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Modeling of Short-Gap ESD under Consideration of Different Discharge Mechanisms
IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
  • S. Bonisch
  • Wilifried Kalkner
  • David Pommerenke, Missouri University of Science and Technology
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.
Electrical and Computer Engineering
German Research Association
Keywords and Phrases
  • Avalanche Breakdown,
  • Electrostatic Discharge,
  • Plasma Simulation
Document Type
Article - Journal
Document Version
Final Version
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© 2003 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.
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S. Bonisch, Wilifried Kalkner and David Pommerenke. "Modeling of Short-Gap ESD under Consideration of Different Discharge Mechanisms" IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science (2003)
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