Alas, due to computer problems only the TITLE was published.
Here is the event referred to:
What you see above are two identical polypropylene (or styrene, not sure on that) insulators.
The scale is in centimeters. On the right is the "orginal form" of the insulator. About 1 1/2 cm diameter with a .4 cm hole in the middle. About 2 cm long. The hole in the middle is threaded.
On the LEFT is a similar insulator which was "loose" in the vacuum chamber during one of the Proton21 200,000 Volt/500,000 amp/5 nanosecond discharges.
The important observation is not the distortion, but that the THREADS are now on the OUTSIDE of the insulator!
I.e., what ever distorted the insulator also TURNED IT INSIDE OUT.
I have NO rational explanation for this.
I cannot justify an atom by atom atomic collision explanation. Because the insulator easily calculates to about a mole of material ( 6 X 10^23 atoms), and the amount of material involved in the loss from the end of the tip of the Cu pin is about 1/100 of a mole.. the numbers are wrong.
It has been suggested that "shock waves" can do this. The question is IN A VACUUM CHAMBER what was the "shock wave" carried on?
Anyone with any suggestion would be appreciated.