The properties of a novel, pulsed, high-current gas discharge with minimized energy losses have been investigated. The discharge provides a highly concentrated energy flux that can be used to treat metal surfaces and to form thin surface layers with desirable properties. A theoretical treatment of the formation of the discharge is presented, and the limitations on its voltage and interelectrode separation length are considered. Experiments were carried out to test the theoretical predictions of the discharge parameters. The experimental results show that more than 80% of the energy input to the discharge from the power supply is delivered to the metal surface.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Condensed Matter Physics