Development of a Lateral, Opposed-Contact Photoconductive Semiconductor Switch
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER DAHLGREN VA
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Photoconductive Semiconductor Switch PCSS development has been performed for many years by various researchers and institutions. The goal of our PCSS development effort is to produce devices with greater hold-off voltage, faster risetimes, and greater lifetime. The PCSS has many applications in pulse power, ranging from ultra-wideband sources to drivers for Q-switches, In this paper the results from a continuing PCSS development effort will be reported. Information covered in this work includes PCSS hold-off voltage data for devices switching in different encapsulating dielectric media. Also, a performance comparison of PCSS devices that have been fabricated on different thickness semi-insulating Gallium Arsenide substrates will be made.
- Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices