Experimental determination of electron energy distribution functions in Townsend discharges in argon

T. Makabe, T. Goto, T. Mori

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A parallel-plate retarding-potential-difference technique has been used to measure electron energy distribution functions in non-self-sustaining Townsend discharges in argon. The experiments were performed for values of E/p 0 equal to 150 and 200 V cm-1 Torr-1 (where E is the electric field and p0 the gas pressure reduced to 0 degrees C). The energy distribution functions were evaluated from the measured retarding characteristics using the analysis derived here for a parallel-plate energy analyser.

Original languageEnglish
Article number027
Pages (from-to)1781-1787
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic and Molecular Physics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1977 Dec 1


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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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