High voltage pulses of sub-microsecond duration can instigate electrical breakdown in adipose tissue, which is followed by a spark discharge. Breakdown voltages are generally lower than observed for purified lipids but higher than for air. Development of breakdown for the repetitive application of pulses resembles a gradual and stochastic process as reported for partial discharges in solid dielectrics. The inflicted tissue damage itself is confined to the gap between electrodes, providing a method to use spark discharges as a precise surgical technique.
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Research Article| August 01 2011
Pulsed electric breakdown in adipose tissue
Juergen F. Kolb;
Juergen F. Kolb, Noah Scully, Dilip Paithankar; Pulsed electric breakdown in adipose tissue. Appl. Phys. Lett. 1 August 2011; 99 (5): 053701. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3619812
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