The pressure dependence of the cathodic current density in the case of an electrolyte and a metal cathode glow discharge operating in air and helium atmospheres was investigated. In all cases, at pressures above 100-200 mbar, violation of the similarity law j ≈ constant × p2 was observed, which was attributed to the occurrence of the dissociative recombination of molecular ions of the applied gases (H2O+, N+2 and He+2). Taking into consideration this process, the relation j ≈ constant × √p was deducted, which was found to be in accordance with experimental data. In the case of an electrolyte cathode this relation was found to be valid also at low pressures.
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- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Acoustics and Ultrasonics
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films