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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Circuit diagram for air interrupted spark source. G1 is the analytical gap. G2 is the air controlled gap.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Photograph of the construction of the air controlled gap.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Simplified direct current circuit diagram to illustrate principles involved.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Equivalent alternating current circuit diagram for circuit of Fig. 1.

Fig. 5A
Fig. 5A

Oscillogram of potentials appearing across the transformer primary.

Fig. 5B
Fig. 5B

Oscillogram of potentials appearing across the condenser. Arrows indicate breakdown potentials.

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E c = E ( 1 - e - t / R C ) .
F = 1 R C log e E - E c E ,