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Liquid Dielectrics in an Inhomogeneous Pulsed Electric Field

Mikhail N Shneider, Mikhail Pekker


This book comprehensively describes the phenomena that occur in liquid dielectrics under the influence of an inhomogeneous pulsed electric field. Written by leading experts in the field, it is the first of its kind to address numerous potential applications such as the technology of high-voltage insulation in pulsed inhomogeneous fields, and applications related to cavitation development in liquid dielectrics, plasma treatment of different materials and plasma medicine dealing with living cells.

The book includes data about the material properties of polar and non-polar liquid dielectrics, and presents the dynamics of dielectric fluids under the action of ponderomotive forces. The conditions for the formation of cavitation are reviewed, its dynamics, and its observation by optical methods in a variety of liquid dielectrics (from water to superfluid helium). The cavitation mechanism of nano- and sub-nanosecond breakdown in liquid dielectrics is also discussed.

Liquid Dielectrics in an Inhomogeneous Pulsed Electric Field is intended for a broad audience, from students to engineers and scientists, who are interested in current research questions in electrodynamics and hydrodynamics of liquid dielectrics.

About Editors

Mikhail Shneider is a senior scientist in the Applied Physics Group at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Princeton University. His research interests include the theoretical study of gas discharge physics, physical gas dynamics, biophysics, atmospheric electrical phenomena, non-linear optics, and laser–matter interaction.

Mikhail Pekker is research scientist in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at George Washington University. His research interests are the theoretical study of gas discharge physics and biophysics.

Table of Contents

1 Introductory description of processes related to negative pressure in liquids 2 Classic cavitation 3 The physical properties of liquid 4 A liquid dielectric in an electric field 5 Dynamics of a dielectric liquid in a non-uniform pulsed electric field 6 Cavitation in inhomogeneous pulsed electric fields 8 Optical diagnostics in dielectric liquids in inhomogeneous pulsed fields 9 Breakdown in liquids in pulsed electric fields


Hardback ISBN: 9780750312462

Ebook ISBN: 9780750312455

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-1245-5

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing

Series: IOP Series in Plasma Physics


The authors present detailed mathematical theory to explain these processes, and link the theory with the physical properties of the liquids. Readers interested in nanosecond breakdown processes in liquids will find this book very interesting and insightful. It provides a very deep technical understanding of the processes involved in dielectric discharge in dielectric liquids under inhomogeneous pulsed electric fields.

John J Shea 2018 IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Inc.

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