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A Solid-State 0–120 kV Microsecond Pulse Charger for a Nanosecond Pulse Source

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4 Author(s)
Huiskamp, T. ; Electr. Energy Syst. Group, Eindhoven Univ. of Technol., Eindhoven, Netherlands ; Beckers, F.J.C.M. ; van Heesch, E.J.M. ; Pemen, A.J.M.

In this paper, we present a solid state 0-120 kV microsecond pulse charger for our nanosecond pulse generator . The pulse-forming line (PFL) of our nanosecond pulse generator must be charged with microsecond pulses to prevent pre-firing of its oil spark gap. The pulse charger consists of two identical compact pulse charger modules with integrated electronics. The electronic circuits are mounted on a compact printed circuit board and consist mainly of a number of parallel connected insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) that switch a primary capacitor bank into a pulse transformer. Each pulse charger module can generate 60 kV microsecond pulses at 1 kHz repetition rate. When connected in series, they are able to deliver up to 120 kV into a 100 pF load. This 100 pF load is the PFL of our nanosecond pulse generator at its maximum length of 1 m. The pulse charger is able to operate in a harsh electromagnetic interference environment as a result of its compact layout and optical triggering of the IGBTs.

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Plasma Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 12 )

Date of Publication:

Dec. 2013

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