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Design, Construction, and Testing of Switches and Trigger Generator for 1.2-MJ Capacitive Pulsed Power Supply Module

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7 Author(s)
Lee Li ; Coll. of Electr. & Electron. Eng., Huazhong Univ. of Sci. & Technol., Wuhan, China ; Liu Gang ; Zeng Han ; Hu Guan
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In this paper, starting from the project requirements, a 1.2-MJ pulsed power supply (PPS) module for a high-power laser system has been developed. The main circuit of this module consists of a high energy density capacitor bank, a spark gap switch, a magnetic switch, a trigger generator, and a load subsystem. Due to the superiority in the stability and service life, the two-electrode construction for the spark gap switch, high peak currents, and rise time of the currents is selected. Since a two-electrode spark gap switch has no separate trigger electrode and must be directly overvolted by the trigger generator, a small Marx generator has been designed and constructed for the advantage of the proven compactness and electrical performance. The effect of the magnetic switch represents a couple of functions. One is to block the triggering pulse produced by the Marx generator. Another is to permit the discharging current coming from the main capacitor bank. Finally, the measured discharge current waveform of the 1.2-MJ capacitive PPS module is demonstrated to be over a 300-kA peak current and a 500-μs pulsewidth. Moreover, the life test has proved that the switch-trigger system can support more than 1500 discharging processes.

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Plasma Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:39 ,  Issue: 1 )