Solid state linear transformer driver (LTD) development for HPM sources

L. Collier, M. B. Walls, J. Dickens, J. Mankowski, A. Neuber

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The Marx pulse generator topology has been widely used in pulsed power applications1,2. Another pulse generator topology, the linear transformer driver (LTD), has been developed3 that may serve as a viable alternative to the Marx generator. LTDs utilize inductively added stages to achieve high voltages and currents. Unlike a Marx generator, each stage in an LTD features multiple bricks, all of which are ground referenced and allow current to be distributed amongst an arbitrary number of switches. This allows for LTDs that utilize solid-state switches, potentially resulting in more compact and reliable pulse generators. A solid-state, >10 kA peak current, multiple-stage LTD is developed. The generator's performance will be analyzed for viability as a replacement for driving a high power microwave generator.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference, PPC 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479984039
StatePublished - Oct 12 2015
EventIEEE Pulsed Power Conference, PPC 2015 - Austin, United States
Duration: May 31 2015Jun 4 2015

Publication series

NameDigest of Technical Papers-IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference


ConferenceIEEE Pulsed Power Conference, PPC 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Generators
  • Inductance
  • Magnetic cores
  • Solid modeling
  • Thyristors
  • Topology
  • Windings


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