain wall motion

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    Chen, Hong-Bo; Li, You-Quan

    2016-07-01

    We theoretically study the dynamics of a magnetic domain wall controlled by an electric field in the presence of the spin flexoelectric interaction. We reveal that this interaction generates an effective spin torque and results in significant changes in the current-driven domain wall motion. In particular, the electric field can stabilize the domain wall motion, leading to strong suppression of the current-induced Walker breakdown and thus allowing a higher maximum wall velocity. We can furthermore use this electric-field control to efficiently switch the chirality of a moving domain wall in the steady regime.

  1. Pre-breakdown cavitation nanopores in the dielectric fluid in the inhomogeneous, pulsed electric fields

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    Pekker, Mikhail; Shneider, Mikhail N.

    2015-10-01

    This paper discusses the nanopores emerging and developing in a liquid dielectric under the action of the ponderomotive electrostrictive forces in a nonuniform electric field. It is shown that the gradient of the electric field in the vicinity of the rupture (cavitation nanopore) substantially increases and determines whether the rupture grows or collapses. The cavitation rupture in the liquid (nanopore) tends to stretch along the lines of the original field. The mechanism of the breakdown associated with the generation of secondary ruptures in the vicinity of the poles of the nanopore is proposed. The estimations of the extension time for nanopore in water and oil (polar and nonpolar liquids, respectively) are presented. A new mechanism of nano- and subnanosecond breakdown in the insulating (transformer) oil that can be realized in the vicinity of water microdroplets in nanosecond high-voltage devices is considered.

  2. Evidence for deterministic chaos as the origin of electrical tree breakdown structures in polymeric insulation

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    Dodd, S. J.; Dissado, L. A.; Champion, J. V.; Alison, J. M.

    1995-12-01

    Electrical discharges were measured during the propagation stage of electrical tree breakdown in an epoxy resin. An analysis of their number sequence provides strong evidence for the existence of an underlying deterministic chaotic mechanism. The fractal dimension of the tree and that of the reconstructed attractor and Lyapunov exponent were found to be related. The higher fractal dimension tree (dt~1.9) is associated with an attractor dimension df~3.1 and Lyapunov exponent λ~0.008 bit/s. The lower fractal dimension tree (dt~1.5) is associated with values of df~3.56 and λ~0.028 bit/s. No evidence for the presence of random stochastic processes, an essential ingredient of the dielectric breakdown model, has been found.

  3. Explosive Electric Breakdown due to Conducting-Particle Deposition on an Insulating Substrate

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    Oliveira, Cláudio L. N.; Araújo, Nuno A. M.; Andrade, José S.; Herrmann, Hans J.

    2014-10-01

    We introduce a theoretical model to investigate the electric breakdown of a substrate on which highly conducting particles are adsorbed and desorbed with a probability that depends on the local electric field. We find that, by tuning the relative strength q of this dependence, the breakdown can change from continuous to explosive. Precisely, in the limit in which the adsorption probability is the same for any finite voltage drop, we can map our model exactly onto the q-state Potts model and thus the transition to a jump occurs at q=4. In another limit, where the adsorption probability becomes independent of the local field strength, the traditional bond percolation model is recovered. Our model is thus an example of a possible experimental realization exhibiting a truly discontinuous percolation transition.

  4. Electrical system for measurement of breakdown voltage of vacuum and gas-filled tubes using a dynamic method

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    Pejović, Milić M.; Milosavljević, Čedomir S.; Pejović, Momčilo M.

    2003-06-01

    This article describes an electrical system aimed at measuring and data acquisition of breakdown voltages of vacuum and gas-filled tubes. The measurements were performed using a nitrogen-filled tube at 4 mbar pressure. Based on the measured breakdown voltage data as a function of the applied voltage increase rate, a static breakdown voltage is estimated for the applied voltage gradient ranging from 0.1 to 1 V s-1 and from 1 to 10 V s-1. The histograms of breakdown voltages versus applied voltage increase rates from 0.1 and 0.5 V s-1 are approximated by the probability density functions using a fitting procedure.

  5. Imaging the Effect of Electrical Breakdown in Multilayer Polymer Capacitor Films

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    Wolak, Mason

    2013-03-01

    Multilayer polymer films show great promise as the dielectric material in high energy density capacitors. Such films show enhancement in both dielectric strength (EB) and energy density (Ud) relative to monolithic films of either source polymer. Composites are typically comprised of alternating layers of a high EB polymer and a high permittivity polymer. Here, we discuss a multilayer system based on polycarbonate (PC) interleaved with polyvinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene (PVDF-HFP). The dielectric properties of the PC/PVDF-HFP films are influenced by both composition and individual layer thickness. Optimized films show EB = 750 kV/mm and Ud = 13 J/cm3. Further enhancements in EB and Ud are expected through optimization of the component polymers, composition, and layer structure. To guide next generation design, it is important to understand the breakdown mechanism, as it directly influences EB. To elucidate the role of the layer structure during electrical breakdown, we use a tandem focused ion beam (FIB) / scanning electron microscope (SEM) imaging technique. The technique allows us to image the internal layer structure of both `as fabricated' control films, and those subjected to high electric fields. It is therefore a powerful tool to assess film quality and analyze failure mechanisms. Specifically, the FIB is used to mill site-specific holes in a film and the resulting cross-sections are imaged via SEM. Individual layers are easily resolved down to 50 nm. For films subjected to electrical breakdown, the location and propagation of damage is tracked with sequential FIB milling and SEM imaging. Spatially resolved FIB/SEM imaging allows preparation of quasi-3D maps displaying the evolution of internal voids in areas adjacent to the breakdown location (pinhole of d = 30-80 microns). A majority of the voids are localized at the interfaces between layers and may propagate as far as 30-50 microns from the pinhole. The data suggest that the enhancement in

  6. Effect of magnetic field on breakdown voltage characteristics of a multigap pseudospark

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    Sriram, D.; Jain, K.K.

    1997-06-01

    An experimental investigation of the effect of magnetic field on the breakdown voltage characteristics of a multigap pseudospark device, with hydrogen gas, in a hollow anode{endash}cathode, as well as a hollow cathode{endash}anode configuration, is presented. The breakdown pressure at a particular discharge voltage increases with the increase in the applied axial magnetic field, and the magnitude of the increase is more pronounced at lower discharge voltages causing a right shift to the characteristic discharge curve in both the configurations. Application of a transverse magnetic field also resulted in a shift of the characteristic discharge curve towards the right. The observed results are compared and discussed with that found for parallel electrode geometry. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  7. Investigation of the Transition from Local Anodic Oxidation to Electrical Breakdown During Nanoscale Atomic Force Microscopy Electric Lithography of Highly Oriented Pyrolytic Graphite.

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    Yang, Ye; Lin, Jun

    2016-04-01

    As one of the tip-based top-down nanoscale machining methods, atomic force microscopy (AFM) electric lithography is capable of directly generating flexible nanostructures on conductive or semi-conductive sample surfaces. In this work, distinct fabrication mechanisms and mechanism transition from local anodic oxidation (LAO) to electrical breakdown (BD) in the AFM nanoscale electric lithography of the highly oriented pyrolytic graphite sample surface was studied. We provide direct evidence of the transition process mechanism through the detected current-voltage (I-V) curve. Characteristics of the fabrication results under the LAO, transition, and BD regions involving the oxide growth rate or material removal rate and AFM probe wear are analyzed in detail. These factors are of great significance for improving the machining controllability and expanding its potential applications. PMID:26847869

  8. Characteristics of decentralized electricity generation

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    Hyman, B.; Bereano, P.L.; King, S.

    1984-01-01

    The characteristics of decentralized electricity generation are examined at several different levels with the aid of twenty-three independent variables. This approach provides a systematic framework for assessing and comparing the decentralized nature of power generation facilities and systems. While the analysis reveals that decentralization is not an explicit measure of performance, the taxonomy provides a useful tool for improving the quality of the debate on this issue. 30 references, 2 figures.

  9. Characteristics of decentralized electricity generation

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    Hyman, B.; Bereano, P.L.; King, S.

    1984-01-01

    The characteristics of decentralized electricity generation are examined at several different levels with the aid of twenty-three independent variables. This approach provides a systematic framework for assessing and comparing the decentralized nature of power generation facilities and systems. While the analysis reveals that decentralization is not an explicit measure of performance, the taxonomy provides a useful tool for improving the quality of the debate on this issue.

  10. Transmission line switch design for the investigation of sub-nanosecond electrical breakdown

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    Dick, A. R.; MacGregor, S. J.; Pate, R. C.

    2002-04-01

    Ultrafast plasma closing switches rely on sub-nanosecond electrical breakdown of the insulating gas. Until recently, little information was available on gas breakdown occurring within this timescale, because of the difficulties in designing an experimental system for such a study. Recently published papers have reported on the results of studies carried out using two devices designed specifically for the investigation of fast (sub-nanosecond) electrical breakdown processes. The devices are essentially modified transmission line plasma closing switches, and in this paper we describe their structure and operation. Because electromagnetic wave behaviour plays a significant role in sub-nanosecond switching, especially reflections from impedance mismatches, the design of the devices is based on transmission line concepts, rather than those of lumped parameters. One of the switches has a conical transmission line topology and is designed for the study of fast switch closure at insulating gas pressures less than 0.6 MPa. The second has a hybrid radial transmission line/conical transmission line topology and is designed for the study of fast switch closure at pressures up to 10 MPa. The paper also includes details of the D-dot monitors used to investigate sub-nanosecond processes in the two transmission line plasma devices.

  11. Application of dynamic displacement current for diagnostics of subnanosecond breakdowns in an inhomogeneous electric field

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    Shao Tao; Zhang Cheng; Yan Ping; Tarasenko, Victor F.; Burachenko, Alexandr G.; Rybka, Dmitry V.; Kostyrya, Igor' D.; Lomaev, Mikhail I.; Baksht, Evgeni Kh.

    2013-05-15

    The breakdown of different air gaps at high overvoltages in an inhomogeneous electric field was investigated with a time resolution of up to 100 ps. Dynamic displacement current was used for diagnostics of ionization processes between the ionization wave front and a plane anode. It is demonstrated that during the generation of a supershort avalanche electron beam (SAEB) with amplitudes of {approx}10 A and more, conductivity in the air gaps at the breakdown stage is ensured by the ionization wave, whose front propagates from the electrode of small curvature radius, and by the dynamic displacement current between the ionization wave front and the plane electrode. The amplitude of the dynamic displacement current measured by a current shunt is 100 times greater than the SAEB. It is shown that with small gaps and with a large cathode diameter, the amplitude of the dynamic displacement current during a subnanosecond rise time of applied pulse voltage can be higher than 4 kA.

  12. Application of dynamic displacement current for diagnostics of subnanosecond breakdowns in an inhomogeneous electric field

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    Shao, Tao; Tarasenko, Victor F.; Zhang, Cheng; Burachenko, Alexandr G.; Rybka, Dmitry V.; Kostyrya, Igor'D.; Lomaev, Mikhail I.; Baksht, Evgeni Kh.; Yan, Ping

    2013-05-01

    The breakdown of different air gaps at high overvoltages in an inhomogeneous electric field was investigated with a time resolution of up to 100 ps. Dynamic displacement current was used for diagnostics of ionization processes between the ionization wave front and a plane anode. It is demonstrated that during the generation of a supershort avalanche electron beam (SAEB) with amplitudes of ˜10 A and more, conductivity in the air gaps at the breakdown stage is ensured by the ionization wave, whose front propagates from the electrode of small curvature radius, and by the dynamic displacement current between the ionization wave front and the plane electrode. The amplitude of the dynamic displacement current measured by a current shunt is 100 times greater than the SAEB. It is shown that with small gaps and with a large cathode diameter, the amplitude of the dynamic displacement current during a subnanosecond rise time of applied pulse voltage can be higher than 4 kA.

  13. Effects of thermal and electrical stressing on the breakdown behavior of space wiring

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    Hammoud, Ahmad; Stavnes, Mark; Suthar, Jayant; Laghari, Javaid

    1995-01-01

    Several failures in the electrical wiring systems of many aircraft and space vehicles have been attributed to arc tracking and damaged insulation. In some instances, these failures proved to be very costly as they have led to the loss of many aircraft and imperilment of space missions. Efforts are currently underway to develop lightweight, reliable, and arc track resistant wiring for aerospace applications. In this work, six wiring constructions were evaluated in terms of their breakdown behavior as a function of temperature. These hybrid constructions employed insulation consisting of Kapton, Teflon, and cross-linked Tefzel. The properties investigated included the 400 Hz AC dielectric strength at ambient and 200 C, and the lifetime at high temperature with an applied bias of 40, 60, and 80% of breakdown voltage level. The results obtained are discussed, and conclusions are made concerning the suitability of the wiring constructions investigated for aerospace applications.

  14. Performance and breakdown characteristics of irradiated vertical power GaN P-i-N diodes

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    King, M. P.; Armstrong, A. M.; Dickerson, J. R.; Vizkelethy, G.; Fleming, R. M.; Campbell, J.; Wampler, W. R.; Kizilyalli, I. C.; Bour, D. P.; Aktas, O.; et al

    2015-10-29

    Electrical performance and defect characterization of vertical GaN P-i-N diodes before and after irradiation with 2.5 MeV protons and neutrons is investigated. Devices exhibit increase in specific on-resistance following irradiation with protons and neutrons, indicating displacement damage introduces defects into the p-GaN and n- drift regions of the device that impact on-state device performance. The breakdown voltage of these devices, initially above 1700 V, is observed to decrease only slightly for particle fluence <; 1013 cm-2. Furthermore, the unipolar figure of merit for power devices indicates that while the on-resistance and breakdown voltage degrade with irradiation, vertical GaN P-i-Ns remainmore » superior to the performance of the best available, unirradiated silicon devices and on-par with unirradiated modern SiC-based power devices.« less

  15. Electrical Breakdown of Anodized Structures in a Low Earth Orbital Environmental

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    Galofaro, J. T.; Doreswamy, C. V.; Vayner, B. V.; Snyder, D. B.; Ferguson, D. C.

    1999-01-01

    A comprehensive set of investigations involving arcing on a negatively biased anodized aluminum plate immersed in a low density argon plasma at low pressures (P(sub O), 7.5 x 10(exp -5) Torr) have been performed. These arcing experiments were designed to simulate electrical breakdown of anodized coatings in a Low Earth Orbital (LEO) environment. When electrical breakdown of an anodized layer occurs, an arc strikes, and there is a sudden flux of electrons accelerated into the ambient plasma. This event is directly followed by ejection of a quasi-neutral plasma cloud consisting of ejected material blown out of the anodized layer. Statistical analysis of plasma cloud expansion velocities have yielded a mean propagation velocity, v = (19.4 +/- 3.5) km/s. As the plasma cloud expands into the ambient plasma, energy in the form of electrical noise is generated. The radiated electromagnetic noise is detected by means of an insulated antenna immersed in the ambient plasma. The purpose of the investigations is (1) to observe and record the electromagnetic radiation spectrum resulting from the arcing process. (2) Make estimates of the travel time of the quasi-neutral plasma cloud based on fluctuations to several Langmuir probes mounted in the ambient plasma. (3) To study induced arcing between two anodized aluminum structures in close proximity.

  16. Electric breakdowns of the "plasma capacitors" occurs on insulation coating of the ISS surface

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    Homin, Taras; Korsun, Anatolii

    High electric fields and currents are occurred in the spacecrafts plasma environment by onboard electric generators. Thus the high voltage solar array (SA) of the American segment of International Space Station (ISS) generates potential 160 V. Its negative pole is shorted to the frames of all the ISS segments. There is electric current between the SA and the frame through the plasma environment, i.e. electric discharge occurs. As a result a potential drop exists between the frames of all the ISS segments and the environmental plasma [1], which is cathode drop potential varphi _{c} defined. When ISS orbiting, the φc varies greatly in the range 0-100 V. A large area of the ISS frames and SA surface is coated with a thin dielectric film. Because of cathode drop potential the frame surfaces accumulate ion charges and the SA surfaces accumulate electron charges. These surfaces become plasma capacitors, which accumulate much charge and energy. Micrometeorite impacts or buildup of potential drop in excess of breakdown threshold varphi_{b} (varphi _{c} > varphi _{b} = 60 V) may cause breakdowns of these capacitors. Following a breakdown, the charge collected at the surfaces disperses and transforms into a layer of dense plasma [2]. This plasma environment of the spacecraft produces great pulsed electric fields E at the frame surfaces as well as heavy currents between construction elements which in turn induce great magnetic fields H. Therefore the conductive frame and the environmental plasma is plasma inductors. We have calculated that the densities of these pulsing and high-frequency fields E and H generated in the plasma environment of the spacecraft may exceed values hazardous to human. Besides, these fields must induce large electromagnetic impulses in the space-suit and in the power supply and control circuits of onboard systems. During astronaut’s space-suit activity, these fields will penetrate the space-suit and the human body with possible hazardous effects

  17. Experimental studies on power frequency breakdown voltage of CF3I/N2 mixed gas under different electric fields

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    Zhang, Xiaoxing; Xiao, Song; Han, Yefei; Cressault, Yann

    2016-02-01

    To verify the feasibility of replacing SF6 by CF3I/N2, we compared their power frequency breakdown performance with the influence of gas pressure, mixing ratio, and electric field utilization coefficient. Under different electric fields and mixing ratios, the power frequency breakdown voltage of CF3I/N2 increases linearly along with gas pressure. Besides, with the rise of the electric field utilization coefficient, the linear growth rate of breakdown voltage along with gas pressure gradually rises. The sensitivity of pure CF3I to electric field is particularly high and can be improved by the addition of N2. The mixture 30% CF3I/70% N2 at 0.3 MPa could replace pure SF6 in equipment requiring a low insulation, but the gas pressure or the content of CF3I need to be increased for higher insulation requirements.

  18. Electric-induced oxide breakdown of a charge-coupled device under femtosecond laser irradiation.

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    Gao, Liuzheng; Zhu, Zhiwu; Shao, Zhengzheng; Cheng, Xiang'ai; Chang, Shengli

    2013-11-01

    A femtosecond laser provides an ideal source to investigate the laser-induced damage of a charge-coupled device (CCD) owing to its thermal-free and localized damage properties. For conventional damage mechanisms in the nanosecond laser regime, a leakage current and degradation of a point spread function or modulation transfer function of the CCD are caused by the thermal damages to the oxide and adjacent electrodes. However, the damage mechanisms are quite different for a femtosecond laser. In this paper, an area CCD was subjected to Ti: sapphire laser irradiation at 800 nm by 100 fs single pulses. Electric-induced oxide breakdown is considered to be the primary mechanism to cause a leakage current, and the injured oxide is between the gate and source in the metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) structure for one CCD pixel. Optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy are used to investigate the damaged areas and the results show that the electrodes and the oxide underneath are not directly affected by the femtosecond laser, which helps to get rid of the conventional damage mechanisms. For the primary damage mechanism, direct damage by hot carriers, anode hole injection, and an enlarged electric field in the insulating layer are three possible ways to cause oxide breakdown. The leakage current is proved by the decrease of the resistance of electrodes to the substrate. The output saturated images and the dynamics of an area CCD indicate that the leakage current is from an electrode to a light sensing area (or gate to source for a MOSFET), which proves the oxide breakdown mechanism. PMID:24216654

  19. Characterizing Electrical and Thermal Breakdown of Metamaterial Structures for HPM Applications

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    Wynkoop, T.; Gilmore, M.; Lynn, A. G.; Prasad, S.; Schamiloglu, E.

    2013-10-01

    The use of metamaterials (MTMs) has been proposed to increase the performance and efficiency of high power microwave (HPM) sources. However, by nature, MTMs are composed of subwavelength structures and are prone to electrical breakdown. In order to investigate the survivability of potential MTM structures in an HPM environment, two test stands are being constructed to characterize MTM electrical and thermal response. First, the SINUS-6 electron beam accelerator with maximum deliverable power of 4.2 GW(700 kV, 6 kA) , and pulse duration of 12 ns will be utilized. MTM's will be placed in close proximity to the beam, and breakdown will be characterized via fast imaging, and survey and high resolution spectroscopy. Secondly, a low current electron gun with Vbeam <= 50 kV, that can operate from ns pulsed to steady state, will investigate thermal loading and charging. Ultimately, results of this characterization will be used to develop robust MTM resonant/slow wave structures for HPM applications. Work supported by US AFOSR MURI Grant FA9550-12-1-0489.

  20. Comparative study of electrical breakdown properties of deionized water and heavy water under pulsed power conditions

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    Veda Prakash, G.; Kumar, R.; Saurabh, K.; Nasir, Anitha, V. P.; Chowdhuri, M. B.; Shyam, A.

    2016-01-01

    A comparative study of electrical breakdown properties of deionized water (H2O) and heavy water (D2O) is presented with two different electrode materials (stainless steel (SS) and brass) and polarity (positive and negative) combinations. The pulsed (˜a few tens of nanoseconds) discharges are conducted by applying high voltage (˜a few hundred kV) pulse between two hemisphere electrodes of the same material, spaced 3 mm apart, at room temperature (˜26-28 °C) with the help of Tesla based pulse generator. It is observed that breakdown occurred in heavy water at lesser voltage and in short duration compared to deionized water irrespective of the electrode material and applied voltage polarity chosen. SS electrodes are seen to perform better in terms of the voltage withstanding capacity of the liquid dielectric as compared to brass electrodes. Further, discharges with negative polarity are found to give slightly enhanced discharge breakdown voltage when compared with those with positive polarity. The observations corroborate well with conductivity measurements carried out on original and post-treated liquid samples. An interpretation of the observations is attempted using Fourier transform infrared measurements on original and post-treated liquids as well as in situ emission spectra studies. A yet another important observation from the emission spectra has been that even short (nanosecond) duration discharges result in the formation of a considerable amount of ions injected into the liquid from the electrodes in a similar manner as reported for long (microseconds) discharges. The experimental observations show that deionised water is better suited for high voltage applications and also offer a comparison of the discharge behaviour with different electrodes and polarities.

  1. Investigations of the electrical breakdown properties of insulator materials used in high voltage vacuum diodes

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    Shurter, R.P.; Carlson, R.L.; Melton, J.G.

    1993-08-01

    The Injector for the proposed Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Testing (DARHT) Facility at Los Alamos utilizes a monolithic insulator deployed in a radial configuration. The 1.83-m-diam {times} 25.4-cm-thick insulator with embedded grading rings separates the output oil transmission line from the vacuum vessel that contains the re-entrant anode and cathode assemblies. Although much work has been done by the pulse power community in studying surface flash-over of insulating materials used in both axial and radial configurations, dendrite growth at the roots of grading rings embedded in materials suitable for very large insulators is less well characterized. Degradation of several acrylic insulators has been observed in the form of dendrites growing at the roots of the grading rings for large numbers (100`s) of pulses on the prototype DARHT Injector and other machines using similar radial geometries. In a few cases, these dendrites have led to catastrophic bulk breakdown of the acrylic between two grading rings making the insulator a costly loss. Insulating materials under investigation are acrylic (Lucite), epoxy (Furane), and cross-linked polystyrene (Rexolite); each of these materials has its own particular mechanical and electrical merits. All of these materials have been cast and machined into the required large size for the Injector. Test methods and the results of investigations into the breakdown strength of various interface geometries and the susceptibility of these materials to dendrite growth are reported.

  2. Breakdown Characteristics of SF6 Gas under Non-Standard Lightning Impulse Voltage

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    Yuasa, Sadayuki; Okabe, Shigemitsu

    Evaluation of lightning surge waveforms that actually enter into substations is important to investigating the test voltage of gas insulated switchgear (GIS). The actual lightning surge waveforms in substations are different from the standard lightning impulse voltage because they are complex and are usually superimposed with various oscillations. This paper describes insulation characteristics in SF6 gas gap under the waveforms including oscillation (called waveforms B, C and D). The minimum breakdown voltages (Vmin) under experimental waveforms are higher than Vmin under the standard lightning impulse voltage. The evaluation method, which deals duration applied over 80% of peak voltage and conversion factor for second waves of waveform B, can estimate the insulation characteristics under waveforms B, C and D.

  3. The influence of mechanical properties in the electrical breakdown in poly-styrene-ethylene-butadiene-styrene thermoplastic elastomer

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    Kollosche, Matthias; Melzer, Michael; Becker, Andre; Stoyanov, Hristian; McCarthy, Denis N.; Ragusch, Hülya; Kofod, Guggi

    2009-03-01

    Dielectric elastomer actuators (DEA) are a class of eletro-active polymers with promising properties for a number of applications, however, such actuators are prone to failure. One of the leading failure mechanisms is the electrical breakdown. It is already well-known that the electro-mechanical actuation properties of DEA are strongly influenced by the mechanical properties of the elastomer and compliant electrodes. It was recently suggested that also the electrical breakdown in such soft materials is influenced by the mechanical properties of the elastomer. Here, we present stress-strain measurements obtained on two tri-block thermoplastic elastomers (SEBS 500040 and SEBS 500120, poly-styrene-ethylene-butadiene-styrene), with resulting large differences in mechanical properties, and compare them to measurements on the commonly used VHB 4910. Materials were prepared by either direct heat-pressing of the raw material, or by dissolving in toluene, centrifuging and drop-casting. Experiments showed that materials prepared with identical processing steps showed a difference in stiffness of about 20%, where centrifuged and drop-casted films were seen to be softer than heat-pressed films. Electric breakdown measurements showed that for identically processed materials, the stiffness seemed to be a strong indicator of the electrical breakdown strength. It was therefore found that processing leads to differences in both stiffness and electrical breakdown strength. However, unexpectedly, the softer drop-cast films had a much higher breakdown strength than the heatpressed films. We attribute this effect to impurities still present in the heat-pressed films, since these were not purified by centrifuging.

  4. Electrical Breakdown and Lock-On in Photoconductive Semiconductor Switch (PCSS) Devices

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    Hjalmarson, Harold; Kambour, Kenneth; Zutavern, Fred; Myles, Charley

    2008-03-01

    Optically-triggered, high-power photoconductive semiconductor switches (PCSS's) using semi-insulating GaAs are being developed at Sandia Labs. These switches carry current in high carrier-density filaments. The properties of these filaments can be explained by redistribution of carrier energy caused by carrier-carrier scattering within the filament. This process enhances the impact ionization rate thus allowing these filaments to be sustained by relatively low fields, a process called lock-on. For GaAs, the sustaining field is approximately 4.5 kV/cm. For this talk, the physics mechanisms for lock-on and high-field electrical breakdown are described. Also, a continuum implementation of these physics mechanisms is used to compute the properties of these filaments. These continuum calculations are based on previous calculations in which the filament properties are computed using a Monte Carlo method to solve the steady-state Boltzmann equation.

  5. Field enhancement factor dependence on electric field and implications on microscale gas breakdown: Theory and experimental interpretation

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    Alejandro Buendia, Jose; Venkattraman, Ayyaswamy

    2015-12-01

    In this letter, we obtain a better understanding of effective field enhancement factors (β eff) in the context of microscale gas breakdown with specific emphasis on its dependence on applied electric field. The theoretical dependence of β eff on electric field for various hemi-ellipsoidal asperities indicates that the value of β eff decreases with increasing electric field. The interpretation of experimental data using a typical one-dimensional modified Paschen law indicates a qualitatively similar electric field dependence even though the data could not be completely explained using a single effective asperity size. The values of β eff extracted from seven independent experimental datasets for microscale breakdown of argon and air are shown to be consistent and an empirical dependence on electric field is determined.

  6. Tether electrical characteristics design report

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    Lucas, J.H.

    1989-03-24

    The design of a tether system for use in electric and magnetic fields requires an analysis of the equivalent electrical circuit of the baboon and tether. The response of this equivalent circuit to an electric or magnetic field is dependent on the connection of the tether system to the baboon. The tether will be designed so that the currents induced in the tethered baboon are approximately the same as those induce in an untethered baboon. 6 figs., 3 tabs.

  7. Investigation on critical breakdown electric field of hot carbon dioxide for gas circuit breaker applications

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    Sun, Hao; Rong, Mingzhe; Wu, Yi; Chen, Zhexin; Yang, Fei; Murphy, Anthony B.; Zhang, Hantian

    2015-02-01

    Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) gas is widely used in high-voltage circuit breakers, but due to its high global warming potential, substitutes are being sought. CO2 has been investigated as a candidate based on its arc interruption performance. The hot gas in the circuit breaker after current zero, with a complicated species composition caused by the dissociation and many other reactions, will lead to the electrical breakdown, which is one of the major concerns in assessing the arc interruption performance. Despite this, little research has been reported on the dielectric strength of hot CO2. In this paper, the dielectric properties of hot CO2 related to the dielectric recovery phase of the circuit breaker were investigated in the temperature range from 300 to 4000 K and in the pressure range from 0.01 to 1.0 MPa. Under the assumptions of local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) and local chemical equilibrium (LCE), the equilibrium compositions of hot CO2 were obtained based on Gibbs free energy minimization. The cross sections for interactions between electrons and the species are presented. The critical reduced electric field strength of CO2 was determined by balancing electron generation and loss. These were evaluated using the electron energy distribution function (EEDF) derived from the two-term Boltzmann transport equation. The result indicates that unlike SF6 or air, in hot CO2 the reduced critical electric field strength does not change monotonically with increasing heavy-particle temperature from 300 to 4000 K. CO2 has a superior dielectric strength to pure SF6 above 2500 K at 0.5 MPa, which means it has the potential to improve the interruption performance of the circuit breakers, while reducing the global warming effect. Good agreement was found with published experimental results and calculations for CO2 at room temperature, and with previous calculations for hot CO2.

  8. Electrical breakdown caused by dust motion in low-pressure atmospheres: considerations for Mars.

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    Eden, H F; Vonnegut, B

    1973-06-01

    Electrification of agitated dust can cause visible breakdown in a carbon dioxide atmosphere at low pressure in a laboratory experiment. Dust storms on earth become electrified, with accompanying breakdown phenomena. Martian dust storms may reduce the atmospheric conductivity by capturing fast ions on particles, and, by electrifying, may cause discharges in the relatively low pressure atmosphere. PMID:17735929

  9. Investigation on critical breakdown electric field of hot sulfur hexafluoride/carbon tetrafluoride mixtures for high voltage circuit breaker applications

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    Wang, Weizong; Murphy, Anthony B.; Rong, Mingzhe; Looe, Hui M.; Spencer, Joseph W.

    2013-09-01

    Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) gas, widely used in high-voltage circuit breakers, has a high global warming potential and hence substitutes are being sought. The use of a mixture of carbon tetrafluoride (CF4) and SF6 is examined here. It is known that this reduces the breakdown voltage at room temperature. However, the electrical breakdown in a circuit breaker after arc interruption occurs in a hot gas environment, with a complicated species composition because of the occurrence of dissociation and other reactions. The likelihood of breakdown depends on the electron interactions with all these species. The critical reduced electric field strength (the field at which breakdown can occur, relative to the number density) of hot SF6/CF4 mixtures corresponding to the dielectric recovery phase of a high voltage circuit breaker is calculated in the temperature range from 300 K to 3500 K. The equilibrium compositions of hot SF6/CF4 mixtures under different mixing fractions were determined based on Gibbs free energy minimization. Full sets of improved cross sections for interactions between electrons and the species present are presented. The critical reduced electric field strength of these mixtures was obtained by balancing electron generation and loss mechanisms. These were evaluated using the electron energy distribution function derived from the Boltzmann transport equation under the two-term approximation. The result indicates that critical electric field strength decreases with increasing heavy-particle temperature from 1500 to 3500 K. Good agreement was found between calculations for pure hot SF6 and pure hot CF4 and experimental results and previous calculations. The addition of CF4 to SF6 was found to increase the critical reduced electric field strength for temperatures above 1500 K, indicating the potential of replacing SF6 by SF6/CF4 mixtures in high-voltage circuit breakers.

  10. The validity of the one-dimensional fluid model of electrical breakdown in synthetic air at low pressure

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    Jovanović, A. P.; Stankov, M. N.; Marković, V. Lj.; Stamenković, S. N.

    2013-12-01

    In this letter the validity of the fluid model used to simulate the electrical breakdown in air at low pressure is discussed. The new method for the determination of the ionization source term for the mixed gases is proposed. Paschen's curve obtained by the fluid model is compared to the available experimental data. The electron and ions density profiles calculated by the fluid model are presented. Based on Ohm's law, the current and voltage waveforms are calculated and compared to the ones measured by the oscilloscope in the synthetic-air filled tube with stainless-steel electrodes. It is shown that the one-dimensional fluid model can be used for modeling the electrical breakdown at pd values higher than Paschen's minimum and to determine stationary values of electron and ions densities.

  11. DC Breakdown Experiments

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    Calatroni, S.; Descoeudres, A.; Levinsen, Y.; Taborelli, M.; Wuensch, W.

    2009-01-22

    In the context of the CLIC (Compact Linear Collider) project investigations of DC breakdown in ultra high vacuum are carried out in parallel with high power RF tests. From the point of view of saturation breakdown field the best material tested so far is stainless steel, followed by titanium. Copper shows a four times weaker breakdown field than stainless steel. The results indicate clearly that the breakdown events are initiated by field emission current and that the breakdown field is limited by the cathode. In analogy to RF, the breakdown probability has been measured in DC and the data show similar behaviour as a function of electric field.

  12. A new theoretical formulation of coupling thermo-electric breakdown in LDPE film under dc high applied fields

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    Boughariou, F.; Chouikhi, S.; Kallel, A.; Belgaroui, E.

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, we present a new theoretical and numerical formulation for the electrical and thermal breakdown phenomena, induced by charge packet dynamics, in low-density polyethylene (LDPE) insulating film under dc high applied field. The theoretical physical formulation is composed by the equations of bipolar charge transport as well as by the thermo-electric coupled equation associated for the first time in modeling to the bipolar transport problem. This coupled equation is resolved by the finite-element numerical model. For the first time, all bipolar transport results are obtained under non-uniform temperature distributions in the sample bulk. The principal original results show the occurring of very sudden abrupt increase in local temperature associated to a very sharp increase in external and conduction current densities appearing during the steady state. The coupling between these electrical and thermal instabilities reflects physically the local coupling between electrical conduction and thermal joule effect. The results of non-uniform temperature distributions induced by non-uniform electrical conduction current are also presented for several times. According to our formulation, the strong injection current is the principal factor of the electrical and thermal breakdown of polymer insulating material. This result is shown in this work. Our formulation is also validated experimentally.

  13. An AlGaN/GaN HEMT with a reduced surface electric field and an improved breakdown voltage

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    Xie, Gang; Edward, Xu; Niloufar, Hashemi; Zhang, Bo; Fred, Y. Fu; Wai, Tung Ng

    2012-08-01

    A reduced surface electric field in an AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) is investigated by employing a localized Mg-doped layer under the two-dimensional electron gas (2-DEG) channel as an electric field shaping layer. The electric field strength around the gate edge is effectively relieved and the surface electric field is distributed evenly as compared with those of HEMTs with conventional source-connected field plate and double field plate structures with the same device physical dimensions. Compared with the HEMTs with conventional source-connected field plates and double field plates, the HEMT with a Mg-doped layer also shows that the breakdown location shifts from the surface of the gate edge to the bulk Mg-doped layer edge. By optimizing both the length of Mg-doped layer, Lm, and the doping concentration, a 5.5 times and 3 times the reduction in the peak electric field near the drain side gate edge is observed as compared with those of the HEMTs with source-connected field plate structure and double field plate structure, respectively. In a device with VGS = -5 V, Lm = 1.5 μm, a peak Mg doping concentration of 8×1017 cm-3 and a drift region length of 10 μm, the breakdown voltage is observed to increase from 560 V in a conventional device without field plate structure to over 900 V without any area overhead penalty.

  14. Water-tunnel and analytical investigation of the effect of strake design variables on strake vortex breakdown characteristics

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    Frink, N. T.; Lamar, J. E.

    1980-01-01

    A systematic water-tunnel study was made to determine the vortex breakdown characteristics of 43 strakes. The strakes were mounted on a 1/2-scale model of a Langley Research Center general research fighter fuselage model with a 44deg leading-edge-sweep trapezoidal wing. The analytically designed strake shapes provided examples of the effects of the primary design parameters (size, span, and slenderness) on vortex breakdown characteristics. These effects were analyzed in relation to the respective strake leading-edge suction distributions. Included were examples of the effects of detailed strake planform shaping. It was concluded that, consistent with the design criterion, those strakes with leading-edge suction distributions which increase more rapidly near, and have a higher value at, the spanwise tip of the strake produce a more stable vortex.

  15. Micrometer-scale electrical breakdown in high-density fluids with large density fluctuations: Numerical model and experimental assessment.

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    Muneoka, Hitoshi; Urabe, Keiichiro; Stauss, Sven; Terashima, Kazuo

    2015-04-01

    Experimentally observed electrical breakdown voltages (U(B)) in high-pressure gases and supercritical fluids deviate from classical theories for low-pressure gas discharges, and the underlying breakdown mechanisms for the high-density fluids making the U(B) differ from those in the classical discharges are not yet well understood. In this study, we developed an electrical breakdown model for the high-density fluids taking into account the effects of density fluctuations and ion-enhanced field emission (IEFE). The model is based on the concept that a critical anomaly of the U(B) (local minimum near the critical point) is caused by long mean free electron path leading to a large first Townsend coefficient in locally low-density spatial domains generated by the density fluctuations. Also, a modified Paschen's curve considering the effect of the IEFE on the second Townsend coefficient was used to reproduce the U(B) curve in the high-density fluids. Calculations based on the novel model showed good agreements with the experimentally measured U(B) even near the critical point and it also suggested that the critical anomaly of the U(B) depends on the gap distance. These results indicate that both the density fluctuations and the IEFE have to be considered to comprehend the plasmas in high-density and density-fluctuating fluids. PMID:25974500

  16. Micrometer-scale electrical breakdown in high-density fluids with large density fluctuations: Numerical model and experimental assessment

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    Muneoka, Hitoshi; Urabe, Keiichiro; Stauss, Sven; Terashima, Kazuo

    2015-04-01

    Experimentally observed electrical breakdown voltages (UB) in high-pressure gases and supercritical fluids deviate from classical theories for low-pressure gas discharges, and the underlying breakdown mechanisms for the high-density fluids making the UB differ from those in the classical discharges are not yet well understood. In this study, we developed an electrical breakdown model for the high-density fluids taking into account the effects of density fluctuations and ion-enhanced field emission (IEFE). The model is based on the concept that a critical anomaly of the UB (local minimum near the critical point) is caused by long mean free electron path leading to a large first Townsend coefficient in locally low-density spatial domains generated by the density fluctuations. Also, a modified Paschen's curve considering the effect of the IEFE on the second Townsend coefficient was used to reproduce the UB curve in the high-density fluids. Calculations based on the novel model showed good agreements with the experimentally measured UB even near the critical point and it also suggested that the critical anomaly of the UB depends on the gap distance. These results indicate that both the density fluctuations and the IEFE have to be considered to comprehend the plasmas in high-density and density-fluctuating fluids.

  17. Preliminary breakdown of intracloud lightning: Initiation altitude, propagation speed, pulse train characteristics, and step length estimation

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    Wu, Ting; Yoshida, Satoru; Akiyama, Yasuhiro; Stock, Michael; Ushio, Tomoo; Kawasaki, Zen

    2015-09-01

    Using a low-frequency lightning location system comprising 11 sites, we located preliminary breakdown (PB) processes in 662 intracloud (IC) lightning flashes during the summer of 2013 in Osaka area of Japan. On the basis of three-dimensional location results, we studied initiation altitude and upward propagation speed of PB processes. PB in most IC flashes has an initiation altitude that ranges from 5 to 10 km with an average of 7.8 km. Vertical speed ranges from 0.5 to 17.8 × 105 m/s with an average of 4.0 × 105 m/s. Vertical speed is closely related with initiation altitude, with IC flashes initiated at higher altitude having lower vertical speed during PB stage. Characteristics of PB pulse trains including pulse rate, pulse amplitude, and pulse width are also analyzed. The relationship between pulse rate and vertical speed has the strongest correlation, suggesting that each PB pulse corresponds to one step of the initial leader during the PB stage. Pulse rate, pulse amplitude, and pulse width all show decreasing trends with increasing initiation altitude and increasing trends with increasing vertical speed. Using a simple model, the step length of the initial leader during the PB stage is estimated. Most of initial leaders have step lengths that range from 40 to 140 m with an average of 113 m. Estimated step length has a strong correlation with initiation altitude, indicating that leaders initiated at higher altitude have longer steps. Based on the results of this study, we speculate that above certain altitude (~12 km), initial leaders in PB stages of IC flashes may only have horizontal propagations. PB processes at very high altitude may also have very weak radiation, so detecting and locating them would be relatively difficult.

  18. Performance and breakdown characteristics of irradiated vertical power GaN P-i-N diodes

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    King, M. P.; Armstrong, A. M.; Dickerson, J. R.; Vizkelethy, G.; Fleming, R. M.; Campbell, J.; Wampler, W. R.; Kizilyalli, I. C.; Bour, D. P.; Aktas, O.; Nie, H.; Disney, D.; Wierer, Jr., J.; Allerman, A. A.; Moseley, M. W.; Kaplar, R. J.

    2015-10-29

    Electrical performance and defect characterization of vertical GaN P-i-N diodes before and after irradiation with 2.5 MeV protons and neutrons is investigated. Devices exhibit increase in specific on-resistance following irradiation with protons and neutrons, indicating displacement damage introduces defects into the p-GaN and n- drift regions of the device that impact on-state device performance. The breakdown voltage of these devices, initially above 1700 V, is observed to decrease only slightly for particle fluence <; 1013 cm-2. Furthermore, the unipolar figure of merit for power devices indicates that while the on-resistance and breakdown voltage degrade with irradiation, vertical GaN P-i-Ns remain superior to the performance of the best available, unirradiated silicon devices and on-par with unirradiated modern SiC-based power devices.

  19. Electrical Characteristics of an Alternating Current Plasma Igniter in Airflow

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    Zhao, Bingbing; He, Liming; Du, Hongliang; Zhang, Hualei

    2014-04-01

    The electrical characteristics of an alternating current (AC) plasma igniter were investigated for a working gas of air at atmospheric pressure. The discharge voltage and current were measured in air in both breakdown and stable combustion processes, respectively, and the current-zero phenomena, voltage-current (V-I) characteristics were studied for different working gas flow rates. The results indicated that the working gas between anode and cathode could be ionized to generate gas discharge when the voltage reached 8 kV, and the maximum current was 33.36 A. When the current came to zero, current-zero phenomena appeared with duration of 2 μs. At the current-zero moment, dynamic resistance between electrodes became extremely high, and the maximum value could reach 445 kΩ, which was the main factor to restrain the current. With increasing working gas flow rates, the gradient of V-I characteristic curves was increased, as was the dynamic resistance. At a constant driven power, the discharge voltage increased.

  20. Electric breakdown in ultrathin MgO tunnel barrier junctions for spin-transfer torque switching

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    Schaefers, M.; Drewello, V.; Reiss, G.; Thomas, A.; Thiel, K.; Eilers, G.; Muenzenberg, M.; Schuhmann, H.; Seibt, M.

    2009-12-07

    Magnetic tunnel junctions for spin-transfer torque (STT) switching are prepared to investigate the dielectric breakdown. Intact and broken tunnel junctions are characterized by transport measurements prior to transmission electron microscopy analysis. The comparison to our previous model for thicker MgO tunnel barriers reveals a different breakdown mechanism arising from the high current densities in a STT device: instead of local pinhole formation at a constant rate, massive electromigration and heating leads to displacement of the junction material and voids are appearing. This is determined by element resolved energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and three dimensional tomographic reconstruction.

  1. The influence of the sand-dust environment on air-gap breakdown discharge characteristics of the plate-to-plate electrode

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    He, Bo; Zhang, Gang; Chen, Bangfa; Gao, Naikui; Li, Yaozhong; Peng, Zongren; Jin, Haiyun

    2010-03-01

    The experiments of plane-plane gap discharge was carried out in an environment of artificial sandstorm. By comparing and analyzing the differences in gap breakdown voltage between the sand & dust environment and clean air, some problems were investigated, such as effects of wind speed and particle concentration on the breakdown voltage, differences of gap discharge characteristics between the dust & sand medium and the clean air medium. The results showed that compared with the clean air environment, the dust & sand environment had a decreased gap breakdown voltage. The longer the gap distance, the greater the voltage drop; the breakdown voltage decreased with the increase of particle concentration in flow. With the increase of wind speed, the breakdown voltage decreased at the beginning and rose afterwards. The results of the paper may helpful for further research regarding the unidentified flashover and external insulation characteristics of the HV power grid in the dust & sand environment.

  2. Amplitude-temporal characteristics of a supershort avalanche electron beam generated during subnanosecond breakdown in air and nitrogen

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    Tarasenko, V. F.; Baksht, E. Kh.; Beloplotov, D. V.; Burachenko, A. G.; Lomaev, M. I.

    2016-04-01

    The amplitude-temporal characteristics of a supershort avalanche electron beam (SAEB) with an amplitude of up to 100 A, as well as of the breakdown voltage and discharge current, are studied experimentally with a picosecond time resolution. The waveforms of discharge and SAEB currents are synchronized with those of the voltage pulses. It is shown that the amplitude-temporal characteristics of the SAEB depend on the gap length and the designs of the gas diode and cathode. The mechanism for the generation of runaway electron beams in atmospheric-pressure gases is analyzed on the basis of the obtained experimental data.

  3. Characteristics of the dynamics of breakdown filaments in Al2O3/InGaAs stacks

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    Palumbo, F.; Shekhter, P.; Cohen Weinfeld, K.; Eizenberg, M.

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, the Al2O3/InGaAs interface was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) after a breakdown (BD) event at positive bias applied to the gate contact. The dynamics of the BD event were studied by comparable XPS measurements with different current compliance levels during the BD event. The overall results show that indium atoms from the substrate move towards the oxide by an electro-migration process and oxidize upon arrival following a power law dependence on the current compliance of the BD event. Such a result reveals the physical feature of the breakdown characteristics of III-V based metal-oxide-semiconductor devices.

  4. Modeling the Electrical Characteristics of the Global Electric Circuit

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    Lucas, G.; Lehto, E.; Baumgaertner, A. J.; Thayer, J. P.; Forbes, J. M.; Zhang, X.

    2013-12-01

    Earth's global electric circuit (GEC) embodies the electrical pathways by which currents flow from electrified clouds to the ionosphere and return through fair weather regions to the earth's surface. To investigate this pathway, an analytic model based on others' previous work has been developed to produce global estimates of atmospheric currents, electric fields, and potential distributions of the GEC. The atmosphere between the ground and the ionosphere is composed of complex current sources and conductivity distributions. In the global electric circuit, lightning events act as current generators maintaining the potential difference between the earth and ionosphere. An analytic solution to Poisson's equation was applied to the GEC, allowing for a steady-state calculation of global distributions in potential, electric fields and currents for specified conductivity distributions and current sources. The global distribution of current sources provided on a monthly basis by a recently developed empirical model of Wilson currents. Analytic representations of global conductivities are implemented that include large-scale changes in the galactic cosmic ray flux. A novel numeric solver for Poisson's equation was also developed to enable analysis of more complex distributions of conductivity, i.e. cloud and aerosol effects. These models allow one to determine how different lightning and conductivity distributions impact the electrical characteristics of the GEC.

  5. Electric field changes generated by the preliminary breakdown for the negative cloud-to-ground lightning flashes in Malaysia and Sweden

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    Baharudin, Z. A.; Fernando, M.; Ahmad, Noor Azlinda; Mäkelä, J. S.; Rahman, Mahbubur; Cooray, Vernon

    2012-08-01

    We present the study of the electric field changes generated by the preliminary breakdown for negative cloud-to-ground lightning flashes in Malaysia and Sweden concerning the association of slow field changes associated in preliminary breakdown process. We examined the total of 1685 negative cloud-to-ground lightning flashes from the total of 39 thunderstorms by recording the slow electric field, fast electric field and narrowband radiation field at 3 and 30 MHz signals simultaneously. Our results show that there is a pre-starting time, i.e. the duration between the first preliminary breakdown pulse and slow field changes starting point, which is found to be after the first preliminary breakdown pulse. The pre-starting time has the arithmetic and geometric mean range from 1.4-6.47 and 1-3.36 ms, respectively. The mean values of pre-starting time in Malaysia are greater than the values observed in Sweden by more than a factor of 3. From the two data sets it shows that the slow field changes never start before the preliminary breakdown. Furthermore, the use of single-station electric fields measurement with high resolutions of 12 bits transient recorder with several nanosecond accuracy allow one to distinguish the slow field changes generated by preliminary breakdown, which preceded the negative first return stroke, between tens to hundreds of milliseconds of pre-return stroke duration.

  6. The electrical characteristics of solid insulators for 154 kV class HTS transformer

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    Cheon, H. G.; Choi, J. H.; Pang, M. S.; Kim, W. J.; Kim, S. H.

    2011-11-01

    HTS transformer, without any loss of insulation lifetime due to the reduction in terms of size and weight, can increase the overload capacity, and have some benefits such as the improvement in efficiency, minimization of environmental pollution, and convenient spatial arrangement, which contribute a lot to electric power system operation. However, for practical insulation design of the HTS transformer, it is necessary to establish the research on electrical properties LN 2 as well as solid insulators. These solid insulators have been used as main insulations for HTS transformer. In this paper, we discussed breakdown and V- t characteristics of glass fiber reinforced plastics (GFRP) and pressboard in LN 2.

  7. Enhanced electric breakdown field of CaCu3Ti4O12 ceramics: tuning of grain boundary by a secondary phase

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    Li, Jianying; Jia, Ran; Tang, Xian; Zhao, Xuetong; Li, Shengtao

    2013-08-01

    The electric breakdown field of CaCu3Ti4O12 ceramics has been enhanced by one order, i.e. from the conventional 1.0-2.0 kV cm-1 to 21 kV cm-1. Such great enhancement, associated with lower and relatively flat dielectric loss at low frequency, has arisen from optimum Al2O3 addition and sintering process. It is indicated that the addition of Al2O3 can affect the grain growth and the grain boundary characteristics via the distribution of a secondary phase of CuAl2O4, which is confirmed by x-ray diffraction and electron dispersive spectroscopy. The performance of grain boundary can be described well by the Schottky barrier model. It is found that the activation energy of hopping conduction at grain boundary is increased from 0.60 to 0.81 eV due to the secondary phase, which consequently leads to enhanced breakdown field.

  8. On Preliminary Breakdown

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    Beasley, W. H.; Petersen, D.

    2013-12-01

    The preliminary breakdown phase of a negative cloud-to-ground lightning flash was observed in detail. Observations were made with a Photron SA1.1 high-speed video camera operating at 9,000 frames per second, fast optical sensors, a flat-plate electric field antenna covering the SLF to MF band, and VHF and UHF radio receivers with bandwidths of 20 MHz. Bright stepwise extensions of a negative leader were observed at an altitude of 8 km during the first few milliseconds of the flash, and were coincident with bipolar electric field pulses called 'characteristic pulses'. The 2-D step lengths of the preliminary processes were in excess of 100 meters, with some 2-D step lengths in excess of 200 meters. Smaller and shorter unipolar electric field pulses were superposed onto the bipolar electric field pulses, and were coincident with VHF and UHF radio pulses. After a few milliseconds, the emerging negative stepped leader system showed a marked decrease in luminosity, step length, and propagation velocity. Details of these events will be discussed, including the possibility that the preliminary breakdown phase consists not of a single developing lightning leader system, but of multiple smaller lightning leader systems that eventually join together into a single system.

  9. Breakdown properties of epoxy nanodielectric

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    Tuncer, Enis; Cantoni, Claudia; More, Karren Leslie; James, David Randy; Polyzos, Georgios; Sauers, Isidor; Ellis, Alvin R

    2010-01-01

    Recent developments in polymeric dielectric nanocomposites have shown that these novel materials can improve design of high voltage (hv) components and systems. Some of the improvements can be listed as reduction in size (compact hv systems), better reliability, high energy density, voltage endurance, and multifunctionality. Nanodielectric systems demonstrated specific improvements that have been published in the literature by different groups working with electrical insulation materials. In this paper we focus on the influence of in-situ synthesized titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) nanoparticles on the dielectric breakdown characteristics of an epoxy-based nanocomposite system. The in-situ synthesis of the particles creates small nanoparticles on the order of 10 nm with narrow size distribution and uniform particle dispersion in the matrix. The breakdown strength of the nanocomposite was studied as a function of TiO{sub 2} concentration at cryogenic temperatures. It was observed that between 2 and 6wt% yields high breakdown values for the nanodielectric.

  10. Note: Tesla based pulse generator for electrical breakdown study of liquid dielectrics

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    Veda Prakash, G.; Kumar, R.; Patel, J.; Saurabh, K.; Shyam, A.

    2013-12-01

    In the process of studying charge holding capability and delay time for breakdown in liquids under nanosecond (ns) time scales, a Tesla based pulse generator has been developed. Pulse generator is a combination of Tesla transformer, pulse forming line, a fast closing switch, and test chamber. Use of Tesla transformer over conventional Marx generators makes the pulse generator very compact, cost effective, and requires less maintenance. The system has been designed and developed to deliver maximum output voltage of 300 kV and rise time of the order of tens of nanoseconds. The paper deals with the system design parameters, breakdown test procedure, and various experimental results. To validate the pulse generator performance, experimental results have been compared with PSPICE simulation software and are in good agreement with simulation results.

  11. Note: Tesla based pulse generator for electrical breakdown study of liquid dielectrics.

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    Veda Prakash, G; Kumar, R; Patel, J; Saurabh, K; Shyam, A

    2013-12-01

    In the process of studying charge holding capability and delay time for breakdown in liquids under nanosecond (ns) time scales, a Tesla based pulse generator has been developed. Pulse generator is a combination of Tesla transformer, pulse forming line, a fast closing switch, and test chamber. Use of Tesla transformer over conventional Marx generators makes the pulse generator very compact, cost effective, and requires less maintenance. The system has been designed and developed to deliver maximum output voltage of 300 kV and rise time of the order of tens of nanoseconds. The paper deals with the system design parameters, breakdown test procedure, and various experimental results. To validate the pulse generator performance, experimental results have been compared with PSPICE simulation software and are in good agreement with simulation results. PMID:24387484

  12. Electric breakdown and ionization detection in normal liquid and superfluid 4He for the SNA nEDM experiment

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    Karcz, Maciej

    A new experiment to search for the neutron electric dipole moment (nEDM) is under construction at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The SNS nEDM experiment is a national collaboration spanning over 20 universities and laboratories with more than 100 physicists and engineers contributing to the research and development. The search for a nEDM is a precision test of time reversal symmetry in particle physics, in the absence of a discovery, the SNS nEDM experiment seeks to improve the present limit on the nEDM value by two orders of magnitude. A non-zero value of the nEDM would help to explain the asym- metry between matter and anti-matter in the universe by providing an additional source of charge conjugation and parity symmetry violation, a necessary ingredient in the theory of baryogenesis in the early universe. The nEDM experiment will measure the Larmor precession frequency of neutrons by detecting scintillation from neutron capture by a dilute concentration of 3He inside a bath of superfluid 4He. Neutron capture by 3He is spin-dependent and the magnetic moments of the neutron and the 3He nucleus are comparable. A direct measurement of the precession frequency of polarized 3He and scintillation from neutron capture allows for the relative precession frequencies of 3He and the neutron to be determined. The experiment will then look for changes in the relative precession of 3He and neutrons under the influence of strong electric fields. 3He has negligible EDM and therefore any deviation due to an applied electric field would be from a nEDM. The nEDM experiment will need to apply strong electric fields inside superfluid (SF) 4He and it was necessary to investigate the ability of SF 4He to sustain electric fields. An experiment to study electric breakdown in superfluid 4He was constructed at the Indiana University Center for Exploration of Energy and Matter (CEEM). The experiment studied the electric breakdown behavior of liquid

  13. Extrapolation of electrical breakdown currents from the laboratory to Space Station

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    Vaughn, Jason A.; Carruth, Melvin R., Jr.; Katz, Ira; Mandell, Myron J.; Jongeward, Gary A.

    1992-01-01

    Recent experiments conducted in a plasma chamber at NASA/MSFC on anodized aluminum coatings representative of Space Station Freedom design show that if the aluminum used as a thermal control coating is biased more than 80 V negative with respect to the plasma, the anodization will experience dielectric breakdown. As the thin anodization layer creates a capacitive charge buildup, large currents are observed during the arc. How plasma generation at the arc site can support large currents and discharge the surface charge layer is investigated. The importance for Space Station Freedom is that currents similar to those observed in the laboratory can be observed on orbit.

  14. Breakdown in hydrogen and deuterium gases in static and radio-frequency fields

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    Korolov, I. Donkó, Z.

    2015-09-15

    We report the results of a combined experimental and modeling study of the electrical breakdown of hydrogen and deuterium in static (DC) and radio-frequency (RF) (13.56 MHz) electric fields. For the simulations of the breakdown events, simplified models are used and only electrons are traced by Monte Carlo simulation. The experimental DC Paschen curve of hydrogen is used for the determination of the effective secondary electron emission coefficient. A very good agreement between the experimental and the calculated RF breakdown characteristics for hydrogen is found. For deuterium, on the other hand, presently available cross section sets do not allow a reproduction of RF breakdown characteristics.

  15. Spectroscopic measurements of streamer filaments in electric breakdown in a dielectric liquid

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    Bårmann, Peter; Kröll, Stefan; Sunesson, Anders

    1996-05-01

    Emission spectroscopy has been utilized to provide information about the electron density and temperature in streamers and breakdown arcs in transformer oil. Recorded spectra include strongly broadened hydrogen Balmer-0022-3727/29/5/012/img7 lines and vibration/rotation band profiles of the 0022-3727/29/5/012/img8 molecule. The origin of the observed broadening of hydrogen lines is discussed and it is concluded that it arises mainly from collisions with charged particles, so-called dynamic Stark broadening. By assuming that the broadening is due solely to dynamic Stark broadening, electron densities between 0022-3727/29/5/012/img9 and 0022-3727/29/5/012/img10 were obtained for the rear of positive streamer filaments during the later stages of propagation. For negative streamers we obtained an upper limit of 0022-3727/29/5/012/img11 and for breakdown arcs electron densities up to 0022-3727/29/5/012/img12. The temperature information in the 0022-3727/29/5/012/img8 emission profiles and the intensity ratio of the hydrogen Balmer lines are discussed. Rough estimations of the temperature are presented both for positive and for negative streamers.

  16. Electrical characteristics of a short RFQ resonator

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    Ben-Zvi, I.; Jain, A.; Wang, H. . Dept. of Physics); Lombardi, A. . Lab. Nazionale di Legnaro)

    1990-01-01

    Electrical characteristics of a short RFQ resonator of the four rod'' type have been studied by carrying out measurements on models and numerical simulations using the MAFIA codes. An empirical formula is obtained for the capacitance of vane-like electrodes in a four-rod RFQ resonator. It is shown that the electrode supports could account for a significant part of the total capacitance. This additional capacitance may change the circuit symmetry and give rise to a dipole component. This effect can be compensated by appropriate modifications of the support structure. The beam offset due to a dipole component is estimated. 6 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  17. Impact of a drain field plate on the breakdown characteristics of AlInN/GaN MOSHEMT

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    Jena, Kanjalochan; Swain, Raghunandan; Lenka, T. R.

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, a novel AlInN/GaN metal oxide semiconductor high electron mobility transistor (MOSHEMT) employing the drain field plate technique is proposed and the effect of a drain field plate on the breakdown voltage (BV) is investigated. A reduction of the peak electric field is required to achieve AlInN/GaN MOSHEMTs with a high BV. The proposed AlInN/GaN MOSHEMT with both gate and drain field plates simultaneously reduces the electric field concentration at the gate and the drain edge by decreasing the potential gradient along the channel for the 2 dimensional electron gas (2DEG). The reduction in the peak electric field at the drain edge of the proposed device leads to a 57% increase in BV compared with the BV for an AlInN/GaN MOSHEMT with a gate field plate only. A significantly higher BV can be achieved by optimizing the gate-to-drain distance (L gd ), the length of the drain field plate (L dfp ) and the thickness of the SiN passivation layer thickness (T SiN ). A detailed breakdown analysis of the device was carried out using Silvaco Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD). The detailed numerical simulations were done by using the non-local energy balance (EB) transport model, which was calibrated with the previously published experimental results. The results showed a great potential for applications of the drain-field-plated AlInN/GaN MOSHEMT to deliver high currents and high powers in microwave technologies.

  18. Mass analysis of neutral particles and ions released during electrical breakdowns on spacecraft surfaces

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    Kendall, B. R. F.

    1983-01-01

    A specialized spectrometer was designed and developed to measure the mass and velocity distributions of neutral particles (molecules and molecular clusters) released from metal-backed Teflon and Kapton films. Promising results were obtained with an insulation breakdown initiation system based on a moveable contact touching the insulated surfaces. A variable energy, high voltage pulse is applied to the contact. The resulting surface damage sites can be made similar in size and shape to those produced by a high voltage electron beam system operating at similar discharge energies. The point discharge apparatus was used for final development of several high speed recording systems and for measurements of the composition of the materials given off by the discharge. Results with this apparatus show evolution of large amounts of fluorocarbon fragments from discharge through Teflon FEP, while discharges through Kapton produce mainly very light hydrocarbon fragments at masses below about 80 a.m.u.

  19. Measurements of the volt-ampere characteristics and the breakdown voltages of direct-current helium and hydrogen discharges in microgaps

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    Klas, M.; Matejčik, Š.; Radjenović, B.; Radmilović-Radjenović, M.

    2014-10-15

    The discharge phenomena for micro meter gap sizes include many interesting problems from engineering and physical perspectives. In this paper, the authors deal with the experimental and theoretical results of the breakdown voltage and current-voltage characteristics of the direct-current helium and hydrogen discharges. The measurements were performed at a constant pressure of around one atmosphere, while varying the gap size between two parallel plane tungsten electrodes between 1 μm and 100 μm. From the measured breakdown voltage curves, the effective yields and the ionization coefficients were derived for both gases. Present data for the ionization coefficients correlate with the data obtained for the breakdown voltage curves measured for fixed 100 μm interelectrode separation. The current-voltage characteristics were plotted for the various gap sizes illustrating the role of the field emission effects in the microgaps. Based on the Fowler-Nordheim theory, the enhancement factors were determined. The gap spacing dependence of the field emission current can be explained by the introduction of two ideas, the first being a space charge effect by emitted electrons, and the second a change in the breakdown mechanism. Experimental results, presented here, demonstrate that Townsend phenomenology breaks down when field emission becomes the key mechanism affecting the breakdown and deforming the left hand side of the breakdown voltage curves.

  20. Measurements of the volt-ampere characteristics and the breakdown voltages of direct-current helium and hydrogen discharges in microgaps

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    Klas, M.; Matejčik, Š.; Radjenović, B.; Radmilović-Radjenović, M.

    2014-10-01

    The discharge phenomena for micro meter gap sizes include many interesting problems from engineering and physical perspectives. In this paper, the authors deal with the experimental and theoretical results of the breakdown voltage and current-voltage characteristics of the direct-current helium and hydrogen discharges. The measurements were performed at a constant pressure of around one atmosphere, while varying the gap size between two parallel plane tungsten electrodes between 1 μm and 100 μm. From the measured breakdown voltage curves, the effective yields and the ionization coefficients were derived for both gases. Present data for the ionization coefficients correlate with the data obtained for the breakdown voltage curves measured for fixed 100 μm interelectrode separation. The current-voltage characteristics were plotted for the various gap sizes illustrating the role of the field emission effects in the microgaps. Based on the Fowler-Nordheim theory, the enhancement factors were determined. The gap spacing dependence of the field emission current can be explained by the introduction of two ideas, the first being a space charge effect by emitted electrons, and the second a change in the breakdown mechanism. Experimental results, presented here, demonstrate that Townsend phenomenology breaks down when field emission becomes the key mechanism affecting the breakdown and deforming the left hand side of the breakdown voltage curves.

  1. Tin Whisker Electrical Short Circuit Characteristics Part 2

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    Courey, Karim J.; Asfour, Shihab S.; Bayliss, Jon A.; Ludwib, Lawrence L.; Zapata, Maria C.

    2007-01-01

    Existing risk simulations make the assumption that when a free tin whisker has bridged two adjacent exposed electrical conductors, the result is an electrical short circuit. This conservative assumption is made because shorting is a random event that has a currently unknown probability associated with it. Due to contact resistance electrical shorts may not occur at lower voltage levels. In this experiment, we study the effect of varying voltage on the breakdown of the contact resistance which leads to a short circuit. From this data we can estimate the probability of an electrical short, as a function of voltage, given that a free tin whisker has bridged two adjacent exposed electrical conductors. In addition, three tin whiskers grown from the same Space Shuttle Orbiter card guide used in the aforementioned experiment were cross-sectioned and studied using a focused ion beam (FIB).

  2. Breakdown of electron-pairs in the presence of an electric field of a superconducting ring.

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    Pandey, Bradraj; Dutta, Sudipta; Pati, Swapan K

    2016-05-18

    The quantum dynamics of quasi-one-dimensional ring with varying electron filling factors is investigated in the presence of an external electric field. The system is modeled within a Hubbard Hamiltonian with attractive Coulomb correlation, which results in a superconducting ground state when away from half-filling. The electric field is induced by applying time-dependent Aharonov-Bohm flux in the perpendicular direction. To explore the non-equilibrium phenomena arising from the field, we adopt exact diagonalization and the Crank-Nicolson numerical method. With an increase in electric field strength, the electron pairs, a signature of the superconducting phase, start breaking and the system enters into a metallic phase. However, the strength of the electric field for this quantum phase transition depends on the electronic correlation. This phenomenon has been confirmed by flux-quantization of time-dependent current and pair correlation functions. PMID:27089910

  3. Breakdown of electron-pairs in the presence of an electric field of a superconducting ring

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    Pandey, Bradraj; Dutta, Sudipta; Pati, Swapan K.

    2016-05-01

    The quantum dynamics of quasi-one-dimensional ring with varying electron filling factors is investigated in the presence of an external electric field. The system is modeled within a Hubbard Hamiltonian with attractive Coulomb correlation, which results in a superconducting ground state when away from half-filling. The electric field is induced by applying time-dependent Aharonov–Bohm flux in the perpendicular direction. To explore the non-equilibrium phenomena arising from the field, we adopt exact diagonalization and the Crank–Nicolson numerical method. With an increase in electric field strength, the electron pairs, a signature of the superconducting phase, start breaking and the system enters into a metallic phase. However, the strength of the electric field for this quantum phase transition depends on the electronic correlation. This phenomenon has been confirmed by flux-quantization of time-dependent current and pair correlation functions.

  4. VERY LOW FREQUENCY BREAKDOWN PROPERTIES OF ELECTRICAL INSULATION MATERIALS AT CRYOGENIC TEMPERATURES

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    Sauers, I.; Tuncer, E.; Polizos, G.; James, D. R.; Ellis, A. R.; Pace, M. O.

    2010-04-08

    For long cables or equipment with large capacitance it is not always possible to conduct high voltage withstand tests at 60 Hz due to limitations in charging currents of the power supply. Very low frequency (typically at a frequency of 0.1 Hz) has been used for conventional cables as a way of getting around the charging current limitation. For superconducting grid applications the same issues apply. However there is very little data at cryogenic temperatures on how materials perform at low frequency compared to 60 Hz and whether higher voltages should be applied when performing a high voltage acceptability test. Various materials including G10 (fiberglass reinforced plastic or FRP), Cryoflex (a tape insulation used in some high temperature superconducting cables), kapton (commonly used polyimide), polycarbonate, and polyetherimide, and in liquid nitrogen alone have been tested using a step method for frequencies of 60 Hz, 0.1 Hz, and dc. The dwell time at each step was chosen so that the aging factor would be the same in both the 60 Hz and 0.1 Hz tests. The data indicated that, while there is a small frequency dependence for liquid nitrogen, there are significant differences for the solid materials studied. Breakdown data for these materials and for model cables will be shown and discussed.

  5. VERY LOW FREQUENCY BREAKDOWN PROPERTIES OF ELECTRICAL INSULATION MATERIALS AT CRYOGENIC TEMPERATURES

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    Sauers, Isidor; Tuncer, Enis; Polyzos, Georgios; James, David Randy; Ellis, Alvin R; Pace, Marshall O

    2010-01-01

    For long cables or equipment with large capacitance it is not always possible to conduct high voltage withstand at tests at 60 Hz due to limitations in charging currents of the power supply. Very low frequency (typically at a frequency of 0.1 Hz) has been used for conventional cables as a way of getting around the charging current limitation. For superconducting grid applications the same issues apply. However there is very little data at cryogenic temperatures on how materials perform at low frequency compared to 60 Hz and whether higher voltages should be applied when performing a high voltage acceptability test. Various materials including G10 (fiberglass reinforced plastic or FRP), Cryoflex (a tape insulation used in some high temperature superconducting cables), kapton (commonly used polyimide), polycarbonate, and polyetherimide, and in liquid nitrogen alone have been tested using a step method for frequencies of 60 Hz, 0.1 Hz, and dc. The dwell time at each step was chosen so that the aging factor would be the same in both the 60 Hz and 0.1 Hz tests. The data indicated that, while there is a small frequency dependence for liquid nitrogen, there are significant differences for the solid materials studied. Breakdown data for these materials and for model cables will be shown and discussed.

  6. VERY LOW FREQUENCY BREAKDOWN PROPERTIES OF ELECTRICAL INSULATION MATERIALS AT CRYOGENIC TEMPERATURES

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    Sauers, I.; Tuncer, E.; Polizos, G.; James, D. R.; Ellis, A. R.; Pace, M. O.

    2010-01-01

    For long cables or equipment with large capacitance it is not always possible to conduct high voltage withstand tests at 60 Hz due to limitations in charging currents of the power supply. Very low frequency (typically at a frequency of 0 1 Hz) has been used for conventional cables as a way of getting around the charging current limitation For superconducting grid applications the same issues apply. However there is very little data at cryogenic temperatures on how materials perform at low frequency compared to 60 Hz and whether higher voltages should be applied when performing a high voltage acceptability test. Various materials including G 10 (fiberglass reinforced plastic or FRP), Cryoflex (TM) (a tape insulation used in some high temperature superconducting cables), kapton (commonly used polyimide), polycarbonate, and polyetherimide, and in liquid nitrogen alone have been tested using a step method for frequencies of 60 Hz, 0.1 Hz, and dc The dwell time at each step was chosen so that the aging factor would be the same in both the 60 Hz and 0 I Hz tests. The data indicated that, while there is a small frequency dependence for liquid nitrogen, there are significant differences for the solid materials studied. Breakdown data for these materials and for model cables will be shown and discussed.

  7. Non-Gated Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Provides a Powerful Segmentation Tool on Concomitant Treatment of Characteristic and Continuum Emission

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    Dasari, Ramachandra Rao; Barman, Ishan; Gundawar, Manoj Kumar

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate the application of non-gated laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) for characterization and classification of organic materials with similar chemical composition. While use of such a system introduces substantive continuum background in the spectral dataset, we show that appropriate treatment of the continuum and characteristic emission results in accurate discrimination of pharmaceutical formulations of similar stoichiometry. Specifically, our results suggest that near-perfect classification can be obtained by employing suitable multivariate analysis on the acquired spectra, without prior removal of the continuum background. Indeed, we conjecture that pre-processing in the form of background removal may introduce spurious features in the signal. Our findings in this report significantly advance the prior results in time-integrated LIBS application and suggest the possibility of a portable, non-gated LIBS system as a process analytical tool, given its simple instrumentation needs, real-time capability and lack of sample preparation requirements. PMID:25084522

  8. Discharge Characteristics of SF6 in a Non-Uniform Electric Field Under Repetitive Nanosecond Pulses

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    Ran, Huijuan; Wang, Lei; Wang, Jue; Wang, Tao; Yan, Ping

    2014-05-01

    The characteristics of high pressure sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) discharges in a highly non-uniform electric field under repetitive nanosecond pulses are investigated in this paper. The influencing factors on discharge process, such as gas pressure, pulse repetition frequency (PRF), and number of applied pulses, are analyzed. Experimental results show that the corona intensity weakens with the increase of gas pressure and strengthens with the increase of PRF or number of applied pulses. Spark discharge images suggest that a shorter and thicker discharge plasma channel will lead to a larger discharge current. The number of applied pulses to breakdown descends with the increase of PRF and ascends with the rise of gas pressure. The reduced electric field (E/p) decreases with the increase of PRF in all circumstances. The experimental results provide significant supplements to the dielectric characteristics of strongly electronegative gases under repetitive nanosecond pulses.

  9. Comparison of the detection characteristics of trace species using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy and laser breakdown time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

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    Wang, Zhenzhen; Deguchi, Yoshihiro; Yan, Junjie; Liu, Jiping

    2015-01-01

    The rapid and precise element measurement of trace species, such as mercury, iodine, strontium, cesium, etc. is imperative for various applications, especially for industrial needs. The elements mercury and iodine were measured by two detection methods for comparison of the corresponding detection features. A laser beam was focused to induce plasma. Emission and ion signals were detected using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) and laser breakdown time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LB-TOFMS). Multi-photon ionization and electron impact ionization in the plasma generation process can be controlled by the pressure and pulse width. The effect of electron impact ionization on continuum emission, coexisting molecular and atomic emissions became weakened in low pressure condition. When the pressure was less than 1 Pa, the plasma was induced by laser dissociation and multi-photon ionization in LB-TOFMS. According to the experimental results, the detection limits of mercury and iodine in N2 were 3.5 ppb and 60 ppb using low pressure LIBS. The mercury and iodine detection limits using LB-TOFMS were 1.2 ppb and 9.0 ppb, which were enhanced due to different detection features. The detection systems of LIBS and LB-TOFMS can be selected depending on the condition of each application. PMID:25769051

  10. Comparison of the Detection Characteristics of Trace Species Using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy and Laser Breakdown Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry

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    Wang, Zhenzhen; Deguchi, Yoshihiro; Yan, Junjie; Liu, Jiping

    2015-01-01

    The rapid and precise element measurement of trace species, such as mercury, iodine, strontium, cesium, etc. is imperative for various applications, especially for industrial needs. The elements mercury and iodine were measured by two detection methods for comparison of the corresponding detection features. A laser beam was focused to induce plasma. Emission and ion signals were detected using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) and laser breakdown time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LB-TOFMS). Multi-photon ionization and electron impact ionization in the plasma generation process can be controlled by the pressure and pulse width. The effect of electron impact ionization on continuum emission, coexisting molecular and atomic emissions became weakened in low pressure condition. When the pressure was less than 1 Pa, the plasma was induced by laser dissociation and multi-photon ionization in LB-TOFMS. According to the experimental results, the detection limits of mercury and iodine in N2 were 3.5 ppb and 60 ppb using low pressure LIBS. The mercury and iodine detection limits using LB-TOFMS were 1.2 ppb and 9.0 ppb, which were enhanced due to different detection features. The detection systems of LIBS and LB-TOFMS can be selected depending on the condition of each application. PMID:25769051

  11. Zipping it up: DEAs independent of the elastomer's electric breakdown field

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    Gebbers, Pit; Grätzel, Chauncey; Maffli, Luc; Stamm, Christoph; Shea, Herbert

    2012-04-01

    We demonstrate here an alternative dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) structure, which relies on the compliant nature of elastomer membranes but does not require any electric field in the elastomer. Our elastomer zipping device is a macroscopic version of the electrostatic zipping actuators common in silicon MEMS. It consists of a cm-sized metallic bottom electrode, covered by a thin insulator, on which the elastomer membrane is bonded, enclosing a tapered air gap. A compliant electrode is patterned on the lower face of the elastomer membrane. Applying a voltage between solid bottom electrode and compliant electrode leads to controlled pull-in in movement, comparable to the closing of a zipper, thus giving large strokes and forces with no electrical requirements on the elastomer since no voltage is applied across the membrane. The compliant electrodes (20 mm diameter) are produced by metal ion-implantation into the elastomer membranes. The bottom metal electrodes are coated with 10 to 30 μm of Al2O3. We report on our experimental study of membrane deflection and dynamics and discuss the effect of design parameters such as elastomer mechanical properties and actuator geometry. Membrane deflection of up to 1.4 mm was reached at only 200 V actuation voltage. The large membrane deformation achieved with this zipping actuation can be applied to applications such as pumps or tunable liquid lenses. The out-of plane movement of the membrane can be used for linear actuation.

  12. Relationship between the structure and electrical characteristics of diamond-like carbon films

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    Takabayashi, Susumu Otsuji, Taiichi; Yang, Meng; Ogawa, Shuichi; Hayashi, Hiroyuki; Ješko, Radek; Takakuwa, Yuji

    2014-09-07

    To elucidate the relationship between the structure and the electrical characteristics of diamond-like carbon (DLC) films, DLC films were synthesized in a well-controlled glow discharge with the aid of photoelectrons in an argon/methane atmosphere. The dielectric constant and breakdown strength of the films exhibited opposite behaviors, depending on the total pressure during the synthesis. The product of these two values decreased monotonically as the pressure increased. The Raman spectra were analyzed with a Voigt-type formula. Based on the results, the authors propose the “sp{sup 2} cluster model” for the DLC structure. This model consists of conductive clusters of sp{sup 2} carbons surrounded by a dielectric matrix sea of sp{sup 2} carbon, sp{sup 3} carbon, and hydrogen, and indicates that the dielectric constant of the whole DLC film is determined by the balance between the dielectric constant of the matrix and the total size of the clusters, while the breakdown strength is determined by the reciprocal of the cluster size. The model suggests that a high-κ DLC film can be synthesized at a middle pressure and consists of well-grown sp{sup 2} clusters and a dense matrix. A low-κ DLC film can be synthesized both at low and high pressures. The sp{sup 2} cluster model explains that a low-κ DLC film synthesized at low pressure consists of a dense matrix and a low density of sp{sup 2} clusters, and exhibits a high breakdown strength. On the other hand, a low-κ film synthesized at high pressure consists of a coarse matrix and a high density of clusters and exhibits a low breakdown strength.

  13. Mechanical and Electrical Characteristics of Poly-Lactic Acid which Added Plasticizer

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    Shinyama, Katsuyoshi; Fujita, Shigetaka

    Poly-lactic acid (PLA), a biodegradable plastic, has excellent electrical insulation properties. Being a hard resin, however, PLA is difficult to apply to coated cable. In this study, we blended a plasticizer with PLA to soften it, and examined the effects of the plasticizer on the mechanical and electrical characteristics of PLA. The glass transition temperature (Tg) and the melting point (Tm) had a tendency to decrease with an increase in the amount of plasticizer. With an increase in the amount of plasticizer, the tensile strength had a tendency to decrease and the breaking elongation to increase. As described above, PLA became softer with an increase in the amount of plasticizer. At 25°C, dielectric breakdown strength (EB) was about 5 MV/cm, irrespective of the presence of the plasticizer; the plasticizer showed almost no effect on EB. At 80°C, however, EB had a tendency to increase with an increase in the amount of plasticizer.

  14. Electrical characteristics of SrTiO3/Al2O3 laminated film capacitors

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    Peng, Yong; Yao, Manwen; Chen, Jianwen; Xu, Kaien; Yao, Xi

    2016-07-01

    The electrical characteristics of SrTiO3/Al2O3 (160 nm up/90 nm down) laminated film capacitors using the sol-gel process have been investigated. SrTiO3 is a promising and extensively studied high-K dielectric material, but its leakage current property is poor. SrTiO3/Al2O3 laminated films can effectively suppress the demerits of pure SrTiO3 films under low electric field, but the leakage current value reaches to 0.1 A/cm2 at higher electric field (>160 MV/m). In this study, a new approach was applied to reduce the leakage current and improve the dielectric strength of SrTiO3/Al2O3 laminated films. Compared to laminated films with Au top electrodes, dielectric strength of laminated films with Al top electrodes improves from 205 MV/m to 322 MV/m, simultaneously the leakage current maintains the same order of magnitude (10-4 A/cm2) until the breakdown occurs. The above electrical characteristics are attributed to the anodic oxidation reaction in origin, which can repair the defects of laminated films at higher electric field. The anodic oxidation reactions have been confirmed by the corresponding XPS measurement and the cross sectional HRTEM analysis. This work provides a new approach to fabricate dielectrics with high dielectric strength and low leakage current.

  15. Power system characteristics for more electric aircraft

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    Hansen, Irving G.

    1993-01-01

    It should not be suprising that more electric aircraft must meet significantly more difficult electrical power system requirements than were considereed when today's power distribution systems were being developed. Electric power, no longer a secondary system, will become a critical element of the primary control system. Functional reliability requiirements will be extremely stringent and can only be met by controlling element redundancy within a distributed power system. Existing electrical systems were not developed to have both the power system and the control/sensing elements distributed and yet meet the requirements of lighting tolerance and high intensity radio frequency (HIRF). In addition, the operation of electric actuators involves high transient loading and reverse energy flows. Such phenomena were also not anticipated when power quality was specified for either 270 vdc or 400 Hertz ac power systems. This paper will expand upon the issues and discuss some of the technologies involved in their resolution.

  16. Kinetic parameters, collision rates, energy exchanges and transport coefficients of non-thermal electrons in premixed flames at sub-breakdown electric field strengths

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    Bisetti, Fabrizio; El Morsli, Mbark

    2014-01-01

    The effects of an electric field on the collision rates, energy exchanges and transport properties of electrons in premixed flames are investigated via solutions to the Boltzmann kinetic equation. The case of high electric field strength, which results in high-energy, non-thermal electrons, is analysed in detail at sub-breakdown conditions. The rates of inelastic collisions and the energy exchange between electrons and neutrals in the reaction zone of the flame are characterised quantitatively. The analysis includes attachment, ionisation, impact dissociation, and vibrational and electronic excitation processes. Our results suggest that Townsend breakdown occurs for E/N = 140 Td. Vibrational excitation is the dominant process up to breakdown, despite important rates of electronic excitation of CO, CO2 and N2 as well as impact dissociation of O2 being apparent from 50 Td onwards. Ohmic heating in the reaction zone is found to be negligible (less than 2% of peak heat release rate) up to breakdown field strengths for realistic electron densities equal to 1010 cm-3. The observed trends are largely independent of equivalence ratio. In the non-thermal regime, electron transport coefficients are insensitive to mixture composition and approximately constant across the flame, but are highly dependent on the electric field strength. In the thermal limit, kinetic parameters and transport coefficients vary substantially across the flame due to the spatially inhomogeneous concentration of water vapour. A practical approach for identifying the plasma regime (thermal versus non-thermal) in studies of electric field effects on flames is proposed.

  17. Nanostructured Carbons and Their Electrical Transport Characteristics

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    Shi, Wu

    This thesis is about the fabrication, characterization, device preparation and electrical transport properties measurements of three types of nanostructured carbons. In particular, the foci are on the 4 Angstrom carbon nanotubes embedded in zeolite crystals, bundles of double-wall carbon nanotubes, and disordered graphene. The 4 Angstrom single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) embedded in zeolite crystals are fabricated by a new heating process which introduces ethylene gas as the carbon source. Raman characterization indicates the sample quality to be improved compared to that fabricated by the original heating process that involved converting the precursor tripropylamine. Transport measurements carried out on these newly fabricated 4 Angstrom SWCNT samples show two types of superconducting resistive transitions. The first type is one-dimensional (1D) crossover to three-dimensional (3D) superconducting transition, which was observed to initiate at 15 K, followed by a sharp, order of magnitude resistance drop at 7.5 K. The sharp transition exhibits anisotropic magnetic field dependence. And differential resistance versus current curves indicate that the establishment of coherence proceeded in stages as the temperature is lowered below 15K. In particular, the sharp resistance drop and its attendant nonlinear IV characteristics are consistent with the manifestations of a Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless (BKT) transition that establishes a quasi-long range order in the plane transverse to the c-axis of the nanotubes. The second type is quasi 1D superconducting transition, which was also observed to initiate at 15 K. But the resistance drop exhibits a smooth feature and magnetic field independence up to 11 Tesla as temperature decreases. And differential resistance increases smoothly with bias current. Specific heat and new Meissner effect measurements carried out by Prof. Rolf Lortz's group provide strong support of the superconductivity in 4 Angstrom CNTs, with detailed

  18. Electrical Insulation Characteristics of Glass Fiber Reinforced Resins

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    Tuncer, Enis; Sauers, Isidor; James, David Randy; Ellis, Alvin R

    2009-01-01

    Non-metallic structural materials that act as an electrical insulation are needed for cryogenic power applications. One of the extensively utilized materials is glass fiber reinforced resins (GFRR) and may also be known as GFRP and FRP. They are created from glass fiber cloth that are impregnated with an epoxy resin under pressure and heat. Although the materials based on GFRR have been employed extensively, reports about their dielectric properties at cryogenic temperatures and larger thicknesses are generally lacking in the literature. Therefore to guide electrical apparatus designers for cryogenic applications, GFRR samples with different thicknesses are tested in a liquid nitrogen bath. Scaling relation between the dielectric breakdown strength and the GFFR thickness is established. Their loss tangents are also reported at various frequencies.

  19. Confusion and its dynamics during device comprehension with breakdown scenarios.

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    D'Mello, Sidney; Graesser, Art

    2014-09-01

    The incidence and dynamics of confusion during complex learning and problem solving were investigated in an experiment where participants first read illustrated texts on everyday devices (e.g., an electric bell) followed by breakdown scenarios reflecting device malfunctions (e.g., "When a person rang the bell there was a short ding and then no sound was heard"). The breakdown scenarios were expected to trigger impasses and put participants in a state of cognitive disequilibrium where they would experience confusion and engage in effortful confusion resolution activities in order to restore equilibrium. The results confirmed that participants reported more confusion when presented with the breakdown scenarios compared to control scenarios that involved focusing on important device components in the absence of malfunctions. A second-by-second analysis of the dynamics of confusion yielded two characteristic trajectories that distinguished participants who partially resolved their confusion from those who remained confused. Participants who were successful in partial confusion resolution while processing the breakdowns outperformed their counterparts on knowledge assessments after controlling for scholastic aptitude, engagement, and frustration. This effect was amplified for those who were highly confused by the breakdowns. There was no direct breakdown vs. control effect on learning, but being actively engaged and partially resolving confusion during breakdown processing were positive predictors of increased learning with the breakdown compared to control scenarios. Implications of our findings for theories that highlight the role of impasses, cognitive disequilibrium, and confusion to learning are discussed. PMID:24973629

  20. A comparison of the 60Co gamma radiation hardness, breakdown characteristics and the effect of SiN x capping on InAlN and AlGaN HEMTs for space applications

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    Smith, M. D.; O'Mahony, D.; Vitobello, F.; Muschitiello, M.; Costantino, A.; Barnes, A. R.; Parbrook, P. J.

    2016-02-01

    Electrical performance and stability of InAlN and AlGaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) subjected 9.1 mrad of 60Co gamma radiation and off-state voltage step-stressing until breakdown are reported. Comparison with commercially available production-level AlGaN HEMT devices, which showed negligible drift in DC performance throughout all experiments, suggests degradation mechanisms must be managed and suppressed through development of advanced epitaxial and surface passivation techniques in order to fully exploit the robustness of the III-nitride material system. Of the research level devices without dielectric layer surface capping, InAlN HEMTs exhibited the greater stability compared with AlGaN under off-state bias stressing and gamma irradiation in terms of their DC characteristics, although AlGaN HEMTs had significantly higher breakdown voltages. The effect of plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition SiN x surface capping is explored, highlighting the sensitivity of InAlN HEMT performance to surface passivation techniques. InAlN-SiN x HEMTs suffered more from trap related degradation than AlGaN-SiN x devices in terms of radiation hardness and step-stress characteristics, attributed to an increased capturing of carriers in traps at the InAlN/SiN x interface.

  1. Tin Whisker Electrical Short Circuit Characteristics. Part 2

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    Courey, Karim J.; Asfour, Shihab S.; Onar, Arzu; Bayliss, Jon A.; Ludwig, Lawrence L.; Wright, Maria C.

    2009-01-01

    Existing risk simulations make the assumption that when a free tin whisker has bridged two adjacent exposed electrical conductors, the result is an electrical short circuit. This conservative assumption is made because shorting is a random event that has an unknown probability associated with it. Note however that due to contact resistance electrical shorts may not occur at lower voltage levels. In our first article we developed an empirical probability model for tin whisker shorting. In this paper, we develop a more comprehensive empirical model using a refined experiment with a larger sample size, in which we studied the effect of varying voltage on the breakdown of the contact resistance which leads to a short circuit. From the resulting data we estimated the probability distribution of an electrical short, as a function of voltage. In addition, the unexpected polycrystalline structure seen in the focused ion beam (FIB) cross section in the first experiment was confirmed in this experiment using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The FIB was also used to cross section two card guides to facilitate the measurement of the grain size of each card guide's tin plating to determine its finish.

  2. Mineralogical characteristics of electric arc furnace dusts

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    Hagni, Ann M.; Hagni, Richard D.; Demars, Christelle

    1991-04-01

    Reflected light microscopy can contribute important information regarding the mineralogy, mineral abundance, internal textures, sizes and shapes of particles in electric arc furnace (EAF) dusts. Scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy and electron microprobe analysis are useful to determine the chemical compositions of the specific mineral grains in the dust particles. Furthermore, the mineralogical reactions that have taken place during the pyro-metallurgical treatment of EAF dusts and the mineralogy and textural character of those treated dust samples can be directly observed by reflected light microscopy. Such studies are useful in monitoring the efficiency of experimental pyrometallurgical treatment of EAF dusts which are designed to render them nonhazardous.

  3. Electric field distribution characteristics of photoconductive antennas

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    Zou, Sheng-Wu; Zhang, Tong-Yi

    2012-10-01

    Photoexcitation of biased semiconductor photoconductive antennas by femtosecond pulses is the most common and convenient technique for generating strong terahertz (THz) pulses. In this paper, we use the three-dimensional (3D) finite-difference-time-domain (FDTD) to analyze electric field distribution of THz pulses in the near-field from a photoconductive antenna. The simulation is based on solving Maxwell's equations and the carrier rate equations simultaneously on realistic dipole antenna structures. The 3D FDTD simulation gives detailed features of THz electric field distribution in and out of the antenna. It is found that the difference of near-field distribution between the substrate and free space is considerably large. The fields of the alternating-current dipole exhibit an unsymmetrical distribution and a large deviation from those calculated using the simple Hertzian dipole theory. The magnitude of THz field in and out of the substrate attenuates rapidly while it holds the line in the gap center. The high-frequency components of THz radiation emission come only from the dipole antenna, while the low-frequency components are from both the center electrodes and coplanar stripline waveguide. This work can be used to optimize the design of antenna geometry and raise the radiation field power.

  4. Spectrometers for RF breakdown studies for CLIC

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    Jacewicz, M.; Ziemann, V.; Ekelöf, T.; Dubrovskiy, A.; Ruber, R.

    2016-08-01

    An e+e- collider of several TeV energy will be needed for the precision studies of any new physics discovered at the LHC collider at CERN. One promising candidate is CLIC, a linear collider which is based on a two-beam acceleration scheme that efficiently solves the problem of power distribution to the acceleration structures. The phenomenon that currently prevents achieving high accelerating gradients in high energy accelerators such as the CLIC is the electrical breakdown at very high electrical field. The ongoing experimental work within the CLIC collaboration is trying to benchmark the theoretical models focusing on the physics of vacuum breakdown which is responsible for the discharges. In order to validate the feasibility of accelerating structures and observe the characteristics of the vacuum discharges and their eroding effects on the structure two dedicated spectrometers are now commissioned at the high-power test-stands at CERN. First, the so called Flashbox has opened up a possibility for non-invasive studies of the emitted breakdown currents during two-beam acceleration experiments. It gives a unique possibility to measure the energy of electrons and ions in combination with the arrival time spectra and to put that in context with accelerated beam, which is not possible at any of the other existing test-stands. The second instrument, a spectrometer for detection of the dark and breakdown currents, is operated at one of the 12 GHz stand-alone test-stands at CERN. Built for high repetition rate operation it can measure the spatial and energy distributions of the electrons emitted from the acceleration structure during a single RF pulse. Two new analysis tools: discharge impedance tracking and tomographic image reconstruction, applied to the data from the spectrometer make possible for the first time to obtain the location of the breakdown inside the structure both in the transversal and longitudinal direction thus giving a more complete picture of the

  5. Measuring Breakdown Voltage.

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    Auer, Herbert J.

    1978-01-01

    The article discusses an aspect of conductivity, one of the electrical properties subdivisions, and describes a tester that can be shop-built. Breakdown voltage of an insulation material is specifically examined. Test procedures, parts lists, diagrams, and test data form are included. (MF)

  6. Mounting method improves electrical and vibrational characteristics of screen electrodes

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    Nelson, R. E.

    1969-01-01

    Electrical characteristics of the mesh or screen electrodes used in electron tubes are improved by decreasing the shunt capacitance of the tube while retaining the close spacing needed for the required resolution. Vibrational characteristics are enhanced by raising the natural resonant frequency.

  7. Characteristics of the dynamics of breakdown filaments in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/InGaAs stacks

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    Palumbo, F.; Shekhter, P.; Eizenberg, M.; Cohen Weinfeld, K.

    2015-09-21

    In this paper, the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/InGaAs interface was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) after a breakdown (BD) event at positive bias applied to the gate contact. The dynamics of the BD event were studied by comparable XPS measurements with different current compliance levels during the BD event. The overall results show that indium atoms from the substrate move towards the oxide by an electro-migration process and oxidize upon arrival following a power law dependence on the current compliance of the BD event. Such a result reveals the physical feature of the breakdown characteristics of III-V based metal-oxide-semiconductor devices.

  8. Gas breakdown driven by L band short-pulse high-power microwave

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    Yang, Yi-Ming; Yuan, Cheng-Wei; Qian, Bao-Liang

    2012-12-01

    High power microwave (HPM) driven gas breakdown is a major factor in limiting the radiation and transmission of HPM. A method that HPM driven gas breakdown could be obtained by changing the aperture of horn antenna is studied in this paper. Changing the effective aperture of horn antenna can adjust the electric field in near field zone, leading to gas breakdown. With this method, measurements of air and SF6 breakdowns are carried out on a magnetically insulated transmission-line oscillators, which is capable of generating HPM with pulse duration of 30 ns, and frequency of 1.74 GHz. The typical breakdown waveforms of air and SF6 are presented. Besides, the breakdown field strengths of the two gases are derived at different pressures. It is found that the effects of air and SF6 breakdown on the transmission of HPM are different: air breakdown mainly shortens the pulse width of HPM while SF6 breakdown mainly reduces the peak output power of HPM. The electric field threshold of SF6 is about 2.4 times larger than that of air. These differences suggest that gas properties have a great effect on the transmission characteristic of HPM in gases.

  9. Gas breakdown driven by L band short-pulse high-power microwave

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    Yang Yiming; Yuan Chengwei; Qian Baoliang

    2012-12-15

    High power microwave (HPM) driven gas breakdown is a major factor in limiting the radiation and transmission of HPM. A method that HPM driven gas breakdown could be obtained by changing the aperture of horn antenna is studied in this paper. Changing the effective aperture of horn antenna can adjust the electric field in near field zone, leading to gas breakdown. With this method, measurements of air and SF{sub 6} breakdowns are carried out on a magnetically insulated transmission-line oscillators, which is capable of generating HPM with pulse duration of 30 ns, and frequency of 1.74 GHz. The typical breakdown waveforms of air and SF{sub 6} are presented. Besides, the breakdown field strengths of the two gases are derived at different pressures. It is found that the effects of air and SF{sub 6} breakdown on the transmission of HPM are different: air breakdown mainly shortens the pulse width of HPM while SF{sub 6} breakdown mainly reduces the peak output power of HPM. The electric field threshold of SF{sub 6} is about 2.4 times larger than that of air. These differences suggest that gas properties have a great effect on the transmission characteristic of HPM in gases.

  10. Side-illuminated tip-enhanced Raman study of edge phonon in graphene at the electrical breakdown limit

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    Okuno, Yoshito; Vantasin, Sanpon; Yang, In-Sang; Son, Jangyup; Hong, Jongill; Tanaka, Yoshito Yannick; Nakata, Yasushi; Ozaki, Yukihiro; Naka, Nobuyuki

    2016-04-01

    Nanoscale integration of graphene into a circuit requires a stable performance under high current density. However, the effects of the current density that approach the electronic breakdown limit of graphene are not well understood. We explored the effects of a high current density, close to the electronic breakdown limit of 10 A/cm (˜3.0 × 108 A/cm2), on graphene, using tip-enhanced Raman scattering. The results showed that the high current density induces Raman bands at 1456 and 1530 cm-1, which were assigned to edge-phonon modes originating from zigzag and armchair edges. This led us to conclude that C-C bonds are cleaved due to the high current density, leaving edge structures behind, which were detected through the observation of localized phonons.

  11. The effect of external visible light on the breakdown voltage of a long discharge tube

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    Shishpanov, A. I.; Ionikh, Yu. Z.; Meshchanov, A. V.

    2016-06-01

    The breakdown characteristics of a discharge tube with a configuration typical of gas-discharge light sources and electric-discharge lasers (a so-called "long discharge tube") filled with argon or helium at a pressure of 1 Torr have been investigated. A breakdown has been implemented using positive and negative voltage pulses with a linear leading edge having a slope dU/ dt ~ 10-107 V/s. Visible light from an external source (halogen incandescent lamp) is found to affect the breakdown characteristics. The dependences of the dynamic breakdown voltage of the tube on dU/ dt and on the incident light intensity are measured. The breakdown voltage is found to decrease under irradiation of the high-voltage anode of the tube in a wide range of dU/ dt. A dependence of the effect magnitude on the light intensity and spectrum is obtained. Possible physical mechanisms of this phenomenon are discussed.

  12. A relationship between statistical time to breakdown distributions and pre-breakdown negative differential resistance at nanometric scale

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    Foissac, R.; Blonkowski, S.; Delcroix, P.; Kogelschatz, M.

    2014-07-14

    Using an ultra-high vacuum Conductive atomic force microscopy (C-AFM) current voltage, pre-breakdown negative differential resistance (NDR) characteristics are measured together with the time dependent dielectric breakdown (TDDB) distributions of Si/SiON (1.4 and 2.6 nm thick). Those experimental characteristics are systematically compared. The NDR effect is modelled by a conductive filament growth. It is showed that the Weibull TDDB statistic distribution scale factor is proportional to the growth rate of an individual filament and then has the same dependence on the electric field. The proportionality factor is a power law of the ratio between the surfaces of the CAFM tip and the filament's top. Moreover, it was found that, for the high fields used in those experiments, the TDDB acceleration factor as the growth rate characteristic is proportional to the Zener tunnelling probability. Those observations are discussed in the framework of possible breakdown or forming mechanism.

  13. On the structure, interaction, and breakdown characteristics of slender wing vortices at subsonic, transonic, and supersonic speeds

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    Erickson, Gary E.; Schreiner, John A.; Rogers, Lawrence W.

    1989-01-01

    Slender wing vortex flows at subsonic, transonic, and supersonic speeds were investigated in a 6 x 6 ft wind tunnel. Test data obtained include off-body and surface flow visualizations, wing upper surface static pressure distributions, and six-component forces and moments. The results reveal the transition from the low-speed classical vortex regime to the transonic regime, beginning at a freestream Mach number of 0.60, where vortices coexist with shock waves. It is shown that the onset of core breakdown and the progression of core breakdown with the angle of attack were sensitive to the Mach number, and that the shock effects at transonic speeds were reduced by the interaction of the wing and the lead-edge extension (LEX) vortices. The vortex strengths and direct interaction of the wing and LEX cores (cores wrapping around each other) were found to diminish at transonic and supersonic speeds.

  14. Breakdown of organic insulators

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    Cuddihy, E. F.

    1983-01-01

    Solar cells and their associated electrical interconnects and leads were encapsulated in transparent elastomeric materials. Their purpose in a photovoltaic module, one of the most important for these elastomeric encapsulation materials, is to function as electrical insulation. This includes internal insulation between adjacent solar cells, between other encapsulated electrical parts, and between the total internal electrical circuitry and external metal frames, grounded areas, and module surfaces. Catastrophic electrical breakdown of the encapsulant insulation materials or electrical current through these materials or module edges to external locations can lead to module failure and can create hazards to humans. Electrical insulation stability, advanced elastomeric encapsulation materials are developed which are intended to be intrinsically free of in-situ ionic impurities, have ultralow water absorption, be weather-stable (UV, oxygen), and have high mechanical flexibility. Efforts to develop a method of assessing the life potential of organic insulation materials in photovoltaic modules are described.

  15. Morphological characteristics of tissue damages from electrical contact.

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    Grigolia, D; Beriashvili, R; Kilasonia, B

    2009-05-01

    The purpose of the study was to reveal the morphological pattern of different tissues mostly vulnerable to electric contact injury from domestic electrical appliances and to determine the possible diagnostic criteria of this damage. The matter is of particular importance as domestic electrical appliances are widely used in torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. The pilot part of the study was experimental and as the material of study have been used adult Wistar white rats. The microscopic study of slides taken from tissues damaged by electricity and dyed by routine Hematoxilin-Eosin reveals general structural changes that does not represent characteristic morphological pattern sufficient for forensic diagnosis of electric injury. The electricity damage of kidney and adrenal glands reflects the morphological pattern of stress that allows complex evaluation of damage but could have only orientating value for the estimation of cause of injury. Due to results obtained from pilot part of the study there is considered in regard to determine the possible diagnostic criteria for electrical injury of tissues the experimental morphological study must continue on skin and myocardial material using routine Hematoxilin-Eosin as well as other classical and modern morphological methods of study. PMID:19556650

  16. Gas Breakdown of Radio Frequency Glow Discharges in Helium at near Atmospheric Pressure

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    Liu, Xinkun; Xu, Jinzhou; Cui, Tongfei; Guo, Ying; Zhang, Jing; Shi, Jianjun

    2013-07-01

    A one-dimensional self-consistent fluid model was developed for radio frequency glow discharge in helium at near atmospheric pressure, and was employed to study the gas breakdown characteristics in terms of breakdown voltage. The effective secondary electron emission coefficient and the effective electric field for ions were demonstrated to be important for determining the breakdown voltage of radio frequency glow discharge at near atmospheric pressure. The constant of A was estimated to be 64±4 cm-1Torr-1, which was proportional to the first Townsend coefficient and could be employed to evaluate the gas breakdown voltage. The reduction in the breakdown voltage of radio frequency glow discharge with excitation frequency was studied and attributed to the electron trapping effect in the discharge gap.

  17. Dielectric breakdown weathering of the Moon's polar regolith

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    Jordan, A. P.; Stubbs, T. J.; Wilson, J. K.; Schwadron, N. A.; Spence, H. E.

    2015-02-01

    Galactic cosmic rays and solar energetic particles (SEPs) can charge the Moon's subsurface, a process expected to be particularly important in the polar regions. Experiments have shown that sufficient fluences (i.e., time-integrated fluxes) of energetic charged particles can cause dielectric breakdown, in which the electric field rapidly vaporizes small, filamentary channels within a dielectric. Lunar regolith has both the characteristics and, in some polar locations, the environment needed to make breakdown likely. We combine the Jet Propulsion Laboratory proton fluence model with temperature measurements from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's (LRO's) Diviner instrument and related temperature modeling to estimate how often breakdown occurs in the polar regions. We find that all gardened regolith within permanently shadowed regions (PSRs) has likely experienced up to 2×106 SEP events capable of causing breakdown, while the warmest polar regions have experienced about 2 orders of magnitude fewer events. We also use measurements from the Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation on LRO to show that at least two breakdown-inducing events may have occurred since LRO arrived at the Moon in 2009. Finally, we discuss how such "breakdown weathering" may increase the percentage of fine and monomineralic grains within PSRs; explain the presence of so-called "fairy castle" regolith structures; and contribute to other low-albedo features detected by LRO's Lyman Alpha Mapping Project, possibly establishing a correlation between these features and the average temperatures within craters that are only partly in permanent shadow.

  18. Electric discharge in the water: physics of formation and radiative characteristics.

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    Anpilov, Andrei; Barkhudarov, Eduard; Kozlov, Yurii; Kossyi, Igor; Silakov, Valerii; Temchin, Savelii

    2004-09-01

    ELECTRIC DISCHARGE IN THE WATER: PHYSICS OF FORMATION AND RADIATIVE CHARACTERISTICS 2.10. Lighting plasmas. 2.26. Other plasma topics. A.M.Anpilov, E.M.Barkhudarov, Yu.N.Kozlov, I.A.Kossyi, V.P.Silakov and S.M.Temchin Two types of electric discharge in the water have been investigated: discharge between two electrodes and multielectrode gliding surface discharge. Results are presented from experimental studies of the prebreakdown phase of an electric discharge between the point (anode) and plane (cathode) electrodes immersed in the water with different initial conductivity. When a high-voltage pulse is applied, the induced conductivity is detected in the discharge gap. Its value is one order of magnitude higher than the initial one. It is shown that the induced conductivity increases almost linearly with initial conductivity. The induced conductivity correlates with the UV emission from the cathode surface. A qualitative analysis of the experimental results is performed. Investigations of a spectrum of radiation of discharge in water have been carried out. On the base of broadening and shifting of atomic hydrogen and oxygen lines electron density in a prebreakdown as well as breakdown stages has been determined. Results are presented from investigations of multispark electric discharge in water excited along multielectrode metal-dielectric systems with gas supply into the interelectrode gaps. The intensity distribution of discharge radiation in the region covering the biologically active soft UV (190 £l£430 nm) has been determined and the absolute number of quanta in this wavelength interval has been measured. The potentiality of the gliding surface discharge in water for its disinfection is analysed.

  19. Series resistance effect on time zero dielectrics breakdown characteristics of MOSCAP with ultra-thin EOT high-k/metal gate stacks

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    Hao, Xu; Hong, Yang; Yanrong, Wang; Wenwu, Wang; Guangxing, Wan; Shangqing, Ren; Weichun, Luo; Luwei, Qi; Chao, Zhao; Dapeng, Chen; Xinyu, Liu; Tianchun, Ye

    2016-05-01

    The time zero dielectric breakdown characteristics of MOSCAP with ultra-thin EOT high-k metal gate stacks are studied. The TZDB results show an abnormal area dependence due to the series resistance effect. The series resistance components extracted from the Fowler–Nordheim tunneling relation are attributed to the spreading resistance due to the asymmetry electrodes. Based on a series model to eliminate the series resistance effect, an area acceleration dependence is obtained by correcting the TZDB results. The area dependence follows Poisson area scaling rules, which indicates that the mechanism of TZDB is the same as TDDB and could be considered as a trap generation process. Project supported by the National High Technology Research and Development Program (863 Program) of China (No. SS2015AA010601), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61176091, 61306129), and the Opening Project of the Key Laboratory of Microelectronics Devices & Integrated Technology, Institute of Microelectronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

  20. Statistical characteristics of lifetime distribution based on defect clustering for time-dependent dielectric breakdown in middle- and back-end-of-line

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    Yokogawa, Shinji

    2015-05-01

    The statistical characteristics of the lifetime distribution based on defect clustering were investigated for middle- and back-end-of-line time-dependent dielectric breakdown. The statistical precision of lifetime estimation was investigated. The maximum likelihood estimators of distribution parameters and their variations were developed by using asymptotic theory. The calculated asymptotic variation coefficient indicates that larger numbers of data are required to maintain the statistical precision of lifetime estimation for highly clustering conditions. However, the censoring of the test time to eliminate the tail of the lifetime distribution has a low impact on the asymptotic variation coefficient of the lifetime. These results provide valuable information for the experimental design of lifetime testing.

  1. Characteristics of the ablation plume induced on glasses for analysis purposes with laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

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    Tian, Ye; Sokolova, Ekaterina B.; Zheng, Ronger; Ma, Qianli; Chen, Yanping; Yu, Jin

    2015-12-01

    Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) has been demonstrated as an efficient tool for elemental analyses of transparent dielectric materials such as glasses or crystals for more than ten years. The induced plasma is however much less studied compared to that induced on the surface of a metal. The purpose of this work is therefore to characterize the plasma induced on the surface of a glass sample for analytical purpose as a function of the ablation laser wavelength, infrared (IR) or ultraviolet (UV), and the ambient gas, air or argon. The surface damage of the samples was also observed for ablation with IR or UV laser pulse when the sample was a float glass or a frosted one. Optimized ablation fluence was then determined. The morphology of the plasma was observed with time-resolved spectroscopic imaging, while the profiles of the electron density and temperature were extracted from time- and space-resolved emission spectroscopy. The analytical performance of the plasmas was then studied in terms of the signal-to-noise ratio for several emission lines from some minor elements, Al, Fe, contained in glasses, and of the behavior of self-absorption for another minor element, Ca, in the different ablation conditions.

  2. Low-temperature (77-300 K) current-voltage characteristics of 4H-SiC p{sup +}-p-n{sup +} diodes: Effect of impurity breakdown in the p-type base

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    Ivanov, P. A. Potapov, A. S.; Samsonova, T. P.

    2012-04-15

    The effect of impurity breakdown on the low-temperature (77-300 K) current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of 4H-SiC diodes with a p-type base has been studied. Experimental samples were fabricated from CVD-grown (chemical vapor deposition) commercial p{sup +}-p-n{sup +} 4H-SiC structures. A high electric field in the p-type base was created by applying a forward bias to the diodes. It was found that, at temperatures of 136, 89, and 81 K, the commonly observed 'diode' portion of the I-V characteristics is followed by a portion in which the current grows more rapidly due to the impact ionization of frozen-out Al acceptor atoms in the ground (unexcited) state. At temperatures of 81 and 77 K, this portion is followed by one with a negative differential resistance due to the regenerative dynistor-like switching of the diode, caused by impact ionization of aluminum atoms in the excited state.

  3. Electrical Properties and Physical Characteristics of Polycrystalline Diamond Films Deposited in a Microwave Plasma Disk Reactor

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    Huang, Bohr-Ran

    1992-01-01

    This work experimentally investigates techniques for high quality diamond synthesis and develops means for electrical and physical characterization of the films. The films are deposited by plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition using a methane/hydrogen plasma in a microwave plasma disk reactor system. Both a diamond past nucleation method and a diamond powder nucleation method are studied in this research. Although as indicated by Raman spectroscopy both methods produced similar quality diamond films, the powder nucleation method produced fine grain, sub-micron sized crystallite, films whereas the past nucleation method produced large grain, several-micrometer size crystallite, films. For powder polished films, all metallic contacts were ohmic. These samples were used to explore the high electric field properties of diamond. It was discovered that for fields larger than approximately 1 times 10^5 V/cm the electrical properties are dominated by defects, where defect is used generically for either an impurity or a structural defect. For low electric fields, the electrical conductivity was constant which resulted in ohmic behavior. But for high fields, the conductivity was field activated according to Poole's law. This behavior was modeled as being due to ionizable defects and indicates that there is approximately one ionizable defect per 10,000 host atoms. As a result of such defects, the breakdown field for these films was somewhat less than 1 times 10^6 V/cm. A large concentration of defects is compatible with the observation of ohmic contact behavior regardless of metallic work function since contact space charge layers would be sufficiently thin to allow tunneling. Non-ohmic, Schottky barrier contacts were achievable on the past polished films. For Al/diamond/silicon structures diode characteristics were observed. These I-V characteristics were modeled as an ideal Schottky barrier diode in series with bulk diamond, for which the property of the bulk diamond

  4. Proposed RF Breakdown Studies at the AWA

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    Antipov, S.; Conde, M.; Gai, W.; Power, J.G.; Spentzouris, L.; Yusof, Z.; Dolgashev, V.; /SLAC

    2007-03-21

    A study of breakdown mechanism has been initiated at the Argonne Wakefield Accelerator (AWA). Breakdown may include several factors such as local field enhancement, explosive electron emission, Ohmic heating, tensile stress produced by electric field, and others. The AWA is building a dedicated facility to test various models for breakdown mechanisms and to determine the roles of different factors in the breakdown. We plan to trigger breakdown events with a high-powered laser at various wavelengths (IR to UV) to determine the role of explosive electron emission in the breakdown process. Another experimental idea follows from the recent work on a Schottky-enabled photoemission in an RF photoinjector [1] that allows us to determine in situ the field enhancement factor on a cathode surface. Monitoring the field enhancement factor before and after the breakdown can shed some light on a number of observations such as the crater formation process.

  5. The electrical characteristics of the dielectric barrier discharges

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    Yehia, Ashraf

    2016-06-01

    The electrical characteristics of the dielectric barrier discharges have been studied in this paper under different operating conditions. The dielectric barrier discharges were formed inside two reactors composed of electrodes in the shape of two parallel plates. The dielectric layers inside these reactors were pasted on the surface of one electrode only in the first reactor and on the surfaces of the two electrodes in the second reactor. The reactor under study has been fed by atmospheric air that flowed inside it with a constant rate at the normal temperature and pressure, in parallel with applying a sinusoidal ac voltage between the electrodes of the reactor. The amount of the electric charge that flows from the reactors to the external circuit has been studied experimentally versus the ac peak voltage applied to them. An analytical model has been obtained for calculating the electrical characteristics of the dielectric barrier discharges that were formed inside the reactors during a complete cycle of the ac voltage. The results that were calculated by using this model have agreed well with the experimental results under the different operating conditions.

  6. Studies on the electrical characteristics of thoron (220Rn) progeny.

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    Maniyan, C G; Louiz, J; Pillai, P M B; Khan, A H

    2003-01-01

    Electrical characteristics of thoron (220Rn) progeny under various low ampere (< 1 mA) DC voltages applied to a calibration facility (CF) has been studied. About 30 y old thorium hydroxide was used as the source for the generation of thoron and its decay products. The study has revealed that under a low ventilation rate (approximately 1 air charge per hour) and at high equilibrium equivalent concentration (EER) of thoron, above 275 Bq m(-3) (> 1 WL), a considerable fraction of 212Pb nuclides are negatively charged. It was also concluded that 212Pb has lesser charge (per ion) than 212Bi and is more susceptible to an electric field. There is a linear relationship between the activity collected and the voltage applied and the activity collected is proportional to the area of the collecting surface. Under the experimental conditions, when a voltage of +/- 2500 V is simultaneously applied, the activity concentration can be reduced by a factor of 100. PMID:12862244

  7. Partial discharge degradation and breakdown studies in polypropylene films

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    Thomas, B.; Nema, R.S.

    1996-12-31

    Internal partial discharge characteristics are investigated on impregnated polypropylene films containing artificial cavity of well-defined dimensions, immersed in oil. Electrical breakdown studies are carried out at step-wise rising stress to evaluate constants of inverse power law model. Partial discharge pulse distribution patterns are acquired using PC interfaced multichannel analyzer and statistical analysis of the discharge pulse spectrum is done by using 3-parameter Weibull distribution function. The results are compared with that for unimpregnated samples in air.

  8. The plasma arc torch -- its electrical and thermal characteristics

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    Camacho, S.L.

    1995-12-31

    The plasma arc torch is a very effective heating device. Plasma arc heating technology is very appropriate and essential for product manufacture and for remediating and protecting the environment. The plasma torch initiates and maintains a length of arc column, similar to a lightning bolt, and the electrically-conducting column is used in the conversion of electricity into heat energy. The format of the heat energy delivery is a low-mass, high-enthalpy gas. Heat energy is delivered by the plasma torch with a minimum of mass -- only about 2--3% of the mass delivery from a combustion heater that is delivering the same heat enthalpy. This virtually mass-less heat is ideal for promoting very rapid physical changes and chemical changes in the material being heated. It is ideal for the pyrolysis (or gasification) of organic materials and for the vitrification (or melting) of inorganic materials -- processes that are desirable for new product manufacture and for environmental remediation and protection. Plasma arc heating technology has been perfected by industry during the last 20--30 years, and the industrial sector today is employing this unique heating source in product manufacture and, lately, in environmental remediation and protection processes. It is a cost-effective industrial heat source. The primary objective of this paper is to familiarize one with plasma heaters and their operating characteristics. The essential elements of the plasma arc torch: electrodes, insulators, gas injectors, water-cooling, electrical connectors, etc., are described and the electrical and thermal characteristics of this novel heating device are highlighted. An overview of today`s employment of plasma heating technology and a sample of some of today`s applications of the technology in the industrial sector in the United States and around the world are presented.

  9. Electrical characteristics of amorphous iron-tungsten contacts on silicon

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    Finetti, M.; Pan, E. T.-S.; Nicolet, M.-A.; Suni, I.

    1983-01-01

    The electrical characteristics of amorphous Fe-W contacts have been determined on both p-type and n-type silicon. The amorphous films were obtained by cosputtering from a composite target. Contact resistivities of 1 x 10 to the -7th and 2.8 x 10 to the -6th were measured on n(+) and p(+) silicon, respectively. These values remain constant after thermal treatment up to at least 500 C. A barrier height of 0.61 V was measured on n-type silicon.

  10. The Electrical Characteristics of a Filamentary Dielectric Barrier Discharge

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    Tay, W. H.; Yap, S. L.; Wong, C. S.

    2010-07-07

    The electrical characteristics of a filamentary dielectric barrier discharge using parallel-plate electrodes geometry were statistically studied. The DBD's system was powered by a 50 Hz power supply and operated at atmospheric pressure. The influence of the air gap and position of dielectric on the discharge had been investigated. It was found that the air gap distance and position of dielectric had significant influence on the discharge current pulse. The results showed that discharge with large distance between the high voltage electrode and the dielectric would generate higher current pulses during the positive cycle. The discharge energy of single pulse was also determined.

  11. Plasma breakdown and combustion ignition

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    McNeill, Donald H.; Tran, Phuoc

    2001-10-01

    Ignition in chemically reactive media and electrical breakdown are among the most widely used transient processes. The two phenomena operate together during electrical (and laser) spark ignition of combustible gases. Analogs between them show up in Semenov's early (1920's) work on chemical chain reactions and on thermal breakdown of dielectrics. Both breakdown and ignition are under active study today. The energy source for breakdown is an applied electric field, and that for ignition, an applied flux of heat or radicals. Electrons and intermediate reactants are the corresponding driver particles, with a velocity difference that implies a vast difference in the growth rates for the two processes. Combustion takes place in a fuel-oxidant mixture, and an ignited reaction can proceed until the fuel or oxidant is depleted, while a (non-afterglow, non-fusion) plasma is sustained by an external power supply. The energy balance, propagation behavior, and time evolution of some specific forms of plasma breakdown and chemical ignition are further compared in order to illustrate their physical nature.

  12. High gradient RF breakdown studies

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    Laurent, Lisa Leanne

    Higher accelerating gradients are required by future demands for TeV electron linear colliders. With higher energy comes the challenge of handling stronger electromagnetic fields in the accelerator structures and in the microwave sources that supply the power. A limit on the maximum field gradient is imposed by rf electrical breakdown. Investigating methods to achieve higher gradients and to better understand the mechanisms involved in the rf breakdown process has been the focal point of this study. A systematic series of rf breakdown experiments have been conducted at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center utilizing a transmission cavity operating in the TM020 mode. A procedure was developed to examine the high gradient section of the cavity in an electron microscope. The results have revealed that breakdown asymmetry exists between opposing high gradient surfaces. During breakdown, a plasma formation is detected localized near the surface with no visible evidence of an arc traversing the gap. These findings support the theory that high frequency rf breakdown is a single surface phenomenon. Other results from this study have shown that breakdown can occur at relatively low voltages when surface irregularities exist and along grain boundaries. A series of steps have been developed through this study that have significantly reduced the number of breakdowns that occur along grain boundaries. Testing under various vacuum conditions (10-11--10 -5 Torr) have revealed that while the breakdown threshold remained the same, the field emitted current density increased by almost two orders of magnitude. This suggests that the total field emitted current density is not the critical parameter in the initiation of high frequency vacuum breakdown. In the course of this study, microparticles were carefully tracked before and after rf processing. The outcome of this research suggests that expensive cleanroom facilities may not offer any advantage over practicing good cleaning and

  13. Electrical stimulation characteristics of denervated orbicularis oculi muscle.

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    Zhang, Yi; Li, Keyong; Jin, Cheng; Wang, Yiting; Geng, Liang; Sun, Yajing; Tian, Hongchang

    2015-08-01

    This research is to study the electrical stimulation characteristics of orbicularis oculi muscle and the characteristics of the mechanical contraction. We observed the stimulus current diffusion regularity and its relationship with mechanical contraction in the orbicularis oculi muscle using an electrode gathering line. Under different stimulus intensities of 2 or 4 mA, the closer the recording electrodes were to the stimulating electrode, the larger was the amplitude. When the recording electrode and stimulating electrode distance increased, the amplitude declined linearly with decreasing function. In addition, current conduction across the muscle fiber was studied. Under different stimulus intensities of 2 or 4 mA, it was found that the closer the recording electrodes were to the stimulating electrode, the larger was the amplitude. When the recording electrode and stimulating electrode distance increased, the amplitude declined linearly with decreasing function. The transverse current reached a maximum 4 mA range, and increasing the current intensity did not increase the propagation range. Under different stimulation intensities, the larger the stimulus intensity, the greater is the potential change and the faster is the attenuation. Longitudinal current, even in the range of 6 mm, can still record electrical activity. While a transverse current diffuser has a maximum range of 4 mm, increasing the current intensity does not increase the propagation range. PMID:25724806

  14. Basic study of transient breakdown voltage in solid dielectric cables

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    Bahder, G.; Sosnowski, M.; Katz, C.

    1980-09-01

    A comprehensive review of the technical and scientific publications relating to crosslinked polyethylene (XLPE) and ethylene propylene rubber (EPR) insulated cables revealed that there is very little known with respect to the life expectancy, the final factory voltage test background and the mechanism of voltage breakdown of these cables. A new methodology for the investigation of breakdown voltages of XLPE and EPR insulated cables was developed which is based on the investigation of breakdown voltages at various voltage transients such as unipolarity pulses and dual-polarity pulses, and a.c. voltage at power and high frequency. Also, a new approach to statistical testing was developed which allows one to establish a correlation among the breakdown voltages obtained with various voltage transients. Finally, a method for the determination of threshold voltage regardless of the magnitude of apparent charge was developed. A model of breakdown and electrical aging of XLPE and EPR insulated cables was developed as well as life expectancy characteristics for high voltage stress XLPE insulated cables operated in a dry environment at room temperature and at 900 C.

  15. Improved breakdown strength and electrical energy storage performance of γ-poly(vinylidene fluoride)/unmodified montmorillonite clay nano-dielectrics.

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    Ghosh, Sujoy Kumar; Rahman, Wahida; Middya, Tapas Ranjan; Sen, Shrabanee; Mandal, Dipankar

    2016-05-27

    A remarkable improvement in the dielectric breakdown strength (Eb) and discharge energy density (U e) of flexible polymer nanocomposites is realized by the incorporation of unmodified smectite montmorillonite (MMT) nanoclay into a poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) matrix. The resulting PVDF/MMT clay nanocomposite (PCN) films stabilize the γ phase and increase the path tortuosity via strong intercalation of the PVDF matrix into inorganic layered silicates without sacrificing the quality of surface morphology. The PCN films exhibits superior dielectric properties (up to ε r ∼ 28 and tan δ ∼ 0.032 at 1 kHz) than those of pure PVDF. As a result, a large increase in E b of 873 MV m(-1) and U e of 24.9 J cm(-3) is achieved. Subsequently, the PCN films possess more than 60% charge-discharge efficiency even at higher electric field and thus provide a scope to develop high energy density flexible and transparent materials for energy storage technologies. PMID:27082858

  16. Improved breakdown strength and electrical energy storage performance of γ-poly(vinylidene fluoride)/unmodified montmorillonite clay nano-dielectrics

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    Ghosh, Sujoy Kumar; Rahman, Wahida; Ranjan Middya, Tapas; Sen, Shrabanee; Mandal, Dipankar

    2016-05-01

    A remarkable improvement in the dielectric breakdown strength (E b) and discharge energy density (U e) of flexible polymer nanocomposites is realized by the incorporation of unmodified smectite montmorillonite (MMT) nanoclay into a poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) matrix. The resulting PVDF/MMT clay nanocomposite (PCN) films stabilize the γ phase and increase the path tortuosity via strong intercalation of the PVDF matrix into inorganic layered silicates without sacrificing the quality of surface morphology. The PCN films exhibits superior dielectric properties (up to ε r ∼ 28 and tan δ ∼ 0.032 at 1 kHz) than those of pure PVDF. As a result, a large increase in E b of 873 MV m‑1 and U e of 24.9 J cm‑3 is achieved. Subsequently, the PCN films possess more than 60% charge–discharge efficiency even at higher electric field and thus provide a scope to develop high energy density flexible and transparent materials for energy storage technologies.

  17. Time dependent breakdown in silicon dioxide films

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    Svensson, C.; Shumka, A.

    1975-01-01

    An investigation was conducted regarding the possible existence of a time-dependent breakdown mechanism in thermal oxides of the type used as gate oxide in MOS circuits. Questions of device fabrication are discussed along with details concerning breakdown measurements and the determination of C-V characteristics. A relatively large prebreakdown current observed in one of the cases is related to the time-dependent breakdown.

  18. Electrical Characteristics of Superconducting Ti Transition Edge Sensors

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    Zhang, W.; Zhong, J. Q.; Miao, W.; Wang, Z.; Liu, D.; Yao, Q. J.; Shi, S. C.; Chen, T. J.; Wang, M. J.

    2016-07-01

    We have designed and fabricated superconducting Ti transition edge sensors (TES) with different microbridge lengths varying from 1 to 6 \\upmu m. The current-voltage characteristics of the fabricated Ti TESs are measured at different bath temperatures using a commercial SQUID amplifier. The thermal conductance ( G) is found to be about 300 pW/K for a 2.6-\\upmu m-long device. In addition, the effective response time measured with a current pulse signal is about 3 \\upmu s, and decreases with increasing the bias voltage because of negative electro-thermal feedback. The obtained electrical noise equivalent power from the measured current noise is about 4 × 10^{-17} W/Hz^{0.5}, which is sufficiently low for TeSIA instrument.

  19. Electrical Characteristics of Superconducting Ti Transition Edge Sensors

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    Zhang, W.; Zhong, J. Q.; Miao, W.; Wang, Z.; Liu, D.; Yao, Q. J.; Shi, S. C.; Chen, T. J.; Wang, M. J.

    2015-10-01

    We have designed and fabricated superconducting Ti transition edge sensors (TES) with different microbridge lengths varying from 1 to 6 \\upmu m. The current-voltage characteristics of the fabricated Ti TESs are measured at different bath temperatures using a commercial SQUID amplifier. The thermal conductance (G) is found to be about 300 pW/K for a 2.6-\\upmu m-long device. In addition, the effective response time measured with a current pulse signal is about 3 \\upmu s, and decreases with increasing the bias voltage because of negative electro-thermal feedback. The obtained electrical noise equivalent power from the measured current noise is about 4 × 10^{-17} W/Hz^{0.5} , which is sufficiently low for TeSIA instrument.

  20. Atmospheric Pressure RF Plasma Electrical and Optical Characteristics

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    Gulec, Ali; Oksuz, Lutfi; Hershkowitz, Noah

    2009-10-01

    An atmospheric pressure 13.56 MHz RF source is used for plasma polymerization, nanocomposite deposition and for sterilization purposes. The air discharge electrical and optical characteristics are measured using monochromator and electrical probes. The addition of helium flow to the RF discharge system allows production of stable glow plasma discharge. The electron temperature and plasma densities are estimated using the emission lines of HeI and double probes. Emission of the He+air atmospheric pressure plasma is observed from the OH radical, several lines of the N2, N2^+ and atomic O, H and He lines. He flow rate and applied rf voltage affect on these emission spectra are investigated and the spectral lines are used for calculation of plasma parameters. Plasma electron temperature is calculated using HeI lines and compared with double probe data. The OI 777 and Hα 656 lines are also investigated by varying the applied voltage and He flow rate. The calculated electron temperature was approximately 0.2 eV and dependent on the He flow rate and applied power.

  1. A theoretical approach to electric breakdown behaviour and effective secondary emission coefficient in gas discharge process between two parallel-plane disk electrodes

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    Noori, H.; Ranjbar, A. H.

    2012-07-01

    The gas discharge characteristics are seriously influenced by the effective secondary electron-emission coefficient (γeff) originally defined by Townsend. A theoretical approach has been proposed for the determination of variation of this coefficient as a function of the geometrical parameter d /R (the ratio of inter-electrode distance to electrode radius) in the most practical range of 0.08≤d/R≤1.90. Two geometrical factors gi and gp, which are attributed to ion-induced and photon-induced terms, respectively, were introduced to the effective gamma in parallel-plane arrangement. The factors were theoretically derived and hence the effective gamma and the breakdown voltage for a specified geometrical parameter, such as d /R=0.16, were obtained. Then, the effective gamma and the Paschen curves for various geometrical parameters such as d /R=0.32, 0.63, 1.27, and 1.90 were theoretically reproduced. The obtained results showed quite a good agreement with those reported by other researchers and verified that the proposed gi and gp have properly been introduced and derived.

  2. Breakdown-Resistant RF Connectors for Vacuum

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    Caro, Edward R.; Bonazza, Walter J.

    1987-01-01

    Resilient inserts compensate for insulation shrinkage. Coaxial-cable connector for radio-frequency (RF) energy resists electrical breakdown in vacuum. Used on RF equipment in vacuum chambers as well as in spaceborne radar and communication gear.

  3. On the bipolar resistive-switching characteristics of Al₂O₃- and HfO₂-based memory cells operated in the soft-breakdown regime

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    Goux, L. Fantini, A.; Nigon, R.; Strangio, S.; Degraeve, R.; Kar, G.; Chen, Y. Y.; Jurczak, M.; Raghavan, N.; De Stefano, F.; Afanas'ev, V. V.

    2014-10-07

    In this article, we investigate extensively the bipolar-switching properties of Al₂O₃- and HfO₂-based resistive-switching memory cells operated at low current down to <1 μA. We show that the switching characteristics differ considerably from those typically reported for larger current range (>15 μA), which we relate as intrinsic to soft-breakdown (SBD) regime. We evidence a larger impact of the used switching-oxide in this current range, due to lower density of oxygen-vacancy (V{sub o}) defects in the SBD regime. In this respect, deep resetting and large memory window may be achieved using the stoichiometric Al₂O₃ material due to efficient V{sub o} annihilation, although no complete erasure of the conductive-filament (CF) is obtained. We finally emphasize that the conduction may be described by a quantum point-contact (QPC) model down to very low current level where only a few V{sub o} defects compose the QPC constriction. The large switching variability inherent to this latter aspect is mitigated by CF shape tuning through adequate engineering of an Al₂O₃\\HfO₂ bilayer.

  4. Simulation of Electrical Characteristics of a Solar Panel

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    Obukhov, S.; Plotnikov, I.; Kryuchkova, M.

    2016-06-01

    The fast-growing photovoltaic system market leads to the necessity of the informed choice of major energy components and optimization of operating conditions in order to improve energy efficiency. Development of mathematical models of the main components of photovoltaic systems to ensure their comprehensive study is an urgent problem of improving and practical using of the technology of electrical energy production. The paper presents a mathematical model of the solar module implemented in the popular software MATLAB/Simulink. Equivalent circuit of the solar cell with a diode parallel without derived resistance is used for modelling. The serie8s resistance of the solar module is calculated by Newton's iterative method using the data of its technical specifications. It ensures high precision of simulation. Model validity was evaluated by the well-known technical characteristics of the module Solarex MSX 60. The calculation results of the experiment showed that the obtained current-voltage and current-watt characteristics of the model are compatible with those of the manufacturer.

  5. Neutron effects on the electrical and switching characteristics of NPN bipolar power transistors

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    Frasca, Albert J.; Schwarze, Gene E.

    1988-01-01

    The use of nuclear reactors to generate electrical power for future space missions will require the electrical components used in the power conditioning, control, and transmission subsystem to operate in the associated radiation environments. An initial assessment of neutron irradiation on the electrical and switching characteristics of commercial high power NPN bipolar transistors was investigated. The results clearly show the detrimental effects caused by neutron irradiation on the electrical and switching characteristics of the NPN bipolar power transistor.

  6. Electrical characteristics of amorphous molybdenum-nickel contacts to silicon

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    Kung, K. T.-Y.; Nicolet, M.-A.; Suni, I.

    1984-01-01

    The electrical characteristics of sputtered, amorphous Mo-Ni contacts have been measured on both p- and n-type Si, as functions of composition (30, 54, and 58 at. percent Mo). The contact resistivity on both p(+) and n(+) Si is in the 0.00000 ohm sq cm range. The barrier height for as-deposited samples varies between phi-bp = 0.47-0.42 V on p-type Si and between phi-bn = 0.63-0.68 V on n-type Si, as the composition of the amorphous layer goes from Ni-rich to Mo-rich. The sum phi-bp + phi-bn always equals 1.12 V, within experimental error. After thermal treatment at 500 C for 1/2 h, the contact resistivity changes by a factor of two or less, while the barrier height changes by at most approximately 0.05 V. In light of these results, the amorphous Mo-Ni film makes good ohmic contacts to silicon.

  7. The impact of Cr adhesion layer on CNFET electrical characteristics

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    Liu, Wei; Chikkadi, Kiran; Muoth, Matthias; Hierold, Christofer; Haluska, Miroslav

    2016-01-01

    The effect of a Cr adhesion layer on the transfer characteristics of Cr/Au-contacted carbon nanotube field-effect transistors (CNFETs) based on individual single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) is presented in this paper. We show that a very thin Cr layer (≈0.4 nm) already has an impact on the carrier transport in Schottky-barrier-modulated CNFETs. The ratio of the p- and n-branch current is reduced by eight times when the Cr adhesion layer thickness is increased from 0 to 8 nm. We suggest a change in Schottky barrier height at the contact as the determining mechanism for this result. Additionally, superior lifetime of devices is observed even for non-passivated CNFETs with preserved clean SWNT/Cr/Au-contacts using Cr layer thinner than 2 nm. Our experiments show that the role of the adhesion layer in metal/nanotube contacts should be explicitly considered when designing CNTFET-based circuits, developing CNFET fabrication processes, and analyzing the corresponding properties of the electrical contacts.

  8. Analysis of Electrical Characteristics of Thin Film Photovoltaic Cells

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    Kasick, Michael P.

    2004-01-01

    them, to determine the cause of the poor yields. As a student of electrical engineering with some material science background, my role in this research is to develop techniques for analyzing the electrical characteristics of the CuInS2 cells. My first task was to design a shadow mask to be used to place molybdenum contacts under a layer of CuInS;! in order to analyze the contact resistance between the materials. In addition, I have also analyzed evaporated aluminum top contacts and have tested various methods of increasing their thicknesses in order to decrease series resistance. More recently I have worked with other members of the research group in reviving a vertical cold-wall reactor for experimentation with CuInS2 quantum dots. As part of that project, I have improved the design for a variable frequency and pulse width square wave generator to be used in driving the precursor injection process. My task throughout the remainder of my tenure is to continue to analyze and develop tools for the analysis of electrical properties of the CuInS2 cells with the ultimate goal of discovering ways to improve the efficiency of our photovoltaic cells. Traditionally, photovoltaic cells are based on a single crystal silicon absorber. While The research group lead by Dr. Hepp has spent several years researching copper indium

  9. Vortex breakdown incipience: Theoretical considerations

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    Berger, Stanley A.; Erlebacher, Gordon

    1992-01-01

    The sensitivity of the onset and the location of vortex breakdowns in concentrated vortex cores, and the pronounced tendency of the breakdowns to migrate upstream have been characteristic observations of experimental investigations; they have also been features of numerical simulations and led to questions about the validity of these simulations. This behavior seems to be inconsistent with the strong time-like axial evolution of the flow, as expressed explicitly, for example, by the quasi-cylindrical approximate equations for this flow. An order-of-magnitude analysis of the equations of motion near breakdown leads to a modified set of governing equations, analysis of which demonstrates that the interplay between radial inertial, pressure, and viscous forces gives an elliptic character to these concentrated swirling flows. Analytical, asymptotic, and numerical solutions of a simplified non-linear equation are presented; these qualitatively exhibit the features of vortex onset and location noted above.

  10. Local optical and electric characteristics of solar cells

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    Tománek, Pavel; Škarvada, Pavel; Grmela, Lubomír

    2009-10-01

    Today photovoltaic cells are divided into two principal types: higher-efficiency but quite expensive crystalline silicon solar cells (either monocrystalline or multicrystalline), and lower-cost thin-film solar cells, usually composed of amorphous silicon, polycrystalline silicon, cadmium telluride, or copper indium gallium diselenide. In both cases their operation is based on a large-area pn junction. Their efficiency is generally limited by defects and impurities, which include grain boundaries, dislocations, and transition metals. A wide variety of defects can be formed in a silicon crystals during and after their growth. Some of defects arise on cell surface during its life-time such as scratches. These surface damages are origin of lower light-trapping efficiency. Many of defects do not cause cell malfunction, but generate local microplasmas, which are conductive and hence reduce overall cell efficiency. A number of defects of various kinds, some of them being of local character only, can not be observed with classical methods in such large-area junctions. Therefore a use of more precise scanning probe microscopes represents a novel approach to surface investigations with superresolving features. The paper presents results of experimental study of high resolution map of induced photocurrent and local electroluminescence in monocrystalline silicon solar cells. Photovoltaic solar cells are evaluated by I-V electric measurement, Far-field and Near-field Optical Beam Induced photocurrent (NOBIC), as well as by Scanning Near-field Optical Microscope (SNOM) topography and reflection. The correlation between reflection and transport characteristics indicates power of this diagnostic tool.

  11. 49 CFR 236.8 - Operating characteristics of electromagnetic, electronic, or electrical apparatus.

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    2011-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Operating characteristics of electromagnetic, electronic, or electrical apparatus. 236.8 Section 236.8 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to... characteristics of electromagnetic, electronic, or electrical apparatus. Signal apparatus, the functioning...

  12. 49 CFR 236.8 - Operating characteristics of electromagnetic, electronic, or electrical apparatus.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Operating characteristics of electromagnetic, electronic, or electrical apparatus. 236.8 Section 236.8 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to... characteristics of electromagnetic, electronic, or electrical apparatus. Signal apparatus, the functioning...

  13. 49 CFR 236.8 - Operating characteristics of electromagnetic, electronic, or electrical apparatus.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Operating characteristics of electromagnetic, electronic, or electrical apparatus. 236.8 Section 236.8 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to... characteristics of electromagnetic, electronic, or electrical apparatus. Signal apparatus, the functioning...

  14. 49 CFR 236.8 - Operating characteristics of electromagnetic, electronic, or electrical apparatus.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Operating characteristics of electromagnetic, electronic, or electrical apparatus. 236.8 Section 236.8 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to... characteristics of electromagnetic, electronic, or electrical apparatus. Signal apparatus, the functioning...

  15. 49 CFR 236.8 - Operating characteristics of electromagnetic, electronic, or electrical apparatus.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Operating characteristics of electromagnetic, electronic, or electrical apparatus. 236.8 Section 236.8 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to... characteristics of electromagnetic, electronic, or electrical apparatus. Signal apparatus, the functioning...

  16. Preliminary Breakdown: Physical Mechanisms and Potential for Energetic Emissions

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    Petersen, D.; Beasley, W. H.

    2014-12-01

    Observations and analysis of the preliminary breakdown phase of virgin negative cloud-to-ground (-CG) lightning strokes will be presented. Of primary interest are the physical processes responsible for the fast electric field "characteristic" pulses that are often observed during this phase. The pulse widths of characteristic pulses are shown to occur as a superposed bimodal distribution, with the short and long modes having characteristic timescales on the order of 1 microsecond and 10 microseconds, respectively. Analysis of these pulses is based on comparison with laboratory observations of long spark discharge processes and with recently acquired high-speed video observations of a single -CG event. It will be argued that the fast electric field bimodal distribution is the result of conventional discharge processes operating in an extensive strong ambient electric field environment. An important related topic will also be discussed, where it will be argued that preliminary breakdown discharges are capable of generating energetic electrons and may therefore seed relativistic electron avalanches that go on to produce pulsed energetic photon emissions.

  17. An apparatus for studying electrical breakdown in liquid helium at 0.4 K and testing electrode materials for the neutron electric dipole moment experiment at the Spallation Neutron Source

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    Ito, T. M.; Ramsey, J. C.; Yao, W.; Beck, D. H.; Cianciolo, V.; Clayton, S. M.; Crawford, C.; Currie, S. A.; Filippone, B. W.; Griffith, W. C.; et al

    2016-04-25

    In this study, we have constructed an apparatus to study DC electrical breakdown in liquid helium at temperatures as low as 0.4 K and at pressures between the saturated vapor pressure and ~600 Torr. The apparatus can house a set of electrodes that are 12 cm in diameter with a gap of 1–2 cm between them, and a potential up to ±50 kV can be applied to each electrode. Initial results demonstrated that it is possible to apply fields exceeding 100 kV/cm in a 1 cm gap between two electropolished stainless steel electrodes 12 cm in diameter for a widemore » range of pressures at 0.4 K. We also measured the current between two electrodes. Our initial results, I < 1 pA at 45 kV, correspond to a lower bound on the effective volume resistivity of liquid helium of ρV > 5 × 1018 Ω cm. This lower bound is 5 times larger than the bound previously measured. Finally, we report the design, construction, and operational experience of the apparatus, as well as initial results« less

  18. An apparatus for studying electrical breakdown in liquid helium at 0.4 K and testing electrode materials for the neutron electric dipole moment experiment at the Spallation Neutron Source

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    Ito, T. M.; Ramsey, J. C.; Yao, W.; Beck, D. H.; Cianciolo, V.; Clayton, S. M.; Crawford, C.; Currie, S. A.; Filippone, B. W.; Griffith, W. C.; Makela, M.; Schmid, R.; Seidel, G. M.; Tang, Z.; Wagner, D.; Wei, W.; Williamson, S. E.

    2016-04-01

    We have constructed an apparatus to study DC electrical breakdown in liquid helium at temperatures as low as 0.4 K and at pressures between the saturated vapor pressure and ˜600 Torr. The apparatus can house a set of electrodes that are 12 cm in diameter with a gap of 1-2 cm between them, and a potential up to ±50 kV can be applied to each electrode. Initial results demonstrated that it is possible to apply fields exceeding 100 kV/cm in a 1 cm gap between two electropolished stainless steel electrodes 12 cm in diameter for a wide range of pressures at 0.4 K. We also measured the current between two electrodes. Our initial results, I < 1 pA at 45 kV, correspond to a lower bound on the effective volume resistivity of liquid helium of ρV > 5 × 1018 Ω cm. This lower bound is 5 times larger than the bound previously measured. We report the design, construction, and operational experience of the apparatus, as well as initial results.

  19. An apparatus for studying electrical breakdown in liquid helium at 0.4 K and testing electrode materials for the neutron electric dipole moment experiment at the Spallation Neutron Source.

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    Ito, T M; Ramsey, J C; Yao, W; Beck, D H; Cianciolo, V; Clayton, S M; Crawford, C; Currie, S A; Filippone, B W; Griffith, W C; Makela, M; Schmid, R; Seidel, G M; Tang, Z; Wagner, D; Wei, W; Williamson, S E

    2016-04-01

    We have constructed an apparatus to study DC electrical breakdown in liquid helium at temperatures as low as 0.4 K and at pressures between the saturated vapor pressure and ∼600 Torr. The apparatus can house a set of electrodes that are 12 cm in diameter with a gap of 1-2 cm between them, and a potential up to ±50 kV can be applied to each electrode. Initial results demonstrated that it is possible to apply fields exceeding 100 kV/cm in a 1 cm gap between two electropolished stainless steel electrodes 12 cm in diameter for a wide range of pressures at 0.4 K. We also measured the current between two electrodes. Our initial results, I < 1 pA at 45 kV, correspond to a lower bound on the effective volume resistivity of liquid helium of ρV > 5 × 10(18) Ω cm. This lower bound is 5 times larger than the bound previously measured. We report the design, construction, and operational experience of the apparatus, as well as initial results. PMID:27131713

  20. Microwave air breakdown enhanced with metallic initiators

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    Herring, G. C.; Popovic, S.

    2008-03-31

    We have determined X-band (9.4 GHz) electric field strengths required to obtain air breakdown at atmospheric pressure in the presence of metallic initiators, which are irradiated with repetitive (30 pulses/s) microwave pulses of 3 {mu}s duration and 200 kW peak power. Using a half-wavelength initiator, a factor of 40 reduction (compared to no initiator) was observed in the electric field required to achieve breakdown. The present measurements are compared to a previously published model for air breakdown, which was originally validated with S-band (3 GHz) frequencies and single 40 {mu}s pulses. We find good agreement between this previous model and our present measurements of breakdown with X-band frequencies and repetitive 3 {mu}s pulses.

  1. Threshold criteria for undervoltage breakdown

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    Cooley, James E.; Choueiri, Edgar Y.

    2008-05-01

    The conditions under which an externally supplied pulse of electrons will induce breakdown in an undervoltaged, low-gain discharge gap are experimentally and theoretically explored. The minimum number of injected electrons required to achieve breakdown in a parallel-plate gap is measured in argon at pd values of 3-10 Torr m using ultraviolet laser pulses to photoelectrically release electrons from the cathode. This value was found to scale inversely with voltage at constant pd and with pressure within the parameter range explored. A dimensionless theoretical description of the phenomenon is formulated and numerically solved. It is found that a significant fraction of the charge on the plates must be injected for breakdown to be achieved at low gain. It is also found that fewer electrons are required as the gain due to electron-impact ionization (α process) is increased, or as the sensitivity of the α process to electric field is enhanced by increasing the gas pressure. A predicted insensitivity to ion mobility implies that the breakdown is determined during the first electron avalanche when space-charge distortion is greatest.

  2. Surface breakdown igniter for mercury arc devices

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    Bayless, John R.

    1977-01-01

    Surface breakdown igniter comprises a semiconductor of medium resistivity which has the arc device cathode as one electrode and has an igniter anode electrode so that when voltage is applied between the electrodes a spark is generated when electrical breakdown occurs over the surface of the semiconductor. The geometry of the igniter anode and cathode electrodes causes the igniter discharge to be forced away from the semiconductor surface.

  3. Partial Discharge Characteristics of Polymer Nanocomposite Materials in Electrical Insulation: A Review of Sample Preparation Techniques, Analysis Methods, Potential Applications, and Future Trends

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    Izzati, Wan Akmal; Adzis, Zuraimy; Shafanizam, Mohd

    2014-01-01

    Polymer nanocomposites have recently been attracting attention among researchers in electrical insulating applications from energy storage to power delivery. However, partial discharge has always been a predecessor to major faults and problems in this field. In addition, there is a lot more to explore, as neither the partial discharge characteristic in nanocomposites nor their electrical properties are clearly understood. By adding a small amount of weight percentage (wt%) of nanofillers, the physical, mechanical, and electrical properties of polymers can be greatly enhanced. For instance, nanofillers in nanocomposites such as silica (SiO2), alumina (Al2O3) and titania (TiO2) play a big role in providing a good approach to increasing the dielectric breakdown strength and partial discharge resistance of nanocomposites. Such polymer nanocomposites will be reviewed thoroughly in this paper, with the different experimental and analytical techniques used in previous studies. This paper also provides an academic review about partial discharge in polymer nanocomposites used as electrical insulating material from previous research, covering aspects of preparation, characteristics of the nanocomposite based on experimental works, application in power systems, methods and techniques of experiment and analysis, and future trends. PMID:24558326

  4. Partial discharge characteristics of polymer nanocomposite materials in electrical insulation: a review of sample preparation techniques, analysis methods, potential applications, and future trends.

    PubMed

    Izzati, Wan Akmal; Arief, Yanuar Z; Adzis, Zuraimy; Shafanizam, Mohd

    2014-01-01

    Polymer nanocomposites have recently been attracting attention among researchers in electrical insulating applications from energy storage to power delivery. However, partial discharge has always been a predecessor to major faults and problems in this field. In addition, there is a lot more to explore, as neither the partial discharge characteristic in nanocomposites nor their electrical properties are clearly understood. By adding a small amount of weight percentage (wt%) of nanofillers, the physical, mechanical, and electrical properties of polymers can be greatly enhanced. For instance, nanofillers in nanocomposites such as silica (SiO2), alumina (Al2O3) and titania (TiO2) play a big role in providing a good approach to increasing the dielectric breakdown strength and partial discharge resistance of nanocomposites. Such polymer nanocomposites will be reviewed thoroughly in this paper, with the different experimental and analytical techniques used in previous studies. This paper also provides an academic review about partial discharge in polymer nanocomposites used as electrical insulating material from previous research, covering aspects of preparation, characteristics of the nanocomposite based on experimental works, application in power systems, methods and techniques of experiment and analysis, and future trends. PMID:24558326

  5. An Investigation of the Electrical Short Circuit Characteristics of Tin Whiskers

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    Courey, Karim J.

    2008-01-01

    Existing risk simulations make the assumption that when a free tin whisker has bridged two adjacent exposed electrical conductors, the result is an electrical short circuit. This conservative assumption is made because shorting is a random event that has a currently unknown probability associated with it. Due to contact resistance electrical shorts may not occur at lower voltage levels. In this experiment, we study the effect of varying voltage on the breakdown of the contact resistance which leads to a short circuit. From this data we can estimate the probability of an electrical short, as a function of voltage, given that a free tin whisker has bridged two adjacent exposed electrical conductors. Also, three tin whiskers grown from the same Space Shuttle Orbiter card guide used in the aforementioned experiment were cross-sectioned and studied using a focused ion beam (FIB). The rare polycrystalline structure seen in the FIB cross section was confirmed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The FIB was also used to cross section two card guides to facilitate the measurement of the grain size to determine that the tin plating on the card guides had a bright finish.

  6. Magnetic and electric characteristics of the electric fish Gymnotus carapó.

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    Baffa, O; Côrrea, S L

    1992-08-01

    The fresh water fish Gymnotus carapó produces a continuous series of weak pulsed electric fields in its surroundings and senses disturbances of this field as part of its sensory system. The electric and magnetic properties of the electric organ of this fish were studied. Magnetic fields close to the fish on the order of nT are produced by currents on the order of 10(-4) A in the electric organ of the fish. The electromotive force, the internal resistance, the current, and the electric power of the equivalent circuit were determined noninvasively. PMID:1420899

  7. Electrical characteristics of spark generators for automotive ignition

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    Brode, R B; Randolph, D W; Silsbee, F B

    1927-01-01

    This paper reports the results of an extensive program of measurements on 11 ignition systems differing widely in type. The results serve primarily to give representative data on the electric and magnetic constants of such systems, and on the secondary voltage produced by them under various conditions of speed, timing, shunting resistance, etc. They also serve to confirm certain of the theoretical formulas which have been proposed to connect the performance of such systems with their electrical constants, and to indicate the extent to which certain simplified model circuits duplicate the performance of the actual apparatus.

  8. Electrical Characteristics of Simulated Tornadoes and Dust Devils

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    Zimmerman, Michael I.; Farrell, William M.; Barth, E. L.; Lewellen, W. S.; Perlongo, N. J.; Jackson, T. L.

    2012-01-01

    It is well known that tornadoes and dust devils have the ability to accumulate significant, visible clouds of debris. Collisions between sand-like debris species produce different electric charges on different types of grains, which convect along different trajectories around the vortex. Thus, significant charge separations and electric currents are possible, which as the vortex fluctuates over time are thought to produce ULF radiation signatures that have been measured in the field. These electric and magnetic fields may contain valuable information about tornado structure and genesis, and may be critical in driving electrochemical processes within dust devils on Mars. In the present work, existing large eddy simulations of debris-laden tornadoes performed at West Virginia University are coupled with a new debris-charging and advection code developed at Goddard Space Flight Center to investigate the detailed (meter-resolution) fluid-dynamic origins of electromagnetic fields within terrestrial vortices. First results are presented, including simulations of the electric and magnetic fields that would be observed by a near-surface, instrument-laden probe during a direct encounter with a tornado.

  9. Prediction of Treeing Breakdown from Pulse Height of Partial Discharge on Voltage-Phase Angle

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    Okamoto, Tatsuki; Tanaka, Toshikatsu

    1985-02-01

    This paper describes the change in the partial discharge (PD) characteristics due to the growth of electrical trees in insulating materials under the application of an AC voltage. An electrical tree consists of branch-like dielectric breakdown paths. Investigation of a number of characteristic PD parameters shows that the φ-q distribution profile has a good correlation with tree growth. The φ-q distribution expresses the average pulse height as a function of the AC voltage-phase angle. The distribution indicates a common profile for trees growing in both epoxy resin and polyethylene. Tree growth in these materials can thus be detected by monitoring the profile of the φ-q distribution, and the final breakdown can be predicted from the tree growth.

  10. Magnetic field characteristics of electric bed-heating devices

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    Wilson, B.W.; Davis, K.C.; Heimbigner, T.; Buschbom, R.L.; Lee, G.M.; Yost, M.G.

    1996-12-01

    Measurements of the flux density and spectra of magnetic fields (MFs) generated by several types of electric bed heaters (EBH) were made in order to characterize the MFs to which the fetus may be exposed in utero from the mother`s use of these devices. Data on MFs were gathered from more than 1,300 in-home and laboratory spot measurements. In-home measurements taken at seven different positions 10 cm from the EBHs determined that the mean flux density at the estimated position of the fetus relative to the device was 0.45 {micro}T (4.5 mG) for electric blankets and 0.20 {micro}T (2.0 mG) for electrically heated water beds. A rate-of-change (RC) metric applied to the nighttime segment of 24 h EMDEX-C personal-dosimeter measurements, which were taken next to the bed of volunteers, yielded an approximate fourfold to sixfold higher value for electric blanket users compared to water-bed heater users. These same data records yielded an approximate twofold difference for the same measurements when evaluated by the time-weighted-average (TWA) MF exposure metric. Performance of exposure meters was checked against standard fields generated in the laboratory, and studies of sources of variance in the in-home measurement protocols were carried out. Spectral measurements showed that the EBHs measured produced no appreciable high-frequency MFs. Data gathered during this work will be used in interpreting results from a component of the California Pregnancy Outcome Study, which evaluates the use of EBHs as a possible risk factor in miscarriage.

  11. Modeling of transient electrical characteristics for granular semiconductors

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    Varpula, Aapo

    2010-08-01

    Modeling of the electrical large-signal response of granular n-type semiconductors is carried out at following three different levels: (i) simple fully analytical model, (ii) semianalytical numerical model, and (iii) numerical device simulation. The electrical transients induced by both voltage and temperature changes are calculated. The analysis is based on the dynamic electrical model of the grain-boundary (GB) region, the drift-diffusion theory, and electronic trapping in the acceptor-type electronic interface states at the GBs. The electronic trapping is described using the standard rate equation. The models are verified by performing numerical device simulations using SILVACO ATLAS. The agreement between the proposed semianalytical model and ATLAS results is excellent during the whole transient and up to rather high electric fields. Compared to ATLAS, the calculations performed with the present semianalytical model are four orders of magnitude faster on a standard PC computer. The approximative analytical formulas describing the response are valid when the voltage and temperature changes are small. The semianalytical model is also fitted to reported experimental data obtained from dc and transient measurements of ZnO powder samples. The semianalytical model fits to the data well. The current in the GB region has following three components: potential-barrier limited current, charging and discharging current, and capacitive current. The results show that the large-signal transient responses of granular semiconductors are complex, as they vary highly in both duration and magnitude. During a transient the current can change many orders of magnitude. This is mainly caused by the change in the GB trap occupancy.

  12. Temporal characteristics of the pulsed electric discharges in small gaps filled with hydrocarbon oil

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    Maradia, U.; Hollenstein, Ch; Wegener, K.

    2015-02-01

    In order to understand the role of electrode materials in electrical discharges with micro gaps (<200 µm) filled with a liquid hydrocarbon dielectric, the post-breakdown phase of low ignition voltage (100 V) and low current (<20 A) pulsed electric discharges is experimentally investigated. The electric discharge energies are selected in the range from 1 to 150 mJ. Due to the non-repetitive and transient nature of the micro-discharges, time-resolved imaging, spectroscopy and electrical analysis of single discharges are performed. The plasma-material interaction is investigated by analysing the erosion craters on anode and cathode. It is found that the electrode materials in these multiphase discharges affect the gas bubble dynamics, the transport properties of the discharge plasmas and the transition from the gaseous to metallic vapour plasma. The change in the energy fractions dissipated in the electrodes in function of the discharge time is influenced by the thermo-physical properties of the electrode materials. The simulation of craters in multiple discharge process requires consideration of the gas bubble dynamics due to different energy fractions and plasma flushing efficiencies.

  13. The influence of electric field and mobility profile on GaAs MESFET characteristics

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    Chen, Chung-Hsu; Arch, David K.

    1989-11-01

    Analytical approximations for the drain I-V relationship, including the mobility profile and field distribution in the channel from the drain to the source, of GaAs MESFETs are derived. The model includes the extended depletion from the gate to the drain for nonself-aligned devices. The calculation of the electric field along the channel is in very good agreement with existing analytical models and a two-dimensional numerical simulation. Experimentally, the authors fabricated and tested tilted angle lightly doped drain (LDD) GaAs MESFETs. It was found that the LLD MESFET structure suppresses the peak electric field under the gate near the drain region. A lower output conductance and higher drain-to-source breakdown were observed as expected. In addition to the electric field, the mobility profile is another factor that influences the performance of the devices. The accuracy of describing the low-field transconductance is strongly dependent on the mobility profile. Moreover, the mobility profile modifies the electric field along the channel and also influences the shape of the drain I-V curves. It is found that more accurate I-V curves can be obtained once the mobility profile is taken into account.

  14. Magnetic control of breakdown: Toward energy-efficient hollow-cathode magnetron discharges

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    Baranov, O.; Romanov, M.; Kumar, S.; Zong, X. X.; Ostrikov, K.

    2011-03-15

    Characteristics of electrical breakdown of a planar magnetron enhanced with an electromagnet and a hollow-cathode structure, are studied experimentally and numerically. At lower pressures the breakdown voltage shows a dependence on the applied magnetic field, and the voltage necessary to achieve the self-sustained discharge regime can be significantly reduced. At higher pressures, the dependence is less sensitive to the magnetic field magnitude and shows a tendency of increased breakdown voltage at the stronger magnetic fields. A model of the magnetron discharge breakdown is developed with the background gas pressure and the magnetic field used as parameters. The model describes the motion of electrons, which gain energy by passing the electric field across the magnetic field and undergo collisions with neutrals, thus generating new bulk electrons. The electrons are in turn accelerated in the electric field and effectively ionize a sufficient amount of neutrals to enable the discharge self-sustainment regime. The model is based on the assumption about the combined classical and near-wall mechanisms of electron conductivity across the magnetic field, and is consistent with the experimental results. The obtained results represent a significant advance toward energy-efficient multipurpose magnetron discharges.

  15. Role of the substrate in the electrical transport characteristics of focused ion beam fabricated nanogap electrode

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    Rajput, Nitul S.; Singh, Abhishek K.; Verma, H. C.

    2012-07-01

    Precise metallic nanogap structure is fabricated on a glass substrate by using a 30 keV focused Ga ion beam. While investigating the I-V behavior of the nanogap structure, tunneling through the substrate has been found to play a vital role in the electrical transportation process. Substrate breakdown occurs at a certain applied voltage and a metal vapor state is initiated through intense heat generation at the nanogap region. The experimental observation confirms the role of the substrate in the explosion process. Metallic spherical particles are formed during cooling/condensation of the metal vapors or splashing of the liquid droplets showing a wide distribution of size from few tens of nanometers to few microns.

  16. Aerodynamic characteristics of sixteen electric, hybrid, and subcompact vehicles

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    Kurtz, D. W.

    1979-01-01

    An elementary electric and hybrid vehicle aerodynamic data base was developed using data obtained on sixteen electric, hybrid, and sub-compact production vehicles tested in the Lockheed-Georgia low-speed wind tunnel. Zero-yaw drag coefficients ranged from a high of 0.58 for a boxey delivery van and an open roadster to a low of about 0.34 for a current four-passenger proto-type automobile which was designed with aerodynamics as an integrated parameter. Vehicles were tested at yaw angles up to 40 degrees and a wing weighting analysis is presented which yields a vehicle's effective drag coefficient as a function of wing velocity and driving cycle. Other parameters investigated included the effects of windows open and closed, radiators open and sealed, and pop-up headlights. Complete six-component force and moment data are presented in both tabular and graphical formats. Only limited commentary is offered since, by its very nature, a data base should consist of unrefined reference material. A justification for pursuing efficient aerodynamic design of EHVs is presented.

  17. Relativistic breakdown in planetary atmospheres

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    Dwyer, J. R.

    2007-04-15

    In 2003, a new electrical breakdown mechanism involving the production of runaway avalanches by positive feedback from runaway positrons and energetic photons was introduced. This mechanism, which shall be referred to as 'relativistic feedback', allows runaway discharges in gases to become self-sustaining, dramatically increasing the flux of runaway electrons, the accompanying high-energy radiation, and resulting ionization. Using detailed Monte Carlo calculations, properties of relativistic feedback are investigated. It is found that once relativistic feedback fully commences, electrical breakdown will occur and the ambient electric field, extending over cubic kilometers, will be discharged in as little as 2x10{sup -5} s. Furthermore, it is found that the flux of energetic electrons and x rays generated by this mechanism can exceed the flux generated by the standard relativistic runaway electron model by a factor of 10{sup 13}, making relativistic feedback a good candidate for explaining terrestrial gamma-ray flashes and other high-energy phenomena observed in the Earth's atmosphere.

  18. Vortex breakdown simulation

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    Nakamura, Y.; Leonard, A.; Spalart, P. R.

    1985-01-01

    A vortex breakdown was simulated by the vortex filament method, and detailed figures are presented based on the results. Deformations of the vortex filaments showed clear and large swelling at a particular axial station which implied the presence of a recirculation bubble at that station. The tendency for two breakdowns to occur experimentally was confirmed by the simulation, and the jet flow inside the bubble was well simulated. The particle paths spiralled with expansion, and the streamlines took spiral forms at the breakdown with expansion.

  19. Dielectric breakdown in silica-amorphous polymer nanocomposite films: the role of the polymer matrix.

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    Grabowski, Christopher A; Fillery, Scott P; Westing, Nicholas M; Chi, Changzai; Meth, Jeffrey S; Durstock, Michael F; Vaia, Richard A

    2013-06-26

    The ultimate energy storage performance of an electrostatic capacitor is determined by the dielectric characteristics of the material separating its conductive electrodes. Polymers are commonly employed due to their processability and high breakdown strength; however, demands for higher energy storage have encouraged investigations of ceramic-polymer composites. Maintaining dielectric strength, and thus minimizing flaw size and heterogeneities, has focused development toward nanocomposite (NC) films; but results lack consistency, potentially due to variations in polymer purity, nanoparticle surface treatments, nanoparticle size, and film morphology. To experimentally establish the dominant factors in broad structure-performance relationships, we compare the dielectric properties for four high-purity amorphous polymer films (polymethyl methacrylate, polystyrene, polyimide, and poly-4-vinylpyridine) incorporating uniformly dispersed silica colloids (up to 45% v/v). Factors known to contribute to premature breakdown-field exclusion and agglomeration-have been mitigated in this experiment to focus on what impact the polymer and polymer-nanoparticle interactions have on breakdown. Our findings indicate that adding colloidal silica to higher breakdown strength amorphous polymers (polymethyl methacrylate and polyimide) causes a reduction in dielectric strength as compared to the neat polymer. Alternatively, low breakdown strength amorphous polymers (poly-4-vinylpyridine and especially polystyrene) with comparable silica dispersion show similar or even improved breakdown strength for 7.5-15% v/v silica. At ∼15% v/v or greater silica content, all the polymer NC films exhibit breakdown at similar electric fields, implying that at these loadings failure becomes independent of polymer matrix and is dominated by silica. PMID:23639183

  20. Electrical characteristics of insulating aluminum nitride MIS nanostructures

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    Abdallah, Bassam; Al-Khawaja, Sameer; Alkhawwam, Anas

    2011-10-01

    Capacitance-voltage measurements of high quality PECVD and MBE grown aluminum nitride (AlN) thin films have been performed. The prepared films have shown polycrystalline (0 0 2)-preferential orientation, and were deposited on p-type Si (1 0 0) substrates with Pt forming the metal gate in a metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) configuration. The structure, crystallinity, texture and insulating properties have been found to depend on film thickness and were substantially influenced by the increase of the thickness. C- V measurements of the epitaxial and PECVD films were carried out and their insulating characteristics with increasing thickness (200-1000 nm) were investigated. The epitaxial films exhibited no hysteresis in capacitance behaviour, owing to better crystalline quality over the PECVD grown ones. Capacitance curves versus bias voltage have also been acquired at different temperatures; 10 K, 30 K and 50 K for deposited polycrystalline AlN films of (0 0 2) orientation. We have found that the defects trapped in the Pt/AlN/Si structure played a key role in dominating the overall behaviour of the C- V measurement curves. The trapped charges at the interface between the AlN insulating film and Si substrate caused the capacitance characteristics to shift to negative voltages, and the estimated charge density was of the order of 10 10 and 10 8 cm -2 eV -1 for the PECVD and epitaxial samples respectively. The I- V measurements referred to space-charge conduction mechanism, and the deduced leakage current was found to be of the order of 10 -9 A at 200 nm film thickness.

  1. Pre-breakdown evaluation of gas discharge mechanisms in microgaps

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    Semnani, Abbas; Peroulis, Dimitrios; Venkattraman, Ayyaswamy; Alexeenko, Alina A.

    2013-04-29

    The individual contributions of various gas discharge mechanisms to total pre-breakdown current in microgaps are quantified numerically. The variation of contributions of field emission and secondary electron emission with increasing electric field shows contrasting behavior even for a given gap size. The total current near breakdown decreases rapidly with gap size indicating that microscale discharges operate in a high-current, low-voltage regime. This study provides the first such analysis of breakdown mechanisms and aids in the formulation of physics-based theories for microscale breakdown.

  2. Non uniform thermal oxidation of SiC and its impact on electrical characteristics

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    Nagai, Ryu; Hasunuma, Ryu; Yamabe, Kikuo

    2016-08-01

    The surface and interface roughnesses of SiO2 films thermally grown on 4H-SiC were investigated by atomic force microscopy. The roughness increases with oxide thickness in the initial oxidation stage, and it saturates at a certain thickness. An increase in roughness reflects nonuniform thermal oxidation. In addition, the two-dimensional fluctuation of oxide film thickness becomes marked for the thin film. Furthermore, current density vs voltage characteristics were investigated using MOS capacitors with various oxide thicknesses. The dispersion of the leakage current was found to be related to the oxide surface and interface roughnesses. On the other hand, time-zero dielectric breakdown voltage showed no relation to the roughness.

  3. Electrical and optical characteristics of two color mid wave HgCdTe infrared detectors

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    Mason, Whitney; Waterman, J. R.

    1999-03-01

    Two-color mid wave triple-layer heterojunction HgCdTe detectors were studied using temperature-dependent current-voltage (I-V) measurements, temperature-dependent spectral response measurements, and temperature-dependent noise measurements. The reverse biased dark current shows diffusion-limited behavior for T>125 K. The same data show evidence for generation-recombination-type behavior for the longer wavelength junction at temperatures between 100 and 125 K. For temperatures less than 100 K, the measurements are background limited by photon flux, even though these measurements are performed at nominal zero background. The upper junction shows soft reverse breakdown voltages on the order of about 250 mV, while the bottom junction shows no breakdown for V<500 mV. At 80 K, the R0A product is in excess of 1×106 Ω cm2. In forward bias, the current-voltage characteristics of the lower junction are diffusion limited for all temperatures, while at lower temperatures, the upper junction showed generation-recombination behavior. Optical measurements found a cutoff wavelength of about 4 μm for the lower junction and about 4.5 μm for the upper junction. The spectral crosstalk was less than 3%. At 80 K, the frequency-dependent noise of the shorter wavelength junction showed no dependence on bias, while for the longer wavelength junction, the noise at lower frequencies increased with bias. There is no difference in the noise characteristics when either the photon flux or the temperature is increased.

  4. Modeling of Electro Optic Polymer Electrical Characteristics in a 3 layer Optical Waveguide Modulator

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    Watson, Michael D.; Ashley, Paul R.; Guenthner, Andrew J.; Abushagur, Mustafa

    2004-01-01

    The electrical characteristics of electro optic polymer waveguide modulators are often described by the bulk reactance of the individual layers. However, the resistance and capacitance between the layers can significantly alter the electrical performance of a waveguide modulator. These interface characteristics are related to the boundary charge density and are strongly affected by the adhesion of the layers in the waveguide stack. An electrical reactance model has been derived to investigate this phenomenon at low frequencies. The model shows the waveguide stack frequency response has no limiting effects below the microwave range and that a true DC response requires a stable voltage for over 1000 hours. Thus, reactance of the layers is the key characteristic of optimizing the voltage across the core layer, even at very low frequencies (> 10(exp -6) Hz). The results of the model are compared with experimental data for two polymer systems and show quite good correlation.

  5. Fixed Velocity Characteristics for an Electrical Vehicle with the New High-Efficiency Motor

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    Kousaka, Takuji; Matsumoto, Yukihiro; Harada, Taisuke; Abe, Minoru

    Since d-c compound motor have wide industrial applications, theoretical and experimental research in such systems are assumed to be special importance. In previous work, we studied a new d-c compound motor which is suitable for the electronic vehicle and bicycle. This paper provides the fixed velocity characteristics for an electrical vehicle with the new high-efficiency motor. Experimental results show that the electric vehicle with new compund motor is more effective than the conventional one.

  6. Electrical probe characteristic recovery by measuring only one time-dependent parameter

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    Costin, C.; Popa, G.; Anita, V.

    2016-03-01

    Two straightforward methods for recovering the current-voltage characteristic of an electrical probe are proposed. Basically, they consist of replacing the usual power supply from the probe circuit with a capacitor which can be charged or discharged by the probe current drained from the plasma. The experiment requires the registration of only one time-dependent electrical parameter, either the probe current or the probe voltage. The corresponding time-dependence of the second parameter, the probe voltage, or the probe current, respectively, can be calculated using an integral or a differential relation and the current-voltage characteristic of the probe can be obtained.

  7. Electrical probe characteristic recovery by measuring only one time-dependent parameter.

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    Costin, C; Popa, G; Anita, V

    2016-03-01

    Two straightforward methods for recovering the current-voltage characteristic of an electrical probe are proposed. Basically, they consist of replacing the usual power supply from the probe circuit with a capacitor which can be charged or discharged by the probe current drained from the plasma. The experiment requires the registration of only one time-dependent electrical parameter, either the probe current or the probe voltage. The corresponding time-dependence of the second parameter, the probe voltage, or the probe current, respectively, can be calculated using an integral or a differential relation and the current-voltage characteristic of the probe can be obtained. PMID:27036776

  8. Energy Characteristics of Electric Drive of Oscillatory Motion at the Shock-Free Start

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    Payuk, L. A.; Voronina, N. A.; Galtseva, O. V.

    2016-01-01

    The peculiarity of operation of oscillatory electric drive with doubly-fed motor at realization of algorithm of shock-free start was considered. The method of evaluating of energy parameters of such motors operating at the resonance mode with yueTOM of quantitative and qualitative components of the process of energy conversion by an electric motor (doubly-fed motor) is proposed. The calculation of energy characteristics of electric drive of this type was made, the results of calculation show an increase of energy efficiency (an average, generalized efficiency coefficient nE increased by 10%), which confirms the practical significance of the research object.

  9. A measurement technique of time-dependent dielectric breakdown in MOS capacitors

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    Li, S. P.

    1974-01-01

    The statistical nature of time-dependent dielectric breakdown characteristics in MOS capacitors was evidenced by testing large numbers of capacitors fabricated on single wafers. A multipoint probe and automatic electronic visual display technique are introduced that will yield statistical results which are necessary for the investigation of temperature, electric field, thermal annealing, and radiation effects in the breakdown characteristics, and an interpretation of the physical mechanisms involved. It is shown that capacitors of area greater than 0.002 sq cm may yield worst-case results, and that a multipoint probe of capacitors of smaller sizes can be used to obtain a profile of nonuniformities in the SiO2 films.

  10. Ionizing potential waves and high-voltage breakdown streamers.

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    Albright, N. W.; Tidman, D. A.

    1972-01-01

    The structure of ionizing potential waves driven by a strong electric field in a dense gas is discussed. Negative breakdown waves are found to propagate with a velocity proportional to the electric field normal to the wavefront. This causes a curved ionizing potential wavefront to focus down into a filamentary structure, and may provide the reason why breakdown in dense gases propagates in the form of a narrow leader streamer instead of a broad wavefront.

  11. Analysis of thermal characteristics of electrical wiring for load groups in cattle barns.

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    Kim, Doo Hyun; Yoo, Sang-Ok; Kim, Sung Chul; Hwang, Dong Kyu

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of the current study is to analyze the thermal characteristics of electrical wirings depending on the number of operating load by connecting four types of electrical wirings that are selected by surveying the conditions for the electric fans, automatic waterers and halogen warm lamps that were installed in cattle barns in different years. The conditions of 64 cattle barns were surveyed and an experimental test was conducted at a cattle barn. The condition-survey covered inappropriate design, construction and misuse of electrical facility, including electrical wiring mostly used, and the mode of load current was evaluated. The survey showed that the mode of load current increased as the installation year of the fans, waterers and halogen lamps became older. Accordingly, the cattle barn manager needed to increase the capacity of the circuit breaker, which promoted the degradation of insulation of the electrical wires' sheath and increased possibility for electrical fires in the long-run. The test showed that the saturation temperature of the wire insulated sheath increased depending on the installation year of the load groups, in case of VCTFK and VFF electric wires, therefore, requiring their careful usage in the cattle barns. PMID:26118855

  12. Analysis of thermal characteristics of electrical wiring for load groups in cattle barns

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    KIM, Doo Hyun; YOO, Sang-Ok; KIM, Sung Chul; HWANG, Dong Kyu

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of the current study is to analyze the thermal characteristics of electrical wirings depending on the number of operating load by connecting four types of electrical wirings that are selected by surveying the conditions for the electric fans, automatic waterers and halogen warm lamps that were installed in cattle barns in different years. The conditions of 64 cattle barns were surveyed and an experimental test was conducted at a cattle barn. The condition-survey covered inappropriate design, construction and misuse of electrical facility, including electrical wiring mostly used, and the mode of load current was evaluated. The survey showed that the mode of load current increased as the installation year of the fans, waterers and halogen lamps became older. Accordingly, the cattle barn manager needed to increase the capacity of the circuit breaker, which promoted the degradation of insulation of the electrical wires’ sheath and increased possibility for electrical fires in the long-run. The test showed that the saturation temperature of the wire insulated sheath increased depending on the installation year of the load groups, in case of VCTFK and VFF electric wires, therefore, requiring their careful usage in the cattle barns. PMID:26118855

  13. Breakdown and partial discharges in magnetic liquids.

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    Herchl, F; Marton, K; Tomčo, L; Kopčanský, P; Timko, M; Koneracká, M; Kolcunová, I

    2008-05-21

    The dielectric properties (permittivity, loss factor, dielectric breakdown strength) of magnetic liquids were investigated. The magnetic liquids were composed of magnetite particles coated with oleic acid as surfactant and dispersed in transformer oil. To determine their dielectric properties they were subjected to a uniform magnetic field at high alternating electric fields up to 14 MV m(-1). Nearly constant permittivity of magnetic liquid with particle volume concentration Φ = 0.0019 as a function of electric field was observed. Magnetic liquids with concentrations Φ = 0.019 and 0.032 showed significant changes of permittivity and loss factor dependent on electric and magnetic fields. The best concentration of magnetic fluid was found at which partial current impulse magnitudes were the lowest. The breakdown strength distribution of the magnetic liquid with Φ = 0.0025 was fitted with the Duxbury-Leath, Weibull and Gauss distribution functions. PMID:21694240

  14. Fabrication of 1-dimension nano-material-based device and its electrical characteristics

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    Yang, Xing; Zhou, Zhaoying; Zheng, Fuzhong; Zhang, Min

    2008-12-01

    In recent years, many kinds of 1-dimension nano-materials (Carbon nanotube, ZnO nanobelt and nanowire etc.) continue to emerge which exhibit distinct and unique electromechanical, piezoelectric, photoelectrical properties. In this paper, a 1-dimension nano-materials-based device was proposed. The bottom-up and top-down combined process were used for constructing CNT-array-based device and ZnO nanowire device. The electrical characteristics of the 1D nano-materials-based devices were also investigated. The measurement results of electrical characteristics demonstrate that it is ohm electrical contact behavior between the nano-material and micro-electrodes in the proposed device which also have the field effect. The proposed 1D nano-material-based device shows the application potential in the sensing fields.

  15. Electric Characteristics of Hybrid Polymer Membranes Composed of Two Lipid Species

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    Oohira, Koji; Toko, Kiyoshi; Akiyama, Hideyuki; Yoshihara, Hiroshi; Yamafuji, Kaoru

    1995-09-01

    Electric characteristics of hybrid polymer membranes composed of two lipid species were studied, where one lipid species is positively charged in aqueous solution and the other is negatively charged. As a result, it was found that the hybrid membranes responded to taste substances in different ways according to the molar mixing ratio of these two kinds of lipids, and also showed different response characteristics from those of the single-lipid membranes. The membranes with the mixing ratio around 50% exhibited the largest responses to HCl (sourness) and monosodium glutamate (umami). Moreover, good quantitative agreements with the observed data on the response electric potential were obtained using a theory describing both the changes in surface electric potential and surface charge density with taste substances.

  16. The prevention of electrical breakdown and electrostatic voltage problems in the space shuttle and its payloads. Part 1: Theory and phenomena

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    Whitson, D. W.

    1975-01-01

    An introduction to the theory of corona discharge and electrostatic phenomena is presented. The theory is mainly qualitative so that workers in the field should not have to go outside this manual for an understanding of the relevant phenomena. Some of the problems that may occur with the space shuttle in regard to electrical discharge are discussed.

  17. Analysis of Laser Breakdown Data

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    Becker, Roger

    2009-03-01

    Experiments on laser breakdown for ns pulses of 532 nm or 1064 nm light in water and dozens of simple hydrocarbon liquids are analyzed and compared to widely-used models and other laser breakdown experiments reported in the literature. Particular attention is given to the curve for the probability of breakdown as a function of the laser fluence at the beam focus. Criticism is made of the na"ive forms of both ``avalanche'' breakdown and multi-photon breakdown. It appears that the process is complex and is intimately tied to the chemical group of the material. Difficulties with developing an accurate model of laser breakdown in liquids are outlined.

  18. Orientation characteristics in the RF electric shielding effects of superconducting BPSCCO plates

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    Nishikubo, T.; Endo, H.; Itoh, M.

    2010-06-01

    As one of the basic areas of research for improvement of the electromagnetic environment by use of a bulk high-critical temperature superconductor (HTS), the present paper has developed a Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (BPSCCO) plate that displays orientation characteristics of the plane wave. To achieve these orientation characteristics, a slit was cut into the surface of the BPSCCO plate. The values of SDEH and SDEP are defined as the radio frequency (RF) electric shielding degrees when orienting the slit horizontal and perpendicular to the ground, respectively. The shieldings exhibit similar characteristics in the frequency region from 1 MHz (55 dB) to 100 MHz (30 dB). The values of SDEH, in the frequency region of 100 MHz (30 dB) to 3 GHz (52 dB), increased with frequency. The values of SDEP indicated an average value of 30 dB in this frequency region. Namely, the difference in the RF electric shielding degree, SDEH - SDEP, with respect to the orientation of the slit, represents the orientation characteristics. Experimental results revealed several characteristics of the BPSCCO plate that include the dependencies of the orientation characteristics on the length, width, and number of slits. Also examined were the orientation characteristics in the RF magnetic shielding effect of the BPSCCO plate as a function of radio frequency.

  19. Steam-zone electrical characteristics for geodiagnostic evaluation of steamflood performance

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    Mansure, A.J. ); Meldau, R.F. )

    1990-09-01

    An essential part of the development of electrical geodiagnostic techniques for mapping thermal recovery processes is understanding the relationship of formation resistivity to the thermal recovery process. As a result of laboratory measurements of a ID steamflood, a preliminary understanding of some of the mechanisms of the electrical resistivity change has been gained. The theory of electrical resistivity of a steamflood is reviewed and used to evaluate the resistivity changes expected. A conceptual electrical model of a steamflood porous reservoir, based on a qualitative description of the fluid zones of an ideal heavy-oil steamflood, is presented. The model assumes that salinity, temperature, and saturation are the important factors controlling resistivity changes and that Archie's law applies. The authors found that the characteristics of each individual reservoir must be considered before the in-situ resistivity changes are predicted and that in-situ resistivity can either increase as a result of steamflooding.

  20. Second Discharge Characteristics of Aluminum Wire Electrical Explosion Under Various Argon Pressures

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    Yan, Wenyu; Zhang, Qiaogen; Zhao, Junping; Chen, Gangliang; Liu, Longchen

    2014-10-01

    Electrical wire explosion is a promising method for the preparation of metal nanopowder, but the properties of metal nanopowder are affected by the second discharge process of electrical wire explosion. The second discharge characteristics of aluminum wire electrical explosion under variant argon pressures were studied in a RLC discharge circuit. The results show that the curve of the second discharge voltages versus the pressure presents a U-shape. To clarify the roles of aluminum vapor and argon in the process of the second discharge, a spectrograph and a high speed framing camera were used to study the radiation spectrum and spatial distribution of the electrical explosion plasma. It is observed that argon participates in the second discharge process under low pressure. A discharge channel develops along the surface of the aluminum vapor. Under higher pressure, a second discharge takes place in the aluminum vapor and the discharge channel is inside the aluminum vapor.

  1. Effect of pulsed electric fields assisted acetylation on morphological, structural and functional characteristics of potato starch.

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    Hong, Jing; Chen, Rujiao; Zeng, Xin-An; Han, Zhong

    2016-02-01

    Pulsed electric fields (PEF)-assisted acetylation of potato starch with different degree of substitution (DS) was prepared and effects of PEF strength, reaction time, starch concentration on DS were studied by response surface methodology. Results showed DS was increased from 0.054 (reaction time of 15 min) to 0.130 (reaction time of 60 min) as PEF strength increased from 3 to 5 kV/cm. External morphology revealed that acetylated starch with higher DS was aggravated more bulges and asperities. Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy confirmed the introduction of acetyl group through a band at 1730 cm(-1). The optimum sample (DS =0 .13) had lower retrogradation (39.1%), breakdown (155 BU) and setback value (149BU), while pasting temperature (62.2 °C) was slightly higher than non-PEF-assisted samples. These results demonstrated PEF treatment can be a potential and beneficial method for acetylation and achieve higher DS with shorter reaction time. PMID:26304315

  2. Beauty in the Breakdown

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    Brisco, Nicole

    2008-01-01

    Most human beings look at erosion as the destruction of a surface, but artists can see that erosion often creates indefinable beauty. Where do you see beauty in the breakdown? In this article, the author presents an innovative lesson that would allow students to observe both human and physical nature. In this activity students will create a work…

  3. Electrical characteristic analysis using low-frequency noise in low-temperature polysilicon thin film transistors.

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    Kim, Y M; Jeong, K S; Yun, H J; Yang, S D; Lee, S Y; Kim, M J; Kwon, O S; Jeong, C W; Kim, J Y; Kim, S C; Lee, G W

    2012-07-01

    This study carried out an electrical characteristic analysis using low-frequency noise (LFN) in top gate p-type low-temperature polysilicon thin film transistors (LTPS TFTs) with different active layer thicknesses between 40 nm and 80 nm. The transfer characteristic curves show that the 40-nm device has better electrical characteristics compared with the 80-nm device. The carrier number fluctuation, with and without correlated mobility fluctuation model in both devices, has modeled well the measured noise. On the other hand, the trap density and coulomb scattering in the 40-nm device are smaller compared with the 80-nm device. To confirm the effectiveness of the LFN noise analysis, the trap densities at a grain boundary are extracted using in both devices the similar methods of Proano et al. and Levinson et al. That is, coulomb scattering, caused by the trapped charges at or near the interface, has a greater effect on the device with inferior electrical properties. Based on the LFN and the quantitative analysis of the trap density at a grain boundary, the interface traps between the active layer and the gate insulator can explain the devices' electrical degradation. PMID:22966605

  4. Batteries for electric drive vehicles: Evaluation of future characteristics and costs through a Delphi study

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    Vyas, A.D.; Ng, H.K.; Anderson, J.L.; Santini, D.J.

    1997-07-01

    Uncertainty about future costs and operating attributes of electric drive vehicles (EVs and HEVs) has contributed to considerable debate regarding the market viability of such vehicles. One way to deal with such uncertainty, common to most emerging technologies, is to pool the judgments of experts in the field. Data from a two-stage Delphi study are used to project the future costs and operating characteristics of electric drive vehicles. The experts projected basic vehicle characteristics for EVs and HEVs for the period 2000-2020. They projected the mean EV range at 179 km in 2000, 270 km in 2010, and 358 km in 2020. The mean HEV range on battery power was projected as 145 km in 2000, 212 km in 2010, and 244 km in 2020. Experts` opinions on 10 battery technologies are analyzed and characteristics of initial battery packs for the mean power requirements are presented. A procedure to compute the cost of replacement battery packs is described, and the resulting replacement costs are presented. Projected vehicle purchase prices and fuel and maintenance costs are also presented. The vehicle purchase price and curb weight predictions would be difficult to achieve with the mean battery characteristics. With the battery replacement costs added to the fuel and maintenance costs, the conventional ICE vehicle is projected to have a clear advantage over electric drive vehicles through the projection period.

  5. Electrical characteristics and thermal shock properties of Cu-filled TSV prepared by laser drilling

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    Jeong, Il Ho; Jung, Do Hyun; Shin, Kyu Sik; Shin, Dong Sik; Jung, Jae Pil

    2013-07-01

    The electrical characteristics and thermal shock properties of a Through Silicon Via (TSV) for the three dimensional (3D) stacking of a Si wafer were investigated. The TSVs were fabricated on a Si wafer by a laser drilling process. The via had a diameter of 75 µm at the via opening and a depth of 150 µm. A daisy chain was made for testing electrical characteristics, such as R sh (sheet resistance), R c (contact resistance) and Z 0 (characteristic impedance). After Cu filling, a cross section of the via was observed by Field Emission-Scanning Electron Microscopy. The electrical characteristics were measured using a commercial impedance analyzer and probe station, which revealed the values of R sh , R c and Z 0 as 35.5 mΩ/sq, 25.4 mΩ and 48.5 Ω, respectively. After a thermal shock test of 500 cycles, no cracks were observed between the TSV and Si wafer. This study confirms that the laser drilling process is an effective method for via formation on a Si wafer for 3D integration technology.

  6. Simulation of electrical characteristics in negative capacitance surrounding-gate ferroelectric field-effect transistors

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    Xiao, Y. G.; Chen, Z. J.; Tang, M. H.; Tang, Z. H.; Yan, S. A.; Li, J. C.; Gu, X. C.; Zhou, Y. C.; Ouyang, X. P.

    2012-12-01

    The electrical characteristics of surrounding-gate (SG) metal-ferroelectric-semiconductor (MFS) field-effect transistors (FETs) were theoretically investigated by considering the ferroelectric negative capacitance (NC) effect. The derived results demonstrated that the NC-SG-MFS-FET displays superior electrical properties compared with that of the traditional SG-MIS-FET, in terms of better electrostatic control of the gate electrode over the channel, smaller subthreshold swing (S < 60 mV/dec), and bigger value of ION. It is expected that this investigation may provide some insight into the design and performance improvement for the fast switching and low power dissipation applications of ferroelectric FETs.

  7. Study on influences of TiN capping layer on time-dependent dielectric breakdown characteristic of ultra-thin EOT high-k metal gate NMOSFET with kMC TDDB simulations

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    Xu, Hao; Yang, Hong; Luo, Wei-Chun; Xu, Ye-Feng; Wang, Yan-Rong; Tang, Bo; Wang, Wen-Wu; Qi, Lu-Wei; Li, Jun-Feng; Yan, Jiang; Zhu, Hui-Long; Zhao, Chao; Chen, Da-Peng; Ye, Tian-Chun

    2016-08-01

    The thickness effect of the TiN capping layer on the time dependent dielectric breakdown (TDDB) characteristic of ultra-thin EOT high-k metal gate NMOSFET is investigated in this paper. Based on experimental results, it is found that the device with a thicker TiN layer has a more promising reliability characteristic than that with a thinner TiN layer. From the charge pumping measurement and secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) analysis, it is indicated that the sample with the thicker TiN layer introduces more Cl passivation at the IL/Si interface and exhibits a lower interface trap density. In addition, the influences of interface and bulk trap density ratio N it/N ot are studied by TDDB simulations through combining percolation theory and the kinetic Monte Carlo (kMC) method. The lifetime reduction and Weibull slope lowering are explained by interface trap effects for TiN capping layers with different thicknesses. Project supported by the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. SS2015AA010601), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61176091 and 61306129), and the Opening Project of Key Laboratory of Microelectronics Devices & Integrated Technology, Institute of MicroElectronics of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

  8. Electrical characteristics of Ni Ohmic contact on n-type GeSn

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    Li, H.; Cheng, H. H.; Lee, L. C.; Lee, C. P.; Su, L. H.; Suen, Y. W.

    2014-06-01

    We report an investigation of the electrical and material characteristics of Ni on an n-type GeSn film under thermal annealing. The current-voltage traces measured with the transmission line method are linear for a wide range of annealing temperatures. The specific contact resistivity was found to decrease with increasing annealing temperature, followed by an increase as the annealing temperature further increased, with a minimum value at an annealing temperature of 350 °C. The material characteristics at the interface layer were measured by energy-dispersive spectrometer, showing that an atomic ratio of (Ni)/(GeSn) = 1:1 yields the lowest specific contact resistivity.

  9. Reduction of Electric Breakdown Voltage in LC Switching Shutters / Elektriskās Caursites Sprieguma Samazināšana Šķidro Kristālu Šūnās

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    Mozolevskis, G.; Ozols, A.; Nitiss, E.; Linina, E.; Tokmakov, A.; Rutkis, M.

    2015-10-01

    Liquid crystal display (LCD) industry is among the most rapidly growing and innovating industries in the world. Here continuously much effort is devoted towards developing and implementing new types of LCDs for various applications. Some types of LCDs require relatively high voltages for their operation. For example, bistable displays, in which an altering field at different frequencies is used for switching from clear to scattering states and vice versa, require electric fields at around 10 V/μm for operation. When operated at such high voltages an electrical breakdown is very likely to occur in the liquid crystal (LC) cell. This has been one of the limiting factors for such displays to reach market. In the present paper, we will report on the results of electrical breakdown investigations in high-voltage LC cells. An electrical breakdown in the cell is observed when current in the liquid crystal layer is above a specific threshold value. The threshold current is determined by conductivity of the liquid crystal as well as point defects, such as dust particles in LC layer, pinholes in coatings and electrode hillocks. In order to reduce the currents flowing through the liquid crystal layer several approaches, such as electrode patterning and adding of various buffer layers in the series with LC layer, have been tested. We demonstrate that the breakdown voltages can be significantly improved by means of adding insulating thin films. Šķidro kristālu ekrānu (LCD) industrija ir viena no visstraujāk augošajām industrijām pasaulē. Daudz pūļu un resursu tiek veltīti jauna tipa LCD izstrādē dažādiem pielietojumiem. Atsevišķa tipa LCD funkcionēšanai nepieciešami augsti spriegumi. Piemēram, bistabilos LCD, kuros izkliedējošs (ieslēgts) un dzidrs (izslēgts) stāvoklis tiek iegūts ar dažādu frekvenču maiņsprieguma palīdzību, elektriskā lauka intensitāte šķidrā kristāla slānī var sasniegt pat 10 V/μm. Augstās elektriskā lauka intensit

  10. Mechanical characteristics of strained vibrating strings and a vibration-induced electric field

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    Bivin, Yu. K.

    2012-11-01

    The mechanical characteristics of vibrating strings strained between rigid supports and a vibration-induced electric field are studied. Experiments are conducted with nylon, rubber, and metallic strings. Vibrations are excited by a pinch at different sites along the string. The motion of the string is filmed, and the attendant electric field is detected. Experimental data are analyzed under the assumption that the field is induced by unlike charges generated by the moving string. It is found that the field allows one to determine the time characteristics of the motion of the string and discriminate the types of its deformations. Young moduli observed under the static extension of thin nylon strings are compared with those calculated from the natural frequencies of vibration measured for differently strained strings. The mathematical pattern of the motion of the string is compared with the real situation.

  11. Influence of the degradation on the surface states and electrical characteristics of EOS structures

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    Cabruja, E.; Merlos, A.; Cané, C.; Lozano, M.; Bausells, J.; Esteve, J.

    1991-07-01

    The application of ion sensitive field effect transistors (ISFET's) to the measurements of the pH of chemical solutions is one of the most important fields of microelectronic sensors. However, ISFET's still present some problems, such as shifts and drifts of electrical characteristics. In this work a systematic study of the evolution of electrical characteristics of EOS (electrolyte-oxide-semiconductor) and ENOS (electrolyte-nitride-oxide-semiconductor) structures, equivalent to ISFET gates, using the quasi-static C-V method is presented. Results show that the total drift in the flat band voltage can be separated in two terms, one due to immersion in an aqueous ambient and other due to the ionic strength.

  12. Optical and electrical characteristics of pure and doped potassium hydrogen tartrate single crystals

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    Quasim, I.; Firdous, A.; Khosa, S. K.; Kotru, P. N.

    2009-08-01

    The optical and electrical characteristics of pure, sodium- and lithium-doped potassium hydrogen tartrate crystals grown by the gel technique are reported. An optical absorption study conducted in the UV-Vis range of 200-800 nm reveals the transparency of these crystals in the entire visible range but not in the ultraviolet range. The optical band gap of pure potassium hydrogen tartrate crystals is found to be dependent on doping by Na or Li ions. The non-linear optical behaviour of these crystals is reported and explained. The electrical properties of pure and doped potassium hydrogen tartrate crystals are studied by measuring electrical resistivity from 80 to 300 K. It is shown that while pure potassium hydrogen tartrate crystal is an insulator at room temperature (300 K), doping by Na or Li ions makes it a semiconductor. The results have been explained in terms of the variable range hopping model.

  13. Initiation of vacuum breakdown and failure mechanism of the carbon nanotube during thermal field emission

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    Dan, Cai; Lie, Liu; Jin-Chuan, Ju; Xue-Long, Zhao; Hong-Yu, Zhou; Xiao, Wang

    2016-04-01

    The carbon nanotube (CNT)-based materials can be used as vacuum device cathodes. Owing to the excellent field emission properties of CNT, it has great potentials in the applications of an explosive field emission cathode. The falling off of CNT from the substrate, which frequently appears in experiments, restricts its application. In addition, the onset time of vacuum breakdown limits the performance of the high-power explosive-emission-cathode-based diode. In this paper, the characteristics of the CNT, electric field strength, contact resistance and the kind of substrate material are varied to study the parameter effects on the onset time of vacuum breakdown and failure mechanism of the CNT by using the finite element method. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11305263 and 61401484).

  14. Implications of dielectric breakdown weathering for the lunar regolith

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    Jordan, A.; Stubbs, T. J.; Wilson, J. K.; Schwadron, N.; Spence, H. E.; Izenberg, N.

    2015-12-01

    Solar energetic particles (SEPs) penetrate the lunar regolith to depths of ~1 mm and cause deep dielectric charging. The greatest charging occurs in permanently shadowed regions (PSRs), where temperatures make the electrical conductivity extremely low, which inhibits dissipating the charge buildup. Charging by very large SEP events may create subsurface electric fields that are strong enough to cause dielectric breakdown, or sparking, in the upper ~1 mm. Previous work has shown that, in PSRs, this breakdown weathering may have affected 10-25% of the meteoritically gardened regolith in PSRs and may thus be comparable to meteoritic weathering. But even regolith at lower latitudes can reach temperatures <100 K at night, causing it to dissipate charging in a few days--still enough to allow significant charging during large SEP events. Consequently, regolith at lower latitudes may also be susceptible to breakdown. We show how up to a few percent of gardened regolith at lower latitudes may have experienced breakdown. We also estimate the percentage of regolith that experienced breakdown during the two events detected in January and March 2012 by the Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). Finally, we discuss what this more global view of breakdown weathering implies about the possibility of Apollo and Luna soil samples containing material that may have experienced breakdown.

  15. Effect of electric field configuration on streamer and partial discharge phenomena in a hydrocarbon insulating liquid under AC stress

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    Liu, Z.; Liu, Q.; Wang, Z. D.

    2016-05-01

    This paper concerns pre-breakdown phenomena, including streamer characteristics from a fundamental perspective and partial discharge (PD) measurements from an industrial perspective, in a hydrocarbon insulating liquid. The aim was to investigate the possible changes of the liquid’s streamer and PD characteristics and their correlations when the uniformity of the AC electric field varies. In the experiments, a plane-to-plane electrode system incorporating a needle protrusion was used in addition to a needle-to-plane electrode system. When the applied electric field became more uniform, fewer radial branches occurred and streamer propagation towards the ground electrode was enhanced. The transition from streamer propagation dominated breakdown in divergent fields to streamer initiation dominated breakdown in uniform fields was evidenced. Relationships between streamer and PD characteristics were established, which were found to be electric field dependent. PD of the same apparent charge would indicate longer streamers if the electric field is more uniform.

  16. Optically Addressable Silicon Vacancy-Related Spin Centers in Rhombic Silicon Carbide with High Breakdown Characteristics and ENDOR Evidence of Their Structure.

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    Soltamov, V A; Yavkin, B V; Tolmachev, D O; Babunts, R A; Badalyan, A G; Davydov, V Yu; Mokhov, E N; Proskuryakov, I I; Orlinskii, S B; Baranov, P G

    2015-12-11

    We discovered a family of uniaxially oriented silicon vacancy-related centers with S=3/2 in a rhombic 15R-SiC crystalline matrix. We demonstrate that these centers exhibit unique characteristics such as optical spin alignment up to the temperatures of 250°C. Thus, the range of robust optically addressable vacancy-related spin centers is extended to the wide class of rhombic SiC polytypes. To use these centers for quantum applications it is essential to know their structure. Using high frequency electron nuclear double resonance, we show that the centers are formed by negatively charged silicon vacancies V_{Si}^{-} in the paramagnetic state with S=3/2 that is noncovalently bonded to the neutral carbon vacancy V_{C}^{0} in the nonparamagnetic state, located on the adjacent site along the SiC symmetry c axis. PMID:26705655

  17. Optically Addressable Silicon Vacancy-Related Spin Centers in Rhombic Silicon Carbide with High Breakdown Characteristics and ENDOR Evidence of Their Structure

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    Soltamov, V. A.; Yavkin, B. V.; Tolmachev, D. O.; Babunts, R. A.; Badalyan, A. G.; Davydov, V. Yu.; Mokhov, E. N.; Proskuryakov, I. I.; Orlinskii, S. B.; Baranov, P. G.

    2015-12-01

    We discovered a family of uniaxially oriented silicon vacancy-related centers with S =3 /2 in a rhombic 15 R -SiC crystalline matrix. We demonstrate that these centers exhibit unique characteristics such as optical spin alignment up to the temperatures of 250 °C . Thus, the range of robust optically addressable vacancy-related spin centers is extended to the wide class of rhombic SiC polytypes. To use these centers for quantum applications it is essential to know their structure. Using high frequency electron nuclear double resonance, we show that the centers are formed by negatively charged silicon vacancies VSi- in the paramagnetic state with S =3 /2 that is noncovalently bonded to the neutral carbon vacancy VC0 in the nonparamagnetic state, located on the adjacent site along the SiC symmetry c axis.

  18. Improving thrust by pulse-induced breakdown enhancement in AC surface dielectric barrier discharge actuators for airflow control

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    Yan, Huijie; Yang, Liang; Qi, Xiaohua; Ren, Chunsheng

    2016-07-01

    The characteristics of a plate-to-plate AC surface dielectric barrier discharge (SDBD) actuator using the pulse-induced breakdown enhancing method are experimentally investigated. The encapsulated electrode is supplied with a sine high AC voltage, while the exposed electrode is feed by a synchronized pulse voltage. Based on the thrust force and power consumption measurements, a parametric study was performed using a positive pulse applied at the trough phase of the AC cycles in which the thrust force was observed to increase by about 100% to 300% and the efficiency up to about 100% compared with the AC-only supply conditions for different AC voltages within the tested range. The pulse-induced breakdown effect was analyzed from the electrical and light emission waveforms to reveal the underlying mechanism. The surface potential due to the charge deposition effect was also measured using a specially designed corona-like discharge potential probe. It is shown that the pulse-induced breakdown was able to cause a temporarily intensified local electric field to enhance the glow-like discharge and meanwhile increase the time-average surface potential in the region further downstream. The improvement in the force by the enhancement in the pulse-induced breakdown was mainly due to enhancements in the glow-like discharge and the surface potential increment, with the latter being more important when the AC voltage is higher.

  19. Nanoscale electrical and mechanical characteristics of conductive polyaniline network in polymer composite films.

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    Jafarzadeh, Shadi; Claesson, Per M; Sundell, Per-Erik; Pan, Jinshan; Thormann, Esben

    2014-11-12

    The presence and characteristics of a connected network of polyaniline (PANI) within a composite coating based on polyester acrylate (PEA) has been investigated. The bulk electrical conductivity of the composite was measured by impedance spectroscopy. It was found that the composite films containing PANI have an electrical conductivity level in the range of semiconductors (order of 10(-3) S cm(-1)), which suggests the presence of a connected network of the conductive phase. The nanoscopic distribution of such a network within the cured film was characterized by PeakForce tunneling atomic force microscopy (AFM). This method simultaneously provides local information about surface topography and nanomechanical properties, together with electrical conductivity arising from conductive paths connecting the metallic substrate to the surface of the coating. The data demonstrates that a PEA-rich layer exists at the composite-air interface, which hinders the conductive phase to be fully detected at the surface layer. However, by exposing the internal structure of the composites using a microtome, a much higher population of a conductive network of PANI, with higher elastic modulus than the PEA matrix, was observed and characterized. Local current-voltage (I-V) spectroscopy was utilized to investigate the conduction mechanism within the nanocomposite films, and revealed non-Ohmic characteristics of the conductive network. PMID:25295701

  20. Interplay between barrier contact, mobility models, and traps in the electrical characteristics of OTFT

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    Di Carlo, Aldo; Bolognesi, Alessandro; Berliocchi, Marco; Lugli, Paolo

    2003-11-01

    We have investigated the electrical properties of organic thin-film transistor by using two-dimensional drift-diffusion simulations. The dependence of electrical haracteristics on the mobility model and on the barrier height of the contacts is carried out. We found that the field dependence of the carrier mobility is responsible for non-linearity of the drain current. This non-linear behavior is mainly related to the field-dependence of the mobility and to the barrier height of the contacts. The simulation allow us to clear understand the differences in the mobility derived by the analysis of I-V curve (as done experimentally by using standard MOSFET theory) and the intrinsic mobility of the organic layer. The effects of the interface traps has also be considered. The dependence of the threshold voltage on the density, energy level and model of the traps has been outlined. Results of the simulations have been compared with experimental data. The comparison between experimental data and simulation allow us to clearly identify the physical mechanism responsible for the measured characteristics. Finally we also consider the effect of the device bending on the electrical characteristic of all-plastic OTFT.

  1. Work breakdown structure guide

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    1987-02-06

    Utilization of the work breakdown structure (WBS) technique is an effective aid in managing Department of Energy (DOE) programs and projects. The technique provides a framework for project management by focusing on the products that are being developed or constructed to solve technical problems. It assists both DOE and contractors in fulfilling their management responsibilities. This document provides guidance for use of the WBS technique for product oriented work identification and definition. It is one in a series of policy and guidance documents supporting DOE's project manaagement system.

  2. Temperature dependent electrical transport characteristics of BaTiO{sub 3} modified lithium borate glasses

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    Thakur, Vanita; Singh, Anupinder; Singh, Lakhwant; Awasthi, A. M.

    2015-08-15

    The glass samples with composition (70B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-29Li{sub 2}O-1Dy{sub 2}O{sub 3})-xBT; x = 0, 10 and 20 weight percent, have been prepared by conventional melt quench technique. The dielectric measurements as a function of temperature have been carried out on these samples in the frequency range 1 Hz-10 MHz. The dielectric relaxation characteristics of these samples have been studied by analyzing dielectric spectroscopy, dielectric loss, electric modulus formulation and electrical conductivity spectroscopy. It is found that the dielectric permittivity of the samples increases with an increase in the temperature and BT content. The frequency dependent ac conductivity has been analyzed using Jonscher’s universal power law whereas non exponential KWW function has been invoked to fit the experimental data of the imaginary part of the electric modulus. The values of the activation energy determined from the electric modulus and that from dc conductivity have been found to be quite close to each other suggesting that the same type of charge barriers are involved in the relaxation and the conduction mechanisms. The stretched exponent (β) and the power exponent (n) have been found to be temperature and composition dependent. The decrease in n with an increase in temperature further suggested that the ac conduction mechanism of the studied samples follows the correlated barrier hopping (CBH) model.

  3. An estimation of the electrical characteristics of planetary shallow subsurfaces with TAPIR antennas

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    Le Gall, A.; Reineix, A.; Ciarletti, V.; Berthelier, J. J.; Ney, R.; Dolon, F.; Corbel, C.

    2006-06-01

    In the frame of the NETLANDER program, we have developed the Terrestrial And Planetary Investigation by Radar (TAPIR) imaging ground-penetrating radar to explore the Martian subsurface at kilometric depths and search for potential water reservoirs. This instrument which is to operate from a fixed lander is based on a new concept which allows one to image the various underground reflectors by determining the direction of propagation of the reflected waves. The electrical parameters of the shallow subsurface (permittivity and conductivity) need to be known to correctly determine the propagation vector. In addition, these electrical parameters can bring valuable information on the nature of the materials close to the surface. The electric antennas of the radar are 35 m long resistively loaded monopoles that are laid on the ground. Their impedance, measured during a dedicated mode of operation of the radar, depends on the electrical parameters of soil and is used to infer the permittivity and conductivity of the upper layer of the subsurface. This paper presents an experimental and theoretical study of the antenna impedance and shows that the frequency profile of the antenna complex impedance can be used to retrieve the geoelectrical characteristics of the soil. Comparisons between a numerical modeling and in situ measurements have been successfully carried over various soils, showing a very good agreement.

  4. Determining the influence of ferroelectric polarization on electrical characteristics in organic ferroelectric field-effect transistors

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    Fu, Zong-Yuan; Zhang, Jian-Chi; Hu, Jing-Hang; Jiang, Yu-Long; Ding, Shi-Jin; Zhu, Guo-Dong

    2015-05-01

    Organic ferroelectric field-effect transistors (OFeFETs) are regarded as a promising technology for low-cost flexible memories. However, the electrical instability is still a critical obstacle, which limits the commercialization process. Based on already established models for polarization in ferroelectrics and charge transport in OFeFETs, simulation work is performed to determine the influence of polarization fatigue and ferroelectric switching transient on electrical characteristics in OFeFETs. The polarization fatigue results in the decrease of the on-state drain current and the memory window width and thus degrades the memory performance. The output measurements during the ferroelectric switching process show a hysteresis due to the instable polarization. In the on/off measurements, a large writing/erasing pulse frequency weakens the polarization modulation and thus results in a small separation between on- and off-state drain currents. According to the electrical properties of the ferroelectric layer, suggestions are given to obtain optimal electrical characterization for OFeFETs. Project supported by the National Key Technologies R&D Program, China (Grant No. 2009ZX02302-002), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61376108, 61076076, and 61076068), NSAF, China (Grant No. U1430106), the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, China (Grant No. 13NM1400600), and Zhuo Xue Plan in Fudan University, China.

  5. Temperature dependent electrical transport characteristics of BaTiO3 modified lithium borate glasses

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    Thakur, Vanita; Singh, Anupinder; Awasthi, A. M.; Singh, Lakhwant

    2015-08-01

    The glass samples with composition (70B2O3-29Li2O-1Dy2O3)-xBT; x = 0, 10 and 20 weight percent, have been prepared by conventional melt quench technique. The dielectric measurements as a function of temperature have been carried out on these samples in the frequency range 1 Hz-10 MHz. The dielectric relaxation characteristics of these samples have been studied by analyzing dielectric spectroscopy, dielectric loss, electric modulus formulation and electrical conductivity spectroscopy. It is found that the dielectric permittivity of the samples increases with an increase in the temperature and BT content. The frequency dependent ac conductivity has been analyzed using Jonscher's universal power law whereas non exponential KWW function has been invoked to fit the experimental data of the imaginary part of the electric modulus. The values of the activation energy determined from the electric modulus and that from dc conductivity have been found to be quite close to each other suggesting that the same type of charge barriers are involved in the relaxation and the conduction mechanisms. The stretched exponent (β) and the power exponent (n) have been found to be temperature and composition dependent. The decrease in n with an increase in temperature further suggested that the ac conduction mechanism of the studied samples follows the correlated barrier hopping (CBH) model.

  6. The physical mechanism of the solar variability influence on electrical and climatic characteristics of the troposphere

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    Zherebtsov, G. A.; Kovalenko, V. A.; Molodykh, S. I.

    Possible mechanisms of solar-climatic connections, which may be of importance over short and long time intervals, are discussed. The variations of energetic balance of Earth's climatic system for the last 50 years are estimated. It is ascertained that the imbalance between the flux of solar energy that comes to the Earth and radiates to space is of 0.1% for the last ten years. The significance is analyzed for the possible influence of variations of solar constant upon the energetic balance of the atmosphere. The physical mechanism of the influence of solar activity on climatic characteristics and the atmospheric circulation is suggested and theoretically substantiated. The mechanism is based on the redistribution in lower-troposphere of condensation nuclei by the vertical electric field. This electric field is determined by the ionosphere-Earth electric potential, which in the Polar Regions is controlled not only by tropical thunderstorms and by the galactic cosmic-ray intensity but also by solar cosmic-ray fluxes. The height redistribution in the atmosphere of condensation nuclei with a change of the electric field of the atmosphere is accompanied by a change in total latent heat (phase transition of water vapor), by changes in radiation balance, and by subsequent changes of the thermobaric field of troposphere. The results of analysis of thermobaric field variations for the periods of invasion of abnormally powerful solar cosmic ray fluxes and magnetic storms confirm the reality of manifestation of heliogeophysical disturbances.

  7. Characteristics of wastes from electric and electronic equipment in Greece: results of a field survey.

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    Karagiannidis, Avraam; Perkoulidis, George; Papadopoulos, Agis; Moussiopoulos, Nicolas; Tsatsarelis, Thomas

    2005-08-01

    The lifespan of electric and electronic equipment is becoming shorter and the amount of related waste is increasing. This study aimed to contribute to the knowledge about qualitative and quantitative characteristics of such wastes in Greece. Specifically, results are presented from a field survey, which took place in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece, during the year 2002. The survey was conducted with suitable questionnaires in department stores and in households of various municipalities. Household appliances were grouped as follows: (A) large (refrigerator, freezer, washing machine, clothes dryer, electric cooker, microwave oven, electric heater), (B) small (vacuum cleaner, electric iron, hair dryer), (C) information technology and telecommunication equipment (PC, laptop, printer, phone) and (D) consumer equipment (radio, TV, video, DVD, console). The analysis indicated that the lifespan of all new goods is gradually reducing (apart from refrigerators, for which the lifespan was surprisingly found to be increasing) and provided linearized functions for predicting the lifespan, according to the year of manufacture, for certain large appliances. PMID:16200988

  8. Kinetic Simulations of Dense Plasma Focus Breakdown

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    Schmidt, A.; Higginson, D. P.; Jiang, S.; Link, A.; Povilus, A.; Sears, J.; Bennett, N.; Rose, D. V.; Welch, D. R.

    2015-11-01

    A dense plasma focus (DPF) device is a type of plasma gun that drives current through a set of coaxial electrodes to assemble gas inside the device and then implode that gas on axis to form a Z-pinch. This implosion drives hydrodynamic and kinetic instabilities that generate strong electric fields, which produces a short intense pulse of x-rays, high-energy (>100 keV) electrons and ions, and (in deuterium gas) neutrons. A strong factor in pinch performance is the initial breakdown and ionization of the gas along the insulator surface separating the two electrodes. The smoothness and isotropy of this ionized sheath are imprinted on the current sheath that travels along the electrodes, thus making it an important portion of the DPF to both understand and optimize. Here we use kinetic simulations in the Particle-in-cell code LSP to model the breakdown. Simulations are initiated with neutral gas and the breakdown modeled self-consistently as driven by a charged capacitor system. We also investigate novel geometries for the insulator and electrodes to attempt to control the electric field profile. The initial ionization fraction of gas is explored computationally to gauge possible advantages of pre-ionization which could be created experimentally via lasers or a glow-discharge. Prepared by LLNL under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  9. Swift heavy ion irradiation induced electrical degradation in deca-nanometer MOSFETs

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    Ma, Yao; Yang, Zhimei; Gong, Min; Gao, Bo; Li, Yun; Lin, Wei; Li, Jinbo; Xia, Zhuohui

    2016-09-01

    In this work, degradation of the electrical characteristics of 65 nm nMOSFETs under swift heavy ion irradiation is investigated. It was found that a heavy ion can generate a localized region of physical damage (ion latent track) in the gate oxide. This is the likely cause for the increased gate leakage current and soft breakdown (SBD) then hard breakdown (HBD) of the gate oxide. Except in the case of HBD, the devices retain their functionality but with degraded transconductance. The degraded gate oxide exhibits early breakdown behavior compatible with the model of defect generation and percolation path formation in the percolation model.

  10. Electron scattering characteristics of polycrystalline metal transition films by in-situ electrical resistance measurements

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    Trindade, I. G.; Leitão, D.; Fermento, R.; Pogorelev, Y.; Sousa, J. B.

    2009-08-01

    In-situ electrical resistance measurements were performed to obtain the scattering characteristics of very thin polycrystalline metal transition magnetic alloys grown by ion beam deposition (IBD) on specific underlayers. The experimental curves show size effects at small film thicknesses and important differences between Co 85Fe 15 and Ni 81Fe 19 thin layers grown on identical underlayers of Ta70 Å/Ru13 Å. The largest difference was observed in Ni 81Fe 19 films grown on underlayers of amorphous Ta70 Å. The experimental curves of electrical resistivity/conductivity variation with layer thickness were well fit within the Mayadas and Shatzkes (M-S) model, assuming specific formulations for grain growth with layer thickness.

  11. Comparison of electrical characteristics of back- and top-gate Si nanowire field-effect transistors

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    Yoon, Changjoon; Kang, Jeongmin; Yeom, Donghyuk; Jeong, Dong-Young; Kim, Sangsig

    2008-11-01

    Back- and top-gate field-effect transistors (FETs) with channels composed of p-type Si nanowires were fabricated by a conventional photolithographic process and their electrical properties were characterized by conventional current-voltage (I-V) measurements. For a representative top-gate FET, the peak transconductance was enhanced from 2.24 to 72.2 nS, the field-effect mobility from 1.7 to 3.1 cm 2/V s, and the I/I ratio from 2.21 to 2.49×10 6, compared with those of a representative back-gate FET. The observed improvement of the electrical characteristics is mostly attributed to both the top-gate geometry and the relatively thin gate layer.

  12. Effect of Electrostatic Discharge on Electrical Characteristics of Discrete Electronic Components

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    Wysocki, Phil; Vashchenko, Vladislav; Celaya, Jose; Saha, Sankalita; Goebel, Kai

    2009-01-01

    This article reports on preliminary results of a study conducted to examine how temporary electrical overstress seed fault conditions in discrete power electronic components that cannot be detected with reliability tests but impact longevity of the device. These defects do not result in formal parametric failures per datasheet specifications, but result in substantial change in the electrical characteristics when compared with pristine device parameters. Tests were carried out on commercially available 600V IGBT devices using transmission line pulse (TLP) and system level ESD stress. It was hypothesized that the ESD causes local damage during the ESD discharge which may greatly accelerate degradation mechanisms and thus reduce the life of the components. This hypothesis was explored in simulation studies where different types of damage were imposed to different parts of the device. Experimental results agree qualitatively with the simulation for a number of tests which will motivate more in-depth modeling of the damage.

  13. Electric Characteristics of the Carbon Nanotube Network Transistor with Directly Grown ZnO Nanoparticles.

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    Kim, Un Jeong; Bae, Gi Yoon; Suh, Dong Ik; Park, Wanjun

    2016-03-01

    We report on the electrical characteristics of field effect transistors fabricated with random networks of single-walled carbon nanotubes with surfaces modified by ZnO nanoparticles. ZnO nanoparticles are directly grown on single-walled carbon nanotubes by atomic layer deposition using diethylzinc (DEZ) and water. Electrical observations show that ZnO nanoparticles act as charge transfer sources that provide electrons to the nanotube channel. The valley position in ambipolar transport of nanotube transistors is negatively shifted for 3V due to the electronic n-typed property of ZnO nanoparticles. However, the Raman resonance remains invariant despite the charge transfer effect produced by ZnO nanoparticles. PMID:27455727

  14. Neutron, gamma ray, and temperature effects on the electrical characteristics of thyristors

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    Frasca, A. J.; Schwarze, G. E.

    1992-01-01

    Experimental data showing the effects of neutrons, gamma rays, and temperature on the electrical and switching characteristics of phase-control and inverter-type SCR's are presented. The special test fixture built for mounting, heating, and instrumenting the test devices is described. Four SCR's were neutron irradiated at 300 K and four at 365 K for fluences up to 3.2 x 10 exp 13 pn/sq. cm, and eight were gamma irradiated at 300 K only for gamma doses up to 5.1 Mrads. The electrical measurements were made during irradiation and the switching measurements were made only before and after irradiation. Radiation induced crystal defects, resulting primarily from fast neutrons, caused the reduction of minority carrier lifetime through the generation of R-G centers. The reduction in lifetime caused increases in the on-state voltage drop and in the reverse and forward leakage currents, and decreases in the turn-off time.

  15. Neutron, gamma ray, and temperature effects on the electrical characteristics of thyristors

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    Frasca, A. J.; Schwarze, G. E.

    1992-01-01

    Experimental data showing the effects of neutrons, gamma rays, and temperature on the electrical and switching characteristics of phase-control and inverter-type SCR's are presented. The special test fixture built for mounting, heating, and instrumenting the test devices is described. Four SCR's were neutron irradiated at 300 K and four at 365 K for fluences up to 3.2 x 10 exp 13 n/sq. cm, and eight were gamma irradiated at 300 K only for gamma doses up to 5.1 Mrads. The electrical measurements were made during irradiation and the switching measurements were made only before and after irradiation. Radiation induced crystal defects, resulting primarily from fast neutrons, caused the reduction of minority carrier lifetime through the generation of R-G centers. The reduction in lifetime caused increases in the on-state voltage drop and in the reverse and forward leakage currents, and decreases in the turn-off time.

  16. Electrical and electromagnetic interference shielding characteristics of GNP/UHMWPE composites

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    Al-Saleh, Mohammed H.

    2016-05-01

    Conductive polymer composites (CPC) are attractive materials for a wide range of applications because of their weight, corrosion resistivity, design flexibility and low cost. In the present work, the electrical and electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding characteristics of graphene nanoplatelets (GNP)/ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) composites filled with up to 40 wt% GNP were investigated. In addition, the intrinsic conductivity of the GNP network was estimated based on the statistical power law and the rule of mixtures for randomly oriented filler particles in insulating matrix. Due to the formation of a segregated conductive network at the external surface of UHMWPE powder, an electrical percolation threshold of between 2 and 3 wt% GNP was obtained. At GNP loading of 15 wt%, the composite exhibited an EMI shielding effectiveness of 33 dB, corresponding to 99.95% blocking of the EMI.

  17. Electrical and thermal characteristics of Bi2212/Ag HTS coils for conduction-cooled SMES

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    Hayakawa, N.; Noguchi, S.; Kurupakorn, C.; Kojima, H.; Endo, F.; Hirano, N.; Nagaya, S.; Okubo, H.

    2006-06-01

    In this paper, we investigated the electrical and thermal performance of conduction-cooled Bi2212/Ag HTS coils with 4K-GM cryocooler system. First, we measured the critical current Ic for different ambient temperatures T0 at 4.2 K - 40 K. Experimental results revealed that Ic increased with the decrease in T0 and was saturated at T0 < 10 K. We carried out thermal analysis considering heat generation, conduction and transfer under conduction-cooling condition, and reproduced the electrical and thermal characteristics of the conduction-cooled HTS coil, taking account of temperature dependence of specific heat and thermal conductivity of the materials. We also measured the temperature rise of Bi2212/Ag HTS coil for different continuous current levels at T0 = 4.8 K. Experimental results revealed the criterion of thermal runaway, which was discussed in terms of heat generation and propagation in the test coil.

  18. Breakdown of model aircraft radome dielectric shell in artificial charged aerosol clouds

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    Temnikov, A. G.; Chernenskii, L. L.; Orlov, A. V.; Antonenko, S. S.

    2011-10-01

    The breakdown of a model aircraft radome dielectric shell in artificial charged aqueous aerosol clouds has been experimentally studied. It is established that, in most cases, electric breakdown of a model shell takes place without explicit discharge development between a charged aqueous aerosol cloud and a model antenna arranged under the radome shell. The probabilities of the dielectric shell breakdown have been determined for various radome models. A possible mechanism of the shell breakdown in hollow dielectric radomes interacting with charged aqueous aerosol clouds and electric discharges in these clouds is proposed that takes into account the accumulation of charges of opposite signs on the internal and external surface of the radome.

  19. Lasing characteristics of a pendant drop deformed by an applied electric field.

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    Pu, X Y; Lee, W K

    2000-04-01

    The lasing properties of an oval-shaped resonant cavity (ORC) with a continuously variable aspect ratio have been studied. The ORC was formed with a dye-doped pendant drop placed inside a variable static electric field. When the drop ORC was pumped by a nitrogen laser, lasing from the ORC was found to have strong directional emission characteristics and an intensity enhancement factor as great as 19.5. Calculated results of light rays escaping from ORC's by refraction are in good agreement with the experimental data. PMID:18064081

  20. Dynamical Characteristics of Rydberg Electrons Released by a Weak Electric Field.

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    Diesen, Elias; Saalmann, Ulf; Richter, Martin; Kunitski, Maksim; Dörner, Reinhard; Rost, Jan M

    2016-04-01

    The dynamics of ultraslow electrons in the combined potential of an ionic core and a static electric field is discussed. With state-of-the-art detection it is possible to create such electrons through strong intense-field photoabsorption and to detect them via high-resolution time-of-flight spectroscopy despite their very low kinetic energy. The characteristic feature of their momentum spectrum, which emerges at the same position for different laser orientations, is derived and could be revealed experimentally with an energy resolution of the order of 1 meV. PMID:27104706

  1. Dynamical Characteristics of Rydberg Electrons Released by a Weak Electric Field

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    Diesen, Elias; Saalmann, Ulf; Richter, Martin; Kunitski, Maksim; Dörner, Reinhard; Rost, Jan M.

    2016-04-01

    The dynamics of ultraslow electrons in the combined potential of an ionic core and a static electric field is discussed. With state-of-the-art detection it is possible to create such electrons through strong intense-field photoabsorption and to detect them via high-resolution time-of-flight spectroscopy despite their very low kinetic energy. The characteristic feature of their momentum spectrum, which emerges at the same position for different laser orientations, is derived and could be revealed experimentally with an energy resolution of the order of 1 meV.

  2. Dynamical characteristics of Rydberg electrons released by a weak electric field

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    Diesen, Elias; Saalmann, Ulf; Richter, Martin; Kunitski, Maksim; Dorner, Reinhard; Rost, Jan M.

    2016-04-08

    This paper discuss the dynamics of ultraslow electrons in the combined potential of an ionic core and a static electric field. With state-of-the-art detection it is possible to create such electrons through strong intense-field photoabsorption and to detect them via high-resolution time-of-flight spectroscopy despite their very low kinetic energy. The characteristic feature of their momentum spectrum, which emerges at the same position for different laser orientations, is derived and could be revealed experimentally with an energy resolution of the order of 1 meV.

  3. Electrical characteristics of Ni Ohmic contact on n-type GeSn

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    Li, H.; Cheng, H. H.; Lee, L. C.; Lee, C. P.; Su, L. H.; Suen, Y. W.

    2014-06-16

    We report an investigation of the electrical and material characteristics of Ni on an n-type GeSn film under thermal annealing. The current-voltage traces measured with the transmission line method are linear for a wide range of annealing temperatures. The specific contact resistivity was found to decrease with increasing annealing temperature, followed by an increase as the annealing temperature further increased, with a minimum value at an annealing temperature of 350 °C. The material characteristics at the interface layer were measured by energy-dispersive spectrometer, showing that an atomic ratio of (Ni)/(GeSn) = 1:1 yields the lowest specific contact resistivity.

  4. Full-range electrical characteristics of WS{sub 2} transistors

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    Kumar, Jatinder; Bellus, Matthew Z.; Chiu, Hsin-Ying; Kuroda, Marcelo A.; Han, Shu-Jen

    2015-03-23

    We fabricated transistors formed by few layers to bulk single crystal WS{sub 2} to quantify the factors governing charge transport. We established a capacitor network to analyze the full-range electrical characteristics of the channel, highlighting the role of quantum capacitance and interface trap density. We find that the transfer characteristics are mainly determined by the interplay between quantum and oxide capacitances. In the OFF-state, the interface trap density (<10{sup 12} cm{sup –2}) is a limiting factor for the subthreshold swing. Furthermore, the superior crystalline quality and the low interface trap density enabled the subthreshold swing to approach the theoretical limit on a back-gated device on SiO{sub 2}/Si substrate.

  5. High-Power Microwave Breakdown of Dielectric Interfaces.

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    Calico, Steve Eugene

    A project to study the electrical breakdown of microwave windows due to high-power pulsed microwave fields was undertaken at Texas Tech University. The pulsed power equipment was acquired from the Air Force Weapons Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM, refurbished and redesigned as necessary, and serves as the high-power microwave source. The microwaves are used to test various vacuum to atmosphere interfaces (windows) in an attempt to isolate the mechanisms governing the electrical breakdown at the window. Windows made of three different materials and of three basic geometrical designs were tested in this experiment. Additionally, the surfaces of two windows were sanded with different grit sandpapers to determine the effect the surface texture has on the breakdown. The windows were tested in atmospheric pressure air, argon, helium, and to a lesser extent sulfur-hexafluoride. Estimates of the breakdown threshold in air and argon on a Lexan window were obtained as a consequence of these tests and were found to be considerably lower than that reported for pulsed microwave breakdown in gases. A hypothesis is presented in an attempt to explain the lower breakdown phenomena. A discussion of the comparative performance of the windows and an explanation as to the enhanced performance of some windows is given.

  6. Abnormal electrical characteristics of multi-layered MoS2 FETs attributed to bulk traps

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    Kim, Choong-Ki; Yu, Chan Hak; Hur, Jae; Bae, Hagyoul; Jeon, Seung-Bae; Park, Hamin; Kim, Yong Min; Choi, Kyung Cheol; Choi, Yang-Kyu; Choi, Sung-Yool

    2016-03-01

    Multiple layers of MoS2 are used as channel materials in a type of field-effect transistor (FET). It was found that the hysteresis in transfer curves and low-frequency noise (LFN) characteristics are varied by the number of layers in MoS2 due to the different influences of bulk traps. The LFN characteristics of a FET composed of a ‘bi-layer’ MoS2 channel, which was passivated with an atomic-layer-deposited (ALD) Al2O3 layer, follow the conventional carrier number fluctuation (CNF) model. However, FETs consisting of multi-layered MoS2 channels (4, 7, 9, and 18 layers) show abnormal LFN characteristics, which substantially deviate from well-established 1/f noise models such as the CNF and Hooge’s mobility fluctuation models. The bulk traps inside the MoS2 layers are the origin of the abnormal LFN characteristics and the large hysteresis of FETs with multi-layered MoS2 is due to its randomly embedded bulk traps. Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) confirms the existence of oxygen species that induce the electrical bulk trap in the MoS2 layers.

  7. Nanoscale electrical characteristics of metal (Au, Pd)-graphene-metal (Cu) contacts

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    Ruffino, F.; Meli, G.; Grimaldi, M. G.

    2016-01-01

    Free-standing graphene presents exceptional physical properties (as a high carrier mobility) making it the ideal candidate for the next generation nanoelectronics. However, when graphene layers are inserted in real electronics devices, metal contacting is required. The metal-graphene interaction significantly affects the graphene electrical properties, drastically changing its behavior with respect to the free-standing configuration. So, this work presents an experimental study on the nanoscale electric characteristics of metal/graphene/metal contacts. In particular, starting from single-layer graphene grown on Cu foil we deposited on the graphene surface two different metal films (Au or Pd) and the Au/graphene/Cu and Pd/graphene/Cu current-voltage characteristics are acquired, on the nanometric scale, by the conductive atomic force microscopy. Both systems presented a current voltage rectifying behavior. However, the Au/graphene/Cu system conducts significantly at negative applied bias (graphene behaves as a p-type semiconductor in a meta/semiconductor contact), while in the Pd/graphene/Cu at positive applied bias (graphene behaves as a n-type semiconductor in a metal/semiconductor contact). This difference is discussed on the basis of the band energy diagram at the metal/graphene interface and the modification of the graphene Fermi level due to the Au/graphene or Pd/graphene interaction.

  8. Probability characteristics of electrical noise in heterojunction light-emitting diodes

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    Sergeev, V. A. Frolov, I. V.; Shirokov, A. A.; Shcherbatyuk, Yu. N.

    2011-12-15

    A hardware-software complex for measurements of the characteristics of electrical and optical noise in light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in the frequency range from 1 to 40 kHz is described. The electrical noise of several types of heterojunction-based LEDs are studied; these types include red-emission LEDs with AlInGaP/GaAs quantum wells and the green- and blue-emission LEDs with AlInGaN/SiC quantum wells are studied by the method of discrete samples. The spectra of all studied LEDs in the frequency range from 1 to 10 kHz have the form 1/f{sup {gamma}}. It is noteworthy that, for red-emission LEDs, the exponent {gamma} is significantly smaller than unity; this index is close to unity for the green- and blue-emission LEDs. The characteristic time of correlation of the noise of red-emission LEDs by several times exceeds the correlation times for the blue- and green-emission LEDs. It is shown that reduced functions of the amplitude distribution of the noise voltage are close to Gaussian functions with almost the same dispersion for all LED types.

  9. Electric Field Waveform Characteristics of Positive and Negative Lightning Return Strokes in Florida

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    Nag, A.; Rakov, V. A.

    2012-12-01

    In 2007-2008, 52 positive cloud-to-ground flashes containing 63 return strokes (52 first, 10 second, and 1 third) were recorded at the Lightning Observatory in Gainesville (LOG), Florida. NLDN-reported distances from the LOG for 48 (40 first and 8 second) strokes ranged from 7.8 to 157 km. In this study, various microsecond-scale features of electric field waveforms of these positive return strokes including risetimes, characteristics of the slow-front and fast transition, zero-crossing time, opposite-polarity overshoot, and characteristics of the electric field derivative (dE/dt) pulse are examined and compared with the characteristics of negative return strokes in Florida found in the literature. Parameters of electric field waveforms produced by positive and negative first return strokes are summarized in Table 1. The AM zero-to-peak risetime and 10-90% risetime for 51 positive first return strokes were 7.9 μs and 4.0 μs, respectively, which are longer than the corresponding values of 4.4 μs and 2.6 μs for 105 first strokes in negative cloud-to-ground flashes in Florida reported by Master et al. (1984). The AM slow front duration for 51 positive first strokes was 6.1 μs which is about a factor of two greater than that found for negative first return strokes by Master et al. For positive first return strokes examined here, the AM zero-crossing time was 58 μs and the opposite polarity overshoot was, on average, 14% of the peak. These values are not much different from those (50 μs and 19%) reported by Pavlick et al. (2002) for negative first return strokes in Florida. On the other hand, Haddad et al. (2012) reported the AM zero-crossing time of 96 μs and the average opposite polarity overshoot of 23% for 48 negative first strokes recorded at the LOG at distances of 50 to 100 km. References: Haddad, M. A., V. A. Rakov et al. (2012), J. Geophys. Res., 117, D10101, doi:10.1029/2011JD017196. Krider, E. P., C. Leteinturier et al. (1996), J. Geophys. Res., 101(D

  10. Carbon nanotube composites multi-sensing characteristics based on electrical impedance properties.

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    Kang, Inpil; Schulz, Mark J; Choi, Yeon-Sun; Hwang, Sung-Ho

    2009-12-01

    CNT composites demonstrate sensory materials properties such as piezoresistivity, chemical and bio selectivity and they can detect structural deterioration, chemical contamination and bio signal by means of their impedance measurement (resistance and capacitance). In this study, electrical impedance characteristics of CNT composite electrodes are studied to simultaneously detect mechanical and chemical symptoms in engineering applications. We measured variations of electrical resistance and capacitance values of CNT composite electrodes under static load for mechanical sensing behavior and under the change of buffer solution amount for chemical sensing behavior. At the mechanical sensing behavior test, the resistance values changed quite linearly under bending and compression loads while the capacitance value varied within small range with invalid relationship to the loads. At the chemical sensing behavior investigation, the electrode's capacitance showed drastic change while the resistance value only changed within few percent range. The independently changing pattern of electrical impedance parameters according to mechanical strain and chemical effect can provide new opportunities to design a novel multifunctional sensor that can simultaneously monitor mechanical and chemical behaviors of a target system. PMID:19908789

  11. Analytical and experimental investigation of electrical characteristics of a metallic insulation GdBCO coil

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    Yang, D. G.; Choi, Y. H.; Kim, Y. G.; Song, J. B.; Lee, H. G.

    2016-03-01

    This paper presents results, experimental and analytical, of the electrical characteristics of GdBCO single-pancake coils co-wound with a brass tape as metallic insulation (MI coil). The GdBCO pancakes were subjected to sudden discharge, charge-discharge, and over-current tests. The sudden discharge and charge-discharge test results of the MI coil demonstrated that MI coils can be charged and discharged significantly faster than non-insulated coils that are wound only with GdBCO tape. In over-current tests at 150 A (1.25Ic), the MI coil exhibited better electrical behavior, i.e., self-protecting features, than its counterpart co-wound with Kapton tape, an insulator. Moreover, the experimental and analytical results are in agreement, validating the use of a concise equivalent parallel-RL circuit model for the MI coil to characterize its electrical behavior. Overall, the MI winding technique is highly promising to help build compact, mechanically robust, and self-protecting magnets composed of REBCO pancake coils. With no organic material in the winding, MI REBCO pancakes will be immune to neutron radiation damage, making the MI winding technique a viable option for fusion reactors, such as for toroidal field, poroidal field magnets, and central solenoid.

  12. Analytical and experimental investigation of electrical characteristics of a metallic insulation GdBCO coil.

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    Yang, D G; Choi, Y H; Kim, Y G; Song, J B; Lee, H G

    2016-03-01

    This paper presents results, experimental and analytical, of the electrical characteristics of GdBCO single-pancake coils co-wound with a brass tape as metallic insulation (MI coil). The GdBCO pancakes were subjected to sudden discharge, charge-discharge, and over-current tests. The sudden discharge and charge-discharge test results of the MI coil demonstrated that MI coils can be charged and discharged significantly faster than non-insulated coils that are wound only with GdBCO tape. In over-current tests at 150 A (1.25I(c)), the MI coil exhibited better electrical behavior, i.e., self-protecting features, than its counterpart co-wound with Kapton tape, an insulator. Moreover, the experimental and analytical results are in agreement, validating the use of a concise equivalent parallel-RL circuit model for the MI coil to characterize its electrical behavior. Overall, the MI winding technique is highly promising to help build compact, mechanically robust, and self-protecting magnets composed of REBCO pancake coils. With no organic material in the winding, MI REBCO pancakes will be immune to neutron radiation damage, making the MI winding technique a viable option for fusion reactors, such as for toroidal field, poroidal field magnets, and central solenoid. PMID:27036797

  13. Grammatical Errors and Communication Breakdown.

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    Tomiyama, Machiko

    This study investigated the relationship between grammatical errors and communication breakdown by examining native speakers' ability to correct grammatical errors. The assumption was that communication breakdown exists to a certain degree if a native speaker cannot correct the error or if the correction distorts the information intended to be…

  14. Simulating and modeling the breakdown voltage in a semi-insulating GaAs P+N junction diode

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    Resfa, A.; Menezla, Brahimi. R.; Benchhima, M.

    2014-08-01

    This work aims to determine the characteristic I (breakdown voltage) of the inverse current in a GaAs PN junction diode, subject to a reverse polarization, while specifying the parameters that influence the breakdown voltage of the diode. In this work, we simulated the behavior of the ionization phenomenon by impact breakdown by avalanche of the PN junctions, subject to an inverse polarization. We will take into account both the trapping model in a stationary regime in the P+N structure using like material of basis the III-V compounds and mainly the GaAs semi-insulating in which the deep centers have in important densities. We are talking about the model of trapping in the space charge region (SCR) and that is the trap density donor and acceptor states. The carrier crossing the space charge region (SCR) of W thickness creates N electron—hole pairs: for every created pair, the electron and the hole are swept quickly by the electric field, each in an opposite direction, which comes back, according to an already accepted reasoning, to the crossing of the space charge region (SCR) by an electron or a hole. So the even N pair created by the initial particle provoke N2 ionizations and so forth. The study of the physical and electrical behaviour of semiconductors is based on the influence of the presence of deep centers on the characteristic I(V) current-tension, which requires the calculation of the electrostatic potential, the electric field, the integral of ionization, the density of the states traps, the diffusion current of minority in the regions (1) and (3), the current thermal generation in the region (2), the leakage current in the surface, and the breakdown voltage.

  15. Growth characteristics of different heart cells on novel nanopatch substrate during electrical stimulation.

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    Stout, David A; Raimondo, Emilia; Marostica, Giuliano; Webster, Thomas J

    2014-01-01

    During a heart attack, the heart's oxygen supply is cut off, and cardiomyocytes perish. Unfortunately, once these tissues are lost, they cannot be replaced and results in cardiovascular disease-the leading cause of deaths worldwide. Advancements in medical research have been targeted to understand and combat the death of these cardiomyocytes. For example, new research (in vitro) has demonstrated that one can expand cardiomyocyte adhesion and proliferation using polylactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) (50:50 (weight percent)) supplemented with carbon nanofibers (CNFs) to create a cardiovascular patch. However, the examination of other cardiovascular cell types has not been investigated. Therefore, the purpose of this present in vitro study was to determine cell growth characteristics of three different important cardiovascular cell types (aortic endothelial, fibroblast and cardiomyocyte) onto the substrate. Cells were seeded onto different PLGA:CNF ratio composites to determine if CNF density has an effect on cell growth, both in static and electrically stimulated environments. During continuous electrical stimulation (rectangle, 2 nm, 5 V/cm, 1 Hz), cardiomyocyte cell density increased in comparison to its static counterparts after 24, 72 and 120 hours. A minor rise in Troponin I excretion in electrical stimulation compared to static conditions indicated nominal cardiomyocyte cell function during cell experiments. Endothelial and fibroblast cell growth experiments indicated the material hindered or stalled proliferation during both static and electrical stimulation experiments, thus supporting the growth of cardiomyocytes onto the dead tissue zone. Furthermore, the results specified that CNF density did have an effect on PLGA:CNF composite cytocompatibility properties with the best results coming from the 50:50 [PLGA:CNF (weight percent:weight percent)] composite. Therefore, this study provides further evidence that a conductive scaffold using nanotechnology should be

  16. Particle-In-Cell Simulations on Electric Field Antenna Characteristics in the Spacecraft Environment

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    Miyake, Y.; Usui, H.; Kojima, H.; Omura, Y.; Matsumoto, H.

    2006-12-01

    The Solar Terrestrial Physics (STP) group in Japan has organized a new magnetospheric mission named SCOPE whose objective is to investigate the scale-coupling process of plasma dynamics in the Terrestrial magnetosphere. For the sophisticated electric field measurements planned in the SCOPE mission, we have to investigate the antenna characteristics which are essential for the precise calibration of observed data. Particularly, (1) realistic antenna geometries including spacecraft body and (2) inhomogeneous plasma environment created by plasma-spacecraft interactions should be taken into consideration in the antenna analysis for application to the scientific mission. However, the analysis of the antenna impedance is very complex because the plasma is a dispersive and anisotropic medium, and thus it is too difficult to consider the realistic plasma environment near the spacecraft by the theoretical approaches. In the present study, we apply the Particle-In-Cell simulations to the antenna analysis, which enables us to treat the antenna model including a spacecraft body and analyze the effects of photoelectron emission on antenna characteristics. The present antenna model consists of perfect conducting antennas and spacecraft body, and the photoelectron emission from the sunlit surfaces is also modeled. Using these models, we first performed the electrostatic simulations and examined the photoelectron environment around the spacecraft. Next, the antenna impedance under the obtained photoelectron environment was examined by the electromagnetic simulations. Impedance values obtained in photoelectron environment were much different from those in free space, and they were analogous to the impedance characteristics of an equivalent electric circuit consisting of a resistance and capacitance connected in parallel. The validity of the obtained values has been examined by the comparison with the measurements by the scientific spacecraft.

  17. Electrical and photovoltaic characteristics of MoS{sub 2}/Si p-n junctions

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    Hao, Lanzhong Liu, Yunjie Gao, Wei; Han, Zhide; Xue, Qingzhong; Zeng, Huizhong; Wu, Zhipeng; Zhu, Jun; Zhang, Wanli

    2015-03-21

    Bulk-like molybdenum disulfide (MoS{sub 2}) thin films were deposited on the surface of p-type Si substrates using dc magnetron sputtering technique and MoS{sub 2}/Si p-n junctions were formed. The vibrating modes of E{sup 1}{sub 2g} and A{sub 1g} were observed from the Raman spectrum of the MoS{sub 2} films. The current density versus voltage (J-V) characteristics of the junction were investigated. A typical J-V rectifying effect with a turn-on voltage of 0.2 V was shown. In different voltage range, the electrical transporting of the junction was dominated by diffusion current and recombination current, respectively. Under the light illumination of 15 mW cm{sup −2}, the p-n junction exhibited obvious photovoltaic characteristics with a short-circuit current density of 3.2 mA cm{sup −2} and open-circuit voltage of 0.14 V. The fill factor and energy conversion efficiency were 42.4% and 1.3%, respectively. According to the determination of the Fermi-energy level (∼4.65 eV) and energy-band gap (∼1.45 eV) of the MoS{sub 2} films by capacitance-voltage curve and ultraviolet-visible transmission spectra, the mechanisms of the electrical and photovoltaic characteristics were discussed in terms of the energy-band structure of the MoS{sub 2}/Si p-n junctions. The results hold the promise for the integration of MoS{sub 2} thin films with commercially available Si-based electronics in high-efficient photovoltaic devices.

  18. Visualization on the behavior of nanoparticles in magnetic fluids under the electric field

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    Lee, W.-H.; Lee, J.-C.

    2013-02-01

    The dielectric breakdown characteristics of magnetic fluids can be influenced by the magnetic nanoparticles included because their properties should be affected by the applied electric field. Based on measuring the dielectric breakdown voltage of magnetic fluids, we found that it is higher than that of the pure transformer oil in the case of the specific volume concentrations of magnetic nanoparticles. It is known from a numerical simulation that the conductive nanoparticles might behavior as electron scavengers in the electrically stressed magnetic fluids and change fast electrons into slowly negative charged nanoparticles for the electrical breakdown. In this study, we focus on the motion of magnetic nanoparticles in the fluids under the electric field applied by the visualization using a microchannel and an optical microscope.

  19. Comparative study of electrical characteristics in (1 0 0) and (1 1 0) surface-oriented nMOSFETs with direct contact La-silicate/Si interface structure

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    Kawanago, T.; Kakushima, K.; Ahmet, P.; Kataoka, Y.; Nishiyama, A.; Sugii, N.; Tsutsui, K.; Natori, K.; Hattori, T.; Iwai, H.

    2013-06-01

    This study reports on the electrical characteristics of (1 1 0)-oriented nMOSFETs with a direct contact La-silicate/Si interface structure and the detailed comparison with (1 0 0)-oriented nMOSFETs. Precise control of oxygen partial pressure can provide the scaled EOT down to 0.73 nm on (1 1 0) orientation in common with (1 0 0) orientation. No frequency dispersion in Cgc-V characteristic for (1 1 0)-oriented nMOSFETs is successfully demonstrated at scaled EOT region, while higher amount of available bonds on (1 1 0) surface results in a larger interface state density, leading to the degradation of sub-threshold slope. High breakdown voltages of 2.85 V and 2.9 V for (1 0 0)- and (1 1 0)-oriented nMOSFETs are considered to be due to superior interfacial property. The electron mobility on (1 1 0) orientation is lower than that on (1 0 0) orientation because of the smaller energy split between fourfold valleys and twofold valleys as well as the larger density of states for lower-energy valleys in the (1 1 0) surface. Moreover, electron mobility is reduced with decreasing EOT in both (1 0 0)- and (1 1 0)-oriented nMOSFETs. It is found that threshold voltage instability by positive bias stress is mainly responsible for bulk trapping of electron even with a larger interface state density in (1 1 0) orientation and influence of surface orientation on threshold voltage instability is negligibly small.

  20. Thickness and temperature dependences of the degradation and the breakdown for MgO-based magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Lee, Jung-Min; Song, Yun-Heub

    2015-03-01

    The reliability of a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) with an MgO tunnel barrier was evaluated. In particular, various voltage tests were used to investigate the effects of the barrier thickness and the temperature on the resistance drift. We compared the resistance change during a constant voltage stress (CVS) test and confirmed a trap/detrap phenomenon during the interval stress for different barrier thicknesses and temperatures. The resistance drift representing degradation and the time to breakdown (T BD ) representing the breakdown characteristic were better for a thicker barrier and lower temperature, but were worse for a thinner barrier and a higher temperature. The results suggest that breakdown and degradation due to trap generation strongly depend on both the barrier thickness and the temperature. Furthermore, as the TBD varies at steady rates with changing barrier thickness, temperature, and electric field, we assume that a MTJ with an adnormal thin layer of MgO can be screened effectively based on the predicted T BD . As a result, the barrier thickness and the temperature are very important in determining the reliability of a MTJ, and this study is expected to be helpful in understanding the degradation and the breakdown of a MTJ.

  1. Theoretical and Experimental Exploration of Breakdown Phenomena in an Argon-Filled GaP Device

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    Kurt, H. Hilal; Tanrıverdi, Evrim; Kurt, Erol

    2016-08-01

    A plasma device with large diameter and short interelectrode distance has been designed and implemented. Theoretical modeling and simulations have been carried out for different interelectrode distances, and experimental results obtained under different pressures p, both with argon atmosphere. The device produces direct-current (dc) discharges in the parallel-plate electrode configuration, with gallium phosphide (GaP) semiconductor at one side and SnO2-coated glass conducting material at the other side, separated by gas medium with width of 50 μm to 500 μm. The device can be operated under different values of interelectrode distance d, applied voltage U, and gas pressure p. Current-voltage characteristics and breakdown voltages have been found experimentally and theoretically. In addition, theoretical breakdown curves have been derived from simulations. The theory can also identify the space-charge density, thermal electron velocity, reduced electric field strength ( E/ N), electron density ne, and secondary-electron emission ( γ). Comparison between experiment and theory shows that the theory can estimate the breakdown very well for low pressure and small interelectrode gap.

  2. Theoretical and Experimental Exploration of Breakdown Phenomena in an Argon-Filled GaP Device

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    Kurt, H. Hilal; Tanrıverdi, Evrim; Kurt, Erol

    2016-05-01

    A plasma device with large diameter and short interelectrode distance has been designed and implemented. Theoretical modeling and simulations have been carried out for different interelectrode distances, and experimental results obtained under different pressures p, both with argon atmosphere. The device produces direct-current (dc) discharges in the parallel-plate electrode configuration, with gallium phosphide (GaP) semiconductor at one side and SnO2-coated glass conducting material at the other side, separated by gas medium with width of 50 μm to 500 μm. The device can be operated under different values of interelectrode distance d, applied voltage U, and gas pressure p. Current-voltage characteristics and breakdown voltages have been found experimentally and theoretically. In addition, theoretical breakdown curves have been derived from simulations. The theory can also identify the space-charge density, thermal electron velocity, reduced electric field strength (E/N), electron density ne, and secondary-electron emission (γ). Comparison between experiment and theory shows that the theory can estimate the breakdown very well for low pressure and small interelectrode gap.

  3. Kinetic theory of runaway air-breakdown

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    Roussel-Dupre, R.A.; Gurevich, A.V.; Tunnell, T.; Milikh, G.M.

    1993-09-01

    The kinetic theory for a new air breakdown mechanism advanced in a previous paper is developed. The relevant form of the Boltzmann equation is derived and the particle orbits in both velocity space and configuration space are computed. A numerical solution of the Boltzmann equation, assuming a spatially uniform electric field, is obtained and the temporal evolution of the electron velocity distribution function is described. The results of our analysis are used to estimate the magnitude of potential x-ray emissions from discharges in thunderstorms.

  4. Kinetic theory of runaway air breakdown

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    Roussel-Dupre, R.A. ); Gurevich, A.V. ); Tunnell, T. ); Milikh, G.M. )

    1994-03-01

    The kinetic theory for an air breakdown mechanism advanced in a previous paper [Phys. Lett. A 165, 463 (1992)] is developed. The relevant form of the Boltzmann equation is derived and the particle orbits in both velocity space and configuration space are computed. A numerical solution of the Boltzmann equation, assuming a spatially uniform electric field, is obtained and the temporal evolution of the electron velocity distribution function is described. The results of our analysis are used to estimate the magnitude of potential x-ray emissions from discharges in thunderstorms.

  5. The characteristics of Au:VO2 nanocomposite thin film for photo-electricity applications

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    Zhu, Yabin; Na, Jie; He, Fan; Zhou, Yueliang

    2013-08-01

    Au nanoparticles have been fabricated on normal glass substrates using nanosphere lithography (NSL) method. Vanadium dioxide has been deposited on Au/glass by reactive radio frequency (rf) magnetron sputtering. The structure and composition were determined by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscope. Electrical and optical properties of bare VO2 and Au:VO2 nanocomposite thin films were measured. Typical hysteresis behavior and sharp phase transition were observed. Nanopartical Au could effectively reduce the transition temperature to 40 °C. The transmittance spectrum for both Au:VO2 nanocomposite thin film shows high transmittance under transition temperature and low transmittance above transition temperature. The characteristics present the Au:VO2 nanocomposite thin film can be used for applications, such as “smart window” or “laser protector”.

  6. Simplified fabrication of back surface electric field silicon cells and novel characteristics of such cells

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    Mandelkorn, J.; Lamneck, J. H., Jr.

    1972-01-01

    An investigation of the characteristics and behavior of 10 ohm-cm silicon cells having abnormally high open-circuit voltages was made. The cells studied were made by a new, highly simplified, contact fabrication process which creates both a contact and a thin electric field region at the cell back surface without the need for phosphorus layer removal. These cells had open-circuit voltages of about 0.58 V and their performance as a function of thickness, temperature, and 1 MeV electron irradiation is detailed. The study showed that 10 ohm-cm back-surface-field cells can have the high initial efficiencies and desirable temperature behavior of low resistivity cells. Thin back-surface-field cells were made and showed, in addition, much greater radiation damage resistance. A mechanism is proposed to explain the results.

  7. Simplified fabrication of back surface electric field silicon cells and novel characteristics of such cells.

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    Mandelkorn, J.; Lamneck, J. H., Jr.

    1972-01-01

    An investigation of the characteristics and behavior of 10 ohm-cm silicon cells having abnormally high open-circuit voltages was made. The cells studied were made by a new, highly simplified, contact fabrication process which creates both a contact and a thin electric field region at the cell back surface without the need for phosphorus layer removal. These cells had open-circuit voltages of about 0.58 V and their performance as a function of thickness, temperature, and 1 MeV electron irradiation is detailed. The study showed that 10 ohm-cm back-surface-field cells can have the high initial efficiencies and desirable temperature behavior of low resistivity cells. Thin back-surface-field cells were made and showed, in addition, much greater radiation damage resistance. A mechanism is proposed to explain the results.

  8. Some characteristics of polymers in composite materials and as electrical conductors

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    Hansen, C. F.

    1982-01-01

    The characteristics of carbon fibers (CF) made from polyacrylonitrile (PAN) materials are discussed, together with research on conducting polymers. CF materials have better mechanical properties, chemical inertness, and higher stiffness than metallic materials but are subject to environmental instability, flammability, and delamination fatigue. Polymerization procedures for the monopolymer PAN are described, noting the use of SEM and X-ray diffraction techniques for studying the fiber structure. High modulus and strength of CF are caused by covalent sp(2) bonds in hexagonal carbon rings, which are stronger than the same links in diamonds. Details of the molecular chain structures and macroformations, stress-strain as a function of temperature, and thermosetting and glass transition temperatures of polymers are provided. Computational quantum chemistry techniques are being applied to studying electrical conductance in polymers, mainly to discover ways to stabilize the materials. Doped CH(x) has exhibited photovoltaic properties and other polymers have become superconductors at cryogenic temperatures.

  9. Electrical Characteristics of Top-Gated Graphene Field Effect Transistors Fabricated on Stainless Steel (STS) Substrate.

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    Jeong, Saebyuk; Lee, Hojoon; Lee, Jeong-Soo

    2016-05-01

    Top-gated Graphene transistors with Al2O3 gate-dielectric on the flexible stainless steel substrate have been demonstrated. Graphene was synthesized on copper foil using a chemical vapor deposition method and transferred onto the stainless steel substrate by wet transfer technique. The stainless steel substrate was polished by chemical mechanical polishing method and the spin-on-glass layer was coated on the surface to improve the surface roughness. The average surface roughness R(a) was as low as 5.9 nm from the AFM measurement. The measured hole and electron mobilities from the current-voltage characteristics at room temperature were calculated as high as 310 and 45 cm2/Vs, respectively. In addition, the effect of surrounding temperature up to 355 K on the electrical variations was investigated. The mobility was inversely proportional to the temperature with negligible hysteresis where the temperature coefficient was calculated as low as -0.65 %/K. PMID:27483892

  10. Hybrid nanocomposite based on cellulose and tin oxide: growth, structure, tensile and electrical characteristics

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    Mahadeva, Suresha K.; Kim, Jaehwan

    2011-10-01

    A highly flexible nanocomposite was developed by coating a regenerated cellulose film with a thin layer of tin oxide (SnO2) by liquid-phase deposition. Tin oxide was crystallized in solution and formed nanocrystal coatings on regenerated cellulose. The nanocrystalline layers did not exfoliate from cellulose. Transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy suggest that SnO2 was not only deposited over the cellulose surface, but also nucleated and grew inside the cellulose film. Current-voltage characteristics of the nanocomposite revealed that its electrical resistivity decreases with deposition time, with the lowest value obtained for 24 h of deposition. The cellulose-SnO2 hybrid nanocomposite can be used for biodegradable and disposable chemical, humidity and biosensors.

  11. Electrical Characteristics and Interface Properties of III Nitride-Based Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor Structure

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    Mahyuddin, A.; Hassan, Z.; Yusof, Y.; Cheong, K. Y.

    2010-07-07

    In this work, III-Nitride based metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) structure has been studied using AlN/GaN heterostructures on Si (111) with AlN buffer layer grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The structural and electrical characteristics of the films were studied through high resolution x-ray diffraction (HRXRD), capacitance-voltage (C-V) and current-voltage (I-V) measurements. The value of flat-band voltage was -0.7 V. A total fixed oxide charge density of 2.73x10{sup 11} cm{sup -2} was estimated. Terman's method was used to obtain the density of interface state in the MIS structure. The analysis showed low interface state density values of 3.66x10{sup 11} cm{sup -2} eV{sup -1}.

  12. Phase-driven magneto-electrical characteristics of single-layer MoS2

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    Yang, Chao-Yao; Chiu, Kuan-Chang; Chang, Shu-Jui; Zhang, Xin-Quan; Liang, Jaw-Yeu; Chung, Chi-Sheng; Pan, Hui; Wu, Jenn-Ming; Tseng, Yuan-Chieh; Lee, Yi-Hsien

    2016-03-01

    Magnetism of the MoS2 semiconducting atomic layer was highlighted for its great potential in the applications of spintronics and valleytronics. In this study, we demonstrate an evolution of magneto-electrical properties of single layer MoS2 with the modulation of defect configurations and formation of a partial 1T phase. With Ar treatment, sulfur was depleted within the MoS2 flake leading to a 2H (low-spin) --> partial 1T (high-spin) phase transition. The phase transition was accompanied by the development of a ferromagnetic phase. Alternatively, the phase transition could be driven by the desorption of S atoms at the edge of MoS2via O2 treatment while with a different ordering magnitude in magnetism. The edge-sensitive magnetism of the single-layer MoS2 was monitored by magnetic force microscopy and validated by a first-principle calculation with graded-Vs (sulfur vacancy) terminals set at the edge, where band-splitting appeared more prominent with increasing Vs. Treatment with Ar and O2 enabled a dual electrical characteristic of the field effect transistor (FET) that featured linear and saturated responses of different magnitudes in the Ids-Vds curves, whereas the pristine MoS2 FET displayed only a linear electrical dependency. The correlation and tuning of the Vs-1T phase transition would provide a playground for tailoring the phase-driven properties of MoS2 semiconducting atomic layers in spintronic applications.Magnetism of the MoS2 semiconducting atomic layer was highlighted for its great potential in the applications of spintronics and valleytronics. In this study, we demonstrate an evolution of magneto-electrical properties of single layer MoS2 with the modulation of defect configurations and formation of a partial 1T phase. With Ar treatment, sulfur was depleted within the MoS2 flake leading to a 2H (low-spin) --> partial 1T (high-spin) phase transition. The phase transition was accompanied by the development of a ferromagnetic phase. Alternatively, the

  13. RF breakdown experiments at SLAC

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    Laurent, L.; Vlieks, A.; Pearson, C.; Caryotakis, G.; Luhmann, N.C.

    1999-05-01

    RF breakdown is a critical issue in the conditioning of klystrons, accelerator sections, and rf components for the next linear collider (NLC), as well as other high gradient accelerators and high power microwave sources. SLAC is conducting a series of experiments using an X-band traveling wave ring to characterize the processes and trigger mechanisms associated with rf breakdown. The goal of the research is to identify materials, processes, and manufacturing methods that will increase the breakdown threshold and minimize the time required for conditioning. {copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}

  14. Breakdown in the pretext tokamak

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    Benesch, J.F.

    1981-06-01

    Data are presented on the application of ion cyclotron resonance RF power to preionization in tokamaks. We applied 0.3-3 kW at 12 MHz to hydrogen and obtained a visible discharge, but found no scaling of breakdown voltage with any parameter we were able to vary. A possible explanation for this, which implies that higher RF power would have been much more effective, is discussed. Finally, we present our investigation of the dV/dt dependence of breakdown voltage in PRETEXT, a phenomenon also seen in JFT-2. The breakdown is discussed in terms of the physics of Townsend discharges.

  15. Enhancement of the electrical characteristics of metal-free phthalocyanine films using cold isostatic pressing

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    Matsushima, Toshinori E-mail: adachi@cstf.kyushu-u.ac.jp; Adachi, Chihaya E-mail: adachi@cstf.kyushu-u.ac.jp; Esaki, Yu

    2014-12-15

    Spatial gaps between grains and other grains, substrates, or electrodes in organic electronic devices are one of the causes of the reduction in the electrical characteristics. In this study, we demonstrate that cold isostatic pressing (CIP) is an effective method to crush the gaps and enhance the electrical characteristics. CIP of metal-free phthalocyanine (H{sub 2}PC) films induced a decrease in the film thickness by 34%–40% because of the gap crush. The connection of smaller grains into a larger grain and planarization of the film surface were also observed in the CIP film. The crystal axes of the H{sub 2}PC crystallites were rearranged from the a-axis to the c-axis of the α-phase crystal structure in a direction perpendicular to the substrate by CIP, indicating favorable hole injection and transport in this direction because of a better overlap of π orbitals. Thermally stimulated current measurements showed that deep hole traps disappeared and the total hole-trap density decreased after CIP. These CIP-induced changes of the film thicknesses, crystal axes and the hole traps lead to a marked increase in the hole mobility of the H{sub 2}PC films from 2.0 × 10{sup −7} to 4.0 × 10{sup −4} cm{sup 2}/V s by 2000 times in the perpendicular direction. We believe that these findings are important for unveiling the underlying carrier injection and transport mechanisms of organic films and for enhancing the performance of future organic electronic devices.

  16. Phase-driven magneto-electrical characteristics of single-layer MoS2.

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    Yang, Chao-Yao; Chiu, Kuan-Chang; Chang, Shu-Jui; Zhang, Xin-Quan; Liang, Jaw-Yeu; Chung, Chi-Sheng; Pan, Hui; Wu, Jenn-Ming; Tseng, Yuan-Chieh; Lee, Yi-Hsien

    2016-03-14

    Magnetism of the MoS2 semiconducting atomic layer was highlighted for its great potential in the applications of spintronics and valleytronics. In this study, we demonstrate an evolution of magneto-electrical properties of single layer MoS2 with the modulation of defect configurations and formation of a partial 1T phase. With Ar treatment, sulfur was depleted within the MoS2 flake leading to a 2H (low-spin) → partial 1T (high-spin) phase transition. The phase transition was accompanied by the development of a ferromagnetic phase. Alternatively, the phase transition could be driven by the desorption of S atoms at the edge of MoS2via O2 treatment while with a different ordering magnitude in magnetism. The edge-sensitive magnetism of the single-layer MoS2 was monitored by magnetic force microscopy and validated by a first-principle calculation with graded-Vs (sulfur vacancy) terminals set at the edge, where band-splitting appeared more prominent with increasing Vs. Treatment with Ar and O2 enabled a dual electrical characteristic of the field effect transistor (FET) that featured linear and saturated responses of different magnitudes in the Ids-Vds curves, whereas the pristine MoS2 FET displayed only a linear electrical dependency. The correlation and tuning of the Vs-1T phase transition would provide a playground for tailoring the phase-driven properties of MoS2 semiconducting atomic layers in spintronic applications. PMID:26892905

  17. Study of the shock waves characteristics generated by underwater electrical wire explosion

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    Li, Xingwen; Chao, Youchuang; Wu, Jian; Han, Ruoyu; Zhou, Haibin; Qiu, Aici

    2015-07-01

    A model is proposed to simulate the generation and propagation of the shock wave (SW) produced by underwater electrical wire explosion in microsecond timescale, with the assumption that the exploding wire instantly turns into uniform discharge plasma channel (DPC) after the onset of explosion. To describe the interaction between the DPC and the surrounding water medium, the initial temperature of DPC is obtained by fitting calculated pressures with experimental data, and the injected energy of DPC is provided by the measured discharge current after wire explosion. To attenuate the high frequency oscillations generated by the discretization, the method with the double artificial viscosity parameters is proposed to calculate the SW propagation characteristics, and the input parameter is the above-calculated DPC boundary trajectory. Based on the proposed model, the DPC and SW properties of an underwater copper wire explosion are analyzed. The results show that the estimated initial temperature of DPC is about 15 000 K, the attenuation of peak pressure can be characterized by a law of the radial propagation distance r to the power of -0.74, and the efficiency transferred from stored electrical energy to the exploding wire and the generated water flow are ˜71.5% and ˜10%, respectively.

  18. Electrical Characteristics of 18650 Li-Ion Cells at Low Temperatures

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    Nagasubramanian, Ganesan

    1999-08-05

    Low temperature electrical performance characteristics of A and T, Moli, and Panasonic 18650 Li-ion cells are described. Ragone plots of energy and power data of the cells for different temperatures from 25 C to {minus}40 C are compared. Although the electrical performance of these cells at and around room temperature is respectable, at temperatures below 0 C the performance is poor. For example, the delivered power and energy densities of the Panasonic cells at 25 C are {approximately}800 W/l and {approximately}100 Wh/l respectively and those at {minus}40 C are <10 W/l and {approximately}5 Wh/l. In order to identify the source for this poor performance at subambient temperatures, both 2- and 3-electrode impedance studies were made on these cells. The 2-electrode impedance data suggests that the cell ohmic resistance remains nearly constant from 25 C to {minus}20 C but increases modestly at {minus}40 C while the overall cell impedance increases by an order of magnitude over the same temperature range. The 3-electrode impedance data of the A and T cells show that the increase in cell resistance comes mostly from the cathode electrolyte interface and very little either from the anode electrolyte interface or from the ohmic resistance of the cell. This suggests that the poor performance of the cells comes mainly from the high cathode/electrolyte interfacial impedance.

  19. An integrated measurement system for LED thermal, optical and electrical characteristics

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    Zou, Xiyong; Zheng, Xiaoming; Jin, Shangzhong; Ni, Kai; Zhou, Huaming; He, Xianqi

    2008-03-01

    Thermal, optical and electrical parameters are main characterization of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Consumers are often concerned about the explicit properties such as luminous intensity, luminous flux and color. But Manufacturers may pay more attention to the thermal characteristic. Excess heat at the junction directly affects the LED performance in terms of color shit, light output and life. To measure all these parameters of LED accurately and simultaneously, we designed an integrated system, product number SSP8112, which was based on a new developed thermal, optical and electrical measurement instrument and a specially-made integrating sphere with temperature controller. The thermal measurement segment of the instrument was developed in accordance with JESD51-1 standard; it can automatically record the transient response curve of heat with a 50μs time resolution and a 0.5mV voltage resolution. And the integrating sphere, which has high light reflectivity, good thermal insulation and tolerance to high temperature, was used to achieve the optical response during the experiment. The principle and structure of this system were introduced and discussed, and at the end an application example was presented.

  20. Multiple performance characteristics optimization for Al 7075 on electric discharge drilling by Taguchi grey relational theory

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    Khanna, Rajesh; Kumar, Anish; Garg, Mohinder Pal; Singh, Ajit; Sharma, Neeraj

    2015-05-01

    Electric discharge drill machine (EDDM) is a spark erosion process to produce micro-holes in conductive materials. This process is widely used in aerospace, medical, dental and automobile industries. As for the performance evaluation of the electric discharge drilling machine, it is very necessary to study the process parameters of machine tool. In this research paper, a brass rod 2 mm diameter was selected as a tool electrode. The experiments generate output responses such as tool wear rate (TWR). The best parameters such as pulse on-time, pulse off-time and water pressure were studied for best machining characteristics. This investigation presents the use of Taguchi approach for better TWR in drilling of Al-7075. A plan of experiments, based on L27 Taguchi design method, was selected for drilling of material. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) shows the percentage contribution of the control factor in the machining of Al-7075 in EDDM. The optimal combination levels and the significant drilling parameters on TWR were obtained. The optimization results showed that the combination of maximum pulse on-time and minimum pulse off-time gives maximum MRR.

  1. Water film motor driven by alternating electric fields: Its dynamical characteristics

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    Liu, Zhong-Qiang; Zhang, Guang-Cai; Li, Ying-Jun; Jiang, Su-Rong

    2012-03-01

    The “liquid film motor,” a novel device with important implications for basic research and technology, is analyzed. It works perfectly with both direct current (dc) and alternating current (ac) fields. We develop a mathematical model describing electrohydrodynamical (EHD) motions induced by ac fields, which are more complex and have wider technological applications than those produced by dc fields. The main characteristics of these motions, derived in our paper and in full agreement with the experimental ones, are as follows: (i) Rotation of the film requires that the frequencies of the ac fields are exactly the same and their magnitudes surpass a threshold, which depends on their phase difference. (ii) Vibrations may be induced by fields with different frequencies. (iii) The EHD motions strongly depend on the polarization induced by the external electric field. However, these motions are little affected by the liquid's electrical conductivity, viscosity, dielectric constant, and density. Our model also predicts several features, which have yet to be experimentally verified.

  2. Nonlinear Theory and Breakdown

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    Smith, Frank

    2007-01-01

    The main points of recent theoretical and computational studies on boundary-layer transition and turbulence are to be highlighted. The work is based on high Reynolds numbers and attention is drawn to nonlinear interactions, breakdowns and scales. The research focuses in particular on truly nonlinear theories, i.e. those for which the mean-flow profile is completely altered from its original state. There appear to be three such theories dealing with unsteady nonlinear pressure-displacement interactions (I), with vortex/wave interactions (II), and with Euler-scale flows (III). Specific recent findings noted for these three, and in quantitative agreement with experiments, are the following. Nonlinear finite-time break-ups occur in I, leading to sublayer eruption and vortex formation; here the theory agrees with experiments (Nishioka) regarding the first spike. II gives rise to finite-distance blowup of displacement thickness, then interaction and break-up as above; this theory agrees with experiments (Klebanoff, Nishioka) on the formation of three-dimensional streets. III leads to the prediction of turbulent boundary-layer micro-scale, displacement-and stress-sublayer-thicknesses.

  3. Optical breakdown threshold investigation of 1064 nm laser induced air plasmas

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    Thiyagarajan, Magesh; Thompson, Shane

    2012-04-01

    We present the theoretical and experimental measurements and analysis of the optical breakdown threshold for dry air by 1064 nm infrared laser radiation and the significance of the multiphoton and collisional cascade ionization process on the breakdown threshold measurements over pressures range from 10 to 2000 Torr. Theoretical estimates of the breakdown threshold laser intensities and electric fields are obtained using two distinct theories namely multiphoton and collisional cascade ionization theories. The theoretical estimates are validated by experimental measurements and analysis of laser induced breakdown processes in dry air at a wavelength of 1064 nm by focusing 450 mJ max, 6 ns, 75 MW max high-power 1064 nm IR laser radiation onto a 20 {mu}m radius spot size that produces laser intensities up to 3 - 6 TW/cm{sup 2}, sufficient for air ionization over the pressures of interest ranging from 10 to 2000 Torr. Analysis of the measured breakdown threshold laser intensities and electric fields are carried out in relation with classical and quantum theoretical ionization processes, operating pressures. Comparative analysis of the laser air breakdown results at 1064 nm with corresponding results of a shorter laser wavelength (193 nm) [M. Thiyagarajan and J. E. Scharer, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 36, 2512 (2008)] and a longer microwave wavelength (10{sup 8} nm) [A. D. MacDonald, Microwave Breakdown in Gases (Wiley, New York, 1966)]. A universal scaling analysis of the breakdown threshold measurements provided a direct comparison of breakdown threshold values over a wide range of frequencies ranging from microwave to ultraviolet frequencies. Comparison of 1064 nm laser induced effective field intensities for air breakdown measurements with data calculated based on the collisional cascade and multiphoton breakdown theories is used successfully to determine the scaled collisional microwave portion. The measured breakdown threshold of 1064 nm laser intensities are then

  4. Dielectric breakdown induced by picosecond laser pulses

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    Smith, W. L.; Bechtel, J. H.; Bloembergen, N.

    1976-01-01

    The damage thresholds of transparent optical materials were investigated. Single picosecond pulses at 1.06 microns, 0.53 microns and 0.35 microns were obtained from a mode locked Nd-YAG oscillator-amplifier-frequency multiplier system. The pulses were Gaussian in space and time and permitted the determination of breakdown thresholds with a reproducibility of 15%. It was shown that the breakdown thresholds are characteristic of the bulk material, which included nine alkali halides, five different laser host materials, KDP, quartz, sapphire and calcium fluoride. The extension of the damage data to the ultraviolet is significant, because some indication was obtained that two- and three-photon absorption processes begin to play a role in determining the threshold. Throughout the visible region of the spectrum the threshold is still an increasing function of frequency, indicating that avalanche ionization is the dominant factor in determining the breakdown threshold. This was confirmed by a detailed study of the damage morphology with a high resolution microscope just above the threshold. The influence of self focusing is discussed, and evidence for beam distortion below the power threshold for complete self focusing is presented, confirming the theory of Marburger.

  5. An analysis of electrical and optical characteristics of a type II superlattice for optical switching applications

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    Rahman, M.; Rouf, A. S. M. S.; Mohammedy, F. M.

    2015-06-01

    The present work demonstrates an analysis of electronic and optical characteristics of InAs/GaSbType II superlattice based photodetectors. The electronic characteristics are analyzed by developing a model of the Type II superlattice. The 8 band k.p method is implemented to deduce the wavefunctions. The effects of temperature on zero-bias resistance- area product (R0A) are also included in the model. The newly proposed M-Structure design method is also implemented for our model. Electrical and optical properties of the material such as dark current density and absorption coefficient are calculated. At 50mV reverse bias, the dark current density is found equal to 1.5×10-4 A/cm2. These calculations are done based on the approximation based models of reflectivity. These results were used to demonstrate the variation of optical properties with applied bias voltage to be used as a novel optical switching technique in WDM based communication networks.

  6. Nanocrystalline non-stoichiometric SBT: Effect of milling duration on structural and electrical characteristics

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    Sugandha; Jha, A.K.

    2012-03-15

    In the present work, nanocrystalline specimens of non-stoichiometric Strontium Bismuth Tantalate (SBT) ferroelectric ceramics were synthesized by mechanical activation process using a high energy planetary ball mill. The powders were milled for different milling durations (5, 10, 20 h) keeping the milling speed fixed at 300 rpm. Microstructural characterizations have been performed using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, electron diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Nanocrystallites with average grain size in the range of 30-50 nm are observed to be formed. Grain size is observed to decrease with increasing milling duration. Detailed dielectric study as a function of temperature has been carried out. It is observed that dielectric constant increases and dielectric loss decreases with increasing milling duration. The observed characteristics have been explained in terms of increased number of grain boundaries due to the reduction of granular size. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In the present work nano crystalline non-stoichiometric SBT has been synthesized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The technique involved is mechanical activation (high energy ball milling). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The milling duration has been optimized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sr0.8Bi2.2Ta2O9 milled for 20 hours exhibit enhanced electrical characteristics.

  7. Electrical characteristics and stability of gold and palladium Schottky contacts on ZnO nanorods

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    Klason, P.; Nur, O.; Willander, M.

    2008-11-01

    The electrical characteristics and stability of Pd and Au Schottky contacts on ZnO nanorods grown on glass substrate have been investigated. The nanorods were grown using the aqueous chemical growth method. The nanorods were characterized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL). Prior to the metal contact deposition, an insulating PMMA layer was deposited between the nanorods. The best-produced Schottky contact was an as-deposited Pd/ZnO contact with an ideality factor of 1.74 ± 0.43 and a barrier height of 0.67 ± 0.09 eV. The relatively high ideality factor indicates that the current transport cannot be described by pure thermionic transport. The presence of surface states due to the high evaporation pressure is probably the reason for the high ideality factor. Post metal deposition annealing at 150 °C for 30 min in air lowered the barrier height and decreased the Au/ZnO ideality factor but increased it for Pd/ZnO. The current follows ohmic behavior when the applied forward bias, Vforward, is lower than 0.1 V, whereas for Vforward between 0.1 and 0.45 V the current follows I~exp(cV), and at higher forward biases the current-voltage characteristics follow the relation I~V2, indicating that the space-charge current-limiting mechanism is dominating the current transport.

  8. An empirical formula for gas switch breakdown delay

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    Martin, T. H.

    An empirical scaling relationship between the mean electric field and the breakdown time has been found. Many divergent sets of data were used from breakdown experiments on power lines, laser-triggered switches, trigatrons, e-beam triggered gaps, sharp-point electrode to plane gaps, and uniform field gaps. This relationship builds on the Felsenthal and Proud data and extends their breakdown time delay (formative time) data by three orders of magnitude and into the region of interest for triggered gas switching. The data indicates that electrically triggered gaps, laser-triggered gaps, and untriggered gaps are governed by the same time-delay processes. Predictions can be made of trigger gap geometry, trigger delays, and trigger polarity effects. Breakdown delays of sub-centimeter-long to at least 8-meter-long gaps in air with either high or low field-enhanced electrodes are described by this equation. In addition, this relationship appears to be valid for a variety of gases and even accurately predicts the breakdown delay of mixtures of air and SF(sub 6).

  9. Study of Bulk and Elementary Screw Dislocation Assisted Reverse Breakdown in Low-Voltage (<250 V) 4H-SiC p+n Junction Diodes - Part 1: DC Properties

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    Neudeck, Philip G.; Huang, Wei; Dudley, Michael

    1999-01-01

    Given the high density (approx. 10(exp 4)/sq cm) of elementary screw dislocations (Burgers vector = lc with no hollow core) in commercial SiC wafers and epilayers, all appreciable current (greater than 1 A) SiC power devices will likely contain elementary screw dislocations for the foreseeable future. It is therefore important to ascertain the electrical impact of these defects, particularly in high-field vertical power device topologies where SiC is expected to enable large performance improvements in solid-state high-power systems. This paper compares the DC-measured reverse-breakdown characteristics of low-voltage (less than 250 V) small-area (less than 5 x 10(exp -4) sq cm) 4H-SiC p(+)n diodes with and without elementary screw dislocations. Compared to screw dislocation-free devices, diodes containing elementary screw dislocations exhibited higher pre-breakdown reverse leakage currents, softer reverse breakdown I-V knees, and highly localized microplasmic breakdown current filaments. The observed localized 4H-SiC breakdown parallels microplasmic breakdowns observed in silicon and other semiconductors, in which space-charge effects limit current conduction through the local microplasma as reverse bias is increased.

  10. Study of Bulk and Elementary Screw Dislocation Assisted Reverse Breakdown in Low-Voltage (less than 250 V) 4H-SiC p(+)n Junction diodes. Part 1; DC Properties

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    Neudeck, Philip G.; Huang, Wei; Dudley, Michael

    1998-01-01

    Given the high density (approx. 10(exp 4)/sq cm) of elementary screw dislocations (Burgers vector = 1c with no hollow core) in commercial SiC wafers and epilayers, all appreciable current (greater than 1 A) SiC power devices will likely contain elementary screw dislocations for the foreseeable future. It is therefore important to ascertain the electrical impact of these defects, particularly in high-field vertical power device topologies where SiC is expected to enable large performance improvements in solid-state high-power systems. This paper compares the DC-measured reverse-breakdown characteristics of low-voltage (less than 250 V) small-area (less than 5 x 10(exp -4)/sq cm) 4H-SiC p(+)n diodes with and without elementary screw dislocations. Compared to screw dislocation-free devices, diodes containing elementary screw dislocations exhibited higher pre-breakdown reverse leakage currents, softer reverse breakdown I-V knees, and highly localized microplasmic breakdown current filaments. The observed localized 4H-SiC breakdown parallels microplasmic breakdowns observed in silicon and other semiconductors, in which space-charge effects limit current conduction through the local microplasma as reverse bias is increased.

  11. Influence of Gate Dielectric and Its Surface Treatment on Electrical Characteristics of Solution-Processed ZnO Transistors.

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    Song, Dong-Seok; Kim, Jae-Hyun; Jung, Ji-Hoon; Bae, Jin-Hyuk; Zhang, Xue; Park, Ji-Ho; Park, Jaehoon

    2016-02-01

    We report how interface treatments affect electrical performance, including subthreshold characteristics, in solution-processed transparent metal oxide thin-film transistors (TFTs) with SiO2 and SiNx gate dielectrics. Ultra-violet (UV) ozone treatment and O2 plasma treatment are carried out as a surface treatment of the interface between a spin-coated zinc oxide (ZnO) layer and a gate dielectric. With the SiO2 dielectric, UV ozone treatment dominantly affects subthreshold characteristics, while O2 plasma treatment produces enhanced mobility and lower threshold voltage shift. With the SiNx dielectric, every electrical parameter including mobility, threshold voltage shift, and subthreshold characteristics is enhanced by 02 plasma treatment. Our experimental results demonstrate that interface engineering treatments variously influence the electrical performance in solution-processed ZnO TFTs. PMID:27433685

  12. 80 MeV C6+ ion irradiation effects on the DC electrical characteristics of silicon NPN power transistors

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    Bharathi, M. N.; Pushpa, N.; Vinayakprasanna, N. H.; Prakash, A. P. Gnana

    2016-05-01

    The total dose effects of 80 MeV C6+ ions on the DC electrical characteristics of Silicon NPN rf power transistors have been studied in the dose range of 100 krad to 100 Mrad. The SRIM simulation was used to understand the energy loss and range of the ions in the transistor structure. The different electrical parameters such as Gummel characteristics, excess base current (ΔIB = IBpost - IBpre), dc forward current gain (hFE), transconductance (gm), displacement damage factor (K) and output characteristics (VCE-IC) were studied systematically before and after irradiation. The significant degradation in base current (IB) and hFE was observed after irradiation. Isochronal annealing study was conducted on the irradiated transistors to analyze the recovery in different electrical parameters. These results were compared with 60C0 gamma irradiation results in the same dose range.

  13. On-line determination of nanometric and sub-micrometric particle physicochemical characteristics using spectral imaging-aided Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy coupled with a Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer

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    Amodeo, Tanguy; Dutouquet, Christophe; Le Bihan, Olivier; Attoui, Michel; Frejafon, Emeric

    2009-10-01

    Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy has been employed to detect sodium chloride and metallic particles with sizes ranging from 40 nm up to 1 µm produced by two different particle generators. The Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy technique combined with a Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer was evaluated as a potential candidate for workplace surveillance in industries producing nanoparticle-based materials. Though research is still currently under way to secure nanoparticle production processes, the risk of accidental release is not to be neglected. Consequently, there is an urgent need for the manufacturers to have at their command a tool enabling leak detection in-situ and in real time so as to protect workers from potential exposure. In this context, experiments dedicated to laser-induced plasma particle interaction were performed. To begin with, spectral images of the laser-induced plasma vaporizing particles were recorded to visualize the spatio-temporal evolution of the atomized matter and to infer the best recording parameters for Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy analytical purposes, taking into account our experimental set-up specificity. Then, on this basis, time-resolved spectroscopic measurements were performed to make a first assumption of the Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy potentialities. Particle size dependency on the LIBS signal was examined. Repeatability and limits of detection were assessed and discussed. All the experiments carried out with low particle concentrations point out the high time delays corresponding to the Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy signal emergence. Plasma temperature temporal evolution was found to be a key parameter to explain this peculiarity inherent to laser/plasma/particle interaction.

  14. Structural, electrical and magnetic characteristics of improper multiferroic: GdFeO3

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    Sahoo, Sushrisangita; Mahapatra, P. K.; Choudhary, R. N. P.; Nandagoswami, M. L.; Kumar, Ashok

    2016-06-01

    Studies of dielectric, impedance, conductivity, magnetic and magneto-electric (ME) properties of GdFeO3 ceramics fabricated by chemical method are reported here. The synthesized powder is phase-pure and crystallizes in the orthorhombic crystal structure. Below 50 °C, the impedance has only grain contribution, while at higher temperatures, it has both grain and grain boundary contributions. Based on the depression angle of the Nyquist plot, the inhomogeneity of the sample is estimated. The capacitance data reveal that at low temperatures, the sample behaves as a leaky capacitor while at higher temperatures the sample shows the effect of the diffusion of thermally excited charge carriers across a barrier. In the low-frequency domain, the dielectric characteristics were explained on the basis of the Maxwell–Wagner mechanism, while in the high-frequency range those were correlated to the grain effect. The frequency dependent characteristic of the tangent loss is explained as a combined contribution from the Debye-like relaxation and dc conductivity related mechanism at higher temperatures. The temperature dependence of the dielectric characteristic and data are found to fit with two Gaussian peaks centered at 148 °C and 169 °C. While the first peak is explained on the basis of the Maxwell–Wagner mechanism, the second has its origin in magnetic reordering and the shifting of Gd3+ ions along the c-axis. The magnetic reordering also results in a sharp decrease of conductivity between 169 °C and 243 °C. The frequency dependent ac conductivity is explained on the basis of the correlated barrier hopping model and the quantum mechanical hopping model for the different frequency domain. The existence of P–E and M–H loops support its improper ferroelectric behavior and canted anti-ferromagnetism respectively. The ME coefficient of the sample is found to be 1.78 mV cm‑1 Oe‑1.

  15. Frequency characteristics of field electron emission from long carbon nanofilaments/nanotubes in a weak AC electric field

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    Izrael'yants, K. R.; Orlov, A. P.; Musatov, A. L.; Blagov, E. V.

    2016-05-01

    Frequency characteristics of field electron emission from long carbon nanofilaments/nanotubes in strong dc and weak ac electric fields have been investigated. A series of narrow peaks with a quality factor of up to 1100 has been discovered in the frequency range of hundreds of kilohertz. The analysis has shown that these peaks are probably associated with mechanical oscillations of the carbon nanofilaments/nanotubes driven by the ac electric field.

  16. Influence of the thickness of a crystal on the electrical characteristics of Cd(Zn)Te detectors

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    Sklyarchuk, V.; Fochuk, p.; Rarenko, I.; Zakharuk, Z.; Sklyarchuk, O. F.; Bolotnikov, A. E.; James, R. B.

    2015-08-01

    We studied the electrical characteristics of Cd(Zn)Te detectors with rectifying contacts and varying thicknesses, and established that their geometrical dimensions affect the measured electrical properties. We found that the maximum value of the operating-bias voltage and the electric field in the detector for acceptable values of the dark current can be achieved when the crystal has an optimum thickness. This finding is due to the combined effect of generation-recombination in the space-charge region and space-charge limited currents (SCLC).

  17. A method to investigate the electron scattering characteristics of ultrathin metallic films by in situ electrical resistance measurements

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    Trindade, I. G.; Sousa, J. B.; Fermento, R.; Leitao, D.

    2009-07-15

    In this article, a method to measure the electrical resistivity/conductivity of metallic thin films during layer growth on specific underlayers is described. The in situ monitoring of an underlayer electrical resistance, its change upon the incoming of new material atoms/molecules, and the growth of a new layer are presented. The method is easy to implement and allows obtaining in situ experimental curves of electrical resistivity dependence upon film thickness with a subatomic resolution, providing insight in film growth microstructure characteristics, specular/diffuse electron scattering surfaces, and optimum film thicknesses.

  18. Integrating nanopore sensors within microfluidic channel arrays using controlled breakdown.

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    Tahvildari, Radin; Beamish, Eric; Tabard-Cossa, Vincent; Godin, Michel

    2015-03-21

    Nanopore arrays are fabricated by controlled dielectric breakdown (CBD) in solid-state membranes integrated within polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microfluidic devices. This technique enables the scalable production of independently addressable nanopores. By confining the electric field within the microfluidic architecture, nanopore fabrication is precisely localized and electrical noise is significantly reduced. Both DNA and protein molecules are detected to validate the performance of this sensing platform. PMID:25631885

  19. Investigations of pre-breakdown phenomena: streamer discharges

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    Arrayás, Manuel; Trueba, José L.

    2005-07-01

    Physical principles of electrical breakdown are reviewed in this article. The phenomena of streamer formation and spontaneous branching are studied in terms of a fluid description based on kinetic theory. Particular attention is paid to a minimal model which is suitable for non-attaching gases. The evidence that anode directed fronts can branch due to a Laplacian instability is shown. Finally an electric shielding factor is introduced which allows us to extend previous results to curved geometries.

  20. Electrical properties of epoxy resin based nano-composites

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    Tuncer, Enis; Sauers, Isidor; James, David Randy; Ellis, Alvin R; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Aytug, Tolga; Sathyamurthy, Srivatsan; More, Karren Leslie; Li, Jing; Goyal, Amit

    2007-01-01

    We investigate the electrical properties of composite materials prepared as nano and sub-micro scale metal-oxide particles embedded in a commercial resin. The filler particles are barium titanate and calcium copper titanate. The physical and structural characteristics of constituents and the fabricated composites are reported. The electrical characterization of the composite samples are performed with the time- and frequency-domain dielectric spectroscopy techniques. The electrical breakdown strength of samples with nano and sub-micron size particles have better electrical insulation properties than the unfilled resin.

  1. Fundamentals of undervoltage breakdown through the Townsend mechanism

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    Cooley, James E.

    The conditions under which an externally supplied pulse of electrons will induce breakdown in an undervoltaged, low-gain, DC discharge gap are experimentally and theoretically explored. The phenomenon is relevant to fundamental understanding of breakdown physics, to switching applications such as triggered spark gaps and discharge initiation in pulsed-plasma thrusters, and to gas-avalanche particle counters. A dimensionless theoretical description of the phenomenon is formulated and solved numerically. It is found that a significant fraction of the charge on the plates must be injected for breakdown to be achieved at low avalanche-ionization gain, when an electron undergoes fewer than approximately 10 ionizing collisions during one gap transit. It is also found that fewer injected electrons are required as the gain due to electron-impact ionization (alpha process) is increased, or as the sensitivity of the alpha process to electric field is enhanced by decreasing the reduced electric field (electric field divided by pressure, E/p). A predicted insensitivity to ion mobility implies that breakdown is determined during the first electron avalanche when space charge distortion is greatest. A dimensionless, theoretical study of the development of this avalanche reveals a critical value of the reduced electric field to be the value at the Paschen curve minimum divided by 1.6. Below this value, the net result of the electric field distortion is to increase ionization for subsequent avalanches, making undervoltage breakdown possible. Above this value, ionization for subsequent avalanches will be suppressed and undervoltage breakdown is not possible. Using an experimental apparatus in which ultraviolet laser pulses are directed onto a photo-emissive cathode of a parallel-plate discharge gap, it is found that undervoltage breakdown can occur through a Townsend-like mechanism through the buildup of successively larger avalanche generations. The minimum number of injected

  2. Ion Solid Interaction And Surface Modification At RF Breakdown In High-Gradient Linacs

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    Insepov, Zeke; Norem, Jim; Veitzer, Seth

    2011-06-01

    Ion solid interactions have been shown to be an important new mechanism of unipolar arc formation in high-gradient rf linear accelerators through surface self-sputtering by plasma ions, in addition to an intense surface field evaporation. We believe a non-Debye plasma is formed in close vicinity to the surface and strongly affects surface atomic migration via intense bombardment by ions, strong electric field, and high surface temperature. Scanning electron microscope studies of copper surface of an rf cavity were conducted that show craters, arc pits, and both irregular and regular ripple structures with a characteristic length of 2 microns on the surface. Strong field enhancements are characteristic of the edges, corners, and crack systems at surfaces subjected to rf breakdown.

  3. Electrical characteristics and stability of gold and palladium Schottky contacts on ZnO nanorods.

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    Klason, P; Nur, O; Willander, M

    2008-11-26

    The electrical characteristics and stability of Pd and Au Schottky contacts on ZnO nanorods grown on glass substrate have been investigated. The nanorods were grown using the aqueous chemical growth method. The nanorods were characterized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL). Prior to the metal contact deposition, an insulating PMMA layer was deposited between the nanorods. The best-produced Schottky contact was an as-deposited Pd/ZnO contact with an ideality factor of 1.74 ± 0.43 and a barrier height of 0.67 ± 0.09 eV. The relatively high ideality factor indicates that the current transport cannot be described by pure thermionic transport. The presence of surface states due to the high evaporation pressure is probably the reason for the high ideality factor. Post metal deposition annealing at 150 °C for 30 min in air lowered the barrier height and decreased the Au/ZnO ideality factor but increased it for Pd/ZnO. The current follows ohmic behavior when the applied forward bias, V(forward), is lower than 0.1 V, whereas for V(forward) between 0.1 and 0.45 V the current follows I∼exp(cV), and at higher forward biases the current-voltage characteristics follow the relation I∼V(2), indicating that the space-charge current-limiting mechanism is dominating the current transport. PMID:21836267

  4. Fabrication, characteristics and electrical model of an ionic polymer metal-carbon nanotube composite

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    He, Qingsong; Song, Linlin; Yu, Min; Dai, ZhenDong

    2015-07-01

    We develop an ionic polymer metal-carbon nanotube composite (IPMCC) actuator composed of a multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/Nafion membrane sandwiched between two hybrid electrodes, composed of palladium, platinum and MWCNTs. The surface morphology and cross-sectional structure of the metal-carbon nanotube hybrid electrode were observed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). SEM investigation indicated that the MWCNT layer can adhere very well with the platinum-palladium metal electrode, fill the cracks in the metal surface, and prevent the oxidation of nanoscale platinum particles. These observations show that the surface resistance of the total electrode is retained and the stability of electrode property is maintained. The displacement, blocking force and nonlinear current versus voltage (V-I) characteristics were measured. Compared with an ionic polymer metal composite (IPMC), the IPMCC shows a more stable displacement and blocking force under 1, 1.2 and 2 V at 0.1 Hz, and 2.34-3.29 times higher effective air-operating time under 3 V at 0.1 Hz. It can be observed from the V-I characteristics that the change in shape becomes significant at amplitudes higher than 1.2 V. An equivalent circuit is used to model the nonlinear behavior of the IPMCC, in which the leakage current was taken into account and analyzed. The values of the components in the circuit are estimated and electrical behavior is simulated by using the Pspice software. Compared with the model with no consideration of the leakage current, the simulations obtained by the model considering leakage current showed better agreement with the experimental results. The impressive leakage current (20 mA), which is successfully simulated by the proposed model with the nonlinear circuit, is shown to play an important role in the total current.

  5. Effects of nuclear radiation on a high-reliability silicon power diode. 4: Analysis of reverse bias characteristics

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    Been, J. F.

    1973-01-01

    The effects of nuclear radiation on the reverse bias electrical characteristics of one hundred silicon power diodes were investigated. On a percentage basis, the changes in reverse currents were large but, due to very low initial values, this electrical characteristic was not the limiting factor in use of these diodes. These changes were interpreted in terms of decreasing minority carrier lifetimes as related to generation-recombination currents. The magnitudes of reverse voltage breakdown were unaffected by irradiation.

  6. Non-linear Electrical Characteristics of ZnO Modified by Trioxides Sb2O3, Bi2O3, Fe2O3, Al2O3 and La2O3

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    Mekap, Anita; Das, Piyush R.; Choudhary, R. N. P.

    2016-08-01

    The non-linear behavior of polycrystalline-ZnO-based voltage-dependent resistors is considered in the present study. A high-temperature solid-state reaction route was used to synthesize polycrystalline samples of ZnO modified by small amounts of the trioxides Sb2O3, Bi2O3, Fe2O3, etc. in various proportions. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy techniques were used to study the structural and microstructural characteristics of modified ZnO. Detailed studies of non-linear phenomena of the I-V characteristics, dielectric permittivity ( ɛ r), impedance ( Z), etc. of the samples have provided many interesting results. All the samples exhibited dielectric anomaly. Non-linear variation in polarization with electric field for all the samples was observed. Moreover, significant non-linearity in the I-V characteristics was observed in the breakdown region of all the samples at room temperature. The non-linear coefficient ( α) in different cases, i.e. for I- V, ɛ r- f, ɛ r- T, and ɛ r- Z, was calculated and found to be appreciable. The frequency dependence of ac conductivity suggests that the material obeys Jonscher's universal power law.

  7. RF BREAKDOWN STUDIES USING PRESSURIZED CAVITIES

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    Johnson, Rolland

    2014-09-21

    Many present and future particle accelerators are limited by the maximum electric gradient and peak surface fields that can be realized in RF cavities. Despite considerable effort, a comprehensive theory of RF breakdown has not been achieved and mitigation techniques to improve practical maximum accelerating gradients have had only limited success. Part of the problem is that RF breakdown in an evacuated cavity involves a complex mixture of effects, which include the geometry, metallurgy, and surface preparation of the accelerating structures and the make-up and pressure of the residual gas in which plasmas form. Studies showed that high gradients can be achieved quickly in 805 MHz RF cavities pressurized with dense hydrogen gas, as needed for muon cooling channels, without the need for long conditioning times, even in the presence of strong external magnetic fields. This positive result was expected because the dense gas can practically eliminate dark currents and multipacting. In this project we used this high pressure technique to suppress effects of residual vacuum and geometry that are found in evacuated cavities in order to isolate and study the role of the metallic surfaces in RF cavity breakdown as a function of magnetic field, frequency, and surface preparation. One of the interesting and useful outcomes of this project was the unanticipated collaborations with LANL and Fermilab that led to new insights as to the operation of evacuated normal-conducting RF cavities in high external magnetic fields. Other accomplishments included: (1) RF breakdown experiments to test the effects of SF6 dopant in H2 and He gases with Sn, Al, and Cu electrodes were carried out in an 805 MHz cavity and compared to calculations and computer simulations. The heavy corrosion caused by the SF6 components led to the suggestion that a small admixture of oxygen, instead of SF6, to the hydrogen would allow the same advantages without the corrosion in a practical muon beam line. (2) A

  8. Al00.3Ga0.7N PN diode with breakdown voltage >1600 V

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    Allerman, A. A.; Armstrong, A. M.; Fischer, A. J.; Dickerson, J. R.; Crawford, M. H.; King, M. P.; Moseley, M. W.; Wierer, J. J.; Kaplar, R. J.

    2016-07-21

    Demonstration of Al00.3Ga0.7N PN diodes grown with breakdown voltages in excess of 1600 V is reported. The total epilayer thickness is 9.1 μm and was grown by metal-organic vapour-phase epitaxy on 1.3-mm-thick sapphire in order to achieve crack-free structures. A junction termination edge structure was employed to control the lateral electric fields. A current density of 3.5 kA/cm2 was achieved under DC forward bias and a reverse leakage current <3 nA was measured for voltages <1200 V. The differential on-resistance of 16 mΩ cm2 is limited by the lateral conductivity of the n-type contact layer required by the front-surface contactmore » geometry of the device. An effective critical electric field of 5.9 MV/cm was determined from the epilayer properties and the reverse current–voltage characteristics. To our knowledge, this is the first aluminium gallium nitride (AlGaN)-based PN diode exhibiting a breakdown voltage in excess of 1 kV. Finally, we note that a Baliga figure of merit (Vbr2/Rspec,on) of 150 MW/cm2 found is the highest reported for an AlGaN PN diode and illustrates the potential of larger-bandgap AlGaN alloys for high-voltage devices.« less

  9. Current contacts and the breakdown of the quantum Hall effect

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    van Son, P. C.; Kruithof, G. H.; Klapwijk, T. M.

    1990-12-01

    The nonlinearities in the I-V characteristics have been studied of high-mobility Si metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors in the quantum Hall regime. The breakdown curves were measured with different sets of voltage contacts and for different directions of magnetic field and current. Comparison of these curves shows that the breakdown of the quantum Hall effect (QHE) in these samples is an intrinsic effect that starts at the current contact where the electrons are injected into the two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG). This fundamental asymmetry and the crucial role of the current contact are explained using the Büttiker-Landauer approach to the QHE and its recent extension to the nonlinear regime. The electron-injection process contains two mechanisms that lead to breakdown voltages in the 2DEG. We have identified both experimentally by comparing the critical currents of different configurations of current and voltage contacts. In one of the mechanisms, the nonequilibrium distribution of electrons that is injected into the 2DEG extends to the voltage contacts. This means that the equilibration length of the 2D electrons is at least of the order of 100 μm. For currents far beyond breakdown and for voltage contacts that are further from the electron-injection contact, the breakdown characteristics are harder to understand. The variation of the electron density of the 2DEG due to the large Hall voltage has to be taken into account as well as the equilibration induced by additional voltage contacts.

  10. Electrical Characteristics of Mid-wavelength HgCdTe Photovoltaic Detectors Exposed to Gamma Irradiation

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    Qiao, H.; Hu, W. D.; Li, T.; Li, X. Y.; Chang, Y.

    2016-09-01

    The study of electrical characteristics of mid-wavelength HgCdTe photodiodes irradiated by steady-state gamma rays has been carried out. The measurement of the current-voltage curves during irradiation revealed an abnormal variation of zero biased resistance R 0, and it didn't tend to change monotonically as observed in the case of post irradiation measurement. The irradiation effect was dominated by bulk effect inferred from the fitting calculations, and the generation-recombination current in the depletion region was drastically affected by gamma irradiation. Another irradiation effect was the linear increase of the series resistance with irradiation dosage which was related with the change of transportation parameters of carriers. The influence of hydrogenation on the gamma irradiation effects was also studied for comparison with the same batch of HgCdTe photodiodes, and it was found that R 0 for the hydrogenated devices showed similar change to those without hydrogenation. The series resistance, however, gave a totally different irradiation effect from the non-hydrogenated detectors and showed little change up to nearly 1 Mrad(Si) of gamma irradiation, which may be explained by the annihilation of hydrogen radicals with the defects caused by gamma irradiation.

  11. Influence of emissive layer thickness on electrical characteristics of polyfluorene copolymer based polymer light emitting diodes

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    Das, D.; Gopikrishna, P.; Singh, A.; Dey, A.; Iyer, P. K.

    2016-04-01

    Polymer light emitting diodes (PLEDs) with a device configuration of ITO/PEDOT:PSS/PFONPN01 [Poly [2,7-(9,9’-dioctylfluorene)-co-N-phenyl-1,8-naphthalimide (99:01)]/LiF/Al have been fabricated by varying the emissive layer (EML) thickness (40/65/80/130 nm) and the influence of EML thickness on the electrical characteristics of PLED has been studied. PLED can be modelled as a simple combination of resistors and capacitors. The impedance spectroscopy analysis showed that the devices with different EML thickness had different values of parallel resistance (RP) and the parallel capacitance (CP). The impedance of the devices is found to increase with increasing EML thickness resulting in an increase in the driving voltage. The device with an emissive layer thickness of 80nm, spin coated from a solution of concentration 15 mg/mL is found to give the best device performance with a maximum brightness value of 5226 cd/m2.

  12. Effects of Au source/drain thickness on electrical characteristics of pentacene thin-film transistors

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    Kwon, Jin-Hyuk; Hahn, Joonku; Bae, Jin-Hyuk; Ham, Youngjin; Park, Jaehoon; Baang, Sungkeun

    2015-11-01

    We investigate the electrical characteristics of top-contact pentacene thin-film transistors (TFTs) fabricated with various thicknesses of the Au source and the drain (S/D) electrodes, i.e., 20, 30, 50, 70, and 105 nm. Pentacene TFTs exhibit enhancements in the drain current and the fieldeffect mobility with increasing thickness of Au S/D electrodes up to 50 nm, after which the TFT performance degrades with increasing Au thickness. A transmission line method is used to analyze the contact resistance between the Au electrode and the pentacene layer in the TFTs, and ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy measurements are performed to determine the work function of the Au films. The lowest contact resistance, 73 kΩ·cm, is obtained for the 50-nm-thick Au case and is ascribed to the high work function (4.67 eV) of the film. Consequently, the effects of the Au S/D thickness on the performance of top-contact pentacene TFTs can be understood through the behavior of the charge injection at the Au electrode/pentacene interface.

  13. Electrical and optical characteristics of the radio frequency surface dielectric barrier discharge plasma actuation

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    Wei-Long, Wang; Hui-Min, Song; Jun, Li; Min, Jia; Yun, Wu; Di, Jin

    2016-04-01

    Electrical characteristics and optical emission spectrum of the radio frequency (RF) surface dielectric barrier discharge (SDBD) plasma actuation are investigated experimentally in this paper. Influences of operating pressure, duty cycle and load power on the discharge are analyzed. When the operating pressure reaches 30 kPa, the discharge energy calculated from the Charge–Voltage (Q–V) Lissajous figure increases significantly, while the effective capacitance decreases remarkably. As the duty cycle of the applied voltage increases, the voltage–current waveforms, the area of Q–V loop and the capacity show no distinct changes. Below 40 W, effective capacitance increases with the increase of load power, but it almost remains unchanged when load power is between 40 W and 95 W. The relative intensity changes little as the operating pressure varies from 4 kPa to 100 kPa, while it rises evidently with the pressure below 4 kPa, which indicates that the RF discharge mode shifts from filamentary discharge to glow discharge at around 4 kPa. With the increase of load power, the relative intensity rises evidently. Additionally, the relative intensity is insensitive to the pressure, the duty cycle, and the load power. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11472306, 51276197, and 51336011).

  14. Improvements to the measurement of electrically controlled hydraulic pumps' flow/pressure characteristics

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    Tao, Jian-Feng; Liu, Cheng-Liang; Gu, Jian-Jiang; Shen, Liang-Chong

    2011-12-01

    To increase the measurement accuracy, and also to automate the measurement operation, we modify the electrically controlled hydraulic pumps' (ECHPs') flow/pressure performance characteristic description and improve the test method in existent standards. According to ECHPs' working principle, we divide ECHPs' operation into two models: constant flow operating mode (CFOM) and constant pressure operating mode (CPOM). A direct drive servo-proportional control valve (DDV) is used to load the test pump. In the CFOM, we change the pressure load at a constant rate by driving the DDV's displacement with nonlinear feedback and a proportional-integral (PI) controller. In the CPOM, we take advantage of the DDV's inherent linearity between its input signal and output flow, and change the flow load at a constant rate by using open-loop spool displacement control. A mathematic model is built for the derivation of a stable condition and the analysis of steady-state pressure tracking error. The theoretical analysis shows that the feedback linearization and PI controller with negative proportional and integral gains are able to track a slope pressure load command with a desired rate. The test results also show that the mathematical model is valid and the proposed method can improve the measurement accuracy remarkably.

  15. Dynamic thermal characteristics of heat pipe via segmented thermal resistance model for electric vehicle battery cooling

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    Liu, Feifei; Lan, Fengchong; Chen, Jiqing

    2016-07-01

    Heat pipe cooling for battery thermal management systems (BTMSs) in electric vehicles (EVs) is growing due to its advantages of high cooling efficiency, compact structure and flexible geometry. Considering the transient conduction, phase change and uncertain thermal conditions in a heat pipe, it is challenging to obtain the dynamic thermal characteristics accurately in such complex heat and mass transfer process. In this paper, a "segmented" thermal resistance model of a heat pipe is proposed based on thermal circuit method. The equivalent conductivities of different segments, viz. the evaporator and condenser of pipe, are used to determine their own thermal parameters and conditions integrated into the thermal model of battery for a complete three-dimensional (3D) computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation. The proposed "segmented" model shows more precise than the "non-segmented" model by the comparison of simulated and experimental temperature distribution and variation of an ultra-thin micro heat pipe (UMHP) battery pack, and has less calculation error to obtain dynamic thermal behavior for exact thermal design, management and control of heat pipe BTMSs. Using the "segmented" model, the cooling effect of the UMHP pack with different natural/forced convection and arrangements is predicted, and the results correspond well to the tests.

  16. Electrical Characteristics of Mid-wavelength HgCdTe Photovoltaic Detectors Exposed to Gamma Irradiation

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    Qiao, H.; Hu, W. D.; Li, T.; Li, X. Y.; Chang, Y.

    2016-03-01

    The study of electrical characteristics of mid-wavelength HgCdTe photodiodes irradiated by steady-state gamma rays has been carried out. The measurement of the current-voltage curves during irradiation revealed an abnormal variation of zero biased resistance R 0, and it didn't tend to change monotonically as observed in the case of post irradiation measurement. The irradiation effect was dominated by bulk effect inferred from the fitting calculations, and the generation-recombination current in the depletion region was drastically affected by gamma irradiation. Another irradiation effect was the linear increase of the series resistance with irradiation dosage which was related with the change of transportation parameters of carriers. The influence of hydrogenation on the gamma irradiation effects was also studied for comparison with the same batch of HgCdTe photodiodes, and it was found that R 0 for the hydrogenated devices showed similar change to those without hydrogenation. The series resistance, however, gave a totally different irradiation effect from the non-hydrogenated detectors and showed little change up to nearly 1 Mrad(Si) of gamma irradiation, which may be explained by the annihilation of hydrogen radicals with the defects caused by gamma irradiation.

  17. Electricity generation from food wastes and characteristics of organic matters in microbial fuel cell.

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    Li, Hui; Tian, Yu; Zuo, Wei; Zhang, Jun; Pan, Xiaoyue; Li, Lipin; Su, Xinying

    2016-04-01

    The microbial fuel cell (MFC) was evaluated as an alternative way to recover electricity from canteen based food waste. Characteristics of the organics in food waste before and after the MFC treatment were analyzed to investigate how the organic matters were biodegraded and transformed during the MFC treatment. A maximum power density of 5.6W/m(3) and an average output voltage of 0.51V were obtained. During the MFC operation, the hydrophilic and acidic fractions were more readily degraded, compared to the neutral fractions. Additionally, aromatic compounds in the hydrophilic fraction were more preferentially removed than non-aromatic compounds. The MFC could easily remove the tryptophan protein-like substances in all fractions and aromatic proteins in hydrophilic and hydrophobic neutral fractions. Additionally, the hydrophobic amide-1 proteins and aliphatic components were readily hydrolyzed and biodegraded in the MFC. These findings may facilitate the pretreatment and posttreatment choices for MFC system fed with food waste. PMID:26820923

  18. Metastable Electrical Characteristics of Polycrystalline Thin-Film Photovoltaic Modules upon Exposure and Stabilization: Preprint

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    Deline, C. A.; del Cueto, J. A.; Albin, D. S.; Rummel, S. R.

    2011-09-01

    The significant features of a series of stabilization experiments conducted at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) between May 2009 and the present are reported. These experiments evaluated a procedure to stabilize the measured performance of thin-film polycrystalline cadmium telluride (CdTe) and copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules. The current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of CdTe and CIGS thin-film PV devices and modules exhibit transitory changes in electrical performance after thermal exposure in the dark and/or bias and light exposures. We present the results of our case studies of module performance versus exposure: light-soaked at 65 degrees C; exposed in the dark under forward bias at 65 degrees C; and, finally, longer-term outdoor exposure. We find that stabilization can be achieved to varying degrees using either light-soaking or dark bias methods and that the existing IEC 61646 light-soaking interval may be appropriate for CdTe and CIGS modules with one caveat: it is likely that at least three exposure intervals are required for stabilization.

  19. Characteristics of Langmuir electric field waveforms and power spectra exhibiting nonlinear behavior in Earth's foreshock

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    Sigsbee, K.; Kletzing, C. A.; Pickett, J. S.; Gurnett, D. A.; Schwartz, S. J.; Lefebvre, B.; Lucek, E.; Fazakerley, A. N.; Kucharek, H.

    2010-10-01

    Langmuir wave characteristics in the Earth's foreshock were examined to identify possible nonlinear wave behavior for two case studies with data from the Cluster Wideband Data Plasma Wave Receiver. The occurrence rates of four types of power spectra near the foreshock edge were determined: (1) spectra with power at the local plasma frequency fpe only, (2) spectra with power at fpe and 2fpe, (3) spectra with double peaks near fpe, and (4) spectra with double peaks near fpe and peaks at low frequencies indicative of ion acoustic waves. For electric field waveform amplitudes between 0.1 and 22.0 mV/m, most power spectra fell into the fpe only and double-peaked categories. The maximum Langmuir wave amplitudes and bump-on-tail reduced electron distribution functions from Cluster PEACE data were more consistent with saturation of wave growth by electrostatic decay than modulational instabilities. However, few spectra had the double peaks near fpe and ion acoustic waves indicative of electrostatic decay, suggesting other processes may also be at work. For amplitudes greater than 22.0 mV/m, most power spectra fell into the fpe and 2fpe category, but many of the harmonics were too weak to be clearly distinguished from harmonics caused by instrumental effects.

  20. Direct measurement of the characteristic three-body electron attachment time in the atmospheric air in direct current electric field

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    Shutov, A. V.; Smetanin, I. V.; Ionin, A. A.; Levchenko, A. O.; Seleznev, L. V.; Sinitsyn, D. V.; Ustinovskii, N. N.; Zvorykin, V. D.

    2013-07-15

    We report the results of theoretical and experimental study of the characteristic time for three-body attachment of electrons produced by 100 fs UV laser pulse in the atmosphere air in the external DC electric field ranged from 0.2 to 10 kV/cm.

  1. Breakdown voltage reduction by field emission in multi-walled carbon nanotubes based ionization gas sensor

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    Saheed, M. Shuaib M.; Muti Mohamed, Norani; Arif Burhanudin, Zainal

    2014-03-24

    Ionization gas sensors using vertically aligned multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) are demonstrated. The sharp tips of the nanotubes generate large non-uniform electric fields at relatively low applied voltage. The enhancement of the electric field results in field emission of electrons that dominates the breakdown mechanism in gas sensor with gap spacing below 14 μm. More than 90% reduction in breakdown voltage is observed for sensors with MWCNT and 7 μm gap spacing. Transition of breakdown mechanism, dominated by avalanche electrons to field emission electrons, as decreasing gap spacing is also observed and discussed.

  2. Drive Control Scheme of Electric Power Assisted Wheelchair Based on Neural Network Learning of Human Wheelchair Operation Characteristics

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    Tanohata, Naoki; Seki, Hirokazu

    This paper describes a novel drive control scheme of electric power assisted wheelchairs based on neural network learning of human wheelchair operation characteristics. “Electric power assisted wheelchair” which enhances the drive force of the operator by employing electric motors is expected to be widely used as a mobility support system for elderly and disabled people. However, some handicapped people with paralysis of the muscles of one side of the body cannot maneuver the wheelchair as desired because of the difference in the right and left input force. Therefore, this study proposes a neural network learning system of such human wheelchair operation characteristics and a drive control scheme with variable distribution and assistance ratios. Some driving experiments will be performed to confirm the effectiveness of the proposed control system.

  3. Optoelectronic switching in diamond and optical surface breakdown

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    Lipatov, E I; Tarasenko, V F

    2008-03-31

    The optoelectronic switching in two natural diamond samples of type 2-A is studied at voltages up to 1000 V and the energy density of control 60-ns, 308-nm laser pulses up to 0.6 J cm{sup -2}. It is shown that the design of a diamond switch affects the switching efficiency. When the energy density exceeds 0.2 J cm{sup -2} and the interelectrode surface is completely illuminated, the surface breakdown is initiated by UV radiation, which shunts the current flow through the diamond crystal. When the illumination of the interelectrode surface is excluded, the surface breakdown does not occur. The threshold radiation densities sufficient for initiating the surface breakdown are determined for electric field strengths up to 10 kV cm{sup -1}. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  4. Breakdown of silicon particle detectors under proton irradiation

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    Vaeyrynen, S.; Raeisaenen, J.; Kassamakov, I.; Tuominen, E.

    2009-11-15

    Silicon particle detectors made on Czochralski and float zone silicon materials were irradiated with 7 and 9 MeV protons at a temperature of 220 K. During the irradiations, the detectors were biased up to their operating voltage. Specific values for the fluence and flux of the irradiation were found to cause a sudden breakdown in the detectors. We studied the limits of the fluence and the flux in the breakdown as well as the behavior of the detector response function under high flux irradiations. The breakdown was shown to be an edge effect. Additionally, the buildup of an oxide charge is suggested to lead to an increased localized electric field, which in turn triggers a charge carrier multiplication. Furthermore, we studied the influences of the type of silicon material and the configuration of the detector guard rings.

  5. High-voltage atmospheric breakdown across intervening rutile dielectrics.

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    Williamson, Kenneth Martin; Simpson, Sean; Coats, Rebecca Sue; Jorgenson, Roy Eberhardt; Hjalmarson, Harold Paul; Pasik, Michael Francis

    2013-09-01

    This report documents work conducted in FY13 on electrical discharge experiments performed to develop predictive computational models of the fundamental processes of surface breakdown in the vicinity of high-permittivity material interfaces. Further, experiments were conducted to determine if free carrier electrons could be excited into the conduction band thus lowering the effective breakdown voltage when UV photons (4.66 eV) from a high energy pulsed laser were incident on the rutile sample. This report documents the numerical approach, the experimental setup, and summarizes the data and simulations. Lastly, it describes the path forward and challenges that must be overcome in order to improve future experiments for characterizing the breakdown behavior for rutile.

  6. Peculiarities of high electric field conduction in p-type diamond

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    Mortet, V.; Trémouilles, D.; Bulíř, J.; Hubík, P.; Heller, L.; Bedel-Pereira, E.; Soltani, A.

    2016-04-01

    The electrical properties of chemical vapour deposited p-type epitaxial diamond layers are studied in high electric field conditions. The quasi-static current-voltage characteristics have been measured using transmission-line pulse method with 100 ns pulses. Reproducible impurity impact ionization avalanche breakdown occurs at a critical electrical field in the range of 100-200 kV cm-1 depending on the acceptor concentration and temperature, leading to complete ionisation of neutral impurities. The current-voltage characteristics exhibit an S-shape with the bi-stable conduction characteristic of impurity impact ionisation.

  7. Propagation characteristics of a focused laser beam in a strontium barium niobate photorefractive crystal under reverse external electric field.

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    Guo, Q L; Liang, B L; Wang, Y; Deng, G Y; Jiang, Y H; Zhang, S H; Fu, G S; Simmonds, P J

    2014-10-01

    The propagation characteristics of a focused laser beam in a SBN:75 photorefractive crystal strongly depend on the signal-to-background intensity ratio (R=Is/Ib) under reverse external electric field. In the range 20>R>0.05, the laser beam shows enhanced self-defocusing behavior with increasing external electric field, while it shows self-focusing in the range 0.03>R>0.01. Spatial solitons are observed under a suitable reverse external electric field for R=0.025. A theoretical model is proposed to explain the experimental observations, which suggest a new type of soliton formation due to "enhancement" not "screening" of the external electrical field. PMID:25322227

  8. Dielectric breakdown of polycrystalline alumina: A weakest-link failure analysis

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    Block, Benjamin

    The effects of varying electrode geometry (ball and ring) and size (radius), dielectric media (castor oil and DialaRTM oil), specimen thickness, and concentration of defects on the dielectric breakdown strength of commercial-grade alumina and high-purity fine-grained (HPFG) alumina were investigated. The breakdown strength was expressed in terms of the maximum electric field in the ceramic at the breakdown voltage calculated by finite element analysis (FEA). The breakdown strength decreased systematically with increasing electrode radius and specimen thickness. The breakdown strength increased with decreasing concentration of defects. The breakdown strength was higher in the Diala RTM oil (dielectric constant, epsilonr = 2.3 +/- 0.12) as compared to the castor oil (epsilonr = 4.59 +/- 0.06). The breakdown strength was higher for the HPFG alumina as compared to the commercial- grade alumina. These effects of the electrode geometry, specimen thickness, concentration of defects, and of the dielectric media were analyzed with a weakest-link failure model employing the Laplace and Weibull distributions for a population of defects in the material. The measured size or scaling effects of the electrodes, specimen thickness, concentration of defects, and of the liquid media on breakdown strength were in better agreement with the Laplace distribution for the population. The measured concentration of surface defects was in good agreement with the concentration of surface defects estimated from the surface area scaling of the breakdown field with the Laplace distribution.

  9. Scaling law for direct current field emission-driven microscale gas breakdown

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    Venkattraman, A.; Alexeenko, A. A.

    2012-12-15

    The effects of field emission on direct current breakdown in microscale gaps filled with an ambient neutral gas are studied numerically and analytically. Fundamental numerical experiments using the particle-in-cell/Monte Carlo collisions method are used to systematically quantify microscale ionization and space-charge enhancement of field emission. The numerical experiments are then used to validate a scaling law for the modified Paschen curve that bridges field emission-driven breakdown with the macroscale Paschen law. Analytical expressions are derived for the increase in cathode electric field, total steady state current density, and the ion-enhancement coefficient including a new breakdown criterion. It also includes the effect of all key parameters such as pressure, operating gas, and field-enhancement factor providing a better predictive capability than existing microscale breakdown models. The field-enhancement factor is shown to be the most sensitive parameter with its increase leading to a significant drop in the threshold breakdown electric field and also to a gradual merging with the Paschen law. The proposed scaling law is also shown to agree well with two independent sets of experimental data for microscale breakdown in air. The ability to accurately describe not just the breakdown voltage but the entire pre-breakdown process for given operating conditions makes the proposed model a suitable candidate for the design and analysis of electrostatic microscale devices.

  10. Scaling law for direct current field emission-driven microscale gas breakdown

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    Venkattraman, A.; Alexeenko, A. A.

    2012-12-01

    The effects of field emission on direct current breakdown in microscale gaps filled with an ambient neutral gas are studied numerically and analytically. Fundamental numerical experiments using the particle-in-cell/Monte Carlo collisions method are used to systematically quantify microscale ionization and space-charge enhancement of field emission. The numerical experiments are then used to validate a scaling law for the modified Paschen curve that bridges field emission-driven breakdown with the macroscale Paschen law. Analytical expressions are derived for the increase in cathode electric field, total steady state current density, and the ion-enhancement coefficient including a new breakdown criterion. It also includes the effect of all key parameters such as pressure, operating gas, and field-enhancement factor providing a better predictive capability than existing microscale breakdown models. The field-enhancement factor is shown to be the most sensitive parameter with its increase leading to a significant drop in the threshold breakdown electric field and also to a gradual merging with the Paschen law. The proposed scaling law is also shown to agree well with two independent sets of experimental data for microscale breakdown in air. The ability to accurately describe not just the breakdown voltage but the entire pre-breakdown process for given operating conditions makes the proposed model a suitable candidate for the design and analysis of electrostatic microscale devices.

  11. Dual trench AlGaN/GaN HEMT on SiC substrate: A novel device to improve the breakdown voltage and high power performance

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    Ghaffari, Majid; Orouji, Ali A.

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, an excellent performance AlGaN/AlN/GaN/SiC High Electron Mobility Transistor (HEMT) with a dual trench technique (DT-HEMT) is proposed. In the proposed technique, the dual trench between the buffer layer and the nucleation layer is created. Both the trenches are made of Gallium Nitride. A trench is created under the source region to increase the breakdown voltage. In addition, the drain current will improve due to a created trench in below the gate region. The DC and RF characteristics of the DT-HEMT are investigated. Also, the characteristics of the proposed structure compared with the characteristics of a conventional structure (C-HEMT). Our results indicate that the dual trench technique has excellent impacts on the device characteristics, especially on the drain current, breakdown voltage, and maximum output power density. The breakdown voltage, drain current, and maximum power density of DT-HEMT structure improve 56 %, 52 %, and 310 % in comparison with the C-HEMT, respectively. Also, using the dual trench technique, the maximum oscillation frequency, maximum available gain, short channel effect, maximum DC transconductance, and output resistance of the DT-HEMT structure will increase. Therefore, the proposed HEMT structure shows outstanding electrical properties compared to similar devices are based on conventional structures.

  12. Effects of rapid thermal annealing on structural, chemical, and electrical characteristics of atomic-layer deposited lanthanum doped zirconium dioxide thin film on 4H-SiC substrate

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    Lim, Way Foong; Quah, Hock Jin; Lu, Qifeng; Mu, Yifei; Ismail, Wan Azli Wan; Rahim, Bazura Abdul; Esa, Siti Rahmah; Kee, Yeh Yee; Zhao, Ce Zhou; Hassan, Zainuriah; Cheong, Kuan Yew

    2016-03-01

    Effects of rapid thermal annealing at different temperatures (700-900 °C) on structural, chemical, and electrical characteristics of lanthanum (La) doped zirconium oxide (ZrO2) atomic layer deposited on 4H-SiC substrates have been investigated. Chemical composition depth profiling analysis using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and cross-sectional studies using high resolution transmission electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy line scan analysis were insufficient to justify the presence of La in the investigated samples. The minute amount of La present in the bulk oxide was confirmed by chemical depth profiles of time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry. The presence of La in the ZrO2 lattice led to the formation of oxygen vacancies, which was revealed through binding energy shift for XPS O 1s core level spectra of Zrsbnd O. The highest amount of oxygen vacancies in the sample annealed at 700 °C has yielded the acquisition of the highest electric breakdown field (∼ 6.3 MV/cm) and dielectric constant value (k = 23) as well as the highest current-time (I-t) sensor response towards oxygen gas. The attainment of both the insulating and catalytic properties in the La doped ZrO2 signified the potential of the doped ZrO2 as a metal reactive oxide on 4H-SiC substrate.

  13. Morphological and Electrical Characteristics in Patient with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Quantitative Analysis of 864 Korean Cohort

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    Kim, Sung-Hwan; Nam, Gi-Byoung; Choi, Kee-Joon; Kim, Dae Hee; Song, Jong-Min; Kang, Duk-Hyun; Song, Jae-Kwan; Kim, You-Ho

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Although several studies have reported the morphological and electrical characteristics in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), comparison between asymmetric and apical HCM has not been investigated in a reasonably sized cohort. Materials and Methods Echocardiography and electrocardiography were quantitatively analyzed in patients with HCM in a Korean tertiary referral center. Results Of 864 patients (mean age 55.4±14.2 years, 68.9% men), 255 (29.5%) patients had apical HCM, 553 (64.0%) patients asymmetric HCM, and 56 (6.4%) patients mixed type HCM. In echocardiographic evaluations, about three quarters of patients (75.8%) had left atrial enlargement. Left ventricular (LV) dilatations and systolic dysfunction were observed in 6.1% and 2.4%, respectively. QRS widening, PR prolongation, and pathologic Q wave are frequent in patients with asymmetric HCM, while LV strain is frequent in patient with apical HCM. The prevalence of J-point elevations (9.4% in inferior, 2.2% in lateral leads) were substantially higher than that in general population. Giant negative T wave was observed in 15.0% of total patients (32.2% in apical, 6.2% in asymmetric, 25% in mixed type). There was no significant correlation between the thickness of the apical wall and the amplitude of T wave inversion (r=-0.005, p=0.71). Conclusion In a large cohort of HCM including apical type, repolarization abnormalities, including early repolarization and QT prolongation as well as LV strain, were significantly observed. T wave inversion was not appropriate for screening of HCM and not correlated with apical wall thickness. PMID:26446631

  14. Barrier height inhomogeneity in electrical transport characteristics of InGaN/GaN heterostructure interfaces

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    Roul, Basanta; Mukundan, Shruti; Chandan, Greeshma; Mohan, Lokesh; Krupanidhi, S. B.

    2015-03-15

    We have grown InGaN/GaN heterostructures using plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy and studied the temperature dependent electrical transport characteristics. The barrier height (φ{sub b}) and the ideally factor (η) estimated using thermionic emission model were found to be temperature dependent. The conventional Richardson plot of ln(J{sub s}/T{sup 2}) versus 1/kT showed two temperature regions (region-I: 400–500 K and region-II: 200–350 K) and it provides Richardson constants (A{sup ∗}) which are much lower than the theoretical value of GaN. The observed variation in the barrier height and the presence of two temperature regions were attributed to spatial barrier inhomogeneities at the heterojunction interface and was explained by assuming a double Gaussian distribution of barrier heights with mean barrier height values 1.61 and 1.21 eV with standard deviation (σ{sub s}{sup 2}) of 0.044 and 0.022 V, respectively. The modified Richardson plot of ln(J{sub s}/T{sup 2}) − (q{sup 2}σ{sub s}{sup 2}/2k{sup 2}T{sup 2}) versus 1/kT for two temperature regions gave mean barrier height values as 1.61 eV and 1.22 eV with Richardson constants (A{sup ∗}) values 25.5 Acm{sup −2}K{sup −2} and 43.9 Acm{sup −2}K{sup −2}, respectively, which are very close to the theoretical value. The observed barrier height inhomogeneities were interpreted on the basis of the existence of a double Gaussian distribution of barrier heights at the interface.

  15. Electrical performance characteristics of high power converters for space power applications

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    Stuart, Thomas A.; King, Roger J.

    1989-01-01

    The first goal of this project was to investigate various converters that would be suitable for processing electric power derived from a nuclear reactor. The implementation is indicated of a 20 kHz system that includes a source converter, a ballast converter, and a fixed frequency converter for generating the 20 kHz output. This system can be converted to dc simply by removing the fixed frequency converter. This present study emphasized the design and testing of the source and ballast converters. A push-pull current-fed (PPCF) design was selected for the source converter, and a 2.7 kW version of this was implemented using three 900 watt modules in parallel. The characteristic equation for two converters in parallel was derived, but this analysis did not yield any experimental methods for measuring relative stability. The three source modules were first tested individually and then in parallel as a 2.7 kW system. All tests proved to be satisfactory; the system was stable; efficiency and regulation were acceptable; and the system was fault tolerant. The design of a ballast-load converter, which was operated as a shunt regulator, was investigated. The proposed power circuit is suitable for use with BJTs because proportional base drive is easily implemented. A control circuit which minimizes switching frequency ripple and automatically bypasses a faulty shunt section was developed. A nonlinear state-space-averaged model of the shunt regulator was developed and shown to produce an accurate incremental (small-signal) dynamic model, even though the usual state-space-averaging assumptions were not met. The nonlinear model was also shown to be useful for large-signal dynamic simulation using PSpice.

  16. Performance characteristics of an electric vehicle lead-acid battery pack at elevated temperatures

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    Chapman, P.

    1982-01-01

    Discharge testing data electric car battery pack over initial electrolyte temperature variations between 27 and 55 C are presented. The tests were conducted under laboratory conditions and then compared to detailed electric vehicle simulation models. Battery discharge capacity increased with temperature for constant current discharges, and battery energy capacity increased with temperature for constant power discharges. Dynamometer tests of the electric test vehicle showed an increase in range of 25% for the higher electrolyte temperature.

  17. Performance characteristics of an electric vehicle lead-acid battery pack at elevated temperatures

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    Chapman, P.

    1982-04-01

    Discharge testing data electric car battery pack over initial electrolyte temperature variations between 27 and 55 C are presented. The tests were conducted under laboratory conditions and then compared to detailed electric vehicle simulation models. Battery discharge capacity increased with temperature for constant current discharges, and battery energy capacity increased with temperature for constant power discharges. Dynamometer tests of the electric test vehicle showed an increase in range of 25% for the higher electrolyte temperature.

  18. Exploration of Underwater Laser Breakdown Using Two Synchronized Gated Cameras

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    Huwel, Lutz; Baumgart, Clayton; Betts, Susannah; Morgan, Thomas J.; Graham, William G.

    2014-10-01

    Using two synchronized intensified CCD cameras, we have studied spatial and temporal characteristics of optical breakdown in water created by a focused 10 ns pulsed Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064 nm. For three water samples with different impurity content (ultrapure, distilled, and tap water), the plasma evolution was monitored up to 1 ms after breakdown. Images taken by the two cameras, systematically delayed relative to each other, reveal that the center of emission intensity does not remain at a fixed location. In single plasma events, the center first moves, on average, toward the incoming laser beam. Then, at about 100 to 200 ns, the apparent direction of motion reverses and the center returns towards the focal point. On the other hand, in repetitive breakdown the time averaged center moves steadily downstream with each subsequent pulse. Details of this behavior depend on repetition frequency. We will also present shadowgraphy results revealing time resolved speeds of both shockwave and bubble expansion.

  19. Electro-optical study of chiral nematic liquid crystal/chiral ionic liquid composites with electrically controllable selective reflection characteristics.

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    Hu, Wang; Zhang, Lipei; Cao, Hui; Song, Li; Zhao, Haiyan; Yang, Zhou; Cheng, Zihui; Yang, Huai; Guo, Lin

    2010-03-20

    A chiral nematic liquid crystal (N*-LC)/chiral ionic liquid (CIL) composite with unique electro-optical characteristics was prepared and filled into a planar treated cell. When an electric field was applied to the cell, the anions and the cations of CIL moved towards the anode and the cathode of the power supply, respectively, thus forming a density gradient of the chiral groups, which resulted in wideband reflection. By adjusting the intensity of the electric field, the reflection bandwidth can be controlled accurately and reversibly. Moreover, the electric field-induced states can be memorized after the applied electric field is turned off. The reflective properties of the composite are investigated in the visible and near-infrared region, respectively. Additionally, the changes of the reflection bandwidths with the intensity and the applied time of the electric field were also investigated. From scanning electron microscopy (SEM) investigations, the mechanism of the electrically controllable reflection was demonstrated. Potential applications of the composite are related to reflective, color electronic paper (E-paper) and smart reflective windows for the solar light management. PMID:20200740

  20. Degradation of the electrical characteristics of MOS structures with erbium, gadolinium, and dysprosium oxides under the effect of an electric field

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    Shalimova, M. B. Sachuk, N. V.

    2015-08-15

    The degradation of the characteristics of silicon metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) structures with oxides of rare-earth elements under the effect of electric fields with intensities of 0.1–4 MV/cm during the course of electroforming is studied. A specific feature of electroforming consists in the possibility of multiple switching of the structures from the insulating state to the low-resistivity one and back. The temporal characteristics of the degradation of MOS structures during the course of electroforming are exponential. The current-voltage characteristics follow the power law in the range of 0.2–3 V; the effect of an electric field brings about a variation in the distribution of the energy density of traps responsible for currents limited by space charge. It is established that multiple cycles of electroforming lead to an increase in the density of surface states at the Si-oxide interface and to a variation in the energy position of the trap levels, which affects the charge state of the traps.

  1. Characteristics of Storm-time Electric Fields in the Inner Magnetosphere Derived From Cluster Data

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    Matsui, H.; Puhl-Quinn, P. A.; Jordanova, V. K.; Khotyaintsev, Y.; Lindqvist, P.; Torbert, R. B.

    2008-12-01

    We report storm-time electric fields in the inner magnetosphere at L=4-10 and full magnetic local time measured by Cluster. Here we use merged data from the Electron Drift Instrument (EDI) and the Electric Field and Wave (EFW) instrument. Data are analyzed statistically by picking storm periods during March 2001 and November 2007. Superposed epoch analysis with an epoch at Dst minimum is performed to reveal dependence of electric fields on epoch time and spacecraft locations. Strong electric fields are detected right around the Dst minimum for all magnetic local times, even though the data acquisition rate is not always large during these periods. The magnitude of electric fields often increases as L value decreases, although this is not always the case. The data are further examined in terms of the location of the inner edge of plasmasheet electrons and controlling parameters such as geomagnetic indices and interplanetary parameters.

  2. Structural, electrical and magnetic characteristics of nickel substituted cobalt ferrite nano particles, synthesized by self combustion method

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    Sontu, Uday Bhasker; Yelasani, Vijayakumar; Musugu, Venkata Ramana Reddy

    2015-01-01

    Nickel-substituted cobalt ferrite nano-particles are synthesized using a self-combustion method. Aqueous metal nitrates and citric acid form the precursors. No external oxidizing agents are used to change the pH of the precursors; this resulted in a more environment friendly synthesis. Structural, magnetic and electrical characteristics of the nano ferrites are verified using X-ray diffractometer (XRD), VSM and impedance analyzer respectively. Phase formation, particle size, lattice parameter, X-ray density, saturation magnetization, coercivity, dielectric constant and electrical activation energy as function of nickel substitution in cobalt ferrite are studied. It is shown here that the magnetic and electrical properties can be tuned by varying the nickel concentration.

  3. Simulation and experimental study of DC electric field distribution characteristics of rat hippocampal slices in vitro

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    Zheng, Yu; Dong, Lei; Gao, Yang; Qiu, Qian; Li, Ze-yan; Zhao, Zhe; Chen, Rui-juan; Wang, Hui-quan

    2016-06-01

    Direct current (DC) electric field is a noninvasive neuromodulation tool that can inhibit or facilitate excitability of neurons. Despite its efficacy, the dielectric constant of artificial cerebrospinal fluid and the position and direction of brain slices and other factors can affect the field intensity and distribution acting on the surface of rat hippocampus slices, thus causing errors. In this study, we describe a new analytical method optimized for DC electric fields acting on brain slices, and the design of an external DC electric field stimulator to allow scientific evaluation of brain slices. We investigated parameters regarding the uniformity of electric field distribution and identified the maximal parameters using the finite element method. Then, we selected and simplified slice images using magnetic resonance imaging data and calculated the electric field intensity of the original and simplified models. The electric field simulator induced action potential and excitatory postsynaptic current with intensities of 1, 5, and 10 V/m. This study describes the development of a new electric field stimulator and successfully demonstrates its practicability for scientific evaluation of tissue slices.

  4. The characteristics of quasistatic electric field perturbations observed by DEMETER satellite before large earthquakes

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    Zhang, X.; Shen, X.; Zhao, S.; Yao, Lu; Ouyang, X.; Qian, J.

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents new results after processing the ULF electric field (DC-15 Hz) observed by DEMETER satellite (h = 660-710 km). Typical perturbations were picked up in quasistatic electric field around some large earthquakes in 2010 at first. And then, 27 earthquakes were selected to be analyzed on quasistatic electric field in two seismic regions of Indonesia and Chile at equatorial and middle latitude area respectively. Three-component electric field data related to earthquakes were collected along all the up-orbits (in local nighttime) in a limited distance of 2000 km to the epicenters during 9 days with 7 days before and 1 day after those cases, and totally 57 perturbations were found around them. All the results show that the amplitude of quasistatic electric field perturbations varies from 1.5 to 16 mV/m in the upper ionosphere, mostly smaller than 10 mV/m. And the perturbations were mainly located just over the epicentral area or at the end of seismic faults constructed by a series of earthquakes where electromagnetic emissions may be easily formed during preparation and development processes of seismic sequences. Among all 27 cases, there are 10 earthquakes with perturbations occurring just one day before, which demonstrates the close correlation in time domain between quasistatic electric field in ionosphere and large earthquakes. Finally, combined with in situ observation of plasma parameters, the coupling mechanism of quasistatic electric field in different earth spheres was discussed.

  5. Deep dielectric charging and breakdown of lunar polar regolith

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    Jordan, A. P.; Stubbs, T. J.; Wilson, J. K.; Schwadron, N. A.; Spence, H. E.

    2015-10-01

    Galactic cosmic rays (GCRs) and solar energetic particles (SEPs) penetrate the regolith (layer of soil and dust) covering the Moon's surface and cause deep dielectric charging. To gain insight into this process, we have developed a data-driven, deep dielectric charging model using data from the Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER), which is onboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), and the Electron, Proton, and Alpha Monitor (EPAM) on the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE). The model results indicate that GCRs produce a persistent electric field (∼700 V m-1) within the top tens of centimeters of regolith, while large SEP events could potentially generate episodic subsurface electric fields (≥ 106 V m-1) capable of causing dielectric breakdown within the top millimeter of regolith. We also propose that this “breakdown weathering” may have significantly affected the regolith in the Moon's permanently shadowed regions (PSRs).

  6. Performance characteristics of an electric-vehicle lead-acid battery pack at elevated temperatures

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    Chapman, P.

    1982-04-01

    Data are presented for discharge testing of an 18-Exide IV electric car battery pack over initial electrolyte temperature variations between 27 and 55 C. The tests were conducted under laboratory conditions and then compared to detailed electric vehicle simulation models. Results showed that battery discharge capacity increased with temperature for constant current discharges, and that battery energy capacity increased with temperature for constant power discharges. Dynamometer test of the GE Electric Test Vehicle showed an increase in range of 25% for the highest electrolyte temperature.

  7. The electrical characteristics of atmosphere and dust in the city of Irkutsk

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    Shamansky, U. V.

    2004-02-01

    Results of registration of a gradient of potential of an electrical field of an atmosphere, electrical conductivity of air and the concentration of dust in city Irkutsk specify direct dependence of conductivity of air on concentration of dust and on return dependence with a gradient of potential of an electrical field. The received communications (connections) are explained by the raised (increased) radio-activity of dust connected to emissions from coal ashes and slag, created by boiler-houses, oven heating and systems of power supply of city.

  8. Performance characteristics of an electric-vehicle lead-acid battery pack at elevated temperatures

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    Chapman, P.

    1982-04-01

    Data are presented for discharge testing of an 18-Exide IV electric car battery pack over initial electrolyte temperature variations between 27 and 55/sup 0/C. The tests were conducted under laboratory conditions and then compared to detailed electric vehicle simulation models. Results showed that battery discharge capacity increased with temperature for constant current discharges, and that battery energy capacity increased with temperature for constant power discharges. Dynamometer test of the GE Electric Test Vehicle showed an increase in range of 25% for the highest electrolyte temperature.

  9. Characteristic Analysis of DC Electric Railway Systems with Superconducting Power Cables Connecting Power Substations

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    Ohsaki, H.; Matsushita, N.; Koseki, T.; Tomita, M.

    2014-05-01

    The application of superconducting power cables to DC electric railway systems has been studied. It could leads to an effective use of regenerative brake, improved energy efficiency, effective load sharing among the substations, etc. In this study, an electric circuit model of a DC feeding system is built and numerical simulation is carried out using MATLAB-Simulink software. A modified electric circuit model with an AC power grid connection taken into account is also created to simulate the influence of the grid connection. The analyses have proved that a certain amount of energy can be conserved by introducing superconducting cables, and that electric load distribution and concentration among the substations depend on the substation output voltage distribution.

  10. Formation of extended directional breakdown channels produced by a copper wire exploding in the atmosphere

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    Apollonov, V. V.; Pletnev, N. V.

    2013-12-01

    Experimental data for switching initiated by the electrical breakdown of air gaps up to 1.9 m long with an arbitrary geometry that are produced by an exploding copper wire 90 μm in diameter are presented. At an initial voltage of 11 kV, the stored energy equals 100-2100 J. Two channel formation conditions are possible: explosion of a wire without electrical breakdown and electrical breakdown in a channel produced by an exploding wire with a delay (current pause) no longer than 250 μs. Current and voltage waveforms across the discharge gap, as well as the resistivity values, under the electrical breakdown conditions are shown. Mechanisms and conditions for streamer initiation at a mean electric field strength in the discharge gap of 5.3-17.0 kV/m are discussed. The geometrical dimensions of plasma objects in the forming channel, the run of the electrical current under breakdown, and the formation mechanism of wire explosion products are found from color microphotographs. The formation mechanism of large aerosols in the form of tiny spherical copper and copper oxide (CuO, Cu2O) particles under wire explosion conditions is discussed.

  11. Effect of anatomical variability on electric field characteristics of electroconvulsive therapy and magnetic seizure therapy: a parametric modeling study.

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    Deng, Zhi-De; Lisanby, Sarah H; Peterchev, Angel V

    2015-01-01

    Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and magnetic seizure therapy (MST) are conventionally applied with a fixed stimulus current amplitude, which may result in differences in the neural stimulation strength and focality across patients due to interindividual anatomical variability. The objective of this study is to quantify the effect of head anatomical variability associated with age, sex, and individual differences on the induced electric field characteristics in ECT and MST. Six stimulation modalities were modeled including bilateral and right unilateral ECT, focal electrically administered seizure therapy (FEAST), and MST with circular, cap, and double-cone coils. The electric field was computed using the finite element method in a parameterized spherical head model representing the variability in the general population. Head tissue layer thicknesses and conductivities were varied to examine the impact of interindividual anatomical differences on the stimulation strength, depth, and focality. Skull conductivity most strongly affects the ECT electric field, whereas the MST electric field is independent of tissue conductivity variation in this model but is markedly affected by differences in head diameter. Focal ECT electrode configurations such as FEAST is more sensitive to anatomical variability than that of less focal paradigms such as BL ECT. In MST, anatomical variability has stronger influence on the electric field of the cap and circular coils compared to the double-cone coil, possibly due to the more superficial field of the former. The variability of the ECT and MST electric fields due to anatomical differences should be considered in the interpretation of existing studies and in efforts to improve dosing approaches for better control of stimulation strength and focality across patients, such as individualization of the current amplitude. The conventional approach to individualizing dosage by titrating the number of pulses cannot compensate for differences in

  12. Effect of anatomical variability on electric field characteristics of electroconvulsive therapy and magnetic seizure therapy: a parametric modeling study

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    Deng, Zhi-De; Lisanby, Sarah H.; Peterchev, Angel V.

    2014-01-01

    Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and magnetic seizure therapy (MST) are conventionally applied with a fixed stimulus current amplitude, which may result in differences in the neural stimulation strength and focality across patients due to interindividual anatomical variability. The objective of this study is to quantify the effect of head anatomical variability associated with age, sex, and individual differences on the induced electric field characteristics in ECT and MST. Six stimulation modalities were modeled including bilateral and right unilateral ECT, focal electrically administered seizure therapy (FEAST), and MST with circular, cap, and double-cone coils. The electric field was computed using the finite element method in a parameterized spherical head model representing the variability in the general population. Head tissue layer thicknesses and conductivities were varied to examine the impact of interindividual anatomical differences on the stimulation strength, depth, and focality. Skull conductivity most strongly affects the ECT electric field, whereas the MST electric field is independent of tissue conductivity variation in this model but is markedly affected by differences in head diameter. Focal ECT electrode configurations such as FEAST is more sensitive to anatomical variability than that of less focal paradigms such as BL ECT. In MST, anatomical variability has stronger influence on the electric field of the cap and circular coils compared to the double-cone coil, possibly due to the more superficial field of the former. The variability of the ECT and MST electric field due to anatomical differences should be considered in the interpretation of existing studies and in efforts to improve dosing approaches for better control of stimulation strength and focality across patients, such as individualization of the current amplitude. The conventional approach to individualizing dosage by titrating the number of pulses cannot compensate for differences in

  13. Protein breakdown in cancer cachexia.

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    Sandri, Marco

    2016-06-01

    Skeletal muscle is a highly adaptive tissue, capable of altering muscle fiber size, functional capacity and metabolism in response to physiological stimuli. However, pathological conditions such as cancer growth compromise the mechanisms that regulate muscle homeostasis, resulting in loss of muscle mass, functional impairment and compromised metabolism. This tumor-induced condition is characterized by enhanced muscle protein breakdown and amino acids release that sustain liver gluconeogenesis and tissue protein synthesis. Proteolysis is controlled by the two most important cellular degradation systems, the ubiquitin proteasome and autophagy lysosome. These systems are carefully regulated by different signalling pathways that determine protein and organelle turnover. In this review we will describe the involvement of the ubiquitin proteasome and autophagy lysosome systems in cancer cachexia and the principal signalling pathways that regulate tumor-induced protein breakdown in muscle. PMID:26564688

  14. Monte Carlo simulation of initial breakdown phase for magnetised toroidal ICRF discharges

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    Tripský, M.; Van Oost, G.; Collaboration: ASDEX Upgrade Team; TEXTOR Team

    2014-02-12

    The radio-frequency (RF) plasma production technique in the ion cyclotron range of frequency (ICRF) attracts growing attention among fusion experts because of its high potential for solving several basic problems of reactor-oriented superconducting fusion machines, such as ICRF wall conditioning in tokamaks and stellarators (T{sub e} = 3−5eV, n{sub e}<10{sup 12}cm{sup −3}), ICRF-assisted tokamak start-up and target plasma production (n{sub e} = 10{sup 13}cm{sup −3}) in stellarators. Plasma initiation by ICRF has been studied intensively using single particle descriptions and basic analytic models. To further improve the present understanding on plasma production employing the vacuum RF field of ICRF antennas in toroidal devices in presence of the toroidal magnetic field, and its parametric dependencies a Monte Carlo code has been developed. The 1D code RFdinity1D describes the motion of electrons, accelerated by the RF field in front of the ICRF antenna, along one toroidal magnetic field line. Dependent on their individual energies and the related electron collision cross sections (ionisation, excitation and dissociation) weighted by a Monte Carlo procedure, an electron avalanche may occur. Breakdown conditions are discussed as function of RF discharge parameters (i) RF vacuum electric field strength, (ii) RF frequency and (iii) neutral pressure (H2). The slope of the exponential density increase, taken as measure for the breakdown speed, shows qualitative agreement to experimental breakdown times as found in literature and experimental data of the ASDEX upgrade and TEXTOR tokamak, and is interpreted by studying the characteristic electron velocity distribution functions.

  15. Update on the biochemistry of chlorophyll breakdown.

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    Hörtensteiner, Stefan

    2013-08-01

    In land plants, chlorophyll is broken down to colorless linear tetrapyrroles in a highly conserved multi-step pathway. The pathway is termed the 'PAO pathway', because the opening of the chlorine macrocycle present in chlorophyll catalyzed by pheophorbide a oxygenase (PAO), the key enzyme of the pathway, provides the characteristic structural basis found in all further downstream chlorophyll breakdown products. To date, most of the biochemical steps of the PAO pathway have been elucidated and genes encoding many of the chlorophyll catabolic enzymes been identified. This review summarizes the current knowledge on the biochemistry of the PAO pathway and provides insight into recent progress made in the field that indicates that the pathway is more complex than thought in the past. PMID:22790503

  16. On the accuracy of the rate coefficients used in plasma fluid models for breakdown in air

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    Kourtzanidis, Konstantinos; Raja, Laxminarayan L.

    2016-07-01

    The electrical breakdown of air depends on the balance between creation and loss of charged particles. In fluid models, datasets of the rate coefficients used are obtained either from fits to experimental data or by solutions of the Boltzmann equation. Here, we study the accuracy of the commonly used models for ionization and attachment frequencies and their impact on the prediction of the breakdown threshold for air. We show that large errors can occur depending on the model and propose the most accurate dataset available for modeling of air breakdown phenomena.

  17. Measurements of electron avalanche formation time in W-band microwave air breakdown

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    Cook, Alan M.; Hummelt, Jason S.; Shapiro, Michael A.; Temkin, Richard J.

    2011-08-15

    We present measurements of formation times of electron avalanche ionization discharges induced by a focused 110 GHz millimeter-wave beam in atmospheric air. Discharges take place in a free volume of gas, with no nearby surfaces or objects. When the incident field amplitude is near the breakdown threshold for pulsed conditions, measured formation times are {approx}0.1-2 {mu}s over the pressure range 5-700 Torr. Combined with electric field breakdown threshold measurements, the formation time data shows the agreement of 110 GHz air breakdown with the similarity laws of gas discharges.

  18. Measurements of electron avalanche formation time in W-band microwave air breakdown

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    Cook, Alan M.; Hummelt, Jason S.; Shapiro, Michael A.; Temkin, Richard J.

    2011-08-01

    We present measurements of formation times of electron avalanche ionization discharges induced by a focused 110 GHz millimeter-wave beam in atmospheric air. Discharges take place in a free volume of gas, with no nearby surfaces or objects. When the incident field amplitude is near the breakdown threshold for pulsed conditions, measured formation times are ˜0.1-2 μs over the pressure range 5-700 Torr. Combined with electric field breakdown threshold measurements, the formation time data shows the agreement of 110 GHz air breakdown with the similarity laws of gas discharges.

  19. Assessing the effects of multiple stressors on the functioning of Mediterranean rivers using poplar wood breakdown.

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    Aristi, Ibon; Díez, Jose Ramon; Larrañaga, Aitor; Navarro-Ortega, Alícia; Barceló, Damià; Elosegi, Arturo

    2012-12-01

    Mediterranean rivers in the Iberian Peninsula are being increasingly affected by human activities, which threaten their ecological status. A clear picture of how do these multiple stressors affect river ecosystem functioning is still lacking. We addressed this question by measuring a key ecosystem process, namely breakdown of organic matter, at 66 sites distributed across Mediterranean Spain. We performed breakdown experiments by measuring the mass lost by wood sticks for 54 to 106 days. Additionally, we gathered data on physico-chemical, biological and geomorphological characteristics of study sites. Study sites spanned a broad range of environmental characteristics and breakdown rates varied fiftyfold across sites. No clear geographic patterns were found between or within basins. 90th quantile regressions performed to link breakdown rates with environmental characteristics included the following 7 variables in the model, in decreasing order of importance: altitude, water content in phosphorus, catchment area, toxicity, invertebrate-based biotic index, riparian buffer width, and diatom-based quality index. Breakdown rate was systematically low in high-altitude rivers with few human impacts, but showed a high variability in areas affected by human activity. This increase in variability is the result of the influence of multiple stressors acting simultaneously, as some of these can promote whereas others slow down the breakdown of organic matter. Therefore, stick breakdown gives information on the intensity of a key ecosystem process, which would otherwise be very difficult to predict based on environmental variables. PMID:22781304

  20. Statistical investigation of the length-dependent deviations in the electrical characteristics of molecular electronic junctions fabricated using the direct metal transfer method.

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    Jeong, Hyunhak; Kim, Dongku; Kwon, Hyukwoo; Hwang, Wang-Taek; Jang, Yeonsik; Min, Misook; Char, Kookrin; Xiang, Dong; Jeong, Heejun; Lee, Takhee

    2016-03-01

    We fabricated and analyzed the electrical transport characteristics of vertical type alkanethiolate molecular junctions using the high-yield fabrication method that we previously reported. The electrical characteristics of the molecular electronic junctions were statistically collected and investigated in terms of current density and transport parameters based on the Simmons tunneling model, and we determined representative current-voltage characteristics of the molecular junctions. In particular, we examined the statistical variations in the length-dependent electrical characteristics, especially the Gaussian standard deviation σ of the current density histogram. From the results, we found that the magnitude of the σ value can be dependent on the individual molecular length due to specific microscopic structures in the molecular junctions. The probable origin of the molecular length-dependent deviation of the electrical characteristics is discussed. PMID:26871992

  1. Statistical investigation of the length-dependent deviations in the electrical characteristics of molecular electronic junctions fabricated using the direct metal transfer method

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    Jeong, Hyunhak; Kim, Dongku; Kwon, Hyukwoo; Hwang, Wang-Taek; Jang, Yeonsik; Min, Misook; Char, Kookrin; Xiang, Dong; Jeong, Heejun; Lee, Takhee

    2016-03-01

    We fabricated and analyzed the electrical transport characteristics of vertical type alkanethiolate molecular junctions using the high-yield fabrication method that we previously reported. The electrical characteristics of the molecular electronic junctions were statistically collected and investigated in terms of current density and transport parameters based on the Simmons tunneling model, and we determined representative current-voltage characteristics of the molecular junctions. In particular, we examined the statistical variations in the length-dependent electrical characteristics, especially the Gaussian standard deviation σ of the current density histogram. From the results, we found that the magnitude of the σ value can be dependent on the individual molecular length due to specific microscopic structures in the molecular junctions. The probable origin of the molecular length-dependent deviation of the electrical characteristics is discussed.

  2. Characteristics of the electric arch and stream of plasma in the channel with porous cooling

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    Dautov, G. Yu; Khairetdinova, R. R.; Dautov, I. G.

    2016-01-01

    We study the characteristics of the arc plasma torch with a porous wall. The increase in mass flow of gas through the porous wall leads to an increase in thermal efficiency of the plasma torch. Compared it with the characteristics of the plasma torch with interbay gas supply.

  3. Predicting Flow Breakdown Probability and Duration in Stochastic Network Models: Impact on Travel Time Reliability

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    Dong, Jing; Mahmassani, Hani S.

    2011-01-01

    This paper proposes a methodology to produce random flow breakdown endogenously in a mesoscopic operational model, by capturing breakdown probability and duration. Based on previous research findings that probability of flow breakdown can be represented as a function of flow rate and the duration can be characterized by a hazard model. By generating random flow breakdown at various levels and capturing the traffic characteristics at the onset of the breakdown, the stochastic network simulation model provides a tool for evaluating travel time variability. The proposed model can be used for (1) providing reliability related traveler information; (2) designing ITS (intelligent transportation systems) strategies to improve reliability; and (3) evaluating reliability-related performance measures of the system.

  4. Backside optimization for improving avalanche breakdown behavior of 4.5 kV IGBT

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    Xiaoli, Tian; Jiang, Lu; Yuan, Teng; Wenliang, Zhang; Shuojin, Lu; Yangjun, Zhu

    2015-03-01

    The static avalanche breakdown behavior of 4.5 kV high-voltage IGBT is studied by theory analysis and experiment. The avalanche breakdown behaviors of the 4.5 kV IGBTs with different backside structures are investigated and compared by using the curve tracer. The results show that the snap back behavior of the breakdown waveform is related to the bipolar PNP gain, which leads to the deterioration of the breakdown voltage. There are two ways to optimize the backside structure, one is increasing the implant dose of the N+ buffer layer, the other is decreasing the implant dose of the P+ collector layer. It is found that the optimized structure is effective in suppressing the snap back behavior and improving the breakdown characteristic of high voltage IGBT. Project supported by the National Major Science and Technology Special Project of China (No. 2011ZX02503-003).

  5. Interaction Of CO2 Laser Nanosecond Pulse Train With The Metallic Targets In Optical Breakdown Regime

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    Apollonov, V. V.; Firsov, K. N.; Konov, V. I.; Nikitin, P. I.; Prokhorov, A. M.; Silenok, A. S.; Sorochenko, V. R.

    1986-11-01

    In the present paper the electric field and currents in the air-breakdown plasma, produced by the train of nanosecond pulses of TEA-002 - regenerative amplifier near the un-charged targets are studied. The breakdown thresholds and the efficiency of plasma-target heat transmission are also measured. The results of numerical calculations made for increasing of the pulse train contrast with respect to the background in a regenerative amplifier are advanced.

  6. Characteristics of electricity generation and biodegradation in tidal river sludge-used microbial fuel cells.

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    Touch, Narong; Hibino, Tadashi; Nagatsu, Yoshiyuki; Tachiuchi, Kouhei

    2014-04-01

    The electricity generation behavior of microbial fuel cell (MFC) using the sludge collected from the riverbank of a tidal river, and the biodegradation of the sludge by the electricity generation are evaluated. Although the maximum current density (150-300 mA/m(2)) was higher than that of MFC using freshwater sediment (30 mA/m(2)), the output current was greatly restricted by the mass transfer limitation. However, our results also indicate that placing the anode in different locations in the sludge could reduce the mass transfer limitation. After approximately 3 months, the removal efficiency of organic carbon was approximately 10%, demonstrated that MFC could also enhance the biodegradation of the sludge by nearly 10-fold comparing with the natural biodegradation. We also found that the biodegradation could be identified by the behavior of oxygen consumption of the sludge. Importantly, the oxygen consumption of the sludge became higher along with the electricity generation. PMID:24607458

  7. Joining characteristics of titanium-based orthodontic wires connected by laser and electrical welding methods.

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    Matsunaga, Junko; Watanabe, Ikuya; Nakao, Noriko; Watanabe, Etsuko; Elshahawy, Waleed; Yoshida, Noriaki

    2015-01-01

    This study investigated the possibility of electrical and laser welding to connect titanium-based alloy (beta-titanium and nickel-titanium) wires and stainless-steel or cobalt-chromium alloy wires for fabrication of combination arch-wires. Four kinds of straight orthodontic rectangular wires (0.017 × 0.025 inch) were used: stainless-steel (S-S), cobalt-chromium (Co-Cr), beta-titanium alloy (β-Ti), and nickel-titanium (Ni-Ti). Homogeneous and heterogeneous end-to-end joints (15 mm long each) were made by electrical welding and laser welding. Non-welded wires (30 mm long) were also used as a control. Maximum loads at fracture (N) and elongation (%) were measured by conducting tensile test. The data (n = 10) were statistically analyzed using analysis of variance/Tukey test (P < 0.05).The S-S/S-S and Co-Cr/Co-Cr specimens showed significantly higher values of the maximum load (ML) at fracture and elongation (EL) than those of the Ni-Ti/Ni-Ti and β-Ti/β-Ti specimens for electrical welding and those of the S-S/S-S and Co-Cr/Co-Cr specimens welded by laser. On the other hand, the laser-welded Ni-Ti/Ni-Ti and β-Ti/β-Ti specimens exhibited higher values of the ML and EL compared to those of the corresponding specimens welded by electrical method. In the heterogeneously welded combinations, the electrically welded Ni-Ti/S-S, β-Ti/S-S and β-Ti/Co-Cr specimens showed significantly (P < 0.05) higher ML and EL than those of the corresponding specimens welded by laser. Electrical welding exhibited the higher values of maximum load at fracture and elongation for heterogeneously welded combinations than laser-welding. PMID:25595723

  8. Quantitative analysis of the oxidation effects on the electrical characteristics of high-purity, large-diameter semiconducting carbon nanotubes

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    Gao, Jia; Loo, Yueh-Lin

    2014-03-01

    Many attempts have been made to utilize carbon nanotubes for chemical, biological and gas sensing applications. Previous studies show that adsorbed ozone (O3) on carbon nanotubes can drastically influence their electrical characteristics. On the one hand, ozone act as p dopants; exposure thus leads to an increase in electrical conductivity. On the other hand, ozone readily oxidizes carbon nanotubes; this chemical reaction results in a decrease in conductivity. It remains ambiguous which process dominates and quantitative evaluation of these two effects is lacking. In this study, we elucidate the interaction between ozone and carbon nanotubes by evaluating the field-effect mobilities of polymer-sorted large diameter semiconducting carbon nanotubes based transistors. Upon exposure to ozone, we observe a positive shift in the threshold voltage from -0.7 to 11.7 V and a concurrent decrease of hole mobility from 2.5 to 0.5 cm2/Vs. Accordingly, the source-drain current exhibits a non-monotonic dependence on ozone exposure time. This dependence reveals that doping dominates the electrical characteristics of carbon nanotube transistors initially. Beyond 3-minutes of ozone exposure, chemical oxidation dominates, resulting in a progressive decrease in source-drain current.

  9. From organized high throughput data to phenomenological theory: The example of dielectric breakdown

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    Kim, Chiho; Pilania, Ghanshyam; Ramprasad, Rampi

    Understanding the behavior (and failure) of dielectric insulators experiencing extreme electric fields is critical to the operation of present and emerging electrical and electronic devices. Despite its importance, the development of a predictive theory of dielectric breakdown has remained a challenge, owing to the complex multiscale nature of this process. Here, we focus on the intrinsic dielectric breakdown field of insulators--the theoretical limit of breakdown determined purely by the chemistry of the material, i.e., the elements the material is composed of, the atomic-level structure, and the bonding. Starting from a benchmark dataset (generated from laborious first principles computations) of the intrinsic dielectric breakdown field of a variety of model insulators, simple predictive phenomenological models of dielectric breakdown are distilled using advanced statistical or machine learning schemes, revealing key correlations and analytical relationships between the breakdown field and easily accessible material properties. The models are shown to be general, and can hence guide the screening and systematic identification of high electric field tolerant materials.

  10. CHARACTERISTICS OF TRANSVERSE ELECTRIC AND MAGNETIC FIELD TRANSMISSION CELLS AT EXTREMELY LOW FREQUENCIES

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    Transverse electric and magnetic field cells are often designed to subject samples to electromagnetic radiation of intrinsic impedance (E/H) that is the same as in free space, 377 ohms. Earlier work has shown this value to be correct for the RF region. In the study, measurements ...

  11. Nanopore Fabrication by Controlled Dielectric Breakdown

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    Tabard-Cossa, Vincent

    2014-01-01

    Nanofabrication techniques for achieving dimensional control at the nanometer scale are generally equipment-intensive and time-consuming. The use of energetic beams of electrons or ions has placed the fabrication of nanopores in thin solid-state membranes within reach of some academic laboratories, yet these tools are not accessible to many researchers and are poorly suited for mass-production. Here we describe a fast and simple approach for fabricating a single nanopore down to 2-nm in size with sub-nm precision, directly in solution, by controlling dielectric breakdown at the nanoscale. The method relies on applying a voltage across an insulating membrane to generate a high electric field, while monitoring the induced leakage current. We show that nanopores fabricated by this method produce clear electrical signals from translocating DNA molecules. Considering the tremendous reduction in complexity and cost, we envision this fabrication strategy would not only benefit researchers from the physical and life sciences interested in gaining reliable access to solid-state nanopores, but may provide a path towards manufacturing of nanopore-based biotechnologies. PMID:24658537

  12. Breakdown

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    Moskowitz, Eva

    2006-01-01

    The multiplicity of ills facing the nation's public schools can depress even the most optimistic. In this article, the author presents her views about the school system and the negative effects that labor agreements have had on it. Her views on how to solve some seemingly intractable education problems have been informed by two experiences: her…

  13. Electrical characteristics of DyBCO coated conductors at high current densities for fault current limiter application

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    Therasse, M.; Decroux, M.; Antognazza, L.; Abplanalp, M.; Fischer, Ø.

    2008-10-01

    We report on the electrical and thermal characterisation of DyBa 2Cu 3O 7 (DyBCO) coated conductors. Detailed I- V curves of these coated conductors are presented showing that the flux flow resistivity of these CC is 2-3 orders of magnitude higher than the one observed in HTS thin films grown onto sapphire substrates. This high flux flow resistivity, which might reflect the presence of grain boundaries, influences the switching behaviour of the superconducting line. The thermal characteristics of these coated conductors have been investigated on two aspects; the propagation velocity of the normal zone and the heating of the line. The propagation velocity is very low of the order of cm/s and a very fast increasing of the temperature of DyBCO switched line is observed. From all these measurements, the electrical and thermal behaviour of the coated conductors will be discussed.

  14. Diode-like electrical characteristics of SiGe wrinkled heterostructure operating under both forward and reverse bias

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    Li, H.; Chen, T. P.; Chang, C.; Cheng, H. H.; Chang, Guo-En; Hung, K. M.

    2016-02-01

    We report the electrical behaviour of heterostructure channels with spatially deformed wrinkle patterns at the edge. Instead of the linear current-voltage relationship, a diode-like current-voltage trace is observed under both forward and reverse bias. Analysing the position-dependent strain and energy levels of the wrinkled heterostructure shows that the energy minimum transforms from a two-dimensional plane at the heterointerface to a one-dimensional trajectory at the wrinkled edge characterized by a potential. When a voltage is applied, the carriers at the left and right electrodes travel through a one-dimensional potential, analogously to how carriers move across a potential in the p-n junction, resulting in diode-like electrical characteristics. This work represents a step forward in developing the wrinkled structure for electronic devices.

  15. The mechanical design and electrical characteristics of a 32 m satellite ground station antenna with beam waveguide feed system

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    Leupelt, U.; Thiere, H.

    1980-11-01

    A 32 m Cassegrain antenna with a new beam waveguide feed system is discussed, which handles the increased demands on the electrical characteristics of ground station antennas resulting from the introduction of frequency reuse operation in Intelsat satellites. The design of the antenna and feed system is examined along with the problems associated with polarization discrimination. The antenna operates in the frequency range 3.7 to 4.2 GHz (receiver) and 5925 to 6425 GHz (sender) by opposing circular polarization. In addition to optical adjustment of the antenna and feed system, the electrical fine tuning of the parabolic surface mirror and the collecting reflector is investigated. A flow diagram illustrates measurements using a satellite.

  16. Computational studies of suppression of microwave gas breakdown by crossed dc magnetic field using electron fluid model

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    Zhao, Pengcheng; Guo, Lixin; Shu, Panpan

    2016-08-01

    The gas breakdown induced by a square microwave pulse with a crossed dc magnetic field is investigated using the electron fluid model, in which the accurate electron energy distribution functions are adopted. Simulation results show that at low gas pressures the dc magnetic field of a few tenths of a tesla can prolong the breakdown formation time by reducing the mean electron energy. With the gas pressure increasing, the higher dc magnetic field is required to suppress the microwave breakdown. The electric field along the microwave propagation direction generated due to the motion of electrons obviously increases with the dc magnetic field, but it is much less than the incident electric field. The breakdown predictions of the electron fluid model agree very well with the particle-in-cell-Monte Carlo collision simulations as well as the scaling law for the microwave gas breakdown.

  17. Characterization of solar cells for space applications. Volume 11: Electrical characteristics of 2 ohm-cm, 228 micron wraparound solar cells as a function of intensity, temperature, and irradiation. [for solar electric propulsion

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    Anspaugh, B. E.; Beckert, D. M.; Downing, R. G.; Weiss, R. S.

    1980-01-01

    Parametric characterization data on Spectrolab 2 by 4 cm, 2 ohm/cm, 228 micron thick wraparound cell, a candidate for the Solar Electric Propulsion Mission, are presented. These data consist of the electrical characteristics of the solar cell under a wide range of temperature and illumination intensity combinations of the type encountered in space applications.

  18. Interfacial and electrical characteristics of Al2O3 gate dielectric on fully depleted SiGe on insulator

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    Di, Zengfeng; Zhang, Miao; Liu, Weili; Shen, Qinwo; Luo, Suhua; Song, Zhitang; Lin, Chenglu; Huang, Anping; Chu, Paul K.

    2005-06-01

    The interfacial and electrical characteristics of as-deposited or annealed A2O3 gate dielectric films grown on fully depleted SiGe-on-insulator are investigated. An interfacial layer composed of SiOx and GeOx is observed in the as-grown film. The interfacial silicate formation is effectively suppressed by GeOx formation. However, GeOx is reduced to Ge and extensive silicate formation occurs after annealing. The formation of silicate and disappearance of GeOx after annealing leads to a decrease in the density of the interfacial states.

  19. Effect of energy deposition rate on plasma expansion characteristics and nanoparticle generation by electrical explosion of conductors

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    Sahoo, Somanand; Saxena, Alok K.; Kaushik, Trilok C.; Gupta, Satish C.

    2015-12-01

    The process of electrical explosion of metal conductors has been used to produce nano particles under normal atmospheric conditions. The impact of average rate of energy deposition, overheat factor on size distribution of particles and expansion characteristics of plasma generated from exploding conductors have been experimentally investigated. The particle size was characterized by TEM and XRD while expansion rate was measured using streak photography.The geometric mean diameter of size distribution was found to be influenced by rate of energy deposition in the conductors. It is observed that higher the rate of energy deposition, higher will be the expansion velocity, and smaller will be the size of particles formed.

  20. Effects of Ta Addition Through Co-Sputtering on the Electrical Characteristics of Indium Tin Oxide Thin Film Transistors.

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    Park, Si-Nae; Son, Dae-Ho; Sung, Shi-Joon; Kang, Jin-Kyu; Kim, Dae-Hwan

    2015-01-01

    We have investigated the effects of adding (Ta) ions to InSnO thin films by co-sputtering on the performance of InSnO thin film transistors (TFTs). TaInSnO TFTs exhibited significantly lower off currents and higher on/off current ratios. Ta ions, owing to their strong affinity to oxygen suppress the formation of free electron carriers in thin films; and hence, play an important role in enhancing the electrical characteristics of the TFTs. The optimized TaInSnO TFTs showed high on/off ratios and low subthreshold swings. PMID:26328366

  1. Space-time resolved kinetics of low-pressure breakdown

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    Marić, D.; Malović, G.; Radmilović-Radenović, M.; Petrović, Z. L.

    2008-05-01

    A review of diagnostics of low-current low-pressure discharges is given with an aim to illustrate how such discharges are used to determine swarm parameters and also how such data may be applied to model and understand the discharges. We have revised how comprehensive modelling of breakdown has led to agreement between binary collision data and the data that may be inferred from the breakdown (Paschen) curves by including processes such as space charge (current) effect on the local field in front of the cathode, photoemission, heavy particle gas phase ionization and backdiffusion. It is also discussed how modelling of Volt-Ampere characteristics in addition to Paschen curves is necessary to establish models of secondary electron emission and how these models may be applied in high current discharges. Finally we show how space time resolved anatomy of the breakdown can lead to understanding of the physics of the initial stages of gas breakdown and formation of Townsend regime, glow and abnormal glow discharges.

  2. Characterization of solar cells for space applications. Volume 13: Electrical characteristics of Hughes LPE gallium arsenide solar cells as a function of intensity and temperature

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    Anspaugh, B. E.; Beckert, D. M.; Downing, R. G.; Miyahira, T. F.; Weiss, R. S.

    1980-01-01

    Electrical characteristics of Hughes Liquid phase epitaxy, P/N gallium aluminum arsenide solar cells are presented in graphical and tabular format as a function of solar illumination intensity and temperature.

  3. Structural and electrical characteristics of dysprosium-doped barium stannate titanate ceramics

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    Wang, Shijie; Tan, Tai Aik; Lai, Man On; Lu, Li

    2010-03-15

    Effects of dysprosium (Dy) amphoteric doping on the structural, dielectric and electric properties of barium stannate titanate (BTS) ceramics have been studied. X-ray diffraction analyses reveal that all Dy-doped BTS ceramics exhibit cubic perovskite structure until to 1 mol%. Dy doping at the A site shows lower solubility than that at the B site. SEM surface morphologies display that the Dy B site doping is beneficial for the compact and homogeneous grain distribution. The dielectric constant and loss tangent are reduced with increase of the doping levels. Impedance spectroscopy investigation demonstrates that all samples are insulating at room temperature. Doping alters the full resistive regions of pure BTS ceramics to Doped BTS with insulating grain boundaries and semiconducting bulk regions, but the doping contents has little effect on changing the electric structures.

  4. Thermal reversibility in electrical characteristics of ultraviolet/ozone-treated graphene

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    Mulyana, Yana; Horita, Masahiro; Ishikawa, Yasuaki; Uraoka, Yukiharu; Koh, Shinji

    2013-08-01

    Changes in electrical properties of a bilayer graphene-based field-effect transistor (G-FET) after being oxidized through ultraviolet (UV)/ozone (O3) treatment are presented. A decrease in conductivity and carrier mobility was observed after oxidation. However, electrical properties recovered after annealing oxidized G-FET with H2/Ar, indicating that oxidation with UV/O3 treatment was thermally reversible. Raman spectroscopy was conducted to verify that no defects were introduced after oxidation. The existence of chemical bonds between oxygen and graphene was confirmed from the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Moreover, we found that graphene's sheet resistance increased after oxidation. Nevertheless, contact resistivity at graphene-Au/TiN electrode interface remained unchanged.

  5. An Investigation of the Electrical Short Circuit Characteristics of Tin Whiskers

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    Courey, Karim J.

    2008-01-01

    In this experiment, an empirical model to quantify the probability of occurrence of an electrical short circuit from tin whiskers as a function of voltage was developed. This model can be used to improve existing risk simulation models FIB and TEM images of a tin whisker confirm the rare polycrystalline structure on one of the three whiskers studied. FIB cross-section of the card guides verified that the tin finish was bright tin.

  6. Internal structure of a vortex breakdown

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    Nakamura, Y.; Leonard, A.; Spalart, P. R.

    1986-01-01

    An axisymmetric vortex breakdown was well simulated by the vortex filament method. The agreement with the experiment was qualitatively good. In particular, the structure in the interior of the vortex breakdown was ensured to a great degree by the present simulation. The second breakdown, or spiral type, which occurs downstream of the first axisymmetric breakdown, was simulated more similarly to the experiment than before. It shows a kink of the vortex filaments and strong three-dimensionality. Furthermore, a relatively low velocity region was observed near the second breakdown. It was also found that it takes some time for this physical phenomenon to attain its final stage. The comparison with the experiment is getting better as time goes on. In this paper, emphasis is placed on the comparison of the simulated results with the experiment. The present results help to make clear the mechanism of a vortex breakdown.

  7. On a criterion for vortex breakdown

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    Spall, R. E.; Gatski, T. B.; Grosch, C. H.

    1987-01-01

    A criterion for the onset of vortex breakdown is proposed. Based upon previous experimental, computational, and theoretical studies, an appropriately defined local Rossby number is used to delineate the region where breakdown occurs. In addition, new numerical results are presented which further validate this criterion. A number of previous theoretical studies concentrating on inviscid standing-wave analyses for trailing wing-tip vortices are reviewed and reinterpreted in terms of the Rossby number criterion. Consistent with previous studies, the physical basis for the onset of breakdown is identified as the ability of the flow to sustain such waves. Previous computational results are reviewed and re-evaluated in terms of the proposed breakdown criterion. As a result, the cause of breakdown occurring near the inflow computational boundary, common to several numerical studies, is identified. Finally, previous experimental studies of vortex breakdown for both leading edge and trailing wing-tip vortices are reviewed and quantified in terms of the Rossby number criterion.

  8. Joining characteristics of beta-titanium wires with electrical resistance welding.

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    Iijima, Masahiro; Brantley, William A; Yuasa, Toshihiro; Kawashima, Isao; Mizoguchi, Itaru

    2008-05-01

    The goal of this research was to investigate the effects of different conditions for electrical resistance welding of beta-titanium orthodontic wires. Three electrode types were used with a range of power settings on an electrical resistance welding machine to join beta-titanium wires (Resolve, GAC International). Forces that caused bond failures for joined specimens were obtained with tensile loading, and the values were compared using one-way ANOVA and the Tukey test (alpha = 0.05). Metallurgical phases in the joint region were determined by micro-X-ray diffraction. Mean tensile forces for bond failure ranged from 5 to 20 kgf for the eight specimen groups and were dependent on electrode type and power setting. All X-ray diffraction peaks in the joint region were indexed to beta-titanium. Superior bond strength was achieved with the use of wide electrodes. The absence of phases other than beta-titanium in the joint area suggests that the electrical resistance welding may not adversely affect clinically important mechanical properties. Scanning microscope observations indicated that the localized permanent deformation and the formation of an undesirable equiaxed grain structure occurred with the use of narrow electrodes. PMID:17937410

  9. Impacts of Various Characteristics of Electricity and Heat Demand on the Optimal Configuration of a Microgrid

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    Bando, Shigeru; Watanabe, Hiroki; Asano, Hiroshi; Tsujita, Shinsuke

    A methodology was developed to design the number and capacity for each piece of equipment (e.g. gas engines, batteries, thermal storage tanks) in microgrids with combined heat and power systems. We analyzed three types of microgrids; the first one consists of an office building and an apartment, the second one consists of a hospital and an apartment, the third one consists of a hotel, office and retails. In the methodology, annual cost is minimized by considering the partial load efficiency of a gas engine and its scale economy, and the optimal number and capacity of each piece of equipment and the annual operational schedule are determined by using the optimal planning method. Based on calculations using this design methodology, it is found that the optimal number of gas engines is determined by the ratio of bottom to peak of the electricity demand and the ratio of heat to electricity demand. The optimal capacity of a battery required to supply electricity for a limited time during a peak demand period is auxiliary. The thermal storage tank for space cooling and space heating is selected to minimize the use of auxiliary equipment such as a gas absorption chiller.

  10. Operating characteristics of contactless power transfer for electric vehicle from HTS antenna to normal conducting receiver

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    Chung, Yoon Do; Lee, Chang Young; Jo, Hyun Chul; Park, Young Gun; Yim, Seong Woo

    2014-09-01

    As contactless power transfer (CPT) technology using strongly coupled electromagnetic resonators is a recently explored technique to realize the large power delivery and storage without any cable or wire, this technique is required for diffusion of electric vehicles (EVs) since it makes possible a convenient charging system. Typically, since the normal conducting coils are used as a transmitting coil in the CPT system, there is limited to deliver the large power promptly. From this reason, we proposed the combination CPT technology with HTS transmitting antenna, it is called as, superconducting contactless power transfer for EV (SUCPT4EV) system. As the HTS coil has an enough current density and high quality factor Q value, it can deliver a mass amount of electric energy and improved efficiency in spite of a small scale antenna. The SUCPT4EV system has been expected as a reasonable option to improve the transfer efficiency of large electric power. In this study, we examined the improvement of transmission efficiency and properties for HTS transmitted antenna coils within 40 cm distance at radio frequency (RF) generator of 60 W, 370 kHz. In addition, we achieved impedance matching conditions for different material coils between HTS and normal conductors.

  11. Photocatalytic Water-Splitting Characteristic of Electric Reduced Black TiO2 Nanorods

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    Yun, Jong-Won; Ryu, Ki Yeon; Kim, Sunho; Jang, Se-Jung; Kim, Yong Soo

    In various reduction methods of TiO2, the electric reduction could apply to anodized TiO2 nanotube. However, it is not suitable to reduce TiO2 nanorods(NRs) grown on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate using hydrothermal method, because those are easily peeled off due to lattice mismatching between FTO and TiO2 NRs. In this talk, we will demonstrate electric reduced-black TiO2 NRs with strong adhesion on FTO substrate for an effective visible photocatalyst. To fabricate the reduced-black TiO2 NRs, we firstly deposited TiO2 seed layer on FTO glass using RF-sputtering for mitigating the exfoliation, then grow TiO2 NRs with hydrothermal method. Finally, TiO2 NRs were reduced with electric bias. The final reduced-black TiO2 NRs exhibit a higher photocurrent density, 0.9 mA/cm2 in comparison with pure-TiO2 NRs. This result indicates that our reduced-black TiO2 NRs has lower bandgap with modified valance band position and enhance the surface reactivity with oxygen defect generation. This research was supported by Priority Research Centers Program (2009-0093818), the Basic Science Research Program (2015-019609) and Basic Research Lab Program (2014-071686) through National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Korean government.

  12. On hybridising lettuce seedlings with nanoparticles and the resultant effects on the organisms' electrical characteristics.

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    Gizzie, Nina; Mayne, Richard; Patton, David; Kendrick, Paul; Adamatzky, Andrew

    2016-09-01

    Lettuce seedlings are attracting interest in the computing world due to their capacity to become hybrid circuit components, more specifically, in the creation of living 'wires'. Previous studies have shown that seedlings can be hybridised with gold nanoparticles and withstand mild electrical currents. In this study, lettuce seedlings were hybridised with a variety of metallic and non-metallic nanomaterials: carbon nanotubes, graphene oxide, aluminium oxide and calcium phosphate. Toxic effects and the following electrical properties were monitored: mean potential, resistance and capacitance. Macroscopic observations revealed only slight deleterious health effects after administration with one variety of particle, aluminium oxide. Mean potential in calcium phosphate-hybridised seedlings showed a considerable increase when compared with the control, whereas those administered with graphene oxide showed a small decrease; there were no notable variations across the remaining treatments. Electrical resistance decreased substantially in graphene oxide-treated seedlings whereas slight increases were shown following calcium phosphate and carbon nanotubes applications. Capacitance showed no considerable variation across treated seedlings. These results demonstrate that use of some nanomaterials, specifically graphene oxide and calcium phosphate, may be towards biohybridisation purposes including the generation of living 'wires'. PMID:27424022

  13. Electrical Characteristics, Electrode Sheath and Contamination Layer Behavior of a Meso-Scale Premixed Methane-Air Flame Under AC/DC Electric Fields

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    Chen, Qi; Yan, Limin; Zhang, Hao; Li, Guoxiu

    2016-05-01

    Electrical characteristics of a nozzle-attached meso-scale premixed methane-air flame under low-frequency AC (0-4300 V, 0-500 Hz) and DC (0-3300 V) electric fields were studied. I-V curves were measured under different experimental conditions to estimate the magnitude of the total current 100-102 μA, the electron density 1015-1016 m‑3 and further the power dissipation ≤ 0.7 W in the reaction zone. At the same time, the meso-scale premixed flame conductivity 10‑4-10‑3 Ω‑1·m‑1 as a function of voltage and frequency was experimentally obtained and was believed to represent a useful order-of magnitude estimate. Moreover, the influence of the collision sheath relating to Debye length (31–98 μm) and the contamination layer of an active electrode on measurements was discussed, based on the combination of simulation and theoretical analysis. As a result, the electrode sheath dimension was evaluated to less than 0.5 mm, which indicated a complex effect of the collision sheath on the current measurements. The surface contamination effect of an active electrode was further analyzed using the SEM imaging method, which showed elements immigration during the contamination layer formation process. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51376021), and the Fundamental Research Fund for Major Universities (No. 2013JBM079)

  14. Effect of dispersed CdSe/ZnS quantum dots on optical and electrical characteristics of nematic liquid crystal cells

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    Konshina, E. A.; Gavrish, E. O.; Orlova, A. O.; Artem'ev, M. V.

    2011-11-01

    We have studied the electrical and optical characteristics of cells filled with nematic liquid crystal (NLC) based on cyanobiphenyls with positive dielectric anisotropy, containing dispersed 3.5-nm-sized CdSe/ZnS composite semiconductor nanoparticles (quantum dots, QDs) with a concentration of 0.1-0.2 wt %. In addition to a decrease in the threshold voltage of the electrooptical splay effect, the doping with QDs leads also to a decrease in the phase delay of light and the effective dielectric permittivity of NLC cells. These characteristics are reduced by half during the storage of NLC cells containing about 0.2 wt % QDs, which is related to the self-organization of QDs.

  15. Nanoscale Probing of Local Electrical Characteristics on MBE-Grown Bi₂Te₃ Surfaces under Ambient Conditions.

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    Macedo, Rita J; Harrison, Sara E; Dorofeeva, Tatiana S; Harris, James S; Kiehl, Richard A

    2015-07-01

    The local electrical characteristics on the surface of MBE-grown Bi2Te3 are probed under ambient conditions by conductive atomic force microscopy. Nanoscale mapping reveals a 10-100× enhancement in current at step-edges compared to that on terraces. Analysis of the local current-voltage characteristics indicates that the transport mechanism is similar for step-edges and terraces. Comparison of the results with those for control samples shows that the current enhancement is not a measurement artifact but instead is due to local differences in electronic properties. The likelihood of various possible mechanisms is discussed. The absence of enhancement at the step-edges for graphite terraces is consistent with the intriguing possibility that spin-orbit coupling and topological effects play a significant role in the step-edge current enhancement in Bi2Te3. PMID:26030139

  16. Identification of aging mechanisms in the optical and electrical characteristics of light-emitting diodes

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    Pursiainen, Otto; Linder, Norbert; Jaeger, Arndt; Oberschmid, Raimund; Streubel, Klaus

    2001-10-01

    We report new methods of identifying the effects of aging on the light-current (L-I) and current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of AlInGaP light-emitting diodes (LEDs). We believe that these methods are also applicable to other III-V compound semiconductors. We observe a broadening of the nonlinear range of the L-I characteristic accompanied by a shift to higher currents in the I-V characteristic. These features can be attributed to an increase of nonradiative recombination processes in the active layer. A second process, however, can lead to an increase of the LED output power. We conclude from an analysis of the current dependence that this process is due to a different mechanism.

  17. High breakdown-strength composites from liquid silicone rubbers

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    Vudayagiri, Sindhu; Zakaria, Shamsul; Yu, Liyun; Sager Hassouneh, Suzan; Benslimane, Mohamed; Ladegaard Skov, Anne

    2014-10-01

    In this paper we investigate the performance of liquid silicone rubbers (LSRs) as dielectric elastomer transducers. Commonly used silicones in this application include room-temperature vulcanisable (RTV) silicone elastomers and composites thereof. Pure LSRs and their composites with commercially available fillers (an anatase TiO2, a core-shell TiO2-SiO2 and a CaCu3Ti4O12 filler) are evaluated with respect to dielectric permittivity, elasticity (Young’s modulus) and electrical breakdown strength. Film formation properties are also evaluated. The best-performing formulations are those with anatase TiO2 nanoparticles, where the highest relative dielectric permittivity of 5.6 is obtained, and with STX801, a core-shell morphology TiO2-SiO2 filler from Evonik, where the highest breakdown strength of 173 V μm-1 is obtained.

  18. Electrical characteristics of (n)Si/(p)PbS heterojunction prepared by chemical bath deposition technique

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    Hussain, Amir; Singh, Heisnam Shanjit; Rahman, Atowar

    2016-01-01

    Zn doped nanocrystalline PbS thin films is deposited on single crystal (n)-Si substrate by chemical bath deposition to form (n)Si/(p)PbS heterojunction structure. In order to study the current transport mechanism in (n)Si/(p)PbS heterojunction, the forward current-voltage characteristics is measured within the temperature 300 K - 340 K and capacitance-voltage characteristics is measured at a frequency of 1 kHz at 300 K. The forward current is greatly enhanced with increasing temperature whereas the reverse current is increased nominally. Junction parameters such as ideality factors, barrier heights, saturation current density, Richardson constant, etc. are determined from the I-V characteristics. The ideality factors are found to decrease with increase in temperature. The J-V characteristics under illumination showed poor photovoltaic effect of the junction. The higher value of ideality factor and poor photovoltaic conversion efficiency are due to the presence of interfacial layer, large series resistance and high defect density.

  19. Characteristics of future Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs). [to generate utility grid electric power

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    Kadlec, E. G.

    1979-01-01

    The developing Darrieus VAWT technology whose ultimate objective is economically feasible, industry-produced, commercially marketed wind energy systems is reviewed. First-level aerodynamic, structural, and system analyses capabilities which support and evaluate the system designs are discussed. The characteristics of current technology designs are presented and their cost effectiveness is assessed. Potential improvements identified are also presented along with their cost benefits.

  20. Electrical characteristics of TMAH-surface treated Ni/Au/Al2O3/GaN MIS Schottky structures

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    Reddy, M. Siva Pratap; Lee, Jung-Hee; Jang, Ja-Soon

    2014-03-01

    The electrical characteristics and reverse leakage mechanisms of tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) surface-treated Ni/Au/Al2O3/GaN metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) diodes were investigated by using the current-voltage ( I-V) and capacitance-voltage ( C-V) characteristics. The MIS diode was formed on n-GaN after etching the AlGaN in the AlGaN/GaN heterostructures. The TMAH-treated MIS diode showed better Schottky characteristics with a lower ideality factor, higher barrier height and lower reverse leakage current compared to the TMAH-free MIS diode. In addition, the TMAH-free MIS diodes exhibited a transition from Poole-Frenkel emission at low voltages to Schottky emission at high voltages, whereas the TMAH-treated MIS diodes showed Schottky emission over the entire voltage range. Reasonable mechanisms for the improved device-performance characteristics in the TMAH-treated MIS diode are discussed in terms of the decreased interface state density or traps associated with an oxide material and the reduced tunneling probability.

  1. Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) Handbook

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    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this document is to provide program/project teams necessary instruction and guidance in the best practices for Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and WBS dictionary development and use for project implementation and management control. This handbook can be used for all types of NASA projects and work activities including research, development, construction, test and evaluation, and operations. The products of these work efforts may be hardware, software, data, or service elements (alone or in combination). The aim of this document is to assist project teams in the development of effective work breakdown structures that provide a framework of common reference for all project elements. The WBS and WBS dictionary are effective management processes for planning, organizing, and administering NASA programs and projects. The guidance contained in this document is applicable to both in-house, NASA-led effort and contracted effort. It assists management teams from both entities in fulfilling necessary responsibilities for successful accomplishment of project cost, schedule, and technical goals. Benefits resulting from the use of an effective WBS include, but are not limited to: providing a basis for assigned project responsibilities, providing a basis for project schedule development, simplifying a project by dividing the total work scope into manageable units, and providing a common reference for all project communication.

  2. Integral electrical characteristics and local plasma parameters of a RF ion thruster

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    Masherov, P. E.; Riaby, V. A.; Godyak, V. A.

    2016-02-01

    Comprehensive diagnostics has been carried out for a RF ion thruster based on inductively coupled plasma (ICP) source with an external flat antenna coil enhanced by ferrite core. The ICP was confined within a cylindrical chamber with low aspect ratio to minimize plasma loss to the chamber wall. Integral diagnostics of the ICP electrical parameters (RF power balance and coil current) allowed for evaluation of the antenna coils, matching networks, and eddy current loss and the true RF power deposited to plasma. Spatially resolved electron energy distribution functions, plasma density, electron temperatures, and plasma potentials were measured with movable Langmuir probes.

  3. Characteristics of the electrical response of YBCO films with different morphologies to optical irradiation

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    Frack, E.K.; Madhavrao, L.; Patl, R.; Drake, R.E.; Radparvar, M. )

    1991-03-01

    The authors have fabricated YBCO films of varying thicknesses (300 {Angstrom} - 3000 {Angstrom}) and morphologies, and measured their electrical response to optical radiation. This paper reports on these measurements, emphasizing the dependence on temperature, light chopping frequency, and cryogenic environment. The temperature dependence of the film resistance is determined in part by the film morphology. This morphology may be represented by a simple model consisting of a two-dimensional array of coupled grains. The magnitude of the bolometric response correlates as expected with the sharpness of the superconducting transition. The increased response observed at lower temperatures (non-equilibrium) correlates with the temperature dependence of the resistance above the transition.

  4. Integral electrical characteristics and local plasma parameters of a RF ion thruster.

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    Masherov, P E; Riaby, V A; Godyak, V A

    2016-02-01

    Comprehensive diagnostics has been carried out for a RF ion thruster based on inductively coupled plasma (ICP) source with an external flat antenna coil enhanced by ferrite core. The ICP was confined within a cylindrical chamber with low aspect ratio to minimize plasma loss to the chamber wall. Integral diagnostics of the ICP electrical parameters (RF power balance and coil current) allowed for evaluation of the antenna coils, matching networks, and eddy current loss and the true RF power deposited to plasma. Spatially resolved electron energy distribution functions, plasma density, electron temperatures, and plasma potentials were measured with movable Langmuir probes. PMID:26932098

  5. Effect of COOH-functionalized SWCNT addition on the electrical and photovoltaic characteristics of Malachite Green dye based photovoltaic cells

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    Chakraborty, S.; Manik, N. B.

    2014-12-01

    We report the effect of COOH-functionalized single walled carbon nanotubes (COOH-SWCNT) on the electrical and photovoltaic characteristics of Malachite Green (MG) dye based photovoltaic cells. Two different types of photovoltaic cells were prepared, one with MG dye and another by incorporating COOH-SWCNT with this dye. Cells were characterized through different electrical and photovoltaic measurements including photocurrent measurements with pulsed radiation. From the dark current—voltage (I-V) characteristic results, we observed a certain transition voltage (Vth) for both the cells beyond which the conduction mechanism of the cells change sharply. For the MG dye, Vth is 3.9 V whereas for COOH-SWCNT mixed with this dye, Vth drops to 2.7 V. The device performance improves due to the incorporation of COOH-SWCNT. The open circuit voltage and short circuit current density change from 4.2 to 97 mV and from 108 to 965 μA/cm2 respectively. Observations from photocurrent measurements show that the rate of growth and decay of the photocurrent are quite faster in the presence of COOH-SWCNT. This observation indicates a faster charge separation processes due to the incorporation of COOH-SWCNT in the MG dye cells. The high aspect ratio of COOH-SWCNT allows efficient conduction pathways for the generated charge carriers.

  6. Effect of magnetic properties of non-oriented electrical steel on torque characteristics of interior-permanent-magnet synchronous motor

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    Fujimura, Hiroshi; Nitomi, Hirokatsu; Yashiki, Hiroyoshi

    The torque characteristics of interior-permanent-magnet synchronous motor (IPMSM), in which core materials were our conventional non-oriented electrical steel 35SX250 and our developed steels 35SXH, 27SXH with high permeability, were measured by a pulse wave modulation (PWM) inverter control. The torque characteristics of the motor with developed steels were superior to that of conventional steel. The advantage of developed steels was remarkable in the high-toque region. Experimental torque separation using current phase control showed that reluctance torque was strongly affected by the magnetic properties of core materials. And we did magnetic field analysis of the motors by finite element method (FEM). The flux density in the teeth of the stator core was higher in the high permeability steels than that in the conventional steel under the same current condition. The developed steels are expected to be suited to the stator material of IPMSM used as drive motors for electric vehicles and compressor motors for air conditioner.

  7. IONIZATION IN ATMOSPHERES OF BROWN DWARFS AND EXTRASOLAR PLANETS. III. BREAKDOWN CONDITIONS FOR MINERAL CLOUDS

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    Helling, Ch.; Jardine, M.; Stark, C.; Diver, D.

    2013-04-20

    Electric discharges were detected directly in the cloudy atmospheres of Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn, are debatable for Venus, and indirectly inferred for Neptune and Uranus in our solar system. Sprites (and other types of transient luminous events) have been detected only on Earth, and are theoretically predicted for Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus. Cloud formation is a common phenomenon in ultra-cool atmospheres such as in brown dwarf and extrasolar planetary atmospheres. Cloud particles can be expected to carry considerable charges which may trigger discharge events via small-scale processes between individual cloud particles (intra-cloud discharges) or large-scale processes between clouds (inter-cloud discharges). We investigate electrostatic breakdown characteristics, like critical field strengths and critical charge densities per surface, to demonstrate under which conditions mineral clouds undergo electric discharge events which may trigger or be responsible for sporadic X-ray emission. We apply results from our kinetic dust cloud formation model that is part of the DRIFT-PHOENIX model atmosphere simulations. We present a first investigation of the dependence of the breakdown conditions in brown dwarf and giant gas exoplanets on the local gas-phase chemistry, the effective temperature, and primordial gas-phase metallicity. Our results suggest that different intra-cloud discharge processes dominate at different heights inside mineral clouds: local coronal (point discharges) and small-scale sparks at the bottom region of the cloud where the gas density is high, and flow discharges and large-scale sparks near, and maybe above, the cloud top. The comparison of the thermal degree of ionization and the number density of cloud particles allows us to suggest the efficiency with which discharges will occur in planetary atmospheres.

  8. Electrical and photoelectrical characteristic investigation of a new generation photodiode based on bromothymol blue dye

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    Gencer Imer, A.; Tombak, A.; Korkut, A.

    2016-04-01

    Bromothymol blue (BTB) with the molecular formula of C27H28Br2O5S was grown onto p-Si substrate to fabricate heterojunction by spin coating technique. The current voltage (I-V) measurements of diode were carried out in dark and under different illumination intensity at room temperature. The photoelectrical properties of heterojunction based on BTB were investigated using the illumination intensity dependent I-V data. The results showed that photo current of diode increases with the increase in light intensity. Also, the electrical parameters of device were determined via I-V, and capacitance- voltage (C-V), conductance-voltage (G-V) measurements at different frequencies. It is observed that the excess capacitance is created at low frequencies due to the contribution of interface states charge which can follow the alternative current signal to capacitance. It is stated that, both the electrical & photoelectrical parameters of diode can be changed, and also the performance of the device could be affected by the organic thin film interlayer.

  9. Modeling small diameter straw tubes in terms of their high frequency electrical characteristics

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    Ekenberg, T.; Newcomer, M. )

    1990-04-01

    As a part of the effort to design a prototype of a low mass tracking detector, the authors have developed an empirical model of the high frequency behavior of small diameter proportional straw tubes. The equivalent circuit is a distributed network of RLC-clusters, where the value of the discrete components is directly related to measurable characteristics of the em straws. The model is an approximation of the straw as a low loss transmission line, and yields very good agreement with measurements of transmission and reflection coefficients. Measurements and simulations of input impedance in frequency domain also agree well at frequencies below 120 MHz, when termination is close to Z{sub o}, the characteristic impedance.

  10. Electrical transport properties and current density - voltage characteristic of PVA-Ag nanocomposite film

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    Das, A. K.; Dutta, B.; Sinha, S.; Mukherjee, A.; Basu, S.; Meikap, A. K.

    2016-05-01

    Silver (Ag) nanoparticle and Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) - Silver (Ag) composite have been prepared and its dielectric constant, ac conductivity, and current density-voltage characteristics have been studied, at and above room temperature. Here correlated barrier hopping found to be the dominant charge transport mechanism with maximum barrier height of 0.11 eV. The sample, under ±5 V applied voltage, show back to back Schottky diode behaviour.

  11. Subnanosecond processes in the stage of breakdown formation in gas at a high pressure

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    Korolev, Yu. D.; Bykov, N. M.; Ivanov, S. N.

    2008-12-01

    Results are presented from experimental studies of the prebreakdown stage of a discharge in nitrogen at pressures of a few tens of atmospheres, gap voltages higher than 140 kV, and a voltage rise time of about 1 ns. Breakdown occurs at the front of the voltage pulse; i.e., the time of breakdown formation is shorter than the front duration. It is shown that, in gaps with a nonuniform electric field, the breakdown formation time is mainly determined by the time of avalanche development to the critical number of charge carriers. The subsequent stages of breakdown (the development of the ionization wave and the buildup of the conductivity in the weakly conducting channel bridging the gap) turn out to be shorter than this time or comparable to it.

  12. Recovery characteristics of the electrically stimulated auditory nerve in deafened guinea pigs: relation to neuronal status.

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    Ramekers, Dyan; Versnel, Huib; Strahl, Stefan B; Klis, Sjaak F L; Grolman, Wilko

    2015-03-01

    Successful cochlear implant performance requires adequate responsiveness of the auditory nerve to prolonged pulsatile electrical stimulation. Degeneration of the auditory nerve as a result of severe hair cell loss could considerably compromise this ability. The main objective of this study was to characterize the recovery of the electrically stimulated auditory nerve, as well as to evaluate possible changes caused by deafness-induced degeneration. To this end we studied temporal responsiveness of the auditory nerve in a guinea pig model of sensorineural hearing loss. Using masker-probe and pulse train paradigms we compared electrically evoked compound action potentials (eCAPs) in normal-hearing animals with those in animals with moderate (two weeks after ototoxic treatment) and severe (six weeks after ototoxic treatment) loss of spiral ganglion cells (SGCs). Masker-probe interval and pulse train inter-pulse interval was varied from 0.3 to 16 ms. Whereas recovery assessed with masker-probe was roughly similar for normal-hearing and both groups of deafened animals, it was considerably faster for six weeks deaf animals (τ ≈ 1.2 ms) than for two weeks deaf or normal-hearing animals (τ ≈ 3-4 ms) when 100-ms pulse trains were applied. Latency increased with decreasing inter-pulse intervals, and this was more pronounced with pulse trains than with masker-probe stimulation. With high frequency pulse train stimulation eCAP amplitudes were modulated for deafened animals, meaning that amplitudes for odd pulse numbers were larger than for even pulses. The relative refractory period (τ) and the modulation depth of the eCAP amplitude for pulse trains, as well as the latency increase for both paradigms significantly correlated with quantified measures of auditory nerve degeneration (size and packing density of SGCs). In addition to these findings, separate masker-probe recovery functions for the eCAP N1 and N2 peaks displayed a robust non-monotonic or shoulder

  13. An examination of the costs and critical characteristics of electric utility distribution system capacity enhancement projects

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    Balducci, Patrick J.; Schienbein, Lawrence A.; Nguyen, Tony B.; Brown, Daryl R.; Fathelrahman, Eihab M.

    2004-06-01

    This report classifies and analyzes the capital and total costs (e.g., income tax, property tax, depreciation, centralized power generation, insurance premiums, and capital financing) associated with 130 electricity distribution system capacity enhancement projects undertaken during 1995-2002 or planned in the 2003-2011 time period by three electric power utilities operating in the Pacific Northwest. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), in cooperation with participating utilities, has developed a large database of over 3,000 distribution system projects. The database includes brief project descriptions, capital cost estimates, the stated need for each project, and engineering data. The database was augmented by additional technical (e.g., line loss, existing substation capacities, and forecast peak demand for power in the area served by each project), cost (e.g., operations, maintenance, and centralized power generation costs), and financial (e.g., cost of capital, insurance premiums, depreciations, and tax rates) data. Though there are roughly 3,000 projects in the database, the vast majority were not included in this analysis because they either did not clearly enhance capacity or more information was needed, and not available, to adequately conduct the cost analyses. For the 130 projects identified for this analysis, capital cost frequency distributions were constructed, and expressed in terms of dollars per kVA of additional capacity. The capital cost frequency distributions identify how the projects contained within the database are distributed across a broad cost spectrum. Furthermore, the PNNL Energy Cost Analysis Model (ECAM) was used to determine the full costs (e.g., capital, operations and maintenance, property tax, income tax, depreciation, centralized power generation costs, insurance premiums and capital financing) associated with delivering electricity to customers, once again expressed in terms of costs per kVA of additional capacity

  14. Solar thermal electric power plants - Their performance characteristics and total social costs

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    Caputo, R. S.; Truscello, V. C.

    1976-01-01

    The central receiver (power tower) concept as a thermal conversion approach to the conversion of solar energy into electricity is compared to other solar power plant designs which feature distributed solar collection and use other types of solar collector configurations. A variety of solar thermal storage concepts are discussed and their impacts on system performance are assessed. Although a good deal of quantification is possible in a comparative study, the subjective judgments carry enormous weight in a socio-economic decision, the ultimate choice of central power plant being more a social than an economic or technical decision. Major elements of the total social cost of each type of central plant are identified as utility economic costs, R&D funds, health costs, and other relevant social impacts.

  15. Electrical characteristics of C 36 molecular conductor and its B- and N-Doped isomers

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    Abbaszadeh, Behrooz; Darvish Ganji, M.

    2013-01-01

    Transport properties of C 36 nanocage sandwiched between two Al electrodes is investigated by DFT calculations combined with a nonequilibrium Green's-function technique. Specifically, effects of B and N dopant on the transport properties of the considered cluster are studied. It is found that C 36 nanocage changes from the semi-metallic to the semiconducting state because of the dopants, and their structures dominate their electrical properties. Our obtained results indicate that the presence of a B atom in the C 36 nanocage will increase significantly the current up to two orders of magnitude at higher bias voltage (2.5 V) in comparison with the other counterparts. This is due to an additional resonance peak appeared in the transmission window.

  16. Effects of the roughness characteristics on the wire tool surface for the electrical discharge machining properties

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    Fukuzawa, Yasushi; Yamashita, Masahide; Mamuro, Hiroaki; Yamashita, Ken; Ogata, Masayoshi

    2011-01-17

    Wire electrical discharge machining (WEDM) has been investigated to obtain the better discharge machining properties of the removal rate and the surface roughness in a few decades. Recently, it revealed that the rough tool electrodes can improve the WEDM properties for some sort of materials. In this study, the rough wire electrodes using a wet blasting method was developed and evaluated the machining performance for the insulated Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} in the WEDM processes. As the results, it could not recognize the advantage of roughness wire electrode under the high-energy condition, but it found that the electro-conductive layer thickness became thinner in comparison with those of normal wires. On the contrary, it could be obtained the better surface roughness in the low energy condition. It was supposed that the roughed wire surface generates the homogeneous dispersion discharges on the workpiece.

  17. Effect of annealing atmosphere on phase formation and electrical characteristics of bismuth ferrite thin films

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    Simoes, A.Z.; Riccardi, C.S.; Dos Santos, M.L.; Garcia, F. Gonzalez; Longo, E.; Varela, J.A.

    2009-08-05

    Bismuth ferrite thin films were deposited on Pt/Ti/SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates by a soft chemical method and spin-coating technique. The effect of annealing atmosphere (air, N{sub 2} and O{sub 2}) on the structure and electrical properties of the films are reported. X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that the film annealed in air atmosphere is a single-phase perovskite structure. The films annealed in air showed better crystallinity and the presence of a single BFO phase leading to lower leakage current density and superior ferroelectric hysteresis loops at room temperature. In this way, we reveal that BFO film crystallized in air atmosphere by the soft chemical method can be useful for practical applications, including nonvolatile digital memories, spintronics and data-storage media.

  18. Electrical conductivity and electromagnetic interference shielding characteristics of multiwalled carbon nanotube filled polyurethane composite films

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    Son Hoang, Anh

    2011-06-01

    Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were homogeneously dispersed in a pure polyurethane resin by grinding in a planetary ball mill. The structure and surface morphology of the MWCNTs and MWCNT/polyurethane composites were studied by filed emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) methods. The electrical conductivity at room temperature and electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness (SE) of the composite films with different MWCNT loadings were investigated and the measurement of EMI SE was carried out in a frequency range of 8–12 GHz (X-band). The experimental results show that with a low MWCNT concentration the composite films could achieve a high conductivity and their EMI SE has a strong dependence on MWCNT content. For the composite films with 22 wt% of MWCNTs, the EMI SE attained an average value of 20 dB, so that the shielding effect reduced the penetrating power to 1%.

  19. Effects of the roughness characteristics on the wire tool surface for the electrical discharge machining properties

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    Fukuzawa, Yasushi; Yamashita, Masahide; Mamuro, Hiroaki; Yamashita, Ken; Ogata, Masayoshi

    2011-01-01

    Wire electrical discharge machining (WEDM) has been investigated to obtain the better discharge machining properties of the removal rate and the surface roughness in a few decades. Recently, it revealed that the rough tool electrodes can improve the WEDM properties for some sort of materials. In this study, the rough wire electrodes using a wet blasting method was developed and evaluated the machining performance for the insulated Si3N4 in the WEDM processes. As the results, it could not recognize the advantage of roughness wire electrode under the high-energy condition, but it found that the electro-conductive layer thickness became thinner in comparison with those of normal wires. On the contrary, it could be obtained the better surface roughness in the low energy condition. It was supposed that the roughed wire surface generates the homogeneous dispersion discharges on the workpiece.

  20. The effects of hot carrier and swift heavy ion irradiation on electrical characteristics of advanced 200 GHz SiGe HBTs

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    Vinayakprasanna, N. H.; Praveen, K. C.; Cressler, J. D.; Prakash, A. P. Gnana

    2016-05-01

    The 200 GHz SiGe HBTs were irradiated with 80 MeV Carbon ions up to a total dose of 100 Mrad to understand the degradation in electrical characteristics. The degradation in the electrical characteristics of SiGe HBTs was also studied by mixed mode electrical stress up to 10,000 s. The electrical characteristics were measured before and after every total dose and after fixed stress time. The normalized peak hFE of the stressed and irradiated SiGe HBTs are compared to estimate the equivalent stress time for a particular total dose. These correlations are drawn for the first time and the results will establish a systematic relation between stress time and total dose.

  1. CdS quantum dots: growth, microstructural, optical and electrical characteristics

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    Ahamad, Tansir; Majeed Khan, M. A.; Kumar, Sushil; Ahamed, Maqusood; Shahabuddin, Mohammed; Alhazaa, Abdulaziz N.

    2016-06-01

    Cadmium sulfide (CdS) quantum dots (QDs) with cubic phase were prepared using simple precursors by chemical precipitation technique, and their thin films were grown on glass substrates by chemical bath deposition. The obtained quantum dots were characterized for their structural, morphological, optical, thermal and electrical properties using X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission transmission electron microscopy, UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, photoluminescence, thermogravimetric analysis/differential thermal analysis and low-temperature electrical transport measurements, respectively. XRD pattern reveals that the prepared CdS QDs are highly pure and crystalline in nature with cubic phase. The average particle size, estimated to be ~2 nm, is almost in agreement with the values calculated by Brusïs formula. Selected area electron diffraction also recognizes the cubic structure of CdS quantum dots. The UV-visible spectra exhibit a blueshift with respect to that of bulk sample which is attributed to the quantum size effect of electrons and holes. The band gap of CdS QDs is calculated from absorption data using Tauc plot and found to be 2.84 eV. Energy-dispersive X-ray analysis reveals the presence of Cd and S in almost stoichiometric ratio in the prepared CdS QDs. Micro-Raman spectroscopic studies also yield convincing evidence for the transformation of structure. The emission spectra of CdS QDs show peak centered at 541 nm, which is attributed to the presence of cadmium vacancies in the lattice. The DC resistivity data at low temperatures are qualitatively consistent with the variable-range hopping model, and the density of states at the Fermi level is determined.

  2. Investigation of Polarimetric and Electrical Characteristics of Natural and Triggered Lightning Strikes

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    Hyland, P. T.; Biggerstaff, M. I.; Uman, M. A.; Jordan, D. M.; Hill, J. D.; Pilkey, J. T.; Ngin, T.; Blakeslee, R. J.; Krehbiel, P. R.; Rison, W.; Winn, W. P.; Eack, K.; Trueblood, J.; Edens, H. E.

    2013-12-01

    For the past three summers, the University of Oklahoma has deployed three mobile, polarimetric radars to the International Center for Lightning Research and Testing (ICLRT) at Camp Blanding, Florida and Langmuir Laboratory near Socorro, New Mexico for the purpose of investigating the relationship between cloud structure and the propagation of triggered and natural lightning channels. This presentation will highlight observations from select natural and triggered events at these two facilities. During the summer of 2012, University of Oklahoma radar operators made a launch recommendation to the ICLRT during the passage of Tropical Storm Debby over northeast Florida that resulted in a successful triggered flash with 11 return strokes. The trigger was attempted as precipitation streamers within the stratiform rainbands of Tropical Storm Debby approached the launch site. According to the National Lightning Detection Network (NLDN), there were no reported natural cloud-to-ground (CG) flashes within 60 km of the ICLRT 20 hours before and eight hours after the triggered flash. The recommendation was made based on previous analyses of the storm structure of trigger attempts from the ICLRT that indicated the coincidence of several successful triggers with descending regions of enhanced radar reflectivity, or descending precipitation packets (DePPs). Polarimetric data from the frequency-agile Rapid-scanning X-band Polarimetric (RaXPol) radar as well as data from the lightning mapping array (LMA) and electric field meter (EFM) networks from the ICLRT for this event will be presented. Past analyses also revealed ice alignment signatures in differential phase and specific differential phase as strong electric fields near the top of electrified clouds cause small ice particles to become vertically aligned. These signatures are especially noticeable for circularly polarized radars. Polarimetric data from the Shared Mobile Atmospheric Research & Teaching (SMART) radar and Ra

  3. Influences of Sr-90 beta-ray irradiation on electrical characteristics of carbon nanoparticles

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    Kasani, H.; Taghi Ahmadi, M.; Khoda-bakhsh, R.; RezaeiOchbelagh, D.; Ismail, Razali

    2016-03-01

    This work is concerned with the low cost fabrication of carbon nanoparticles (CNPs), and its application to beta ray detection. The structural and morphological properties of the CNPs were obtained by spectral and microscopy techniques. A system based on CNPs application in the metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) junction platform, which acts as a beta-ray (β-ray) sensor, is fabricated. The prototype is characterised by modelling, Monte Carlo simulation, and electrical investigations. Changes to the electrical behaviour of the proposed MSM system due to β-ray irradiation are validated by experimental results in both Ohmic and non-Ohmic (Schottky) contacts. The simulation was performed using the MCNPX code, which showed that most of the β-ray energies are deposited into CNPs and electrodes. However, in the Ohmic contact, because the β-ray is induced, the current of CNPs is decreased. The reduction of the current might be due to the change of the carrier properties by increasing the scattering of electrons. The current-density equation for electrons was employed for understanding the effects of β-ray in Ohmic contact of CNPs. On the contrary, in the Schottky contact case, CNPs current was increased with constant voltage when biased by β-ray irradiation. In this paper, the electron-hole generation using β-rays is dominant when compared to other significant effects of radiation exposure on semiconducting CNP-based Schottky contact. Hence, the current increment of CNPs can be justified by electron-hole generation in the depletion region.

  4. On the dynamics of a subnanosecond breakdown in nitrogen below atmospheric pressures

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    Shklyaev, V. A. E-mail: beh@loi.hcei.tsc.ru; Baksht, E. Kh. E-mail: beh@loi.hcei.tsc.ru; Tarasenko, V. F.

    2015-12-07

    The dynamics of a breakdown in a gas-filled diode with a highly inhomogeneous electric field was studied in experiments at a time resolution of ∼100 ps and in numerical simulation by the 2D axisymmetric particle-in-cell (PIC) code XOOPIC. The diode was filled with nitrogen at pressures of up to 100 Torr. The dynamics of the electric field distribution in the diode during the breakdown was analyzed, and the factors that limit the pulse duration of the runaway electron beam current at different pressures were determined.

  5. Fundamental studies on passivity and passivity breakdown

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    Macdonald, D.D.; Urquidi-Macdonald, M.

    1993-06-01

    Using photoelectrochemical impedance and admittance spectroscopies, a fundamental and quantitative understanding of the mechanisms for the growth and breakdown of passive films on metal and alloy surfaces in contact with aqueous environments is being developed. A point defect model has been extended to explain the breakdown of passive films, leading to pitting and crack growth and thus development of damage due to localized corrosion.

  6. Design of external insulation for VLF/LF bands via breakdown investigation

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    Rodriguez Sanabria, Doeg

    This document reports about the role of humidity and frequency upon the breakdown of air in uniform and non-uniform electric fields for the Very Low and Low Frequency (VLF/LF) Bands (10-100 kHz), used for long distance communication. Experiments were conducted using a parallel plane configuration for a gap length range of 5-52.5 mm and a frequency range of 18-52 kHz and 60 Hz. Rod/rod and rod/plane configurations were tested at 60 Hz and 30 kHz, for a gap length range of 8-1000 mm. The results indicate that the breakdown voltage at 30 kHz is affected by humidity with varying impact based on gap configuration and length. The results show that breakdown voltage at VLF/LF decreases with humidity for uniform field gaps, opposite to that observed at 60 Hz. Short (8-45 mm) non-uniform gaps show a reduction in the breakdown voltage with humidity, while no significant variation is observed for long gaps (125-1000 mm). Breakdown voltages are observed to be markedly lower for 30 kHz when compared to the same gap at 60 Hz. The observed breakdown phenomena are explained in terms of increased space charge due to the higher frequencies. Models and humidity correction to estimate breakdown voltages at VLF/LF frequencies for uniform and non-uniform configurations were developed. Electric field simulation, space charge calculation and least squares regression were used. The models are shown to be useful for predicting breakdown voltages at VLF/LF for uniform field gap spacings up to 125 mm and nonuniform field gap spacings up to 4 m.

  7. Employing Ti nano-powder dielectric to enhance surface characteristics in electrical discharge machining of AISI D2 steel

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    Marashi, Houriyeh; Sarhan, Ahmed A. D.; Hamdi, Mohd

    2015-12-01

    Manufacturing components with superior surface characteristics is challenging when electrical discharge machining (EDM) is employed for mass production. The aim of this research is to enhance the characteristics of AISI D2 steel surface machined with EDM through adding Ti nano-powder to dielectric under various machining parameters, including discharge duration (Ton) and peak current (I). Surface roughness profilometer, FESEM and AFM analysis were utilized to reveal the machined surface characteristics in terms of surface roughness, surface morphology and surface micro-defects. Moreover, EDX analysis was performed in order to evaluate the atomic deposition of Ti nano-powder on the surface. The concentration of Ti nano-powder in dielectric was also examined using ESEM and EDX. According to the results, the addition of Ti nano-powder to dielectric notably enhanced the surface morphology and surface roughness at all machining parameters except Ton = 340 μs. Of these parameters, maximum enhancement was observed at Ton = 210 μs, where the material removal rate and average surface roughness improved by ∼69 and ∼35% for peak current of 6 and 12 A, respectively. Elemental analysis signified negligible Ti deposition on the machined surface while the atomic concentration of Ti was increased around the crack areas.

  8. Breakdown of interdependent directed networks.

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    Liu, Xueming; Stanley, H Eugene; Gao, Jianxi

    2016-02-01

    Increasing evidence shows that real-world systems interact with one another via dependency connectivities. Failing connectivities are the mechanism behind the breakdown of interacting complex systems, e.g., blackouts caused by the interdependence of power grids and communication networks. Previous research analyzing the robustness of interdependent networks has been limited to undirected networks. However, most real-world networks are directed, their in-degrees and out-degrees may be correlated, and they are often coupled to one another as interdependent directed networks. To understand the breakdown and robustness of interdependent directed networks, we develop a theoretical framework based on generating functions and percolation theory. We find that for interdependent Erdős-Rényi networks the directionality within each network increases their vulnerability and exhibits hybrid phase transitions. We also find that the percolation behavior of interdependent directed scale-free networks with and without degree correlations is so complex that two criteria are needed to quantify and compare their robustness: the percolation threshold and the integrated size of the giant component during an entire attack process. Interestingly, we find that the in-degree and out-degree correlations in each network layer increase the robustness of interdependent degree heterogeneous networks that most real networks are, but decrease the robustness of interdependent networks with homogeneous degree distribution and with strong coupling strengths. Moreover, by applying our theoretical analysis to real interdependent international trade networks, we find that the robustness of these real-world systems increases with the in-degree and out-degree correlations, confirming our theoretical analysis. PMID:26787907

  9. Gate metal dependent electrical characteristics of AlGaN/GaN HEMTs

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    Koo, Sang-Mo Kang, Min-Seok

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • We investigated transfer characteristics of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors. • We demonstrate the effect of the barrier height of Schottky gate metals. • The conduction mechanisms examine by comparing the experimental results with numerical simulations. • 2-DEG concentration depends on the barrier height of Schottky gate metals. - Abstract: We investigated transfer characteristics of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) and the effect of the barrier height of Schottky gate metals. It is found that the threshold voltage of the HEMT structures with the Ni Schottky contact shows a positive shift compared to that of the Ti Schottky contacts (ΔV{sub th} = 2.9 V). The maximum saturation current of the HEMT structures with the Ti Schottky contact (∼1.4 × 10{sup 7} A/cm{sup 2}) is found to be ∼2.5 times higher than that of the Ni Schottky contact (2.9 × 10{sup 7} A/cm{sup 2}). The conduction mechanisms have been examined by comparing the experimental results with numerical simulations, which confirm that the increased barrier height is mainly attributed to the reduction of 2-DEG concentration.

  10. Fine properties of trains of unusually strong preliminary breakdown pulses observed at different distances

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    Kolmasova, Ivana; Santolik, Ondrej; Farges, Thomas; Diendorfer, Gerhard; Lan, Radek; Uhlir, Ludek

    2015-04-01

    We analyze fine characteristics of trains of unusually strong preliminary breakdown pulses (PBPs) measured at different distances by two different receivers. Each of the observed trains of PBPs preceded a follow-up pulse (FP) which arrived with a time delay corresponding to a usually occurring return stroke (RS). However, most of the observed FPs can be identified as non-RS bipolar pulses; only in one case we observe a very weak return stroke. The amplitudes of the largest PBPs reach, on average, four times the amplitudes of the following return strokes or non-RS bipolar pulses. This could indicate an abnormally electrified storm and a high occurrence of attempted cloud-to-ground leaders. High-resolution magnetic-field waveforms were measured at distances between 69 and 176 km from the source lightning, as it was identified by lightning detection network EUCLID. The time derivative of the magnetic field was detected with a newly designed Shielded Loop Antenna with a Versatile Integrated Amplifier (SLAVIA) and sampled at 80 MHz using a ground-based version of a broadband receiver which is being prepared for the TARANIS spacecraft. . . Electric-field waveforms were measured at distances between 258 and 377 km using a receiver sampling at 12 MHz. We use these electric field waveforms and numerically integrated magnetic field waveform records to analyze properties of the PBP trains. Our dataset consists of 10 trains of preliminary breakdown pulses measured during one thunderstorm which occurred in Southern France in June 2013 and lasted about four hours. The lightning detection network EUCLID misclassified 4 strong preliminary breakdown pulses as cloud-to-ground RSs, in 6 other cases they were classified as intra-cloud (IC) discharges. Follow-up pulses were absent in the list provided by EUCLID (6 cases) or classified as negative cloud-to-ground (2 cases) or IC discharges (2 cases). We estimate the duration of the trains and the time between the first pulse in the

  11. A study of vortex breakdown in supercritical fluids

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    Crook, Loren C.

    internal pressure gradients and recirculation. A spectral analysis showed the frequency content of the jet radius fluctuations is not in agreement with the instability theory. Velocity and normal stress measurements were obtained using an LDA system in backscatter mode, with the natural CO2/air interfaces used as flow markers. Mean axial velocity profiles at Sm = 0.80 showed the characteristic double-hump profile, conclusively demonstrating the presence of breakdown. Good accuracy was seen with the predictions, except in the cases of axial extent of recirculation region and magnitude of normal stresses. The frequency content of axial velocity fluctuation was extracted via spectral analysis and found to be in agreement with the hydrodynamic instability theory. Measured dominant frequencies for Sm = 0.30 were predicted to within 25% of those predicted by the instability theory. Measured dominant frequencies for Sm = 0.80 were within -64% to +70% of the predicted values, with the mean observed frequency identical to the predictions. The hydrodynamic instability theory also predicted the supercritical jets nearest the critical point to develop breakdown at lower mass ratios, while the opposite effect was observed during experiments: the condition nearest the critical point had either no breakdown, or the event was significantly weaker than those seen for the other conditions. The hydrodynamic instability theory does not predict this near-critical effect on breakdown. This thesis closes with a course for future work in breakdown, including numerical and experimental efforts. Design guidelines for supercritical fluid injectors are also provided highlighting the relevant properties of supercritical fluids and discussing the scope and limitations of the current results for the design of hardware.

  12. Experimental study and two-dimensional modeling of avalanche breakdown voltage in polycrystalline silicon p-n junctions

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    Amrani, Mohammed; Benamara, Zineb; Chellali, Mohammed; Tizi, Schahrazade; Mohammed-Brahim, Tayeb

    2007-05-01

    A two-dimensional (2D) model of the avalanche breakdown mechanism is examined to achieve a lateral polycrystalline silicon (polysilicon) p+-n diode with high forward current and high breakdown voltage (BV). Samples with different film thicknesses (tf) were deposited by low-pressure chemical vapor deposition process. The p+ zone and n zone are doped by ionic implantation with boron and phosphorus, respectively. The measured current-voltage (I-V) characteristics show that BV varies between 6.4, 7.5, and 8.25V when tf varies between 250, 350, and 450nm, respectively. These data also show that when tf decreases, the forward current is high, the leakage current becomes higher under reverse bias, and BV decreases. We reveal that the breakdown phenomenon of our samples is dominated by the impact ionization effect. A 2D simulation of avalanche breakdown voltage versus the critical parameters of polysilicon diodes is implemented. The algorithm is based on the solution of Poisson's equation and calculating the ionization integral along various electric field lines computed from the potential distribution. By taking into account the localization of trap states in the grain boundaries, the effects on the breakdown voltage of the doping concentration ND, the intergranular trap state density NT, the grain sizes Lg, the disposition of the grain boundaries, and the film thickness tf are investigated. The simulation results show that the impact ionization mechanism is more accelerated in polysilicon than in single-crystalline silicon, and the BV(Lg), BV(ND), BV(NT), and BV(tf) curves are characterized by a succession of descending stair shapes due to the trapping of free carries by trap states contained in grain boundaries that are parallel to the metallurgic junction. By comparing simulation results with experimental data, we select the electron-hole ionization coefficients characterizing our samples: αn∞=1.0×106cm-1, Encrit=5.87×106Vcm-1, αp∞=1.582×106cm-1, and EPcrit=2

  13. Electrical conductivity and electromagnetic interference shielding characteristics of multiwalled carbon nanotube filled polyacrylate composite films

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    Li, Yong; Chen, Changxin; Zhang, Song; Ni, Yuwei; Huang, Jie

    2008-07-01

    Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were homogeneously dispersed in pure acrylic emulsion by ultrasonication to prepare MWCNT/polyacrylate composites applied on building interior wall for electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding applications. The structure and surface morphology of the MWCNTs and MWCNT/polyacrylate composites were studied by field emission scanning microscopy (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The electrical conductivity at room temperature and EMI shielding effectiveness (SE) of the composite films on concrete substrate with different MWCNT loadings were investigated and the measurement of EMI SE was carried out in two different frequency ranges of 100-1000 MHz (radio frequency range) and 8.2-12.4 GHz (X-band). The experimental results show that a low mass concentration of MWCNTs could achieve a high conductivity and the EMI SE of the MWCNT/polyacrylate composite films has a strong dependence on MWCNTs content in both two frequency ranges. The SE is higher in X-band than that in radio frequency range. For the composite films with 10 wt.% MWCNTs, the EMI SE of experiment agrees well with that of theoretical prediction in far field.

  14. Preparation technology and electrical explosion characteristics of titanium–boron composites as nanoenergetic films

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    Shenjiang, W. U.; Junhong, S. U.; Dangjuan, L. I.; Junqi, X. U.; Jingwei, L. I. U.

    2016-07-01

    Based on magnetron sputtering deposition technology, Ti and B single thin films are deposited on a Si substrate while varying the sputtering power, the working pressure and the Ar flow conditions. The effect of varying these conditions on the deposition rate, the roughness and the microstructure of these materials is studied. The optimal parameters for preparing Ti and B single thin films are identified according to the experimental and analysis results. Thus, the deposition parameters are optimized to minimize the roughness of the thin films (i.e. sputtering power: 225 and 120 W; working pressure: 0.8 and 0.3 Pa; Ar flow: 100 and 50 sccm for Ti and B thin films, respectively). The compositions and crystal orientation of the Ti and B thin films deposited at these conditions are investigated by x-ray diffraction. These optimized parameters are used while depositing Ti–B thin films on a polyimide substrate. Scanning electron microscopy is used to observe the microstructure of the Ti–B multi-layer nanoenergetic films. A close contact between the Ti film and the substrate is observed along with a clear boundary between the B and Ti films. Finally, the results of an electrical explosion experiment over a Ti–B composite thin film are discussed.

  15. Numerical investigations on electric field characteristics with respect to capacitive detection of free-flying droplets.

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    Ernst, Andreas; Mutschler, Klaus; Tanguy, Laurent; Paust, Nils; Zengerle, Roland; Koltay, Peter

    2012-01-01

    In this paper a multi-disciplinary simulation of a capacitive droplet sensor based on an open plate capacitor as transducing element is presented. The numerical simulations are based on the finite volume method (FVM), including calculations of an electric field which changes according to the presence of a liquid droplet. The volume of fluid (VOF) method is applied for the simulation of the ejection process of a liquid droplet out of a dispenser nozzle. The simulations were realised using the computational fluid dynamic (CFD) software CFD ACE+. The investigated capacitive sensing principle enables to determine the volume of a micro droplet passing the sensor capacitor due to the induced change in capacity. It could be found that single droplets in the considered volume range of 5 nL < V(drop) < 100 nL lead to a linear change of the capacity up to ΔQ < 30 fC. The sensitivity of the focused capacitor geometry was evaluated to be S(i) = 0.3 fC/nL. The simulation results are validated by experiments which exhibit good agreement. PMID:23112615

  16. Numerical Investigations on Electric Field Characteristics with Respect to Capacitive Detection of Free-Flying Droplets

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    Ernst, Andreas; Mutschler, Klaus; Tanguy, Laurent; Paust, Nils; Zengerle, Roland; Koltay, Peter

    2012-01-01

    In this paper a multi-disciplinary simulation of a capacitive droplet sensor based on an open plate capacitor as transducing element is presented. The numerical simulations are based on the finite volume method (FVM), including calculations of an electric field which changes according to the presence of a liquid droplet. The volume of fluid (VOF) method is applied for the simulation of the ejection process of a liquid droplet out of a dispenser nozzle. The simulations were realised using the computational fluid dynamic (CFD) software CFD ACE+. The investigated capacitive sensing principle enables to determine the volume of a micro droplet passing the sensor capacitor due to the induced change in capacity. It could be found that single droplets in the considered volume range of 5 nL < Vdrop < 100 nL lead to a linear change of the capacity up to ΔQ < 30 fC. The sensitivity of the focused capacitor geometry was evaluated to be Si = 0.3 fC/nL. The simulation results are validated by experiments which exhibit good agreement. PMID:23112615

  17. Characteristics and Antitumor Activity of Morchella esculenta Polysaccharide Extracted by Pulsed Electric Field

    PubMed Central

    Liu, Chao; Sun, Yonghai; Mao, Qian; Guo, Xiaolei; Li, Peng; Liu, Yang; Xu, Na

    2016-01-01

    Polysaccharides from Morchella esculenta have been proven to be functional and helpful for humans. The purpose of this study was to investigate the chemical structure and anti-proliferating and antitumor activities of a Morchella esculenta polysaccharide (MEP) extracted by pulsed electric field (PEF) in submerged fermentation. The endo-polysaccharide was separated and purified by column chromatography and Gel permeation chromatography, and analyzed by gas chromatography. The MEP with an average molecular weight of 81,835 Da consisted of xylose, glucose, mannose, rhamnose and galactose at the ratio of 5.4:5.0:6.5:7.8:72.3. Structure of MEP was further analyzed by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and 1H and 13C liquid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Apoptosis tests proved that MEP could inhibit the proliferation and growth of human colon cancer HT-29 cells in a time- and dose-dependent manner within 48 h. This study provides more information on chemical structure of anti-proliferating polysaccharides isolated from Morchella esculenta. PMID:27338370

  18. Bonding, vibrational, and electrical characteristics of CdS nanostructures embedded in polyvinyl alcohol matrix

    SciTech Connect

    Mondal, S. P.; Dhar, A.; Ray, S. K.; Chakraborty, A. K.

    2009-04-15

    CdS nanocomposites have been grown in polyvinyl alcohol matrix by a chemical synthesis process. The transmission electron micrographs of nanocomposites synthesized at 70-90 deg. C temperature showed the growth of needlelike and junctionlike nanostructures. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis revealed the growth of stoichiometric CdS without the formation of any intermediate phases at the CdS-polyvinyl alcohol interface. Raman spectra of first order longitudinal optical phonon peak has been analyzed using phonon dispersion model to detect the surface phonon modes in CdS nanoneedles and wires. The origin of negative differential resistance behavior in current-voltage characteristics for junctionlike CdS nanocomposites has been discussed.

  19. Detecting excess ionizing radiation by electromagnetic breakdown of air

    SciTech Connect

    Granatstein, Victor L.; Nusinovich, Gregory S.

    2010-09-15

    A scheme is proposed for detecting a concealed source of ionizing radiation by observing the occurrence of breakdown in atmospheric air by an electromagnetic wave whose electric field surpasses the breakdown field in a limited volume. The volume is chosen to be smaller than the reciprocal of the naturally occurring concentration of free electrons. The pulse duration of the electromagnetic wave must exceed the avalanche breakdown time (10-200 ns) and could profitably be as long as the statistical lag time in ambient air (typically, microseconds). Candidate pulsed electromagnetic sources over a wavelength range, 3 mm>{lambda}>10.6 {mu}m, are evaluated. Suitable candidate sources are found to be a 670 GHz gyrotron oscillator with 200 kW, 10 {mu}s output pulses and a Transversely Excited Atmospheric-Pressure (TEA) CO{sub 2} laser with 30 MW, 100 ns output pulses. A system based on 670 GHz gyrotron would have superior sensitivity. A system based on the TEA CO{sub 2} laser could have a longer range >100 m.

  20. Frequency characteristics of a nuclear spin maser for the search for the electric dipole moment of 129Xe atom

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    Inoue, T.; Tsuchiya, M.; Furukawa, T.; Hayashi, H.; Nanao, T.; Yoshimi, A.; Uchida, M.; Matsuo, Y.; Asahi, K.

    2011-01-01

    Frequency characteristics of a 129Xe nuclear spin maser was studied, which is under development at Tokyo Institute of Technology for the search for a permanent electric dipole moment in diamagnetic 129Xe atom. Drifts in the solenoid current and cell temperature were found to be the most influential factors on the maser frequency. From correlation coefficient analysis, there seem to exist other origins of frequency fluctuation, such as phase drifts in the maser oscillation. In order to improve the stability of the maser frequency, the intensity of the pumping laser required to fully polarize 129Xe nuclei was evaluated. Construction of a polarization assessment system for 129Xe gas cells and development of a new scheme of current stabilization are also remarked.