Low-voltage triggering for a pseudospark switch with an auxiliary glow discharge

Yu D. Korolev, V. G. Geyman, O. B. Frants, I. A. Shemyakin, Klaus Frank, Ch Bickes, U. Ernst, M. Iberler, J. Urban, V. D. Bochkov, V. M. Dyagilev, V. G. Ushich

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    Different electric circuits for triggering the switch with a trigger unit based on an auxiliary glow discharge are discussed. Most attention is concentrated on the recent experimental results on low voltage triggering of the switch and on the mechanisms for the main discharge initiation under the action of the trigger pulse. Due to modifications in the trigger electric circuit, the switch is triggered starting from a voltage of 50 V at a current level in the trigger circuit of 10 mA. With a voltage of 200-250 V and a trigger current of about 0.25 A, the delay time to triggering does not exceed 200 ns.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)796-801
    Number of pages6
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
    Issue number5 I
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2001


    • Anode voltage drop region
    • Cathode voltage drop region
    • Hollow cathode pulsed discharge
    • Pseudospark switch
    • Steady state glow discharge

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Physics and Astronomy(all)
    • Condensed Matter Physics

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