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Photoconductive semiconductor switches used for ultrawideband, high-power microwave generation
Author(s): Jeffrey W. Burger; J. S. H. Schoenberg; J. Scott Tyo; Jon P. Hull; Michael D. Abdalla; Sean M. Ahern; Mike C. Skipper; Walter R. Buchwald
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Paper Abstract

The Air Force Phillips Laboratory, in collaboration with the Army Research Laboratory, is developing lateral geometry, high-power photoconductive semiconductor switches (PCSS) for use in phased-array, ultra-wideband sources. The current switch utilizes an opposed contact geometry with a 0.25 cm gap spacing and is an extension of previous work on 1.0 cm PCSS devices. This work presents the development and demonstration of the 0.25 cm PCSS under both ideal laboratory conditions and potential source conditions. The laboratory configuration consists of two high-bandwidth transmission lines connected with a PCSS. The potential source configuration consists of a vector-inversion pulse generator (Blumlein) commuted with a PCSS. The 0.25 cm PCSS is shown to operate at 20 kV charge voltage, 65 ps rms switching jitter, less than 450 ps risetime and greater than 1 kHz pulse repetition rate when triggered using a compact, high-power laser diode.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 1997
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3158, Intense Microwave Pulses V, (3 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.279424
Show Author Affiliations
Jeffrey W. Burger, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
J. S. H. Schoenberg, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
J. Scott Tyo, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
Jon P. Hull, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
Michael D. Abdalla, Maxwell Technologies (United States)
Sean M. Ahern, Maxwell Technologies (United States)
Mike C. Skipper, Maxwell Technologies (United States)
Walter R. Buchwald, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3158:
Intense Microwave Pulses V
Howard E. Brandt, Editor(s)

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