Investigation of UV laser triggered, nanosecond, surface flashover switches

W. C. Nunnally, R. Neurath, C. Holmes, S. Sampayan, George J Caporaso

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Triggered, multi-channel, surface discharges or surface flashover switching have been investigated as a low inductance, low pulse rate switch for conducting large currents. This paper discusses the investigation of UV (355 nm) laser triggered, single channel, low inductance, ns closure and sub-ns jitter switches for applications in switching high dielectric constant, compact pulse forming lines into accelerator loads. The experimental arrangement for evaluating the switch performance and for measuring the high field dielectric constant of the pulse forming lines is presented. Experimental results of delay and jitter measurements versus optical energy on the flashover surface and dc electric field charge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDigest of Technical Papers-IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference
EditorsM. Giesselmann, A. Neuber
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event14th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference - Dallas, TX, United States
Duration: Jun 15 2003Jun 18 2003


Other14th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDallas, TX

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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