Subnormal Glow Discharge Detection Of Optical And Microwave Radiation

N. S. Kopeika, J. Rosenbaum

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Commercial indicator lamp glow discharge tubes in the subnormal glow mode exhibit variable frequency tuned filter video response to optical and microwave radiation. Sensitivity to optical radiation can be particularly increased by using such devices in the subnormal rather than abnormal glow. These phenomena are discussed in terms of physical electronics and an equivalent circuit. A comparison is made of abnormal and subnormal glow mode properties. It is hoped that this model can lead to glow discharge lamp design for specific circuit applications involving subnormal glow mode characteristics. Relationships between glow discharge detector physical and electronic parameters are derived.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-61
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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