Spark Discharge

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Spark Discharge

That type of gaseous electrical discharge in which the charge transfer occurs intermittently along a relatively constricted path of high ion density, resulting in high luminosity. It is of short duration and to be contrasted with the nonluminous point discharge, with the diffuse corona discharge, and also with the continuous arc discharge. </dd>
The exact meaning to be attached to the term spark discharge varies somewhat in the literature. It is frequently applied to just the transient phase of the establishment of any arc discharge. A lightning discharge is a large-scale spark discharge, though its very length introduces certain details not found in laboratory short-spark processes. [[/a>|/a> ]]


This article is based on NASA's Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use