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Instruments 2018, 2(3), 14;

Plasma Deflection Interrupter for Pulsed Power Applications

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
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Received: 1 June 2018 / Revised: 19 July 2018 / Accepted: 27 July 2018 / Published: 29 July 2018
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A plasma-based opening switch, capable of handling kiloampere currents at kilovolt potentials on the microsecond timescale, is described and characterized. The principle of operation is the deflection of a laser-induced arc by an external magnetic field to a shunt circuit path. A first-order model of operation is introduced. Finally, the merits of the device, particularly when applied to high-repetition-rate dense plasma focus (DPF) systems, are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: plasma; pulsed power; opening switch plasma; pulsed power; opening switch

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Majernik, N.; Lynn, W.; Sakai, Y.; Rosenzweig, J. Plasma Deflection Interrupter for Pulsed Power Applications. Instruments 2018, 2, 14.

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