Pulse power systems using opening switches

B. M. Kovalchuk, Yu A. Kotov, G. A. Mesyats

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    A description of pulse power systems using plasma erosion opening switches, microwire interrupters, e-beam-controlled gas gaps, and vacuum triodes is given. First, two types of opening switches were used in nanosecond pulse accelerators, producing 1-6 MeV, 104-106-A e-beams. Two other types are being investigated. New results were obtained on the GIT-4 and GIT-16 devices using plasma opening switches and on a new version of the VIRA X-ray machine using wire interrupters. A plasma-cathode accelerator intended for controlling a gas-discharge opening switch used with a 100-kJ capacitor bank has been developed. Vacuum triodes operating at currents of up to 100 kA have been investigated for their application as opening switches. It has been demonstrated that the triode cut-off can occur in 2 × 10-8 s.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication91 IEEE Int Conf Plasma Sci
    Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, United States
    PublisherPubl by IEEE
    Number of pages1
    ISBN (Print)0780301471
    Publication statusPublished - 1991
    Event1991 IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science - Williamsburg, VA, USA
    Duration: 3 Jun 19915 Jun 1991


    Other1991 IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science
    CityWilliamsburg, VA, USA

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Engineering(all)

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