All known types of gas discharges require an electric field to initiate them. We are reporting on a unique type of gas breakdown in explosively driven generators that does not require an electric field.
S. I. Shkuratov et al., "Electric Field-Free Gas Breakdown in Explosively Driven Generators," Physics of Plasmas, vol. 17, American Institute of Physics (AIP), Jul 2010.
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