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Measurement and simulation of the behavior of a short spark gap used as ESD protection device

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2 Author(s)
Bonisch, S. ; Tech. Univ. of Berlin, Germany ; Kalkner, W.

The voltage-current behavior of a short spark gap having 6 μm gap distance as a protection device against electrostatic discharge (ESD) is described. The protection capabilities and deviation of important parameters as a function of the number of applied discharges are presented and discussed. A new PSPICE model able to simulate surface and gas discharge processes at the spark gap is introduced. Measurement and simulation data are compared while taking these fundamental processes into account.

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Electromagnetic Compatibility, 2003 IEEE International Symposium on  (Volume:1 )

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18-22 Aug. 2003