FIRING CHARACTERISTICS OF MULTIPLE-ELECTRODE TRIGGERED VACUUM GAPS.
Research and development technical rept.,
ARMY ELECTRONICS COMMAND FORT MONMOUTH N J
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The design of a multiple-electrode triggered vacuum gap for 350-kilovolt operation as an energy diverter was described at the Ninth Modulator Symposium. This program was continued. In the design of the new tubes, the primary design objective was to achieve minimum firing times without sacrifice of voltage hold-off reliability. The arc length was considerably shortened and the ceramic sidewalls have been shielded from the arc. Three different designs were constructed. They are a six-gap tube, a three-gap tube, and a modified version of the three-gap tube with a hydrogen reservoir added. The firing characteristics of these tubes were studied from 1 kilovolt to 280 kilovolts. The influence of a low pressure of hydrogen on firing and hold-off was evaluated. Author
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