Multi gap, multi channel spark switches

A. A. Kim, B. M. Kovalchuk, V. V. Kremnev, E. V. Kumpjak, A. A. Novikov, B. Etlicher, L. Frescaline, J. F. Leon, B. Roques, F. Lassalle, R. Lample, G. Avrillaud, F. Kovacs

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    The results of the multigap, multichannel switch development performed in High Current Electronics Institute in order to reach the requirements of the SYRINX project in France are presented. The requirements include: 90 kV operating voltage; >500 kA switching current; <1 μs current rising time; and <10 nH switch inductance. Different switches developed on consecutive steps of the collaboration are described. In these switches, the multichannel discharge is realized in multigap spark switch configuration, where the voltage during charging is uniformly distributed between the few gaps connected in series. The triggering occurs due to disturbance of voltage distribution between the gaps when trigger pulse is applied.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDigest of Technical Papers-IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference
    EditorsG. Cooperstein, I. Vitkovitsky
    Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, United States
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 1997
    EventProceedings of the 1997 11th International Pulsed Power Conference. Part 2 (of 2) - Baltimore, MD, USA
    Duration: 29 Jun 19972 Jul 1997


    OtherProceedings of the 1997 11th International Pulsed Power Conference. Part 2 (of 2)
    CityBaltimore, MD, USA

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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