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Modeling of an Impact of Thin Insulating Film on the Electrode Surface on Discharge Ignition in Mercury Illuminating Lamps at Low Ambient Temperatures

Приборы и методы измерений. 2019. Vol. 10. No. 1. P. 7-13.
Bondarenko G.G., Fisher M. R., Kristya V. I., Żukovski P.

In this work, a model of the low-current discharge in the argon–mercury mixture at the existence of a thin insulating film on the cathode surface is developed. It takes into account, besides of the ion-electron emission from the cathode surface, the field electron emission from the cathode metal substrate into the film, caused by the strong electric field generated in it in the discharge.