Chapter 20. Gas-Discharge Plasmas

  1. Boris M. Smirnov

Published Online: 29 DEC 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527617708.ch20

Physics of Ionized Gases

Physics of Ionized Gases

How to Cite

Smirnov, B. M. (2001) Gas-Discharge Plasmas, in Physics of Ionized Gases, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527617708.ch20

Author Information

  1. Russian Academy of Sciences

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 DEC 2007
  2. Published Print: 9 MAR 2001

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471175940

Online ISBN: 9783527617708



  • gas-discharge plasmas;
  • glow discharge;
  • electrons;
  • double layer;
  • breakdown of gases


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Properties of Gas-Discharge Plasmas

  • Electrons in the Positive Column of a Glow Discharge

  • Double Layer

  • Thermal Regime of Gas Discharges

  • Positive Column of a Gas Discharge at High Pressure

  • Positive Column of Low-Pressure Discharges

  • Ignition Conditions for Low-Current Discharges

  • Breakdown of Gases

  • Cathode Region of a Glow Discharge

  • Contraction of the Positive Column of a Glow Discharge

  • Plasma Hardening