# Article

Plasma Investigations
2002. V. 40. № 1. P. 15–20
Alferov D.F., Nevrovskii V.A., Sidorov V.A.
Anode Mode of Vacuum Arc in a Multirod Electrode System
Annotation
The effect of the plasma of a high-current vacuum arc on the anode rods in a rod electrode system, which leads to the melting of the surface of copper anode rods and to the formation of droplets of the electrode material, is investigated. High-speed photography is used to register the formation of anode spots, and the sizes of the spots are determined at discharge currents from $30$ to $100$ kA. A one-dimensional nonstationary model of the melting of the anode and of the formation of droplets in the anode spot of a vacuum arc is proposed. The model is in satisfactory agreement with the results of observation of traces of melting on the anodes of used dischargers in a rod electrode system and with high-speed photographs of glow of the discharge plasma and spots on electrodes in a model of the rod electrode system.
Article reference:
Alferov D.F., Nevrovskii V.A., Sidorov V.A. Anode Mode of Vacuum Arc in a Multirod Electrode System, High Temp., 2002. V. 40. № 1. P. 15