A compact, repetitive, 500KV, 500 J, Marx generator

A. A. Neuber, Y. J. Chen, J. C. Dickens, M. Kristiansen

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The electrical characteristics and design features of a low inductance, compact, 500 kV, 500 J, 10 Hz repetition rate, Marx generator are discussed. While benefiting from the large energy density of mica capacitors, 4 mica capacitors were utilized in parallel per stage, keeping the parasitic inductance per stage low. Including the sparkgap switches, a stage inductance of 55 nH was measured, which translates with 100 nF capacitance per stage to ∼ 18.5 Ω characteristic Marx impedance. Using solely inductors, ∼ 1 mH each, as charging elements instead of resistors enabled charging the Marx within less than 100 ms with little charging losses. The pulse width of the Marx into a matched resistive load is about 200 ns with 50 ns rise-time. Repetitive HPM generation with the Marx directly driving a small Vircator has been verified. The Marx is fitted into a tube with 30 cm diameter and a total length of 0.7 m. We discuss the Marx operation at up to 21 kV charging voltage per stage, with repetition rates of up to 10 Hz in burst mode primarily into resistive loads. A lumped circuit description of the Marx is also given, closely matching the experimental results.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2005 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference, PPC
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2007
Event2005 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference, PPC - Monterey, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 13 2005Jun 17 2005

Publication series

NameDigest of Technical Papers-IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference


Conference2005 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference, PPC
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMonterey, CA


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