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Multipole Radiation from High-Current Gas Discharges

Naturevolume 180pages13451346 (1957) | Download Citation



RESEARCH in the field of high-current gas discharges is now being pursued vigorously1. In these discharges, where the gas is highly ionized, higher spectra can be predominantly excited (for example, O III, A II) and the pinch effect reduces the loss of ions to the walls. It is thus interesting to consider the possibility of detecting in the laboratory those forbidden lines which are of astrophysical importance.

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  1. Research Laboratory, Associated Electrical Industries Ltd., Aldermaston, Berkshire

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