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A review of opening switch technology for inductive energy storage

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3 Author(s)
Schoenbach, K.H. ; Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA ; Kristiansen, M. ; Schaefer, G.

A review of the state of the art in opening switches is presented. The general operating principles and present and potential future operating parameters for several switch categories are discussed. Among the switch categories described are: mechanical, solid state, vacuum arc, crossed field, fuse, explosive, plasma gun, superconducting, thermal, MHD instability, diffuse discharge, plasma erosion switches, and reflex triodes.

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:72 ,  Issue: 8 )