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High-Power Thyratron-Type Switch For Laser Applications
Author(s): G. Kirkman; W. Hartmann; T. Y. Hsu; R. L. Liou; M. A. Gundersen; P. Ingwersen; S. S. Merz
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Paper Abstract

A review of recent progress in the development of the low-pressure (~27 Pa H2) glow discharge pulsed high-power (10~30kV) switch, the Back-Lighted Thyratron (BLT), is to be presented. The BLT operates with a glow discharge and utilizes a simple device geometry. New data on peak current capability, current rise rate, current reversal ability, life, repetition rate operation, and trigger efficiency and comparisons of delay and jitter with different trigger methods (flash-triggered, laser-triggered and electrically-triggered) are reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 April 1989
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 1046, Pulse Power for Lasers II, (10 April 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.951336
Show Author Affiliations
G. Kirkman, University of Southern California (United States)
W. Hartmann, University of Southern California (United States)
T. Y. Hsu, University of Southern California (United States)
R. L. Liou, University of Southern California (United States)
M. A. Gundersen, University of Southern California (United States)
P. Ingwersen, Integrated Applied Physics (United States)
S. S. Merz, Integrated Applied Physics (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1046:
Pulse Power for Lasers II
Tom R. Burkes; G. Glen McDuff, Editor(s)

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