Ion Track Technology

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Reimar Spohr

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Preparation of Superinsulating Surfaces by the Nuclear Track Technique. B.E. Fischer, D. Albrecht, R. Spohr. Radiation Effects, vol.65, pp. 143 - 144, (1982).

A common problem in high voltage technique is the breakdown of insulators due to surface contamination with conducting material, for example if metal vapor is transported from metal to insulating surfaces by sparking. The conventional way to cope with this situation is to produce insulators, with, e.g., undulating shapes so that a larger area must be contaminated before breakdown occurs. The possible increase of insulator surface, however, is moderate and the resulting protection against contamination is not very effective.