Trigger Circuit for Marx Generators
Patent Application, Filed 8 Feb 2001
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A trigger circuit is provided for a trigger system for a Marx generator column. The column includes a plurality of metal electrode pairs wherein the electrodes of each pair are spaced to form a spark gap there between and a capacitor is connected across each gap. The trigger system includes a three electrode trigatron spark gap switch forming the first spark gap of the Marx generator column. The triggering circuit includes a trigger transformer having primary and secondary windings. The secondary winding is connected through a connecting cable to a blocking capacitor of an input circuit of the trigatron switch. A charging capacitor is connected to an oscillator power supply so as to be charged thereby to the output voltage e.g., 345 volts of the oscillator power supply. An electronic switch e.g., an SOB is connected to a junction between the charging capacitor and the oscillator power supply for, when actuated by an input pulse, completing a connection between the capacitor and the primary winding of the trigger transformer so that a high voltage trigger pulse is produced at the secondary winding of the trigger transformer.
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