EI3370 Electrical Discharges in Gases and their Applications, PhD Course 8.0 credits

Elektriska urladdningar i gaser och deras tillämpningar, doktorandkurs

The purpose of the course is to familiarize PhD students with the physics of electrical discharges in gases, including theory, simulation and measurements, and to introduce him/her to their major engineering applications where electrical discharges play an important role

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    P, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

  • Periods

    Spring 19 P3 (8.0 credits)

  • Application code


  • Start date


  • End date


  • Language of instruction


  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time


  • Form of study


  • Number of places

    No limitation

Information for research students about course offerings

Every other year

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental physical processes and the major mechanisms leading to electrical discharges in gases
  • Compare the different types of thermal (arcs, leader discharges, plasmas) and non-thermal discharges (glow, corona streamers, avalanches, dielectric barrier discharges), their types and features
  • Analyse and interpret the electrical, chemical and optical measurements of electrical discharges in the laboratory
  • Perform electric field calculations and use basic criteria for the evaluation of breakdown in gases
  • Compare the different numerical techniques used to simulate electrical discharges in gases, identify their limitations and choose properly the processes that can be simulated with them.
  • Develop a simple computer model to simulate electrical discharges in a specific application of interest for the student.

Course main content

Physics of electrical discharges in gases and their application, including theory, simulation and measurements


Lessons 30 h



Required equipment

High voltage laboratory, electrical switching laboratory


  • EXA1 - Examination, 8.0, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

Written examination, a simulation exercise and laboratory reports. Oral presentation of one subject.

Offered by

EECS/Electromagnetic Engineering


Marley Becerra


Marley Becerra Garcia <marley@kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2019.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.