Modeling of short-gap ESD under consideration of different discharge mechanisms

Sven Bönisch*, Wilfried Kalkner, David Pommerenke

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Simulation of short gap electrostatic discharge (ESD) in air needs to consider two processes: a surface process and an avalanche process. Two models, a phenomenological approach and a physical approach, considering both discharge processes are proposed for the simulation of short-gap ESD. A new mathematical derivation for the modeling of the surface process is discussed in detail. A new technique to combine surface and avalanche process models is described. Measured and simulated data based on short-gap ESD are provided and compared. Advantages and drawbacks of the proposed models are discussed. Attained results should help to optimize ESD testing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)736-744
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number4 I
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Arc model
  • Electrode material
  • Short-gap electrostatic discharge (ESD)
  • Surface process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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