A review of short pulse generator technology

John Mankowski, Magne Kristiansen

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Today's ultrafast, pulse generators are capable of producing high-voltage pulses, (>1 kV), with fast, leading-edge rise times, (< 1 ns). A review of generator implementation methods is presented that includes a detailed discussion of the various circuit designs and a list of commercially available high-voltage pulse generators. All of these generators are capable of rise times less than a few ns and voltages greater than several hundred volts. Finally, a brief description of the three primary switch types, reed, spark gap, and solid state is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-108
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000


  • Capacitive store
  • Fast switching
  • High voltage
  • Inductive store
  • Marx generators
  • Opening switches
  • Picosecond
  • Pulse forming line
  • Pulse generators
  • Reed switches
  • Solid state switches
  • Spark gaps
  • Tesla transformer


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