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15-Stage Compact Marx Generator Using 2N5551 Avalanche Transistors

Jul 7, 2016, 1:30 PM
1h 30m
Twin Peaks (Palace Hotel San Francisco)

Twin Peaks

Palace Hotel San Francisco

Poster Presentation Biological, Medical, and Environmental Applications of Power Modulators Poster 2-A


Dr Tom Huiskamp (Eindhoven University of Tehcnology)


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 4-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.

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Dr Tom Huiskamp (Eindhoven University of Tehcnology)


Dr Guus Pemen (Eindhoven University of Technology) Mr Thomas Borrias (Eindhoven University of Technology)

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