Terawatt pulse-power generator with a microsecond plasma-opening switch

Sergei P. Bugaev, Alexander M. Volkov, Alexander M. Iskol'dsky, Alexander A. Kim, Boris M. Koval'chuk, Vladimir A. Kokshenev, Gennady A. Mesyats, Alexander A. Novikov, Valery P. Yakovlev

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A review of the first experiments with the GIT-4 generator is given. GIT-4 is based on the results obtained previously on Gamma (1985) and Marina (1986) generators and has operated since December 1986. GIT-4 is designed to test the concept of a terawatt pulsed-power generator based on the direct charging of an inductive storage from a Marx primary store using a plasma-opening switch (POS) at currents up to several mega-amperes. Such generators need a POS with essentially microsecond conduction times. In the experiments reviewed, output powers up to 2.5 TW in the POS region were obtained at current levels up to 1 MA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-118
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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