# Energy Stored leading to Dielectric breakdown

1. ### HPRF

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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A cavity can only store 1J of EM energy as it reaches dielectric breakdown at 3kV/mm. What dielectric strength would a new gas filling the cavity have if the energy stored was to be 4J.

2. Relevant equations

U=$$\frac{1}{2}$$(epsilon)E2

3. The attempt at a solution

I would use the above equation to find the E field that would result in 4J of energy stored. Can anyone tell me if this is the correct approach to answering this question?

Last edited: Dec 29, 2009
2. ### BertHickman

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That's the correct approach. The energy scales as the E-field squared, so quadrupling the energy doubles the required E-field, so the gas dielectric must be able to withstand a field of 6 kV/mm without breaking down.