Optically isolated, 2 kHz repetition rate, 4 kV solid-state pulse trigger generator

D. H. Barnett, J. M. Parson, C. F. Lynn, P. M. Kelly, M. Taylor, S. Calico, M. C. Scott, J. C. Dickens, A. A. Neuber, J. J. Mankowski

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This paper presents the design and operation characteristics of a solid-state high voltage pulse generator. Its primary utilization is aimed at triggering a gaseous spark gap with high repeatability. Specifically, the trigger generator is designed to achieve a risetime on the order of 0.1 kV/ns to trigger the first stage, trigatron spark gap of a 10-stage, 500 kV Marx generator. The major design components are comprised of a 60 W constant current DC-DC converter for high voltage charging, a single 4 kV thyristor, a step-up pulse transformer, and magnetic switch for pulse steepening. A risetime of <30 ns and pulse magnitude of 4 kV is achieved matching the simulated performance of the design.

Original languageEnglish
Article number034702
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2015


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