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Plasma Erosion Opening Switch Research at NRL

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This paper is a review of plasma erosion opening switch (PEOS) research performed at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). Several experimental and theoretical results are described to illustrate the present level of understanding and the best switching results obtained to date. Significant power multiplication has been achieved on the Gamble II generator, producing 3.5 TW with less than 10-ns rise time. Switching after nearly 1-¿s conduction time has been demonstrated on Pawn, producing a 0.2-TW 100-ns pulse. Scaling the switch to higher current, power, and conduction time should be possible based on theoretical analysis and the favorable results of scaling experiments performed thus far.

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Plasma Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 6 )