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Discharge initiation system in electrothermal launcher
Author(s): A. V. Chebotarev; I. L. Kolensky; J. A. Kulikov; A. V. Melnik; E. J. Shcolnikov
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Paper Abstract

A discharge initiation system is developed which is intended for discharge gap breakdown in an electrothermal launcher. It consists of a high voltage transformer, a pulse sharpening discharge element and a nonlinear inductance or magnetic switch. The high voltage transformer with air as dielectric produces output voltage up to 130 kV. It permits to realize with certainty the breakdown of gaps with length up to 3 cm. The breakdown occurs along the surface of dielectric dividing the gap electrodes, polyethylene, fluoric plastic and ceramics being used as a material between electrodes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1994
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 2259, XVI International Symposium on Discharges and Electrical Insulation in Vacuum, (1 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.174596
Show Author Affiliations
A. V. Chebotarev, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (Russia)
I. L. Kolensky, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (Russia)
J. A. Kulikov, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (Russia)
A. V. Melnik, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (Russia)
E. J. Shcolnikov, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2259:
XVI International Symposium on Discharges and Electrical Insulation in Vacuum
Gennady A. Mesyats, Editor(s)

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