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Silicon Switch Development For Optical Pulse Generation In Fusion Lasers At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Author(s): Russell B. Wilcox
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Paper Abstract

We have been developing a silicon photoconductive switch for use as a Pockels cell driver in the pulse generation systems of the fusion lasers Nova and Novette. The objective has been to make 10 kV switches repeatably and which are reliable on an operating system. We found that nonlinear phenomena in nearly intrinsic silicon caused excessive conduction at high voltage resulting in breakdown. Our experiments with doped material show that this problem can be eliminated, resulting in useful devices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 November 1983
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0439, Picosecond Optoelectronics, (28 November 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.966082
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Russell B. Wilcox, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0439:
Picosecond Optoelectronics
Gerard A. Mourou, Editor(s)

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