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- Breakdown in gases and solids
- Laser-induced breakdown in gases
- Additional Readings
A large, usually abrupt rise in electric current in the presence of a small increase in electric voltage. Breakdown may be intentional and controlled or it may be accidental. Lightning is the most familiar example of breakdown.
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