Subnanosecond high voltage pulser for the investigation of dielectric breakdown

J. Mankowski, J. Dickens, M. Kristiansen

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Abstract

A high voltage, sub-nanosecond pulser is designed and built for the purposes of investigating dielectric breakdown. The requirement for the pulser is a voltage pulse of several hundred kilovolts, pulsewidth less than a few nanoseconds, and a risetime <400 psec. This is achieved by using pulse sharpening techniques on the output of a 500 kV Marx bank. Originally designed to stimulate a lightning strike, the voltage waveform from the Marx generator has a slow decay time of tens of μsec. In order to obtain a more desirable pulse, the Marx bank is modified. By removing a lumped-element resistor a higher peak output voltage with a faster risetime can be obtained. Circuit simulations have shown the capability of achieving an 800 kV output in less than 40 nsec to a charging (pulse forming) line. The 50 Ω impedance, oil-filled, pulse forming line consists of a peaking gap and pulse slicing gap. The peaking gap decreases the risetime of the applied pulse down to about 300 psec. The pulse slicing gap is included to short the voltage applied to the delay line and test chamber.

Original languageEnglish
Pages549-554
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 11th International Pulsed Power Conference. Part 2 (of 2) - Baltimore, MD, USA
Duration: Jun 29 1997Jul 2 1997

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 1997 11th International Pulsed Power Conference. Part 2 (of 2)
CityBaltimore, MD, USA
Period06/29/9707/2/97

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    Mankowski, J., Dickens, J., & Kristiansen, M. (1997). Subnanosecond high voltage pulser for the investigation of dielectric breakdown. 549-554. Paper presented at Proceedings of the 1997 11th International Pulsed Power Conference. Part 2 (of 2), Baltimore, MD, USA, .