40 GW Linear transformer driver stage for pulse generators of Mega-ampere range

B. M. Kovalchuk, A. V. Kharlov, A. A. Zherlitsyn, E. V. Kumpjak, N. V. Tsoy, V. A. Vizir, G. V. Smorudov

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    Linear transformer driver (LTD) technology is actively developed at the Institute of High Current Electronics in Tomsk, Russia. This technology is being examined for use in high current high voltage pulsed accelerators. Recent development of high voltage low inductance capacitors and low inductance switches enabled to achieve ∼100ns rise time of the LTD output pulse. This technique allows one to eliminate intermediate pulse forming sections, used in the present accelerator technology, which would keep the footprint of an LTD accelerator small. LTD based drivers are currently considered for many applications, including future very high current Z-pinch drivers for inertial confinement fusion, medium current drivers with adjustable pulse length for isentropic compression experiments, and finally relatively low current accelerators for radiography and X-pinches. In this article, we present the design and test results for a new LTD stage, that operates at 100kV charging voltage. Current amplitude up to 850kA with ∼140ns rise time was obtained on a 0.05Ω load. Stack of the LTD stages can be easily assembled in series or in parallel, thus providing voltage or current multiplication, respectively. Design of multi-mega-volt and multi-mega-ampere generators becomes straightforward with the LTD technology.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)371-378
    Number of pages8
    JournalLaser and Particle Beams
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009


    • Linear induction accelerator
    • Linear transformer
    • Pulsed power

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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