One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A law relating to gas discharges formulated by Paschen in 1889 (Ann. der Physik u. Chem.37 90) which states that at a constant temperature the breakdown voltage in any particular gas depends only on the product of the pressure and the interelectrode distance.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London.
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