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Progress in the development of the ferratron: a novel repetitively rated triggered spark-gap switch with ultralow jitter
Author(s): Jane M. Lehr; Carl E. Baum; Leland H. Bowen; Juan M. Elizondo; Donald E. Ellerbee; Everett G. Farr; William D. Prather
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Paper Abstract

Low jitter, triggered spark gap switches are highly desirable components for a wide variety of High Power Microwave applications. In particular, this switch enables a wide range of new applications ranging from protection circuitry to high power transient arrays that are currently technically infeasible with the considerable jitter associated with high power switches. The device presently under advanced development is a novel triggering scheme using a ferroelectric ceramic as the electron source coupled with a high gas flow rate which allows reliable triggering at low trigger voltages, even at high repetition rates. The switch chamber is tailored to reduce field stresses and provide a low inductance current path with a very compact geometry. The high gas flow rate allows the replacement of the gas in the discharge region within the time scale necessary to sustain the required repetition rates of up to 1000 Hz.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4031, Intense Microwave Pulses VII, (14 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.391796
Show Author Affiliations
Jane M. Lehr, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Carl E. Baum, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Leland H. Bowen, Farr Research Inc. (United States)
Juan M. Elizondo, EMT Corp. (United States)
Donald E. Ellerbee, Farr Research Inc. (United States)
Everett G. Farr, Farr Research Inc. (United States)
William D. Prather, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4031:
Intense Microwave Pulses VII
Howard E. Brandt, Editor(s)

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