Marx generator using pseudospark switches

Andras Kuthi, Ray Alde, Martin Gundersen, Andreas Neuber

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The design and preliminary operation of the major subsystems of a Marx style pulse generator using advanced Pseudospark devices are presented. The bank consists of three 150nF / 40kV capacitors connected with three floating FS2000 type Pseudospark switches. These switches can hold off 35 kV and pass up to 10 kA at repetition rates approaching 1 kHz. The expected lifetime of >200kC and the relatively low housekeeping power of <50W make the Pseudospark switch an excellent candidate in compact Marx generator applications. Preliminary operation of the floating housekeeping units essential to the Marx generator is presented in detail.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2003
Event14th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference - Dallas, TX, United States
Duration: Jun 15 2003Jun 18 2003


Conference14th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDallas, TX


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