15-Stage compact Marx generator using 2N5551 avalanche transistors

T. Huiskamp, T. Borrias

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Abstract

In this contribution, we present a 15-stage, avalanche transistor Marx generator using inexpensive 2N5551 transistors. It can be used in low-power biomedical, environmental and food applications where compact circuits to generate high-voltage pulses are required. We characterized the avalanche transistors and built a test setup with 15 stages which provides 1.3-kV pulses into a 50 Ohm load and over 3-kV into a small capacitive load (such as a small plasma reactor). Furthermore, by optimizing placement of starting capacitances, the rise time of the circuit could be adjusted to just under 2 ns, which can still be further optimized.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference, IPMHVC 2016
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages421-425
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-2354-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-2355-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2017
Event2016 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference (IPMHVC 2016) - palace Hotel, San Francisco, United States
Duration: 6 Jul 20169 Jul 2016
http://www.ipmhvc.com/2016/

Conference

Conference2016 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference (IPMHVC 2016)
Abbreviated titleIPMHVC 2016
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period6/07/169/07/16
Internet address

Keywords

  • Avalanche transistor
  • Marx generator
  • Pulsed power

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