Accession Number:

ADA180182

Title:

High Voltage, High Power Operation of the Plasma Erosion Opening Switch.

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.,

Corporate Author:

JAYCOR VIENNA VA

Report Date:

1987-04-07

Pagination or Media Count:

10.0

Abstract:

A Plasma Erosion Opening Switch PEOS is used as the opening switch for a vacuum inductive storage system driven by a 1.8-MV, 1.6-TW pulsed power generator. A 135 nH vacuum inductor is current charged to about 750 kA in 50 ns through the closed PEOS which then opens in 10 ns into an inverse ion diode load. Electrical diagnostics and nuclear activations from ions accelerated in the diode yield a peak load voltage 4.25 MV and peak load power 2.8 TW that are 2.4 and 1.8 times greater than ideal matched load values for the same generator pulse. Keywords Vacuum opening switch Voltage multiplication Pulse compression Power multiplication.

Subject Categories:

  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE