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Apparatus and method for electrical insulation in plasma discharge systems

United States Patent

August 12, 2003
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An apparatus and method to contain plasma at optimal fill capacity of a metallic container is disclosed. The invention includes the utilization of anodized layers forming the internal surfaces of the container volume. Bias resistors are calibrated to provide constant current at variable voltage conditions. By choosing the appropriate values of the bias resistors, the voltages of the metallic container relative to the voltage of an anode are adjusted to achieve optimal plasma fill while minimizing the chance of reaching the breakdown voltage of the anodized layer.
Rhodes; Mark A. (Redwood City, CA), Fochs; Scott N. (Livermore, CA)
The United States of America as represented by the Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
10/ 038,386
January 3, 2002
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-7405-ENG-48 between the United States Department of Energy and the University of California for management and operation of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.