2017 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference

Europe/London
Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

Kings Road Brighton BN1 2FU United Kingdom
Bucur Novac (Loughborough University)
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    • 12:00 18:30
      Registration 6h 30m Sussex Lounge

      Sussex Lounge

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    • 18:00 19:00
      Reception 1h
    • 08:45 09:45
      Plenary Session 1 - Invited Plenary Speaker : Michel Caron Oxford Hall

      Oxford Hall

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      • 08:45
        HIGH PULSED POWER AT CEA DAM 1h

        High Pulsed Power (HPP) system have been developed at CEA-DAM in France for the last 6 decades in order to assist with National Defence and Deterrence programmes in which they play a key role. HPP technologies are generally used as key subsystems of a more complex equipment such as large accelerators or laser facilities. This talk aims at giving an overview with an historical perspective on the HPP technologies that are currently operational or being developed at CEA-DAM. The main achievements in different fields of applications are reported according to a technology orientated approach.
        First this talk briefly presents the main features of the pulse power systems for the Laser MegaJoule (LMJ). Then, the talk covers the contribution of HPP to the Lab-scale simulation of extreme environments (radiative and non-radiative). It presents the specifications, technologies and performances of HPP facilities developed at CEA in order to carry out a wide variety of experimental studies to assess the resistance of engineered systems to severe environment.
        Pulsed power activities at CEA-DAM related to High-Power Microwave (HPM) systems for defence electromagnetic applications are also presented. A brief focus is given on a recent development of a compact and repetitive Marx generator.
        As the HPP expertise at CEA-DAM is also oriented towards enabling technologies and non-military applications in order to address key issues in various fields ranging from fundamental research to industry, few examples of recent achievements are shown to illustrate the potential of HPP for scientific and industrial applications.
        Eventually, this talk presents the latest HPP development on flash X-ray radiography. The Teutates collaboration between the United Kingdom and France is introduced and the experimental facilities, EPURE in France and the Technology Development Centre (TDC) in the UK are presented through their main pulse power equipment that are the 20MeV Linear Induction Accelerator in operation as a 1st axis in EPURE and the 7.5MeV Inductive Voltage Adder currently commissioned in the TDC prior to being used as a 2nd axis in EPURE. The HPP work for the 3rd radiographic axis of the EPURE facility are highlighted as well.

        Speaker: Michel Caron (CEA)
    • 09:45 10:00
      Coffee/Tea Break: Sponsored by AWE 15m
    • 10:00 12:30
      Oral session 1 - High-Energy Density Storage, Opening and Closing Switches - Session Chair : Jiande Zhang Preston

      Preston

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      • 10:00
        A Greater Than 6 MV Laser Triggered Gas Switch Used on Z 30m

        The Z pulsed power driver at Sandia National Laboratories is used for a wide range of high energy density physics experiments in areas such as inertial confinement fusion, radiation effects, and dynamic material properties. Experimental demands are pushing for the highest energy attainable with more reliability and precision in timing and pulse compression. A previous version of the laser-triggered gas switch had been made reliable at voltages up to 5.7 MV, allowing 5 nanosecond load accuracy. The desire for higher energy and higher precision dictated a new laser-triggered switch design. In Z, 36 DC-charged Marx generators pulse-charge a water-insulated capacitor in 1.5 microseconds. The laser-triggered gas switch commutes the energy stored in the water-insulated capacitor to subsequent pulse compression stages that utilize self-closing water switches. The laser-triggered switch is the last command triggered switch in the chain, and largely determines the time accuracy of the total load current. Both switches consist of a laser triggered section and a self-closing cascade section. The previous design required a trigger plate to provided support for compressing the cascade section. With fixed laser energy, it was impossible to increase the triggered fraction of the switch. Because of the trigger support plate, establishing an operating pressure that provides a reliable balance between low pre-fire rate and low jitter becomes difficult, and more so at higher voltage. The new switch uses a cantilevered design that increases the electric stress in the self-closing section after triggering, even with a slightly-reduced triggered gap. It was required that the new design work within the same operating space and infrastructure as the previous. We will show details of the design and features necessary for reliable operation in the extreme electrical and mechanical environment presented by daily operation on Z.

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        Speaker: Peter Wakeland (Sandia National Laboratories)
      • 10:30
        The investigation of propylene carbonate based nano-fluids as an energy storage medium for pulsed power sources 15m

        Propylene carbonate (PC) is a promising dielectric for the compact pulsed power sources because of its large permittivity, high dielectric strength and broad operating temperature range. By adding nano-particle suspensions homogeneously to the dielectric liquid, the insulating properties of the dielectric liquid can largely be enhanced in the electrical engineering application. In this paper, the breakdown properties of PC based nano-fluids containing only 2 ppm TiO2 nano-particles is experimentally studied and the result of more than 60% higher impulse breakdown voltage than that of base liquid is presented. It is found that the resistance of the test gap containing nano-fluids increases by a factor when the test gap is subjected to high amplitude voltage before the development of electrical breakdown, greatly differing from the invariable resistance in the pure PC case. Moreover, compared with pure PC, the streamers in nano-fluids are more complex branched. It implies that the charge carriers in nano-fluids can be effectively captured and scattered by nano-particles, which is verified by means of thermally stimulated current method.
        Based on these experimental results and theoretical analysis mentioned above, a nano-fluids-dielectric helical pulse forming line accelerator is developed, which has a 0.4-m diameter, a 1.2-m length, and a 7-Ω wave impedance. It can steadily operate at a 500-kV output voltage and a pulse width of 70 ns with better operation stabilities and 2.5 times higher output power than that of pure PC. These efforts set a good foundation for the development of a compact pulsed power generator with a new kind of high energy storage medium, and the results show an appealing application of PC based nano-fluids for the future.

        Speaker: Dr Yanpan Hou (College of Optoelectronic Science and Engineering, National University of Defense Technology)
      • 10:45
        Modular, High-Energy, 4 MA driver for Exploding Foil Initiators* 15m

        An Exploding Foil Initiator (EFI) is one method used to detonate secondary high-explosives without the use of sensitive, primary high-explosives.
        We are developing a new, high-energy EFI system (also known as an E-gun) to replace and enhance an existing E-gun that is near its end of life. The existing E-gun stores 48 kJ at 40 kV and has been used at currents up to 1 MA. The new system will employ a modular design. Each module will store 61 kJ at 60 kV and be rated at 500 kA. The full system would be comprised of eight modules for a total possible current of up to 4 MA.
        We are building two prototype modules. The first design employs metal-can, traditional-style capacitors with Scyllac style bushings. The second design employs FATSCAP-style, plastic-case capacitors originally built for the Atlas facility.
        We are designing the modules to allow different types of closing switches to be utilized. Our two main switching approaches are the Railgap switch and a switch based on detonators.
        We will discuss our designs and present any available results from the prototypes.


        • LLNL is operated by LLNS, LLC, for the U.S. D.O.E., NNSA under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.
        Speaker: Mark Rhodes (Lawrence Livermore National Labs)
      • 11:00
        HIGH CURRENT AND CURRENT RISE RATE THYRISTOR BASED SWITCHES 15m

        Thyristors of tablet design with diameters of silicon wafers of 40 to 56 mm and an operating vol-tage of 2 to 2.4 kV DC were triggered by an external overvoltage pulse applied across the thyris-tor main electrodes. In experiments a voltage rise rate across the thyristor was changed from 1 to 6 kV/ns. Under such conditions the thyristor closing process occurred due to initiation and propa-gation of a fast ionization front across the semiconductor structure, which fills the structure with dense electron-hole plasma within 200 to 400 ps. The thyristor based switches contained 2 to 9 series connected thyristors and operated in this triggering mode in different discharge circuits. Operating voltage was 5 to 20 kV, capacitance of discharge capacitors was 2 μF to 1.2 mF, and stored energy was 0.4 to 15 kJ. The experimental results obtained covered the following range of discharge parameters: discharge current amplitude of 10 to 200 kA, current-rise rate of 15 to 130 kA/μs, current rise time (0.1-0.9 level) of 0.4 to 5 μs, pulse duration (FWHM) of 1 to 20 μs, and switching efficiency of 0.85 to 0.97. Effect of the voltage rise rate at the triggering stage as well as temperature of the silicon wafer on the thyristors main switching characteristics will be shown. Results of the thyristors testing in pulse repetition mode will be given. The paper will discuss the experimental circuitry, tested switches design, and results obtained. The results of numerical si-mulations of the thyristor switching process will also be given.

        Speaker: Anton Gusev (Institute of Electrophysics)
      • 11:15
        Implementation of High-Voltage Switch Using Inductive Energy for Switch Synchronization 15m

        For discrete semiconductor switches with smaller ratings stacked for high-voltage high-current applications, there is the need to ensure reliable gate synchronization of all the switches in the stack. The delay of switching of separate stages must be minimized by reducing the effects of stray inductances in the switch operation. This paper describes the design of a HV switch for high-voltage, high-current pulsed power applications with reliable switch synchronization. In this design, insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBTs) and their gate driver circuits are compactly fitted on a switch module. A single power source serving as the primary of the isolation transformers of all stacked IGBTs provides synchronized gating signal to drive the stacked switches. Due to the fast di/dt rise of this inductive energy, switch turn-on delay time is greatly improved, allowing for reliable switch synchronization at fast speed. Rated pulse output voltage and current of 10 kV and 1.5 kA respectively were applied to a load using a configuration of the developed HV switch and a capacitor charger, and by experimental results, the operation of the proposed circuit was verified to be effectively used as a switch for pulse discharging

        Index Terms — High-voltage switches, gate drive circuit, switch synchronization, pulsed-power application

        Speaker: Gideon Nimo Appiah (University of Science and Technology)
      • 11:30
        HIGH CURRENT, HIGH VOLTAGE SOLID-STATE SWITCH PROGRESS AT AFRL 30m

        A 50 kV solid-state switch has been developed using ThinpakTM Current Controlled SolidTRON® (CCS) thyristors from Silicon Power Corporation. A switch comprises thirty-six, series-connected thyristors and an internally powered, optically initiated trigger circuit. The trigger circuit drives the common primary winding of sixteen trigger transformer; each transformer has two output windings coupled to a pair of thyristor gates. This triggering arrangement provides simultaneous switching of all 36 thyristors. Because the only control signal is optical, these modules can be series-connected to switch higher voltages or floated to provide switching for Marx generators. Single switch modules have been operated at pulse widths from 300 ns up to 7 µs and pulsed currents from 250 A up to 2500 A with risetimes < 50 ns. The switching delay is approximately 100 ns with a pulse to pulse jitter of < 1.5 ns. This performance is achievable down to applied voltages as low as 2 kV. Testing at higher current is ongoing with a performance objective of 10 kA in a 300 ns pulse. A number of applications of these solid-state switch modules will be presented.

        Speaker: Susan Heidger (U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory)
      • 12:00
        Voltage Maintaining Performance of High Energy Density Capacitor 15m

        The high energy density (HED) capacitor is the energy storage component in capacitive pulsed power systems. There is an obvious voltage decay phenomena when the capacitor is disconnected with the charge source, and the higher the energy density is, the faster the voltage decay. And the voltage maintaining performance (VMP) of capacitor is of special interests especially in the occasion that has high requirement of output energy efficiency. For the HED capacitor made of metallized films, there are three factors influencing the VMP: self-healing, dielectric leakage and polarization. In order to investigate the effect of above factors on VMP of HED capacitor, the experiments and analyses of self-healing characteristics, dielectric leakage in stable status and slow polarization are carried out. For a 3kV/1.4MJ/m^3 HED capacitor, the self-healing is responsible for less than 12.5% of the whole voltage decay. And the dielectric leakage contributes for 32.5% with the fact that the conductivity is in the range of 3×10^-16 S/m-1.5×10^-15 S/m.The voltage decay is mainly caused by the slow polarization. Then a VMP simulation considering no self-healing process established by using Debye theory, and different working parameters such as charging rate, holding time are studied by using the VMP simulation. When the charging rate is 100 V/s, 300 V/s and 3000 V/s, the voltage decay in 1 minutes is 5.2%, 5.5% and 5.75% respectively, and when the holding time is 0 s, 10 s, 100 s and 1000 s, the percentage of 1min voltage drop of capacitor is 5.2%, 4.75%, 3.25% and 2% respectively. The results based on the space charge reveal the facts that faster charging rate or shorter holding time result in faster voltage decay. And, with the consideration of the energy output efficiency and voltage withstand characteristics of dielectric, the charging time and holding time will be compromise values.

        Speaker: Hua Li (State Key Laboratory of Advanced Electromagnetic Engineering and Technology, HUST)
      • 12:15
        Photocurrent Efficiency in Bulk and PIN SiC Photoconductive Semiconductor Switches for Pulsed Power Applications 15m

        A comprehensive picture of the relationship between optical fluence $(30-30,000~\mu J/cm^2)$, optical wavelength $(295-375~nm)$, electrical bias $(8-64~kV/cm)$, and photocurrent efficiency (defined as the ratio of electrons extracted to electrons generated) in SiC photoconductive semiconductor switches (PCSSs) is presented. The behavior of SiC PCSSs including high electric field stress behavior $(> 200~kV/cm)$ captured in self consistent drift-diffusion simulations, and associated failure modes are briefly highlighted.

        For a PCCS to be practical, a high photocurrent efficiency is desired. Typically, this efficiency is wavelength dependent, and in the case of the bulk PCSSs, the efficiency was observed to exhibit a broad peak over the wavelength range from 315 to 350$~$nm. Overall, a maximum photocurrent efficiency of at most 10 % was found, largely depending on the operating conditions. Thus, to overcome this efficiency limitation, a prototype PIN (as opposed to bulk) SiC PCSS was designed and evaluated. The PIN device was designed and optimized using TCAD Silvaco simulations along with a custom particle swarm optimization for the junction termination design. This approach yielded a 6x-10x improvement in photocurrent efficiency relative to bulk SiC PCSSs over the same parameter space with comparable voltage blocking performance.

        Bearing in mind presently available pulsed UV light sources, bulk SiC PCSSs are considered to be most practical for burst high voltage or single shot pulse applications (demonstrated up to 65$~$MHz repetition rate), while the PIN PCSS structure lends itself to high average power, continuous pulse operation in the single digit MHz repetition rate regime.

        *This work is supported by AFOSR grant FA95501010106, “Collaborative Research on Novel High Power Sources for and Physics of Ionospheric Modification.”

        Speaker: Daniel Mauch (Texas Tech University)
    • 10:00 12:30
      Oral session 2 - Medical, Biological and Environmental Applications - Session Chair : Wolfgang Frey Stanmer

      Stanmer

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      • 10:00
        POWER MODULATOR FOR HIGH-YIELD PRODUCTION OF PLASMA ACTIVATED WATER 30m

        Water can be activated by applying plasma in contact with the water. Plasma activated water (PAW) typically contains hydrogen peroxide, nitrates, nitrites, and peroxynitrite, and typically has a pH ranging from 2-4.The components of PAW and the low pH have proven synergistic antimicrobial effects against bacteria, biofilms, yeasts and other microorganisms.
        In this contribution, we describe a system for the production of PAW at high yield and high production rate. A compact and solid-state dual resonant system has been realized and successfully demonstrated for industrial PAW production. The system generates up to 80 kV dual-resonant high-voltage pulses with an oscillation frequency of 1 MHz, pulse rep-rate up to 20 kHz and an average power of 300 W. The paper describes a detailed comparison of various topologies, a detailed design procedure, simulations and overview of the practical realization and verification of the power modulator. The system is able to activate around 100 L/hour.
        In addition, we will give an overview of several pilot demonstrations of promising applications of PAW. In agro applications, such as nitrogen fixation for fertilizer production, and the prevention of plant disinfections in horticulture.

        Speaker: Prof. Guus Pemen (Eindhoven University of Technology)
      • 10:30
        Study of OH Radical Generation Process in Pulsed Air Discharge Including Water Droplets 15m

        Water purification technology that can decompose refractory organic compounds efficiently is required because eluent standard of factories became stricter. As one of methods of water purification, we have studied spraying polluted water into pulsed discharge. In this method, polluted water is purified by OH radical and ozone mainly, which are produced by the discharge. However, generation processes of those products have not confirmed in experiment. To confirm it, OH radicals in case of spraying into the pulsed discharge space and in case of spraying into ozone space without the discharge, were measured and compared. In this measurement, ozone concentration generated at the discharge space was equalized with ozone concentration in ozone space. OH radical was measured by a fluorescent method using terephthalic acid, and decomposition of acetic acid. As the result, OH radical concentration of both spaces was similar. Therefore, we expect that almost all OH radicals are generated via the reaction of ozone and OH minus ion.

        Speaker: Taichi Sugai (Nagaoka University of Technology)
      • 10:45
        SUB-MICROSECOND DISCHARGES FOR THE DEGRADATION OF ORGANIC POLLUTANTS IN WATER* 30m

        Persistent organic pollutants, such as pharmaceutical residues, often withstand treatment by conventional water treatments. Plasmas generated directly in water have shown to effectively decompose these compounds, presenting a promising new approach. Especially corona-discharges that are generated by short high voltage pulses are able to penetrate large volumes of water of different characteristics, including different conductivities and turbidities.
        We have therefore compared corona-discharges that are generated by rectangular high voltage pulses of either 100 ns, 300 ns and 650 ns duration and amplitudes of up to 100 kV in defined and comparable coaxial discharge geometries. The positive high voltage pulses were provided by Blumlein line pulse forming lines and networks in stacked configurations. Foremost we investigated degradation efficacies and efficiencies for six recalcitrant pharmaceuticals that are known to accumulate in surface waters, including diclofenac and ethinylestradiol. Shorter pulses result in higher degradation efficiencies despite a reduced plasma volume penetration. Accordingly we investigated plasma development and also associated reaction chemistries using phenol as a model system. Detailed studies of degradation pathways confirmed that OH-radicals are primarily responsible for the degradation of organic compounds. However, in the bulk they are primarily provided by secondary reactions, i.e. not directly by the plasma. Accordingly, in conjunction with plasma processes, Fenton reactions play a significant role. Concurrently, especially reactions with the ground electrode material, which have so far often been neglected, are important. Ground electrode corrosion due to electrochemical processes favors the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide that was formed as a secondary discharge product to OH-radicals again. Consequently, degradation efficacies of plasmas in water can be significantly enhanced by a combination with dedicated catalytic materials.
        *Work supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany (BMBF) under contract no. 13N1363.

        Speaker: Prof. Juergen F. Kolb (Leibniz Institut for Plasma Science and Technology)
      • 11:15
        Optimization of Persistent Organic Pollutants Treatment in Wastewater Using by Nanosecond Pulsed Non-Thermal Plasma 15m

        The global water environment continues to worsen mainly due to organic pollution caused by agricultural and domestic and industrial wastewater. Wastewater includes many kinds of pollutants. Among them, persistent organic pollutants (POPs) present serious problems due to their high environmental persistence and hormone-like activation. Further, they are resistant to environmental degradation and thus cannot be decomposed by conventional water treatments. The search for a highly efficient POPs treatment method has brought attention to direct water treatment by discharge plasma. Especially, nano-second (ns) pulsed discharges enable higher energy efficiencies of plasma processing and have already demonstrated their advantages at such gas phase treatment processes as NOx treatment and ozone generation. However, few reports exist on water treatment using ns pulsed discharge plasmas.
        This study reports on efforts to decompose industrial wastewater using ns pulsed discharge method by spraying wastewater into the oxygen gas phase plasma region; it also evaluates the pH, oxygen flow rate, discharge voltage, pulse repetition rate and discharge reactor constitution on wastewater decomposition. Concentration of Total Organic Carbon (TOC) in the solution and HPLC analysis is evaluated under several treatments.

        Speaker: Mr Shintaro Kodama (Kumamoto university)
      • 11:30
        Dose effect of high frequency nanosecond pulse bursts on muscle contraction of rabbit in vivo 15m

        In the process of treating tumor with nanosecond pulsed electric fields, the muscle contraction is inevitable. The purpose of this paper was to study the effect of different parameters of high frequency nanosecond pulse bursts on the rabbit muscle contraction strength. Ten unipolar high frequency pulse bursts with different field intensities (3 kV/cm, 5 kV/cm and 10 kV/cm), intra-burst frequencies (10 kHz, 100 kHz and 1 MHz) and intra-burst pulse numbers (1, 10 and 100) were applied through a pair of plate electrode to the surface skin of the rabbit’s biceps femoris, and the acceleration signal of muscle contraction near the electrode was measured with a three axis acceleration sensor. The time and frequency domain characteristics of the acceleration signal were analyzed. The time domain analysis of the acceleration signal shows that with the increase of the strength of the pulse sequence, the amplitude of the acceleration signal of the muscle contraction will also increase and the vibration of the acceleration signal is more intense when the parameters are stronger. The frequency domain analysis of the acceleration signal shows that the frequency spectrums of the acceleration signal measured under different pulse bursts are similar. This suggests that the frequency of muscle contraction is determined by the inherent resonance frequency of the muscle tissue. Further analysis of the experimental results illustrate when the intra-burst frequency is relatively low, appropriate increase in the intra-burst pulse numbers will not increase muscle contraction strength significantly; however when the intra-burst frequency is relatively high, the intra-burst pulse numbers should be minimized as far as possible. This will provide reference for the selection of parameters in the actual tumor treatment performed with high frequency nanosecond pulses in the future.

        Speaker: Dr Jin Xu (Chongqing University)
      • 11:45
        Local Heating and Stresses Across Membranes of Microorgansims Exposed to Pulsed Electric Fields 15m

        Pulsed electric fields (PEF) can cause irreversible damage to the bio-membranes of microorganisms, with the resulting electro-mechanical stresses induced across their membranes stretching and potentially rupturing these phospholipid bi-layers. The electro-mechanical stresses have an electrostrictional nature, as the membrane the cytoplasm inside the membrane and the external suspension have different dielectric and electrical properties. .
        PEF treatment is typically considered non-thermal because the direct effect of the forces due to the external electric field do not cause increases in the global temperature of the microbial liquid suspension. However, other factors, such as localised heating of the membrane, may potentially contribute to membrane damage.
        Analysis of this local heating effect is important for further understanding of the biological action of the externally-applied electric field as potentially the local heating may play non-negligible role in the PEF inactivation process.
        This paper presents an investigation of the transient local heating and transient stresses induced across bio-membranes of model microorganisms, stressed with an external electric field. A model of the PEF process was developed and studied using COMSOL Multiphysics software. The obtained results demonstrate that high-field impulses can result in the development of strong local thermal stresses across the membrane and significant local over-heating of the membrane and cell wall, as compared with the global temperature of the external suspension. Thus, the obtained results demonstrate that, even in the case of globally “non-thermal” PEF treatment, when the temperature of the suspension remains below the thermal inactivation threshold, local hot spots can be developed, which may result in further damage to the bio-membrane. The developed model can aid in further understanding the biological action of impulsive electric fields, and in further development and optimisation of PEF technology and its practical bio-medical, environmental and other applications.

        Speaker: Bolin Song (University of Strathclyde)
      • 12:00
        Pulsed Electric Field Processing of Fruits and Vegetables 15m

        Diversified Technologies, Inc. has introduced a new PEF (Pulsed Electric Field) system for processing fruits and vegetables by softening their tissue at the cellular level which makes slicing, dicing, peeling, drying, and juicing easier.

        Diversified Technologies' PEF System for the tissue modification of fruits and vegetables lowers their processing cost by actually making more of the cell contents accessible. Utilizing microsecond 1-5 kV/cm high voltage pulses to perforate cell membranes, this system can prepare tons-per-hour of whole fruits and vegetables for downstream processing.

        Capable of up to 85% higher juicing yields, Diversified Technologies' PEF System is instantaneous and requires very low energy. Non-thermal and non-chemical, it reduces energy requirements for cutting and peeling by 20-50% with less waste and breakage, claims the firm. Systems start at 100 kW, packaged in a CE Marked NEMA 4 stainless steel enclosure.

        Speaker: Michael Kempkes (Diversified Technologies)
      • 12:15
        Atmospheric pressure dry- and mist-plasma jets using pulsed power generator and their effects on HeLa cells 15m

        Atmospheric-pressure plasma jets have recently received significant attention due to its unique capabilities as low temperature, low cost, portability, and ease of operation which are suitable to such novel applications as analytical chemistry, thin film processing, nanomaterial synthesis, surface modification, sterilization, and etching. In biological applications, chemical species including NO2, HNO3, O3 and OH generated in air phase are rapidly dissolved and transported into liquid phase, and accompanied chemical stimuli can inactivate bacteria. The hydroxyl radical (OH) in particular plays an important role in plasma chemistry and plasma medicine due to its oxidation and disinfection potential, substantially higher than other oxidative species. Also reported is that H2O2 produced by plasma holds potential for inactivation of HeLa (human cancer) cell viability. In our previous study focusing on OH and H2O2 production, we developed a “mist plasma jet (MPJ)” generated using dry helium gas mixed with water mist to improve upon the traditional method using only dry helium gas, known as the “dry plasma jet (DPJ)”. This study focuses on observation and comparison of effects of both MPJ and DPJ on HeLa cells surrounded by cell culture medium immediately after irradiation by plasma and following 24 hours. First, we examined voltage dependency of saturation temperatures on DPJ and MPJ; next, we irradiated plasma to cell culture medium including cells and observed cells exposed to the plasma-treated culture medium after 24 hours. These experiments revealed that MPJ more greatly influences cell death than DPJ.

        Speaker: Ken Watanabe (Kumamoto University)
    • 10:00 12:30
      Oral session 3 - High Power Microwave Systems and Sources - Session Chair : Steve Calico Oxford Hall

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      • 10:00
        O-TYPE METAMATERIAL HIGH POWER MICROWAVE SOURCE WITH 310 MW OUTPUT POWER* 15m

        Unusual electrodynamic properties of metamaterials naturally call for investigations of their applicability as slow wave structure (SWS) elements in modern microwave vacuum electron devices [1,2]. In this work, a novel microwave oscillator based on the idea of a cylindrical metamaterial SWS (MSWS) is designed. The designed MSWS, consisting of split ring resonators (SRRs) with oppositely oriented gaps with a period that is much less than a wavelength, shows metamaterial properties such as below cutoff propagation, negative dispersion, and double negative behavior. The interaction space is coupled with the outer coaxial channel through gaps between the SRRs.

        Using particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations, it was found that the electron beam in the interaction space forms a sequence of trapped electron bunches by the synchronous operating wave. The output parameters of this oscillator for an applied voltage U=400 kV, electron beam current I=4.5 kA, and guide axial magnetic field B=2 T are radiation power P=310 MW, radiation frequency f=1.4 GHz, and electronic efficiency 𝜂=15% when the total SWS length L consisting of 12 split rings is 34.5 cm. High output power is achieved with a very fast risetime of about 4 ns when the voltage risetime is 2 ns with a decreased overall size compared to conventional backward wave oscillators. This presentation will present a detailed overview of the design of this high power microwave oscillator.

        1. S.C. Yurt, M. Fuks, S. Prasad, and E. Schamiloglu, “Design of a Metamaterial Slow Wave Structure for an O-Type High Power Microwave Generator,” Phys. Plasmas, vol. 23, pp. 123115-1-7 (2016).

        2. S.C. Yurt, A. Elfrgani, M. Fuks, K. Ilyenko, and E. Schamiloglu, “Similarity of properties of metamaterial slow wave structures and metallic periodic structure,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci., vol. 44, pp. 1280-1286 (2016).


        • Work supported by AFOSR MURI Grant FA9550-12-1-0489
        Speaker: Mr Sabahattin Yurt (University of New Mexico)
      • 10:15
        GW level microwave pulses in X-band from a combination of a relativistic BWO and a helical-waveguide compressor 15m

        Backward Wave Oscillators (BWO’s) utilizing moderately relativistic (~500kV), high-current (~10 kA) electron beams are capable of producing hundreds of MWs of pulsed radiation in the centimeter wavelength range. Such relativistic BWOs (RBWOs) allow for relatively broadband, smooth, frequency-tuning via adjustment of the accelerating potential; making them an attractive source for use in frequency-swept pulse compression.

        A collaboration between the University of Strathclyde and the Institute of Applied Physics (IAP) resulted in the development of a 5-fold helically corrugated, frequency-swept, pulse compressor. In the experiment at Strathclyde, the maximum power compression ratio of 25 was achieved by compressing an input microwave pulse of 80 ns duration and 9.65 GHz to 9.05 GHz frequency swept range into a 1.6ns Gaussian-envelope pulse. For an average input power of 5.8 kW generated by a conventional traveling wave tube, a peak pulse output power of 145 kW was measured corresponding to an energy efficiency of 66% [1].
        An X-band relativistic BWO, designed to drive a similar compressor, was then built and tested at the IAP, with the accelerating potential provided by a SINUS-6 high-current accelerator. The experimental RBWO operated close to predicted powers (600 – 800MW) with its oscillation frequency varied from 10 – 9.6GHz via the falling edge of the voltage pulse. It was demonstrated that the ~15ns duration frequency-swept part of the RBWO pulse was effectively compressed resulting in about a 4.5-fold peak power increase with a maximum power of 3.2 GW generated [2]. Future experiments combining a 5-fold helical waveguide with a longer pulse RBWO will be discussed.

        [1] L. Zhang, et al, IEEE Trans. Microw. Theory Tech., 63 (3), pp1090-1096, (2015).
        [2] V. L. Bratman, et al, Phys. Plasmas 17, 110703 (2010).

        Speaker: Adrian Cross (University of Strathclyde)
      • 10:30
        RESULTS OF A COMPACT REFLEX TRIODE WITH MULTI CAVITY ADJUSTMENT 15m

        This study focuses on achieving wide tunabiltiy of a compact reflex triode virtual cathode oscillator (vircator). The cathode is of a bimodal carbon fiber (CF) material paired with a pyrolytic graphite anode. These materials display ideal operating characteristics which including but not limited to, long lifetime > 10^6 shots, high operating temperatures > 1000 K, and large current densities ~200 A/cm2. A 12 stage, 158 J pulse forming network (PFN) based Marx generator serves to drive the Vircator at 350 kV, 4 kA with ~100 ns pulsewidth. The operating frequency of interest is in the range of 1-6 GHz, where the tunability is achieved by varying the length of the anode-cathode (A-K) gap, the length from the back wall to the A-K gap, or/and the distance from the bottom of the cavity to the A-K gap. The primary focus in this experiment was to increase the achievable frequencies by placing a square waveguide within a sealed vacuum tube. This allows the bottom part of the waveguide to be easily adjusted while still maintaining the waveguide integrity. The resulting microwave frequencies are shown along with the system performance.

        Speaker: David Barnett (Texas Tech University)
      • 10:45
        TRANSPARENT CATHODE AS A NEW CHERENKOV OSCILLATOR 30m

        The transparent cathode is a cathode in which separate longitudinal emitters are periodically placed about a fixed radius from the center [1]. Owing to the longitudinal current along each emitter there is a periodic azimuthal magnetic field in which electrons drift in an applied radial electric and longitudinal DC magnetic field. Thus, this cathode in a smooth-walled tube operates as an ubitron or free electron laser. In this device, with the transparent cathode placed in the center of a smooth-walled tube, slow eigenmodes exist. Therefore, synchronous interaction of electrons with slow eigenmodes, as in an M-type Cherenkov backward wave oscillator (BWO), is possible. In contrast with BWOs where the anode is the SWS and is where the electromagnetic (EM) fields are concentrated, in this device the EM fields are concentrated near the transparent cathode where electrons are emitted and drift around the cathode in crossed applied electrical and magnetic fields. Using computer simulations with the particle-in-cell (PIC) code MAGIC we demonstrate this new oscillator with high efficiency microwave generation. In this oscillator we use a transparent cathode comprising 8 emitters with length 2.5 cm, maximal radius 9 mm, minimal radius 6 mm, each with azimuthal width 30$^{\circ}$ and distance between emitters 15$^{\circ}$, which are placed in a smooth-walled tube with radius 2.5 cm and length 9 cm. Preliminary results suggest that when an axial magnetic field of 7.5 kOe (over the cathode) and applied voltage 600 kV are applied, the output radiated power is 1.66 GW with 70% efficiency with outpu radiation frequency 5 GHz. Prospects for scaling this device to high frequency will be discussed.

        1. M.I. Fuks and E. Schamiloglu, “Rapid Start of Oscillations in a Magnetron with a Transparent Cathode,” Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 95, 205101-1-4 (2005).

        This research was supported by DARPA INVEST Grant #N66001-16-1-4042.

        Speaker: Prof. Edl Schamiloglu (University of New Mexico)
      • 11:15
        DESIGN AND SIMULATION OF A RELATIVISTIC INVERTED MAGNETRON 15m

        A high power inverted relativistic magnetron was designed and simulated using the massively parallel electromagnetic particle-in-cell code ICEPIC in conjunction with single particle smooth bore relativistic analysis. This Inverted Magnetron also known as the Inverted Magnetron Oscillator (IMO) has two design variations, the IMO-1 and the IMO-2. Both IMO models are designed to operate in L-band at very low magnetic fields (B < 0.1 T). Common to both designs is an axial RF power extraction structure. This structure consists of a conducting ring mounted to alternating vanes of the IMO slow wave structure. The IMO-2 employs two such rings. These rings achieve RF coupling to the downstream cylindrical waveguide where the TM01 electromagnetic mode is excited. ICEPIC simulations predict that the above features combined with the IMO’s stable, robust and reliable performance in the desired π mode over a large voltage range yield a class of high power microwave source notable for absence of downstream current loss as well as low confinement field performance. The IMO achieves high RF power output for input voltages ranging from 250 kV – 450 kV, a range that may be considered low voltage for an L-band relativistic magnetron.

        Speaker: Renee Van Ginhoven (AFRL)
      • 11:30
        Refurbishment of the ORION System at NSWC Dahlgren 30m

        Under the sponsorship of the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD), the Directed Energy Warfare Office (DEWO) at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren Division has completed refurbishment of the Orion high-power radio-frequency (HPRF) system to support RF vulnerability testing. Orion is a flexible HPM source allowing for frequency agility from 1.07 GHz up to 3.3 GHz with output powers over 300MW across this operating band. The system provides repetition rates from single shot up to 100Hz with up to 1000 shots per burst, and is capable of variable pulse durations of 50 ns up to 500 ns. Orion is currently in operation at NSWC Dahlgren’s outdoor test range and is proving a versatile resource for many HPM projects including vulnerability testing against vehicles, vessels and electronics. This brief will provide an overview of the refurbishment process, the system’s capabilities, and future plans for this versatile asset.

        Speaker: John Krile (Naval Surface Warfare Center Dalhgren)
      • 12:00
        The wakefield excited by an ultra-short HPM pulse in an under dense plasma filled cylindrical waveguide 15m

        With the availability of very high power (~$10^{9}$ W) and short duration (≤$10^{-9}$ s) microwave sources it is possible to study the non-linear interaction of powerful EM waves with under dense plasmas in a regime not studied so far. In contrast to the laser-plasma wakefield experiments, this approach addresses a significantly lower power, plasma density and electric field gradient regime but a larger time and space scale which allows for a more accessible experimental platform. We have built a super-radiant BWO, supplying microwave pulses of ~1 ns duration, ~0.7 GW power and ~10 GHz frequency which we intend to apply at the upstream end of a cylindrical waveguide filled with plasma of $10^{11}$-$10^{12}$ $cm^{-3}$ density. We present a model which describes the physics of the formation of the wakefield traveling in the waveguide and Lsp-PIC simulations to verify the feasibility of our experiment.

        Speaker: Dr J.G. Leopold (Technion)
      • 12:15
        Experimental investigation of an L band all cavity axial extraction relativistic magnetron 15m

        Abstract: Experimental results of an L band all cavity axial extraction relativistic magnetron (RM) working at 1.57 GHz is presented. In this 6-cavity RM configuration, the microwave from two adjacent cavities is coupled into an axially oriented coaxial sector waveguide through radial slots on the cavities. This configuration is more compact because only three sector waveguides are added outside the magnetron cavity without increasing the radial dimension significantly. Simulation results reveal that this tube could generate a microwave power of 700 MW at the frequency of 1.57 GHz, corresponding to a power conversion efficiency of 50 % when employing an electron beam of 350 kV and 4.0 kA. This tube is tested on a compact Marx generator which could generate a pulse power of about 2 GW. In experiment, this tube could generate a microwave power of over 500MW at 1.57 GHz when employing guiding magnetic field of 0.22T and input beam voltage of 345 kV and current of 4.8 kA, with a corresponding efficiency of about 30%. Experimental results reveal that this tube is a preferred configuration for a compact relativistic magnetron with relatively high power conversion efficiency.

        1. Dong Wang, Fen Qin, Yu-lin Yang, Yong Zhang, and Sha Xu, Design of L band all cavity axial extraction relativistic magnetron(in Chinese), HIGH POWER LASER AND PARTICLE BEAMS 28, 033013(2016).
        2. Brad W. Hoff, Andrew D. Greenwood, Peter J. Mardahl, and Michael D. Haworth, All Cavi-ty-Magnetron Axial Extraction Technique, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci., 40, 3046(2012).
        Speaker: Fen Qin (Institute of Applied Electronics)
    • 12:30 13:30
      Lunch Break: Sponsored by ITHPP 1h Regency

      Regency

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

    • 13:30 15:00
      Poster session I - High Power Microwaves, RF Sources and Antennas Hall 4 / Cambridge

      Hall 4 / Cambridge

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      • 13:30
        35 kV Inductive Adder for Driving 50 Ω with Fast Rise Time 1h 30m

        Eagle Harbor Technologies, Inc. (EHT) has developed a 35 kV pulser for driving 50 Ω loads with nanosecond-scale rise times. This inductive adder uses EHT’s nanosecond pulser technology to drive nonlinear transmission lines (NLTL) to construct an all-solid-state RF plasma heating system for fusion science applications. The inductive adder configuration allows for independently adjustable control of the output voltage (20 kV), pulse width (20 – 200 ns), and pulse repetition frequency (up to 100 kHz). Previously, EHT has demonstrated 2 GHz RF production with a 20 kV version that can be pulsed 100 kHz. EHT will present results showing high voltage, fast rise time pulses into low impedance loads. In addition to RF generation, this inductive adder has applications to high voltage kickers for accelerations, plasma loads, high power modulators, and other tube-driving applications.

        Speaker: Mr John Carscadden (Eagle Harbor Technologies, Inc.)
      • 13:30
        4616V4 Tetrode and Klystron RF Resources for CSNS LINAC 1h 30m

        At present, the infrastructure of China Spallation Neutron Source (CSNS) project is finished in Dongguan city, Guangdong province of south China. Now the system debugging is under way. CSNS accelerator consists of an H- linac and a proton rapid cycling synchrotron. The 324MHz RF linac is designed with beam energy of 81MeV and a peak current of 30mA, which mainly includes one RF Quadrupole (RFQ) accelerator and four Drift Tube Linac (DTL) accelerators. Each DTL accelerator is driven by a klystron RF source. The RFQ is driven by a 4616V4 tetrode RF source, which is used by the accelerator for the first time at 324MHz. Now, one of the four klystron RF sources has been operated stably over one year and the 4616V4 tetrode RF source has been operated steadily over two years for the beam debugging. In this paper, a description of R&D activities of the two types of RF source will be briefly presented.

        Speaker: Wenzhong Zhou
      • 13:30
        A Test Stand used to Evaluate a Prototype S-band Sheet Beam Klystron 1h 30m

        A prototype S-band sheet beam klystron has been fabricated and tested. To enable testing of this one of a kind tube, a unique test stand was created that we will discuss in this presentation. The sheet beam klystron was designed to operate at 2.856 GHz and nominally produce 6 MW peak / 6 kW average r.f. power. A ScandiNova solid state modulator delivers the high voltage pulse to the potted electron gun which is designed to operate at 53 kV / 270 A. The electron beam is confined by an electromagnet which is wrapped directly on the tube body. For this prototype the electromagnet is composed of six individual windings that are powered by six different power supplies. This enables us to tune the magnetic field for maximum beam transmission. The cooling requirements of the test stand are provided by a ten ton chiller and dual manifold system. The two manifolds are needed to provide high pressure cooling to the modulator and r.f. loads as well as low pressure cooling to the electromagnet / klystron body, r.f. windows, and collector. Extreme care was taken to regulate the pressure on the klystron body. This was aided by various valves in the manifold design and by using two pumps from the chiller. Flow, pressure, and temperature sensors are used to monitor the coolant circuit. A control system was implemented to run the experiment which monitors and/or controls the modulator, filaments, solenoid power supplies, vacuum, electronically controlled valves, and coolant sensors. It can shut down the appropriate systems when a dangerous situation is detected and ensures various parameters are increased or decreased at safe rates. The control system also records various diagnostic signals needed to characterize the klystron performance.

        Speaker: Michael Perkins (Varex Imaging Corporation)
      • 13:30
        An all circular waveguide four-way power combiner with ultra high power capacity and high combination efficiency 1h 30m

        Abstract: The two-way power combiner consisting of two TM01-TE11 serpentine mode converters with a common output has demonstrated high power capacity and high combination efficiency for two phase-locked relativistic backward wave oscillators (RBWOs) [1]. To realize channel power combination for four phase-locked X-band RBWOs, we propose an all circular waveguide four-way power combiner based on the previous two-way power combiner. Four TM01 modes are first combined into two TE11 modes, then through two separate 90° bending waveguide and the radius enhanced transition waveguides, the two TE11 modes is combined into one TE11 mode. The transmission efficiencies of 90° bending waveguide and radius enhanced transition waveguides, and the combination efficiency of the two TE11 modes into one TE11 mode are larger than 99%. The maximum electric field is less than 750 kV/cm as the power in the common output port is 10 GW, and the total combination efficiency is more than 90%.
        [1] R. Z. Xiao, Y. Q. Deng, Y. Wang, Z. M. Song, J. W. Li, J. Sun, and C. H. Chen, Power combiner with high power capacity and high combination efficiency for two phase-locked relativistic backward wave oscillators. Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 133502, 2015.

        Speaker: Dr Renzhen Xiao (Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology)
      • 13:30
        Analysis on Design Parameters of Plasma Limiter for Protecting against High Power Electromagnetic Pulse 1h 30m

        The coupling path of high power electromagnetic (HPEM) to electronic devices is divided into following two ways, one is the Front-door coupling and the other is the Back-door coupling1. The former is flow in an intended path such as antennas or sensors and the latter is inflow through an unintended path such as holes or cables. As HPEM pulse has higher power and it causes larger damage to electronic devices, it is necessary to research the protection method of RF systems affected by HPEM pulse in the front-end coupling path case.
        In this paper, the design parameters of the plasma limiter are analyzed for optimal design to protect against HPEM pulse. There are several limiters to reduce high power microwave power such as solid-state limiter and ferrite materials, etc2. but the plasma limiter uses the discharge electrode in waveguide3. Therefore it is suitable to protect HPEM pulse before it reaches the RF front-end system. Despite the ability to defend high-power microwave, the plasma limiter has some problem such as its expensive cost and complicated process than semiconductor limiters, so the research for optimal design is essential. Using our analysis on design parameters of the plasma limiter, it is expected that to improve a protecting performance and to figure out the optimal design.

        Speaker: Young-Maan Cho (Hanyang Univ.)
      • 13:30
        Compact Marx Generator and High Power Microwave System 1h 30m

        K. Rainwater, D.H. Barnett, J. C. Dickens, A. Neuber and J. J. Mankowski Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA

        This paper presents the electrical and mechanical hardware considerations of a compact, 160 J modular pulse forming network (PFN) based Marx generator used to drive a high-power microwave (HPM) source with a time variant load at a PRF of 100 Hz. The modular Marx generator is designed to produce an open-circuit output voltage of 600 kV from a 50 kV capacitor charger using twelve stages. Each stage of the Marx is constructed from a PFN created with five, 2.1 nF, high voltage capacitors in parallel. Each Marx module was machined out of acetyl copolymer or Delrin to provide optimal strength, rigidity, and a dielectric constant that closely matches transformer oil. These Marx modules include air supply lines that are machined directly into each block of Delrin allowing airlines to connect to each module chamber rather than every spark gap. The spark gaps are comprised of two electrode inserts placed into the sealed pressure vessel contained within the Marx modules.

        After the Marx erects, the energy is delivered to the Virtual Cathode Oscillator where high power microwaves are created within a rectangular cavity resonator. The cavity resonator features several actuators and bellows to change the A-K gap distance, cavity height, and virtual cathode distance from the cavity back wall. The primary benefit of this design is that the vircator can operate in resonance conditions at multiple discrete frequencies. The entire system is controlled with a laptop based program. From this interface the user can control multiple settings including the aforementioned cavity conditions, repetition rate, charging voltage, and burst length.

        Speaker: David Barnett (Texas Tech University)
      • 13:30
        DEVELOPMENT AND TEST OF A COMPACT PFN MARX FOR 100 PPS REPETITIVE OPERATION AT 400 kV – 85 ns – 5 ns RISE TIME ON A 100 Ohm LOAD 1h 30m

        A 400 kV - 85 ns PFN-Marx has been developed. Based on an innovative design [1], named the “zigzag design”, the 16 stages of this generator, which delivers an open circuit output voltage of 720 kV, fit in a 650 mm length. For a slightly overmatched load (Zload = 100 Ohm), the output voltage reaches 400 kV with a rise time as less as 5ns. The inductance reduction associated to the innovative zigzag design, which allows this sharp rise time with no need for a peaking stage, is described. The 85 ns plateau duration of the pulse is given by the PFN construction of each stage, which is based on 6 ceramic capacitors (2.1 nF – 45 kV) connected within a strip line. The 16 PFN stages are housed in a 360 mm diameter gas pressurized vessel. Burst mode operation for a duration of 10 s at a pulse repetition frequency of 100 Hz is reported, for a resistive load and for the electron beam diode of a X-band relativistic BWO [2]. To reach further compactness, the BWO system is integrated on side of the generator vessel and a U shaped gas pressurized line connects both systems through a compact conical vacuum insulator.

        [1] This design is undergoing the patent request "Générateur d'impulsions de haute tension" number 15 52131, filed on the 16th of march 2015 at French's national institute for intellectual property INPI.
        [2] R. Vezinet, F. Lassalle, S. Tortel, J.C. Diot, A. Morell , A. Loyen, A. Catrain, Q. Saurin, A. Paupert; "Development of a Compact Narrow-band High Power Microwave System"; 2016 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference.

        This work is supported by the DGA (Direction Generale de l’Armement)

        Speaker: Martial Toury (CEA Gramat)
      • 13:30
        EFFECTS OF PULSE SHAPES ON AXIAL VIRTUAL CATHODE OSCILLATOR 1h 30m

        Virtual cathode oscillator is a device that generates high power microwaves using oscillation of virtual cathode formed behind the anode. Virtual cathode oscillator has been studied due to its simple structure and tunability. Most virtual cathode oscillator system consists of prime power, pulsed power, microwave source, and antenna. In virtual cathode oscillator, pulsed power system produces high power pulses and shapes pulse waveforms. To build compact virtual cathode oscillator, it is required to analyze the influence of pulse forming, which possesses significant volume of the pulsed power system, on virtual cathode output. Marx generator and PFN-marx generator is used to analyze the influence of pulse shape on virtual cathode oscillator. Both input voltage is set to 300 kV. The time constant of marx generator is about 80 nsec and the pulse width of PFN-marx generator is about 80 nsec. When marx generator is used, the output power of virtual cathode oscillator is slightly lower than that of virtual cathode oscillator operated with PFN-marx generator. The difference of output power between two cases are not significant. Therefore, to achieve compact system, virtual cathode oscillator can operate without pulse forming.

        Speaker: Mr Se-Hoon Kim (Hanyang University)
      • 13:30
        Emitter Residual Gas Effects in a High Power Microwave System 1h 30m

        This paper presents experimental results from a repetitive pulse HPM-system, consisting of a marx-generator driving a coaxial vircator under high vacuum. The experiments were performed at starting vacuum levels in the high-vacuum range at pressure levels of safe operation for the system. Data was monitored of the vircator voltages and currents from the driving pulse generator, the vacuum levels, and the emitted microwaves from the vircator. The pulse generator measurements were made with Pearson current probes and capacitive E-field and magnetic B-dot probes by R.E. Beverly III & Associates. Vacuum was monitored using MKS residual gas analyser and inverted magnetron vacuum gauges. The emitted microwaves were measured using two free field Prodyn sensors. The experiments show how residual gases from parts in the vacuum tube increase the vacuum to levels which deteriorate vircator performance during operation. Higher pressures reduce power and duration of the microwave pulses. Ongoing experiments will be presented in the paper which show how actions which reduce residual gas pressures improve vircator performance, and how the impedance of the load changes during operation.

        Speaker: Denny Åberg (BAE Systems Bofors AB)
      • 13:30
        Experimental investigation of relativistic backward-wave oscillators operating in phase-induced regime 1h 30m

        In the report we present new approach where radiation phase of Ka-band BWO is controlled by an external rf signal which is ultra-short. Thus, such excitation is not an amplification regime. Particle-in-cell simulation demonstrated that phase-induced BWO excitation is feasible for a seed power minimized to -38 dB with respect to the driven BWO.
        In experiments, two synchronized accelerators RADAN were used. We have a master source of a seed signal (superradiance BWO) and driven oscillators of two types. The first represents a similar, 0.5-GW superradiance oscillator. Alternatively, quasi-stationary, nanosecond-pulse BWO (>100 MW) was used. Driven HPM devices demonstrated phase-induced operation with a seed signal power minimized to –35 dB. Besides, phase-induced operation was confirmed when ~ 5 % frequency detuning between oscillators. Suggested method of phase control is less sensitive to the beam’s front stepeness and stability of the accelerating voltage. Thus, numerous parallel HPM generators could operate in coherent mode.
        This work was performed within the framework of budget projects (Nos. 0366-2014-0002, 0389-2014-0005, 5-17-2-47, 9P) and in part, by RFBR Grant No. 16-02-00029.

        Speaker: Dr Vladislav Rostov (Institute of High Current Electronics)
      • 13:30
        Experimental Studies on Cathode Material Dependence of Mirowave Power in Axially-Extracted Vircator with Resonance Cavity 1h 30m

        High power microwave sources play a significant role in a variety of applications such as accelerators, basic physics, astronomy, high power radar, thermonuclear fusion, and various industrial applications. The virtual cathode oscillator (vircator) is one of the most promising high-power microwave sources among several types of pulsed high power microwave generators. The vircator is considered to be very attractive due to its conceptual simplicity, output power capability, and frequency tenability. However, the efficiency of converting an electron beam to microwave is still several percent and does not reach sufficient levels. Recent research efforts and experimental studies on vircators have been concentrated on the efficiency improvement and oscillation frequency control.
        High power microwaves generated in an axially extracted vircator have been studied experimentally in our laboratory. The vircator is driven by a Marx generator and pulse forming line (400 kV, 50 ns, 3 Ω). To improve the efficiency, we installed a resonator in vircator since the narrowing of the output microwave frequency leads to the improvement of the efficiency. The disc resonator with a center hole was placed at the distance x away from an anode with anode-cathode gap of 8 mm. The power of output microwaves were measured varying the distance x to analyze the resonator effect. In addition, the characteristics of high power microwaves depend sensitively on the electrode material and the anode-cathode (AK) gap distance. In this paper, We report the experimental studies on the output characteristics of high power microwaves from the axial vircator with resonance cavity for various anode-cathode (AK) gaps using different materials as a cathode material.

        Speaker: Mr Motohiro Teramae (Univ. of Toyama)
      • 13:30
        High Power Soliton Generation Using Hybrid Nonlinear Transmission lines 1h 30m

        Nonlinear Transmission lines (NLTLs) have been studied for high power RF generation with good prospects of applications in pulsed radar systems, disruption of communications in battlefield, etc. Usually, NLTLs employ barium titanate (BT) ceramic-based capacitors or ferrite bead inductor as nonlinear elements, denominated as capacitive or inductive lines, respectively. On the other hand, a configuration that employs both nonlinear elements (LC), known as hybrid line, is an excellent method for exciting soliton oscillations more easily than inductive or capacitive lines. Other interesting aspect is that numerous publications on NLTL with only one linear component [1] are easily found in the literature compared to just a few on hybrid [2]. In this work, a 30-section hybrid NLTL built using both L & C of great nonlinearity (2.2 nF BT ceramic capacitors and 10 μH ferrite bead inductors) will be described. It will be shown that soliton generation packets have been obtained on the middle line section with a frequency of the order 33.0 MHz, peak power of 13.0 kW and voltage modulation depth (VMD) of around 700 V. Finally, it will be demonstrated that by using a proper design, hybrid lumped NLTLs may be suitable to achieve RF above 100 -200 MHz.
        [1] L.P. Silva Neto, J.O. Rossi, J.J. Barroso, “High power RF generation using nonlinear transmission lines using commercial ceramic capacitors as nonlinear elements, in Proc. 2015 IEEE Pulsed Power Conf., Austin, 2015, pp. 1-5.
        [2] N.S. Kuek, A.C. Liew, E. Schamiloglu, and J.O. Rossi, “RF pulse generator based on a nonlinear hybrid line” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci., vol. 42, no. 10, pp. 3268-3273, Oct. 2014.

        *Work supported by SOARD/AFOSR under contract no. FA9550-14-1-0133.

        Speaker: Dr Lauro Paulo Silva Neto (Federal University of São Paulo)
      • 13:30
        High-Current Test Stand for HPM Sources Testing Based on the Marx Generator 1h 30m

        Test stand complex for the testing of land and aerial based HPM sources is described. The stand utilizes low-inductance Marx generator operating in the repetitive burst regime with a rate 1-20 pulses/sec and total energy in pulse of 3kJ/pulse at 7Ohm load. Marx generator produces pulses with the risetime of 10-12 ns, output voltage and current 250-650 kV and 10-55 kA, respectively.
        Marx generator utilizes low-inductance pulse capacitors, connected in pairs and installed in the common casing per pair. These capacitors are charged by two bi-polar capacitor charging supplies with 80kJ/s charging rate each. Marx generator stages are switched by low inductance high pressure spark-gaps with impulse gas purging. The spark-gaps are filled with $N_2$, $SF_6$ gases or their mix.
        The stand complex is controlled by the computerized system, which includes system of acquisition, storage and preliminary processing of operational data. The system utilizes proprietary software.

        Speaker: Yaroslav Tkach (GRA Inc.)
      • 13:30
        High-Power RF Source for the Pulsed Fields Excitation in the Ground 1h 30m

        High-power electromagnetic fields and currents in the excitation and propagation in the ground is of a significant interest for numerous applied problems. A pulsed electromagnetic field source has been developed for the related purposes. The source is designed as a dipole (vibrator) antenna, excited by the high-current pulsed discharges.
        The usage of a dipole with a high input capacitance and a low input impedance is a distinctive feature of this source dipole antenna. The dipole antenna impedance being low improves antenna matching with the spark-gap, being the source of exciter signal. This approach is used to increase the source efficiency. The electromagnetic fields source length is 1.63 m while its diameter is 0.5 m. The source can operate either in single-burst or repetitive mode.

        The output source radiation parameters have been experimentally measured in the far field zone. The generated waveform is close to a sine-wave impulse with the central frequency of 60 MHz, E*R product of 450 kV and a peak pulsed power of greater than 2.5 GW with a burst length of 200 ns. Excellent coupling of this source signals through the soil has been shown experimentally.

        Speaker: Yaroslav Tkach (GRA Inc.)
      • 13:30
        Improved secondary windings for the Tesla transformer 1h 30m

        Following impulse excitation of the primary winding of a Tesla transformer, the secondary response contains a fundamental component plus higher-order mode. The paper will describe a winding technique that enables the higher-order modes to be suppressed, and so provide a transformer output with an improved spectral purity, that is better suited for use in many high-power applications than conventionally–wound transformers. Experimental results will demonstrate the benefits of the proposed technique.

        Speaker: Prof. Ivor Smith (Loughborough University)
      • 13:30
        Laser induced plasma for HPM Compressor Switching 1h 30m

        A key parameter for the compressor operation is the switch performance, transferring from a storage (high Q) phase to release (low Q) phase. By initiation of plasma due to a gas discharge phenomenon it is possible to drastically change the boundary conditions and enable a fast phase transfer.
        In this work, we investigate the use of a high peak power laser pulse to generate seed electrons and initiate discharge. This mechanism, which utilizes multi-photon ionization in a strong RF environment, enables one to prevent the self breakdown (working slightly below the threshold) and yet to have a sub-ns buildup of seed electrons density followed by volume avalanche growth. This results in improved switching performance and greatly reduced time jitter.

        Speaker: Dr Jacob Cohen (rafael)
      • 13:30
        Magnetic Coupling in Tesla transformers 1h 30m

        The majority of publications dealing with Tesla transformers are confined to studies of their performance based on a familiar lumped equivalent circuit. This paper will differ from these in being concerned with the very important and practical issue of the coupling between the two transformer winding. It will consider the importance of the coupling factor for different practical applications and illustrate the different constructional features that may be involved.

        Speaker: Prof. Ivor Smith (Loughborough University)
      • 13:30
        Modification of Townsend Breakdown Theory for investigating the High-Power Microwave Propagation in the Atmosphere 1h 30m

        The Townsend breakdown theory is generally applicable in the case in which a DC voltage is applied to a gap filled with gases. The result of Townsend breakdown theory is generally not applicable directly in the case in which a high-power microwave propagates in the atmosphere. In this paper, we develop a theoretical model to describe the breakdown of high-power microwave propagation in the atmosphere, which is a modification of the Townsend breakdown theory. The result of the new model shows that there is a minimum air pressure at which the breakdown threshold reaches the minimum value when the high-power microwave propagates in the atmosphere under certain conditions. The result of the present paper is of importance to the high-power microwave area and may be to the investigation of RF breakdowns in gases.

        Speaker: Bao-Liang Qian (NUDT)
      • 13:30
        Multi-point Ignition Process in Methane-air Mixtures by Pulsed Microwave Power 1h 30m

        Application of microwave plasma offers a potential method to produce faster combustion in internal combustion engine1. In this paper, microwave multi-point ignition and spatial ignition had been confirmed via high-speed Schlieren imaging technique. The experiment was implemented with the microwave resonant ignition system and the Schlieren optical system. 2ms-3000W-2.45GHz plused microwave power was employed as the ignition energy source to produce initial flame kernel in the combustion chamber. The Schlieren imaging of reflected style was used to illustrate the flame development process with a high speed camera. A quartz glass coated with indium tin oxide (ITO), which ensured the sufficient microwave reflection characteristics and light transmission respectively2, was used as the bottom of the microwave resonant chamber. Ignition experiments were conducted at high pressure of 2 bars of stoichiometric methane-air mixtures. It could be observed in Schlieren images that flame kernels were generated at more than one location simultaneously and flame propagated with different speeds in the combustion chamber. However, the number and the location of flame kernels seemed to be arbitrary.

        Speaker: Mr Cheng Liu (Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University)
      • 13:30
        PARTICLE-IN-CELL CODE INVESTIGATION OF MAGNETIC FIELD EFFECT ON AXIAL VIRCATOR 1h 30m

        Vircator can generate GW class microwave power and is the preferred device in certain military application due to its simple structure and lighter weight because no magnet is used. Previous investigation [1] leads to the conclusion that applying a magnetic field on vircator is going to decrease its output power, to the extent eventually a total cutoff. However, previous study was conducted analytically on a radially fired coaxial vircator with an axially directed magnetic field, the natural property of the magnetic field is to deflect the electron beam, and therefore the performance decrease is expected. On the other hand, magnetic field is used in many microwave tubes with electron beam parallel to the magnetic field and achieves beam confinement thus a more stable operation of the tube is obtained. In this article we investigate the effects of magnetic field on an axial vircator with a particle-in-cell code. We simulate with three scenarios: the externally applied magnetic field is larger, equal, or smaller than the beam current equivalent magnetic field, and observe its influence on the output power, spectrum, and particle dynamics.

        Ref:
        [1]. Peter A. Lindsay, Wee Kian Toh, and Xiaodong Chen, “The influence of an axial magnetic field on the performance of a coaxial vircator,” IEEE Trans. on Plasma Sci., vol. 30, no. 3, June 2002.

        Speaker: Dr Shen Shou Max Chung (National Yang Ming University)
      • 13:30
        Periodic Structures Manufactured by 3D Printing for Electron Beam Excitation of High Power Microwave Sources 1h 30m

        Periodic structures that reduce the velocity of electromagnetic wave propagation are widely used in electron beam driven high power microwave sources. When the frequency increases into the mm-wave region such structures become difficult to manufacture because of the small physical dimensions. “Additive Manufacturing” or “3D printing” offers the possibility of constructing certain types of components quickly, efficiently and relatively inexpensively [1]. Many questions arise however, including the structural resolution obtainable, the surface roughness, surface electrical resistivity and vacuum compatibility. To address some of these questions the performance of a periodic structure manufactured using a 3D printing technique and designed for W-band operation (75- 110GHz) is evaluated [2] and reported in the present work

        [1] I. Gibson, D. Rosen and B. Stucker, “Additive Manufacturing Technologies: 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, and Direct Digital Manufacturing”, 2nd Edition, (2015) Springer, New York, USA

        [2] A.R. Phipps, A.J. MacLachlan, C.W. Robertson, L. Zhang, I.V. Konoplev, A.W. Cross, A.D.R. Phelp, “Electron Beam Excitation of Coherent Sub-Terahertz Radiation in Periodic Structures Manufactured by 3D Printing”, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, accepted for publication 2017

        Speaker: Adrian Cross (University of Strathclyde)
      • 13:30
        Phase control in a klystron-like relativistic backward wave oscillator operating at low guiding magnetic field with 10 kW input signal 1h 30m

        Investigation of phase control in a klystron-like relativistic backward wave oscillator is presented in this paper. The guiding magnetic field, the distance between the input cavity and the pre-modulation cavity, the rise time of diode voltage, and the input signal frequency are optimized to decrease the phase jitter of output microwave. Particle-in-cell simulations show that when the diode voltage is 770 kV with rise time of 10 ns, the beam current is 8.8 kA, the guiding magnetic field is 0.75 T, and the input power is 10 kW, and the input signal frequency is 9.30 GHz, the output microwave power is 2.7 GW, and the phase jitter is controlled to be less than 30°, corresponding to a beam-wave conversion efficiency of 40% and an injection power ratio of -54.3 dB.

        Speaker: Dr Renzhen Xiao (Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology)
      • 13:30
        Planar removable high voltage Vivaldi antenna 1h 30m

        The goal of this study is to design an Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) antenna for a High Power Microwaves (HPM) application. Classical antennas must be compatible with the bandwidth, the impedance of the system, and with the radiation characteristics (gain, directivity, and polarization). However, additional constraints such as high-voltage transient input signals have to be considered in the case of UWB HPM. A specific design has been established for this application considering a 100 kV peak bipolar signal. Furthermore, physical constraints have to be fulfilled as a high compactness (low thickness) is required in order to provide a good system packaging. The studied antenna has to be planar (2D) and its size must be lower than an A4 sheet of paper. A planar Vivaldi antenna design has been chosen as it’s a travelling wave antenna allowing thus to limit the pulse dispersion and to reach a good directivity level. The antenna originality is related to its special high voltage feeding achieved through a THT20 coaxial connector. The THT20 connector is specifically designed in order to prevent electric disruptions, it has no balun and allows a fast and easy connection to the generator. This paper presents the design, the numerical simulation and a built antenna including high voltage parts. The measured parameters are compared to numerical simulations. Finally, experimentation with high voltage signal is showed.

        Speaker: Dr Jean-Christophe DIOT (CEA)
      • 13:30
        Results of an S-band Sheet Beam Klystron Development Effort 1h 30m

        Sheet beam klystrons have many advantages over traditional round beam klystrons that are desirable for a variety of applications. They can operate at a high efficiency and relatively low voltage by keeping the perveance per unit area of the electron beam low. This is achieved by spreading the beam out in one dimension which decreases the current density and power density. They can produce higher r.f. output power and operate at higher frequencies because of the decreased current density and decreased power density. Unfortunately, due to increasing the dimensions in one direction, the drift tube is often no longer cut-off and supports TE modes. The TE modes can interact with the electron beam in an undesirable way causing the well-known TE mode instability that has plagued previous sheet beam klystrons.

        A mitigation technique for the TE mode instability has been discovered and implemented in a 2.856 GHz sheet beam klystron. The tube was designed to operate nominally at 53 kV / 270 A to produce 6 MW peak / 6 kW average power of r.f. We will discuss various features of the design, some challenges overcome during the fabrication process, and test results.

        Speaker: Michael Perkins (Varex Imaging Corporation)
      • 13:30
        The Design Energy Saving Device for RF System at Taiwan Photon Source. 1h 30m

        Taiwan Photon Source (TPS) is an accelerator particle ring. This facility provides with a high luminance and stabilize source in which electron beam is produced form linac via a booster ring to storage ring for user studies. After electron beam is stored in the ring, its power would lose due to the energy dissipation. A RF Cavity (Nb,5 Cells) in Booster Ring is used to compensate the lose power of the beam. A klystron is used to generate the needs for the RF system. It can provide the power up to 100kW (continuous wave).The driving requirements for a klystron are heater current, magnet current and accelerator current(6.5A) ,the cavity can build a gap voltage up to 900MV. This paper will discuss the saving power mechanism, if the system can be switched of during the injection time and shut-down for the rest of time period. This can dramatically reduce the power requirement for energy saving purpose.

        Speaker: Fu-Tsai Chung (NSRRC/Taiwan)
    • 13:30 15:00
      Poster session I - Pulsed Power Industrial and Bio-Medical Applications Hall 4 / Cambridge

      Hall 4 / Cambridge

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      • 13:30
        An All Solid-State Nanosecond pulse generator for the waste water treatment 1h 30m

        Industrial pollutants and in particular pharmaceutical residues have caused large-scale pollution to the potable water in China. Many pharmaceuticals and macromolecular organic matter withstand conventional water treatment technologies. Consequently, advanced oxidation processes (AOP), and especially low-temperature plasmas with their ability to create reactive species including the hydroxyl radical which is currently one of the strongest oxidants in nature directly in water, may offer a promising solution. We developed a plasma reactor with a coaxial geometry to generate large volume corona discharges directly in water. To avoid that the corona discharges develop into arc discharges, high-voltage pulses with the duration of only a few hundreds of nanoseconds are required. Moreover, since the impedance of the waste water in the plasma reactor varies all the time, it is better not to require the impedance matching for the pulse generator. Therefore, an all solid-state nanosecond pulse generator using RF MOSFETs is constructed in Marx topology. FPGA is utilized to generate the nanosecond signals and the driving circuits are precisely designed to trigger 36 MOSFETs synchronously in a few nanoseconds. Finally, nanosecond pulses with voltage amplitude up to 30 kV, current amplitude up to 100 A, duration of 300 ns, rise time of shorter than 30 ns and frequency of 50 Hz are generated. Besides, all these parameters can be adjusted easily and the whole system is very compact and portable.

        Key words:solid-state, low-temperature plasma, Marx, nanosecond pulse, water treatment

        Speaker: Junfeng Rao (University of Shanghai for Science and Technology)
      • 13:30
        An Experimental Facility Design of Pulsed Inductive Thrusters 1h 30m

        The BEEMP laboratory in NUDT is now undertaking the research of a promising electric propulsion concept——the pulsed inductive thrusters (PIT). An experimental facility has been set up including a specially-optimized driving coil, a high-voltage pulsed circuit, and a constant-current high-voltage power supply. This paper introduces the design of the experimental facility with special emphasize on the optimization of driving coil geometry. Based on comprehensive study on the electromagnetic properties of the driving coil, a fast calculating method for the mutual inductance between driving coil and plasma load is given. In order to properly predict the performance of a PIT, a 1-D snowplow acceleration model is modified with a LTE plasma model. Combing aforementioned two research efforts, design principles for a pulsed inductive thruster is derived and subsequently an experiment system operated in vacuum is set up following these principles. Primary experiments demonstrate the feasibility of the design and a bright puff of circular plasma is obtained.

        Speaker: Mr Bixuan Che (National University of Defense Technology)
      • 13:30
        Analysis of the sequential discharge characteristics of a parallel-type pulsed power supply with an inductance load 1h 30m

        In the sequential discharge of the pulsed power modules connected in parallel, the occurence of a surge voltage at the crowbar diodes of the triggered modules afterward is analyzed and the elimination method of the surge voltage is suggested. In the case using two 100 kJ pulsed power modules and the muzzle-shorted railgun as a load, the surge voltage is generated during the crowbarring period of the module triggered first, and the condition on the reciprocal of time constants between the source module and the inductive load is derived. The effect eliminating the surge voltage by the insertion of a short-circuit resistor is verified by analyses and experimental results. The optimal values of the interconnecting resistor to eliminate surge voltages in the six 100 kJ pulsed power modules are calculated by simulation, and the results reflected in the six sequential pulsed power modules are presented.

        Speaker: Byungha Lee (Agency for Defense Development)
      • 13:30
        ANALYSIS OF THREE-STATE REACTOR IN THE INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEM BASED ON PULSED DISCHARGE PLASMA 1h 30m

        The effective treatment of the industrial wastewater is very significant to the protection of our environment. The system of wastewater treatment based on pulsed discharge plasma provides a new way for the disposal of industrial wastewater. However, the traditional reactor cannot meet the demand of degradation rate and the treatment efficiency. In order to improve the degradation rate and disposal efficiency of the wastewater, a solid-liquid-gas (SLG) three-state reactor for the high voltage pulsed discharge plasma system is put forward, and then the working principle of the reactor is introduced. Furthermore, a simulation model of the reactor is built. After that the electric field distribution of the SLG reactor is analyzed by numerical simulation. The contrast between the traditional reactor and the SLG reactor is carried out. Furthermore, the effect of the voltage and the diameter of the solid ball in the reactor are analyzed. It can be seen from the results of the analysis that the SLG reactor of the wastewater treatment system based on the high voltage pulsed discharge plasma has better effect than two-state reactors. The conclusion that the discharge voltage has great effect on the disposal efficiency can also be drawn. Meanwhile, the diameter of the solid packing can affect the distribution of the electric field. The research results are very important to the application of the SLG reactor in the wastewater treatment system.

        Speaker: Hongjun Xiang (Shijiazhuang Mechanical Engineering College)
      • 13:30
        Application of High-Voltage Nanosecond Pulses to Surface Modification of Geomaterials 1h 30m

        The application of High-Power Electromagnetic Pulses (HPEMP) in dressing of resistant gold- containing ores appears attractive as this technique provides for a significant increase in precious metal recovery in hydrometallurgical (gold and silver) and gravitational (PGM) processes (V.A.Chanturiya et al, Pulsed Power Conference, 2005 IEEE). The present work studies the effect of high-voltage nanosecond pulses on the phase composition of surface layers, physical-chemical and technological properties of sulfide minerals with different semiconductor properties and natural dielectric minerals using a complex of physical and chemical methods (XPS, DRIFTS, SEM-EDX, AFM), microhardness measurement (Vickers indentation method). High-voltage nanosecond pulses cause changes in the chemical and phase surface composition of sulfide minerals and their sorption, flotation, and chemical activities. The influence of the conditions and parameters of the electric-pulse effect on the change in the amount of elemental sulfur and iron (metal) oxide on the surface of mineral particles has been studied. The parameters of preliminary pulsed treatment of sulfide minerals (for example, pyrrhotite and pentlandite; pyrite and arsenopyrite) that lead to improvement of flotation separation of minerals have been determined. Pulse energy actions damage the surface microstructure of dielectric minerals with the subsequent formation of traces of surface breakdowns and microcracks, loosening rock-forming minerals, and reducing their microhardness by 40–66% overall. The softening effect of natural dielectric minerals is mainly connected with the damage of microstructure of surface layers, new-formed defects at different structural levels (dislocation, microcracks, and incomplete surface break-ups), disordering and amorphisation of the mineral surface. Our results show that it is possible in principle to use pulse energy actions to improve the efficiency of softening rock-forming minerals in diamond-bearing kimberlites and making targeted changes in the functional chemical (structural phase) state of natural dielectric and semiconductive minerals.

        Speaker: Igor Bunin (Institute of Comprehensive Exploitation of Mineral Resources, RAS)
      • 13:30
        Characteristics of Discharge Plasma in Liquid using less than 3 kV 1h 30m

        Discharge plasma in liquid is generated by high voltage such as 15 kV. Our previous experiments succeed with around 3 kV in under water discharges. Our work aim to generate the discharge plasma in liquid less than 3 kV using capacitor discharges. Electrical capacitance is as follows for discharge: 0.5 µF, 1.0 µF of film capacitor and 4 nF of ceramic capacitor. A charger is used DC power supply (HAR-5P6), and A size of reactor is 10x10x10 cm. We compared capacitors liquid conductivity and plasma size. As a result, the discharge plasma in liquid was generated between 0.5 µF, 1.0 µF and 4 nF. Ratio of generation was not changed between 0.5µF and 1.0 µF. Scale of discharge plasma in liquid changed, the capacitor of 1.0 µF is biggest among three capacitor, and 0.5 µF is bigger than 4 nF. Small capacitance with low voltage and current is important to electrical circuit. In higher conductivity, plasma generation in liquid was observed lower voltage.

        Speaker: Masahiro Hosono (Iwate University)
      • 13:30
        CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TIME SEQUENCE FOR THE HIGH-SPEED METAL JET UNDER AXIAL STRONG PULSED MAGNETIC FIELD 1h 30m

        The tanks and armor vehicles can be damaged by high-speed metal jet caused by the High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT). In order to improve the effective length and the penetration capacity of the metal jet, the electromagnetic enhancing system for the metal jet is put forward. Aiming to the effect of the time sequence to the performance of the metal jet, the relationship between the times of the high-speed metal jet and the strong pulsed magnetic field is analyzed, and then a numerical simulation model is established based on the Transient Magnetic Solver. After that the validity of the electromagnetic enhancing system for high-speed metal jet is verified, and the distribution characteristics of the magnetic field and the current density are obtained. It can draw the conclusion that the high-speed metal jet can become deformed with the effect of the axial pulsed magnetic field. And then the high-speed metal jet cannot be put off by the stretching force caused by the uneven velocity distribution. Furthermore, the radius of metal jet may become more even and the effective length will be extended. Thus, the penetration capacity of the metal jet will be improved. It also can be seen from the paper that as to the system analyzed in the paper, the best delay time of the metal jet is 122.5 μs when the velocity is 3000 m/s. Meanwhile, the best delay time is to make the peak point of the discharge current just coincide with the time when the center sections of the metal jet and the magnetic field coil are consistent.

        Speaker: Hongjun Xiang (Shijiazhuang Mechanical Engineering College)
      • 13:30
        Comparison of Bubbles due to Frequency Change and Electrode Direction in High Repetitive Plasma in Water 1h 30m

        Underwater discharges are applied in industrial fields. However, phenomena of underwater discharges have not been completely clarified. The purpose of our study is to clarify characteristics of underwater discharges. In high repetitive underwater discharges, bubbles generated by discharges are gathered to the tip of an electrode. Discharge plasma forms under the influence of the bubbles may change to a ball shaped bubble. Our study focused on bubbles and investigated the movement of bubbles generated by discharges. Experimental environments are as follows: pulse discharge by MPC method with maximum output 1 J/pulse, the water conductivity of about 110 µS/cm, the electrode made of copper with a diameter of 0.8 mm, the repetition frequency of up to 500 pps (pulses per second), a high speed camera with the frame rate of 57000 fps (frames per second) and image processing software.
        This paper has three contents: comparison of the movement of bubbles on 250 and 500 pps, observation of discharge plasma forms every 10 pps on 150 to 500 pps and comparison of discharge plasma forms on 250 and 500 pps when the direction of the electrode was changed.
        The bubbles in high frequency were easy to be gathered to the tip of the electrode. As the frequency rises, the discharge plasma forms tend to be ball shaped bubble. The downward electrode is easier to gather bubbles than the upward electrode.

        Speaker: Kazuki Kimura (Iwate University)
      • 13:30
        Design and Electromagnetic Analysis of an Induction Type Coilgun System with Pulse Power module 1h 30m

        Electromagnetic launchers with pulse power have an advantage over the chemical guns in that they has the ability to use electromagnetic force to accelerate armature to high velocity. A multi-stage induction type coilgun system is one of the most important research items. Especially, the capacitor driven induction coilgun, which is almost free from physical contact between the barrels and projectile, has a longer gun lifetime compared to other electromagnetic launchers. Accurate analysis of multi-stage induction coilgun is usually necessary to establish full-size finite element model. Full-size finite element model is suitable for accurate and detailed analysis, but it cannot solve the problem quickly because the analysis time increases with complex geometric structures. It is necessary to find a way to ensure both accuracy as well as rapid calculation.
        In this paper we present design and electromagnetic analysis results of multi-stage induction type coilgun system with pulse power module obtained by using FEM program. The fundamental specifications of the induction type coilgun system were investigated via mathematical analysis model using MATLAB considering pulse power module. The voltage, current, force, velocity, acceleration, efficiency of the multi-stage coilgun system were analyzed using electromagnetic analysis. The electromagnetic analysis results were compared with mathematical analysis results to confirm the reliability of the FEM simulation model.
        As a result, voltage, current, force, velocity, and projectile acceleration of the multi-stage coilgun system were very similar to mathematical analysis results, and the designed coilgun system has higher energy efficiency. The stress of the coil structure was less than the allowable stress of the materials, and the increasing temperature was within the permissible range. The design specifications and the FEM analysis results of the coilgun can effectively be utilized to develop a large-scale multi-stage induction type coilgun system.

        Speaker: Mr Byeong-Soo Go (Changwon National University)
      • 13:30
        Design and Experiment Study of a Novel Electrothermal Pulsed Plasma Thruster for Space Applications 1h 30m

        Pulsed plasma thrusters (PPTs) are relatively mature electric propulsion devices for small/micro satellites to complete specific space missions. PPTs are mainly divided into two categories, electromagnetic PPTs and electrothermal PPTs. Under the effect of a current pulse, propellant is ablated and decomposed to form plasma bulk. Afterwards, charged particles are accelerated by Lorentz force or gas dynamic effect to generate thrust. In low power level, the main factor that restrict the development of PPTs is the comparatively low efficiency. Compared to the electromagnetic PPTs, electrothermal PPTs will accelerate neutral particles more effectively to enhance the overall efficiency. Therefore, in the case of low stored energy, electrothermal PPTs have great potential to research and develop.

        In this paper, a novel electrothermal PPT, which is based on the capillary discharge, was designed. The prototype has a PTFE cavity with variable dimensions, an inner anode and a hollow outer cathode. Meanwhile, a high-performance spark plug was developed and laid in the slot of cathode to ignite main discharge. The main capacitor capacitance ranged from 0.1μF to 3μF, the main voltage ranged from 1kV to 3kV. The trigger capacitor capacitance was 0.1μF, the trigger voltage was 1kV. Discharge waves were measured and analyzed. Generally, the main discharge was a typical underdamped RLC discharge and the duration time was several microseconds. However, the main discharge is aperiodic for the resistance and inductance in the plasma channel were not constant. The deposition energy in the arc channel was calculated, according to the calculation result, the effect of circuit parameters and structure parameters on the energy deposition efficiency was concluded. Meanwhile, the time delay between the ignition discharge and the main discharge was measured. These parameters also had influence on the time delay, the relationship between these parameters and the time delay was studied.

        Speaker: Mr Ruoyu Han (Xi’an Jiaotong University)
      • 13:30
        Design of pulsed power system for permitting to utilize attractive force of multi-stages synchronous induction coilgun 1h 30m

        The capacitor bank topology with a load side crowbar diode is well known as a pulsed power system for the electromagnetic launcher such as coilgun and railgun because of its controllability, reliability, technical maturity. In general case of multi-stages synchronous induction coilgun accelerates a projectile using the electromagnetic force that converts electrical energy to kinetic energy; the pulsed power system is storing slowly and supplying rapidly electrical energy to a stator coil. The current of a stator coil induces the current on the armature coil; these current directions are opposite and it generates repulsive force. The crowbar diode, which is placed at load side, not only prevents the capacitor from the damage of voltage reversal caused by inductive load during pulsed power supplying period but also blocks induced current caused by the previous stator coil.
        This paper presents new capacitor bank topology of pulsed power system for multi-stages synchronous induction coilgun to improve the efficiency.
        Proposed method is inserting a switch such as GTO(Gate Turn-Off thyristor) parallel to the crowbar diode and load in order to permit generating Attractive force between next stator and armature. The switch is controlling induced current of the stator caused by the previous stator which is being supplied with pulsed power from a capacitor. The current directions of stator and armature coils are the same. Then cause generating attractive force between each other. A mathematical model and FEM simulation in Magnet/Comsol were developed to verify the suggested topology.
        The result indicates usefulness in an aspect improving the energy efficiency and launching velocity with same control method, structure and supplied energy. The energy efficiency increase over 1% is confirmed with simulation results of three stages synchronous induction coilgun.

        Speaker: Mr Myung-Geun Song (Hanwha Defense Systems )
      • 13:30
        Direct and indirect NO removal with (sub)nanosecond pulses: yield and by-product formation 1h 30m

        In this contribution we show results of direct and indirect removal of nitric oxide (NO) with (sub)nanosecond pulses. The nanosecond pulse source is the 0.5-10-ns, 0-50-kV (positive and negative), 0.2-ns rise time pulse source that we recently developed at Eindhoven University of Technology. The direct-removal setup is an in-plasma removal setup, where the polluted air (with NO) is flushed directly through a pulsed corona plasma generated with the nanosecond pulses. In the indirect-removal setup, we generate ozone in clean air in the corona plasma reactor and mix this with the polluted gas stream after the plasma reactor. In this method, NO is removed by reaction with ozone and not directly in the plasma. We report on removal yields and by-product formation.

        Speaker: Tom Huiskamp (Eindhoven University of Technology)
      • 13:30
        Energy Control of Pulsed Power using Embedded System and Magnetic Pulsed Compression Circuits 1h 30m

        Pulsed power has long been used in many applications such as ozonizers, sterilization, and bioelectrics; the use of embedded systems for pulse power has been researched. However, certain factors such as the embedded system design make development difficult and complicate system use. Additionally, many fields require certain functions, safety that has noise protection and ease of operations.
        The present work aims to develop an energy control of pulsed power using a field programmable gate array (FPGA) and magnetic pulsed compression circuits. The design specifications are as follows: voltage rise time of less than 50 ns; charging energy to 1.0 J/pulse; a peak output voltage of 35 kV; a repetition rate to 500 pps (pulses per second); and flexible control of pulse interval, pulse shot number, pulse repetition and output energy. This pulsed power generator is composed of a controller using an FPGA, a charger and a pulsed power unit with magnetic pulsed compression circuits. Flexible control of pulse interval, pulse shot number and pulse repetition are made from a control of trigger timings in the pulsed power unit, and energy control is from charging timings to a primary capacitor for pulsed power. These improvements by energy control and others are very important for some applications of pulsed power.

        Speaker: Masahiro Akiyama (Iwate University)
      • 13:30
        Essential Launching Characteristics of Four Typical Electromagnetic Railguns Launchers 1h 30m

        Abstract:The essential launching characteristics of four typical electromagnetic railguns models were comparatively reviewed referring to the current distribution in conductors. Such four models were as a small conductive simple railgun, the large resistive simple one, the large conductive simple one, and the large conductive complex one. First, according to strict physical theories, a small conductive copper-and-aluminum simple railgun and the proportionally-enlarged big simple railgun with deliberately-designed resistive materials could satisfy the same equations, the similar forms of current distributions, the same temperatures at the corresponding positions, and the same launch velocity, etc. The small model can absolutely express the large one and vice versa. Second, the large resistive simple railgun could launch slightly heaver projectiles to the same velocity than a conductive copper-and-aluminum simple railgun with the same structures. The two have the same temperature distribution on the surfaces at the corresponding positions. The large conductive railgun is a little excellent than the large resistive one, because the conductive one had less Ohmic loss than the resistive one. Third, the large conductive simple railgun carried a mal-distributed current and had a limited launching ability, while, a large conductive complex railgun carried a much even distributed current and had a more powerful launching ability. The conclusion reached were: according to the large resistive simple model as a key reference lever, the small conductive simple railgun was an economic experimental facility to research the launching characteristics of both small and large railguns; the large conductive complex model was a practical railgun model deserving investments for research.

        Key words: electromagnetic launching, railguns, scaling method of physical models, practical launcher model

        Speaker: Hongjun Xiang (Shijiazhuang Mechanical Engineering College)
      • 13:30
        EXPLORATION OF THE HIGH SPEED PROCESSES IN DESIGNING OF PULSED ELECTROTECHNOLOGIES 1h 30m

        This article is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of operation of the first main water pipeline in Azerbaijan, named “Schollar-Baku”, designed in 1917 by English engineer William Lindley, provided to this day Baku by clean drinking water. In recent years, due to the depletion of resources, violation of ecological balance on the planet, climate change, etc., pays great attention to development of energy-efficient, energy-saving devices and environmentally clear technologies. For solution of the energy efficiency of such electric technologies is required the gradual transition from the low-frequency exposure methods to short duration (micro and nanosecond) high-frequency pulsed ones. This provides a powerful and useful liberation of the huge energy of pulsed source on explored object for shortest time and realization of high-speed processes, beneficial effected on treated mediums. This article to development of high-frequency electric technologies (micro and nanosecond) for cleaning and disinfection of drinking and waste water from dispersible and bacteriological pollutants is devoted. Complex explorations of high-speed processes in the water medium, the optimal electrical parameters of the energy source and impact modes (crown and spark discharges) on investigated objects are considered. Empirical formulas for determination of the main discharge characteristics (delay time, breakdown time, emitted energy) and parameters of water gap (inter-electrode distance), at which an effective work regime of high voltage equipment is reached, are given. The possible mechanisms of water breakdown and high speed processes, volt-second diagrams are presented. It is shown, that on spark regime in water medium and positive polarity of potential electrode is achieving the maximum inactivation level of bacteriological cells (1010). It was found, that combination of micro and nanosecond effects on water medium may lead to formation of high-energy run away electrons, generating shortwave radiation and promoting penetration of nanosecond electric fields into nucleus, suspending the further reproduction of cells.

        Speaker: Elchin Gurbanov ("Azersu" OJSC)
      • 13:30
        High temperature materials for spraying of anti-corrosion coatings 1h 30m

        For production of stable protectors against thermal and chemical influence, we introduce the technology of their spraying on technological surface. Everybody knows that metallic compounds are combustible. This fuel produces the flame of plasma. The processes of oxidation, which take place of burning chamber, are directed to the creation of ideal mixtures for oxy-ionic gases. In the gaseous phase, the constituents react and build the initial compounds for condensation on coated details. The duration of thermal treatment for our agglomerates could be prolonged with discharge of voltage capacitor. The plasma is super conductor and used as working body for generating of energy and formation of electric arc, which is the area of increased temperature and pressure.
        Let us regard a generator of plasma. It is the short circuit between aluminum electrodes in the environment of combustion gases, ionized with thallic and ferric oxy-substances. We calculate static pressure in correspondence with the term for burning temperature at a constant volume. There is the point of equality of thermodynamic functions for components and phases at minimum of Gibbs energy. It becomes higher and the reaction products are moving in the direction to a surface, which is prepared for covering. The acceleration of plasma propulsion is succeeded with dynamic pressure of streaming fluids, which are executed with Lorentz force after impulse of electric current.
        In the conditions of high pressures for our ionized conglomerates, we expect an invention of new modifications for the routine compounds after the technological collision with defended surfaces, the crystal cells of which introduce the closed packed symmetries. In this extreme state of matter, we combine Tl-Fe-Al-O-gaseous quantities of the complex polymers with opportunity of preparation for homogeneous compositions of the stoichiometric oxides and the precise mixtures for condensation of crystal structures.

        Speaker: Mr Oleg Chizhko
      • 13:30
        Inductive-Capacitive Hybrid Pulsed Power Supply for Energy Recovery 1h 30m

        As a relatively new kind of the pulsed power supplies for electromagnetic launchers, the IPPS (inductive pulsed power supply) attracts researchers’ attentions with the major advantage of high energy storage density. However, it possesses one major disadvantage: too much energy remained in the energy storage inductors and then wasted in the muzzle resistor after the projectile (or armature) leaves the muzzle. And when high energy level and low energy loss are major considerations during the inductors’ design, this problem will get worse. The reason is simple. Under this circumstance, the inductors will have relatively large inductance L, small resistance R, and high ratio of inductance and resistance L/R, and the discharging time will be relatively long, which leads to relatively high remaining energy.
        This paper proposes a solution to this problem, namely hybridizing the IPPS and the CPPS (capacitive pulsed power supply). To be more specific, during the projectile acceleration process, the IPPS and the CPPS supply the load together; after the projectile leaves the muzzle, the remaining energy in the IPPS turns to charge the CPPS. It should be noted that, since all IPPS modules and CPPS modules are connected in parallel and relatively independent, one CPPS modules can recapture several IPPS modules’ remaining energy, which brings possibility to the energy self-recovery of the CPPS modules. In this paper, the working process of this hybrid power supply is analyzed stage by stage. And then the practical feasibility is verified through experiments, in which the load is a small railgun with 0.3-m length, 10-mm×10-mm caliber, 2.7-g armature. Results show that most of the remaining energy in the IPPS module is recaptured, which leads to the energy self-recovery of the CPPS module.

        Speaker: Mr Xukun Liu (Tsinghua University)
      • 13:30
        Magneto-forming studies at Loughborough University 1h 30m

        The paper will describe experimental studies of magneto-forming technology, undertaken at Loughborough University and using the existing 2 MA/100 kJ Quattro capacitor bank as power supply. Five different practical arrangements will be detailed and results presented that illustrate:
        - Welding aluminium cylinders with galvanized steel cylinders in theta-pinch geometry
        - Welding stainless steel cylinders with stainless steel cylinders in theta-pinch geometry
        - Forming magnesium cylinders in theta-pinch geometry
        - Forming magnesium plates in flat plane geometry
        - Forming aluminium cylinders in Z-pinch geometry

        For each arrangement, the joining quality obtained with magneto-forming is analysed at the interface as well in the adjoined materials in comparison with their pre-manufacture (as delivered) state. The used characterisation techniques include micro- and nano-indentation as well as X-ray diffraction, optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy.

        Speaker: Bucur Novac (Loughborough University)
      • 13:30
        Mathematical Design of a Pulsed Power Induction Coilgun System using Taguchi Method 1h 30m

        A pulsed power induction coilgun system is a multi-physics system that is too complicated and difficult to simulate and design. Several studies presented design and simulation schemes of a coilgun system by a finite-element method (FEM) which is not cost-effective and need time-consuming process. The impact on the energy efficiency by capacitance, voltage level, and initial position of armature coil has been presented in other reports. But there are still lack of studies to determine the geometry variables, number of turn-layer, switching time, which have major effects on operation and energy efficiency.

        One of the difficulties to design the coilgun system is that the mathematical model of the coilgun system seems unable to be solved by general analytics method. The Taguchi method, one of statistical methods, has been studied and verified as an economical and effective method to improve the quality of manufactured goods, performance of antenna design and network. Therefore, we believe that the Taguchi method could be applied for determining the geometry variables of the coilgun system.

        This paper presents a mathematical design of a multi-stage pulsed power induction coilgun system using Taguchi method to maximize its efficiency and reduce cost and time of design process. The coil gun system was analyzed and designed in mathematics using state-space equation. The Taguchi method is applied to evaluate and determine geometry variables, number of turn-layer of both stator and armature coils, and switching time. A FEM model of the coilgun system is developed to compare the results to the mathematical design. The results of the FEM and mathematical design match well. The energy efficiency of the three-stage coilgun system is above 22.6% and expected to be increased along with number of stages. The design method and results are consequential data for research and development of the coilgun system.

        Speaker: Mr Dinh-Vuong Le (Changwon National University)
      • 13:30
        NOVEL PULSED POWER SYSTEM FOR INDUCTIVE OUTPUT TUBES 1h 30m

        Inductive Output tubes (IOT) or klystrodes are used to produce RF power in several industrial, research and medical applications. TV broadcasting and industrial heating represent the biggest percentage of these applications. In these cases the RF power is required continuously, and therefore classical IOT power system topologies are based on a high voltage DC power supply, together with several power supplies floating on a high voltage potential.

        In linear particle accelerators, Inductive Output tubes are also used to power accelerating structures (e.g. Radiofrequency Quadrupoles). In this case the RF power is only required during a small fraction of time at a certain repetition rate, in pulsed mode. Classical DC topologies are also used in accelerator applications, presenting some drawbacks like excessive size due to isolation requirements, difficulties to ramp-down the high voltage in a few microseconds in case of arc, etc. This papers proposes a new pulsed IOT power system topology which is better adapted for linear accelerator applications, which allows for cost and size reduction. Compared with a state-of-the-art solution based on Solid-State technology, the proposed pulsed IOT power system topology is more compact for applications requiring >50kW of RF peak power.

        The paper will first present the proposed novel IOT power system topology and then compare it with an equivalent classical topology. The comparison will be illustrated by means of dimensioning a 100kW IOT power system. Furthermore the design methodology to dimension the different power converters of the system and the operation mode will be reviewed.

        Finally, an evaluation of the proposed IOT power system topology for Linear accelerators for Medical applications will also be presented.

        Speaker: Francisco Cabaleiro Magallanes (Advanced Oncotherapy PLC)
      • 13:30
        Numerical Analysis on the Resistive Overlay Rail of Electromagnetic Launcher using Finite Element Method 1h 30m

        The gouging phenomenon on the surface of the sliding contact of an electromagnetic launcher is one of the major problems to realize it in practical uses. The resistive overlay is known as one of the solutions to overcome the gouging on the rail surface even though the energy transfer efficiency to the projectile is reduced due to the increase of the rail resistance.

        We conducted the launching experiment with a resistive overlay on the copper rail and the result shows that the gouging was not induced with the velocity over 2 kilometer per second using a C-shaped aluminum armature whose bore dimensions are 40 mm by 50 mm. In this paper, the transient velocity skin effect (VSE) is analyzed from the point of view of the current diffusion using two and three dimensional finite element methods (FEM). As the current spreads into the rail and armature, VSE induces the variation of the amount of currents in the inner and outer metals. From the transient variation of current profile, the propulsive inductance gradient obtained from the axial Lorentz force on the armature varies with its movement. Also, the rail inductance gradient is calculated without an armature and compared with the propulsive one. Finally, we conduct the circuit simulation using the calculated inductance gradients and compare the simulation result with the experiment data.

        Speaker: Sanghyuk An (Agency for Defense Development)
      • 13:30
        Performance Analysis of Passive Compulsators used for EML Application with Different Compensation Shield Thickness 1h 30m

        Compulsators (compensated pulsed altarnators) are ac generators designed maximize the short circuit current that could be delivered to the load. The role of the compensation (active/passive/selectively passive) is to minimize the inductance of the alternator during the discharge process. Over the last three decades, many topologies of the compulsator have been evolved in order to achieve a better performance.
        It was required to design and develop a compulsator for the railgun which is already available in the author’s laboratory. The parameters of the existing railgun (the inductance and the resistance gradient) are calculated using a commercially available FEM software. The topology of the compulsator to be designed is rotating field, iron core, 2 poles, passive compensation. This paper discusses the variation in the performance of the system with variation in the thickness of the compensating shield of the compulsator.
        From the initial performance analysis of the passive compulsators driven railgun with two different compensating shield thicknesses, two designs which result in the same peak current were selected for a detailed analysis. By performing the transient electromagnetic analysis, the following parameters are compared between the two: (a) magnetization curve, (b) flux density distribution in the air gap on no load (radial and angular), (c) current density distribution on the shield during the discharge phase of the compuslator, (d) diffusion of the magnetic field in the compensating shield produced by the armature reaction, (e) maximum stress on the armature conductors and on the compensation shield, (f) magnetic field seen by the armature conductors, (g) transient field winding current during the discharge.
        The results of the study will be presented and discussed in the final manuscript.

        Speaker: Mr Apurva Kulkarni (Indian Institute of Science)
      • 13:30
        Preparation of Plasma Activated Water by Gas-Jet assisted Nanosecond Pulsed Discharge in the Water 1h 30m

        Plasma activated water (PAW) has gained increasing attentions for a wide range of applications in the biomedical fields. Especially PAW are known to inactivate microbial cells effectively. Gas-jet assisted nanosecond pulsed discharge in the water was used to produce PAW. Nanosecond high voltage pulses from a five-stage Marx-generator were applied to two electrodes installed in the distilled water. During the pulse application, compressed air jet makes an air channel between the two electrodes. The physicochemical properties of the PAW at different process time ware evaluated, including pH, oxidation reduction potential (ORP), conductivity and nitrate ion density. The results showed that this type of discharge was very effective to produce a large amount of PAW in short time.

        Speaker: Yun Sik Jin (Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute)
      • 13:30
        Pulsed plasma chemical synthesis of carbon-bearing nanocomposites based on silicon and titanium oxides 1h 30m

        The paper presents the study on the plasma chemical synthesis of nanocomposite carbon-bearing powders based on SiO2 and TiO2 and the analysis of their main characteristics. The nanopowders were synthesized in the plasma chemical reactor using a pulsed electron beam for the low-temperature plasma generation. The experiments on the synthesis of powders were carried out using a TEA-500 pulsed electron accelerator. The main characteristics of the electron beam are as follows: 400-450 keV electron energy, 60 ns half-amplitude pulse duration, up to 200 J pulse energy, and 5 cm beam diameter. The following precursors were used for the production of carbon-bearing composites based on silicon and titanium oxides: SiCl4, TiCl4, O2, and СH4.
        The morphology of the synthesized particles was studied using the LEO EVO 50 scanning electron microscope and the JEOL-II-100 transmission electron microscope with an accelerating voltage of 100 kV. To determine a crystal structure of nanopowder, the common technique of X-ray phase analysis was used. The reaction products were analyzed using a DRON-07 diffractometer; the elemental composition was examined using the Oxford ED2000 X-ray fluorescence analyzer. The substances included in the composite nanopowder were identified using Nicolet 5700 FT-IR spectrometer.
        The synthesized composites can be applied as composite photocatalysts with a high efficiency and acting in the region of visible light, as well as the composites possessing electrophysical properties required for the manufacture of the improved lithium-ion batteries.

        • Work supported by RFBR, project no. 16-38-00055 mol_a.
        Speaker: Fedor Konusov (National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University)
      • 13:30
        RONS detection in plasma activated water 1h 30m

        Activation of water using pulsed electric discharges serves several important agricultural and biomedical applications. Plasma activated water (PAW) contains reactive oxygen and nitrogen molecular species (RNOS) like hydrogen peroxide H2O2, nitric acid HNO3, nitrous acid HNO2 and peroxynitrite ONOO-, exhibiting strong antiseptic power. TU/e spin-off company VitalFluid develops generators for production of PAW, successfully applied for plant growth enhancement via combined plant disease control and nutrition; in the biomedical field, promising results have been obtained with skin disinfection.

        Both in PAW synthesis optimization and PAW quality control, knowledge on the actual RONS composition is crucial. Due to its high degree of reactivity, peroxynitrite is regarded as primary marker for PAW activity. However, direct measurement of peroxynitrite is not possible. Based on a theoretical model from literature, accepting hydrogen peroxide, nitrite and acidity data, peroxynitrite levels can be determined. This enables an investigation of the influence of synthesis process parameters on PAW activity. An overview will be presented.

        Speaker: W.F.L.M. Hoeben (Eindhoven University of Technology)
      • 13:30
        Simulation of pore density and pore radius based on cell electrofusion 1h 30m

        The existing fusion technology is mainly based on the microsecond pulse electric field. However, there is a great defect in the traditional fusion technology: the microsecond pulse electric field is sensitive to the cell size, and it is difficult to realize the effective fusion of cells with different sizes. There was a significant positive correlation between the transmembrane potential and the cell radius, when smaller cells are perforated, the larger cells may have been in a state of excessive perforation .The nanosecond pulsed electric field has the characteristics of insensitive to the size, this is more conducive to the integration of different sizes of cells. Therefore, in the current work, present paper use finite element method to establish the cell fusion model, and put forward the innovative idea of “electric fusion induced by nanosecond pulsed electric field (ns)”. By comparing the numerical value and distribution of the pore density and hole radius of the cells under nanosecond, with the microsecond pulse compared the nanosecond pulsed electric field under the effect of perforation of fusion cells regardless of pore radius or hole density is concentrated in the two cell contact area, ns pulse can better induce cell fusion. The aim of this paper is to provide a new and effective physical method for cell electrofusion, which is of great significance for the development of cell electrofusion technology.

        Speaker: Dr Qiang Ke (Chongqing University)
      • 13:30
        Studies of pulsed electro plasticity in metals 1h 30m

        Application of high-intensity electric fields and/or currents is known to enhance materials’ deformability. For instance, a high-density electric fields/currents applied continuously (CC: continuous current) or in short pulses (PC: pulsed current) on metals and ceramics may significantly affect their deformation response to external loads. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as electroplasticity or electroplastic effect (EP).
        In the present study, we carry out mechanical tensile experiments in combination with the application of high intensity electric currents for very short durations in copper samples. Our study captures the enhanced plasticity induced in the metal due to EP. Post-event microstructural studies highlight the effect of high intensity electric current in the material.

        Speaker: Bucur Novac (Loughborough University)
      • 13:30
        TRIGGER SYSTEM CHANGES FOR THE HERMES III ACCELERATOR 1h 30m

        This paper describes the hardware changes made to the triggering systems of the HERMES III accelerator at the Simulation Technology Laboratory (STL) at Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico. The HERMES III accelerator is a gamma ray simulator producing 100kRad dose per shot with a full width half max pulse duration of ~25 nanoseconds and averages six shots per day. For each accelerator test approximately 400 probe signals are recorded over approximately 65 digitizers. The original digitizer trigger system employed numerous independent legacy signal generators resulting in non-referenceable digitizer time bases. Also, the HERMES III accelerator is operated as a “work for others” and some users want the HERMES III x-ray pulse to occur at pre-determined times with respect to their local time reference thereby requiring these users initiate the triggering of the HERMES III accelerator. Our solution to these issues is twofold. First, to reference the digitizer time bases together we employed a modular and scalable approach using commercial off the shelf components. Second we added an inhibit-able trigger system that users may access allowing them to safely trigger the HERMES III accelerator. This upgraded trigger system presently measures a maximum scope trigger time spread of less than two nanoseconds across the 65+ scopes.
        This document details the hardware changes, provides a summary of the accelerator charging process, presents “one-line” trigger system diagrams and summarizes the times of interest for a typical HERMES accelerator shot.


        • Work supported by Dept. of Energy
        Speaker: SEAN COFFEY (SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORY)
      • 13:30
        Triggering Strategy of Railgun Power Supply for the Accurate Control of the Armature Muzzle Velocity  1h 30m

        As a new kind of kinetic-energy weapon system, electromagnetic railgun possesses one major advantage of high muzzle velocity which can be controlled artificially and accurately. Since the muzzle velocity error has a great influence on the hit rate, accurate velocity control is of importance. However, existing literatures focus more on the maximization (or promotion) of the muzzle velocity, rather than the accurate control. In other words, studies on muzzle velocity control are still inadequate.
        The paper proposes a solution to this problem, namely a triggering strategy of the PFUs (Pulsed Forming Unit) of the pulsed power supplies. In this strategy, the armature acceleration process is equivalent to the uniform acceleration motion. And several velocity detecting devices are equidistantly placed along the barrel. The triggering time of each PFU group is the moment when the armature passes by each velocity detecting device. The unit number of each PFU group is selected, based on the principle of minimizing the error between the actual velocity and the ideal velocity (uniform acceleration) at the next velocity detecting device. In this way, the actual armature velocity waveform can coincide quite well with that of the ideal uniform acceleration process, thus the armature muzzle velocity can be controlled quite accurately. Simulations show that, with 0.15-kg armature mass and 6-m barrel length, if the target velocity is between 1.5 km/s to 2 km/s, the control precision of the muzzle velocity is within 0.5%.
        Moreover, optimization on the positions of the velocity detecting devices is conducted, in order to further decrease the muzzle velocity error. Simulations show that, with the optimal device positions, the control precision can be improved, within 0.05%.

        Speaker: Ms Xinyue Chang (Tsinghua University)
    • 13:30 15:00
      Poster session I - Pulsed Power Physics and Technology, Components and HV Insulation Hall 4 / Cambridge

      Hall 4 / Cambridge

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      • 13:30
        2016 Cygnus Refurbishment 1h 30m

        Cygnus, a dual-beam x-ray source, supports the Subcritical Experiments Program at the Nevada National Security Site for both Los Alamos and Livermore National laboratories. Since 2004, Cygnus has been successfully fired over 3000 times and refurbishment activities were completed in 2012 and 2016. The major refurbishment in 2016, conducted over a six-month period, will rejuvenate Cygnus operations for a number of years. In this paper we describe discoveries and resulting actions performed during the 2016 refurbishment period, particularly those related to arc damage and oil leakage in the induction voltage adder (IVA) ring stack. Many engineering enhancements and improvements were made to Cygnus in 2016, including the addition of inspection windows for the Marx tank, diverter switch, and IVA oil manifold. Finally, many safety improvements were also implemented, such as installation of elevated work platforms for the Marx tank and IVA assembly.

        Speaker: Paul Flores (National Security Technologies, LLC)
      • 13:30
        A NEW EQUIVALENT CIRCUIT OF HIGH-VOLTAGE PULSE TRANSFORMER AND AN ACCURATE METHOD TO MEASURE IT’S PARAMETERS 1h 30m

        This paper presents a new type of equivalent circuit of a high-voltage pulse transformer and an accurate method to measure it’s parameters. The new equivalent circuit is obtained from the impedance characteristic curves when the primary and secondary coils are in different states (open circuit or short circuit). In the new equivalent circuit, the distributed capacitance between primary and secondary coils is equivalent to three capacitances, instead of a concentrated capacitance in the IEEE standard equivalent circuit. The parameters in the equivalent circuit are calculated by some equations which are deduced from resonance points when the primary and secondary coils are in some different states. Simulation and experimental results of impedance characteristic curves and the output waveform of the pulse transformer meets well, which confirm the accuracy of the equivalent circuit and the measuring method of it’s parameters.

        Speaker: Xian LIU (Institute of Electronic Engineering, CAEP)
      • 13:30
        A Novel Technique for Fault and Lifetime Self-Diagnosis of Closed Transition Transfer Switch using Dual Lines 1h 30m

        This paper proposes a dual-line closed transition transfer switch (CTTS) and a technique for fault and lifetime self-diagnosis. The proposed system consists of the dual-line CTTS, a closed transition operator, active and inactive channel inspectors that extract the switch characteristics, and a self-diagnosis block for fault and lifetime of the switch using the characteristics. The system controller coordinates the inspection and diagnosis based on a schedule.

        The proposed dual-line CTTS has an active channel connecting one input and output, and an inactive channel which has no connection. There are parallel main and sub switches in each phase and they constitute the dual lines, which can be used selectively. The switch characteristics in the active channel are obtained by detecting current variation in each line because the current flows in the channel. Whereas, those in the inactive channel are obtained by detecting voltage variation in each line because there is no current flow.

        The inspection procedure of the active channel is as follows. The two switches in each dual-line phase are turned on or off according to the defined sequence. At this time, the inspection does not affect the fundamental operation of the CTTS because at least one switch should maintain the connection. The current signals of the two lines may change according the combination of the switch condition. Thus, the health information of the switches such as the operation speed and current division level between the two lines is obtained from the current signals. However, it is difficult to detect the current variation effectively because the current signal is AC type. For this reason, the current signal is transformed to the useful DC type signal by the axis transformation with the phase information. It was verified that the current variation was detected so fast and precisely with this method.

        Meanwhile, the inspection procedure of the inactive channel is as follows. Because every phases in the channel share the output with the active channel, the voltage of any phase in the active channel can be transferred to the inactive channel when the corresponding switch turns on. The operation speed characteristics are obtained by detecting the voltage variation. At this time, the cross voltage sensing method is used, which measures phase voltages of the inactive channel based on the neutral line voltage of not the inactive channel but the active channel. Similarly, the voltage signal is also transformed to the useful DC type.

        The closed transition operator consists of two synchronous reference frame phase-locked loops (PLL) finding the phase of each channel, a synchronization detector, and a switch sub-controller. The phase information of each channel is obtained by the PLLs based on the Clarke and Park transformation. The two phases are considered to be synchronous when the difference is less than 5 degrees. By the transition command, the CTTS changes the input source at the synchronized point through one or two cycles of overlap period.

        The proposed dual-line CTTS and self-diagnosis were verified by the PSIM simulator. The closed transition was successful although the frequencies of the two sources were different. The current and voltage were transformed to the DC type signals precisely during the inspection. Consequently, the signal variation was detected fast so the switch characteristics and even fault problem were detected fast as well. Therefore, the self-diagnosis was verified to be effective during the operation of the CTTS.

        Speaker: Mr Sewan Heo (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute)
      • 13:30
        Benchmarking Multi-Fluid Plasma Electromagnetic Models for Pulsed Power Applications 1h 30m

        The dynamical behavior of plasmas is strongly dependent on frequency. At the lowest frequency the plasma is in the regime of magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) and has been the focus of extensive research in fluid plasma modeling in the past few decades. At somewhat higher frequencies, the electrons and ions can move relative to each other, behaving like two charge separated, interpenetrating fluids. This is the regime of high-frequency, non-neutral two-fluid physics and is relevant to high-density, fast MHD phenomena encountered in pulsed-power devices like dense plasma focus, Z-pinches and field-reversed configurations. Here we present fully implicit schemes for solving the two fluid equations based on a combination of physics-based preconditioning and Jacobian-Free Newton Krylov solvers. We apply this approach to a range of problems, including shock physics, ambipolar expansion and shear flow. Results obtained from our approach will be compared to analytic theory and, where appropriate, magnetohydrodynamic and kinetic simulations.

        Speaker: Kris Beckwith (Tech-X Corp.)
      • 13:30
        Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study of Barium Titanate Nanoparticles: Improving Fundamental Understanding of Pulsed Power Component Materials 1h 30m

        To further the goal of optimized material design for pulsed power components, we aim to achieve a fundamental understanding of the model non linear dielectric material BaTiO3, through concurrent experimental and theoretical study. This effort is intended to lead to improved synthesis and design control, and a validated model to enable material predictions difficult to obtain in controlled experiments. The ultimate goal is to improve packing factor and discharge characteristics through design models for capacitors that translate results from the molecular level to macroscopic device level, and incorporate virtual material design models
        where appropriate.
        BaTiO3 particles were created using an alkoxide-hydroxide synthesis in water-ethanol solution. Subsets of the particles were functionalized with octadecylphosphonic acid (ODPA) through addition of ODPA to the suspension. The functionalized particles are characterized with several methods. The species bound to the particles are identified using FT-IR spectroscopy. We also expect to gain insight into ligand-nanoparticle surface interactions using FT-IR. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) is used to determine the ligand load in a particular sample and back out particle surface coverage.
        In addition, the bonding and arrangement of selected ligands and molecules adsorbed on the surfaces BaTiO3 nanoparticles and thin films is examined theoretically, using density functional theory (DFT). Bond strengths and
        reaction mechanisms are examined in detail. These results are compared to and combined with experimental data to derive insight into surface characteristics of this material.
        Finally, the challenges inherent in characterization and simulation of a reacted composite bulk material are discussed.

        Speaker: Dr Renee Van Ginhoven (AFRL)
      • 13:30
        CONTAMINATION PERFORMANCE OF HIGH VOLTAGE OUTDOOR INSULATORS IN HARSH MARINE POLLUTION ENVIRONMENT 1h 30m

        This paper describes the results of an experimental investigation carried out to compare the contamination performance and surface degradation of outdoor insulators made from different polymeric materials. The tested insulators included silicone rubber (SR), ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) and high-density polyethylene (HPDE), which were used for reference. To replicate typical harsh marine pollution environments, a modified solid layer contamination deposition method was used in the experimental work. This method represented conditions similar to those installed near shorelines exposed to saline and acid spray during winter and early spring. Tests were carried out in acidic and normal cold fog. The physico-chemical changes and electrical parameters were measured during the test to characterize the performance of each insulator. The analysis showed that the electrical performance of the insulators was significantly affected by the combined application of saline contamination and acidic cold fog. However, during clean cold fog application, the insulator material showed localized surface degradation while there was no evidence of serious dents and cracks. Saline contamination with normal cold fog generated a reduction of flashover voltage equal to 40%. This reduction was more pronounced in acidic fog conditions – 85%. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and hydrophobicity results showed that surface degradation is more strongly correlated with acidic cold fog contents than those of normal cold fog. It was found that SR insulators perform better than EPDM and HPDE in harsh environments.

        Speaker: Mr Muhammad Majid Hussain
      • 13:30
        Correlating Cygnus Diagnostics to Machine Reliability 1h 30m

        The Dual Beam Radiographic Facility (aka Cygnus) has been operating successfully for over 10 years providing invaluable data for our nation’s stockpile mission. However successful, there have been some failures that may have been predicted, hence eradicated, during an uninterrupted operation phase. This report describes a statistical method to incorporate existing machine diagnostics, such as B-dots and D-dots, located at various positions throughout the pulsed power delivery chain to predict degraded performance and expose dormant failure modes. A basic graphical user interface (GUI) tool, which performs and displays the statistical computations and results, will also be described herein. The ability to leverage machine diagnostics, statistical inference, and historic data will prove invaluable to Cygnus operation and provide a foundation for predictive maintenance for other pulsed power facilities.

        *This work was done by National Security Technologies, LLC, under
        Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25946 with the U.S. Department of
        Energy.

        Speaker: Bernard Meehan (NSTec)
      • 13:30
        Design and calibration of a 3-D lightning current sensor 1h 30m

        During the last three years, a programme of research into studying the lightning impact on a high peak mountain tower has been undertaken at the SIAME Laboratory. Various diagnostics equipment has been mounted near the tower, such as fast speed cameras to capture the arc propagation and capacitive antennas for electric field measurement.
        The present paper presents the design and calibration of a current sensor dedicated to this project. The sensor will be used to measure the lightning current flowing through a complex metallic structure. For safety reasons, it was decided to measure the current using inductive techniques and therefore a system using three B-dot probes has been developed.
        The research reported includes an experimental parametric study of the dimensions and the positions of the three magnetic probes used as current sensor and the design validation using mathematical computation. The final step of the calibration presented in the paper consists on 3-D magnetic field measurements and their analysis to obtain the lightning current in a Simple Rod Air Terminal (SRAT) during a laboratory test.

        Speaker: Antoine DE FERRON (Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, France)
      • 13:30
        Design of Trigger System for Large LTD Facility 1h 30m

        High current facilities have been used for a wide variety of HEDP experiments, such as fusion energy, radiation-physics, equation-of-state, plasma-physics and astrophysics etc. Linear transformer driver (LTD) is a new technical approach that can deliver fast high current and high voltage pulses with very compact devices. One of the most difficult technical problems encountered in building large LTD facilities is that there so many switches to trigger. So the trigger system is critical. This paper presents a new technical scheme for large trigger system that based on two kinds of trigger unit(fore stage-trigger-unit and post-stage-trigger-unit). Two kinds of trigger units based on the same pulse forming scheme, in which many ceramic capacitors form a compact coaxial structure that can minimize inductance and output fast pulse. The fore-stage-trigger-unit using a laser triggered gas switch while the post-stage-trigger-unit using a electric triggered gas switch. detailed design and preliminary experimental results are presented.

        Speaker: Zhou Liangji
      • 13:30
        DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING OF A 200kA, 10/350μs LIGHTNING IMPULSE CURRENT GENERATOR SWITCH MODULE 1h 30m

        A switch module assembly utilizing a power crowbar circuit and high-pressure plasma closing switch technology has been designed, constructed and tested. The switch module is the central block of a lightning impulse current generator under development, capable of producing a 10/350μs waveform at a peak magnitude in excess of 200kA (W/R = 10MJ/Ω). The circuit consists of two separately charged capacitor banks, a fast start bank and a slow sustain bank responsible for the generation of the pulse wave-front and wave-tail respectively. These are switched in sequence to the load by means of two electrically triggered, graphite electrode high-action integral spark gap switches. The switch module assembly was tested for a number of different switch parameters and circuit operation modes. The produced output current pulse had a magnitude of 30kA for a start and sustain capacitor bank charging voltages of -40kV and +3.5kV respectively. In addition, the operational performance and trigger range characteristics of the two switches were investigated.

        Speaker: Dr John Koutsoubis (Technological Education Institute (TEI) of Sterea Ellada)
      • 13:30
        Development of a coaxial switched oscillator 1h 30m

        A pulsed power system based on a coaxial switched oscillator was built and tested. The switched oscillator is charged to over 100 kV either by a Marx generator or a PZT-based autonomous power supply. When coupled to a helical antenna, the system generates electromagnetic radiation with a frequency bandwidth centred on 500 MHz.

        Speaker: Bucur Novac (Loughborough University)
      • 13:30
        Development of High Performance Pulse Power Generator using FPGA and Arduino 1h 30m

        Pulse power generators have been used in various fields such as environment, biology, agriculture and so on. Therefore, many researchers demand functions such as high power, short pulse, safety, miniaturization, low cost and ease of use. Our research aim to develop a high performance pulse power generator. The generator has ease of use and miniaturization. It is able to output various trigger signals by PC. Even if without PC, it can output trigger signals of about 10 patterns. The generator consists of a capacitor discharge circuit, a controller and a high voltage DC power supply. IGBTs (Model number: IXGX32N170H1 of IXYS) are used for the switching element of the capacitor discharge circuit. The controller consists of a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and an Arduino. The FPGA (Model number: Spartan-3AN of Xilinx) is used for the control the trigger signal of IGBTs, and the Arduino is used for the communication with a PC and display on a monitor. As results, the maximum output voltage was about 1.7 kV without pulse transformer. In addition, the maximum output voltage with pulse transformer was about 10 kV. The ease of use will be important for industry applications of the pulse power field.

        Speaker: Seiya Komatsudaira (Iwate University)
      • 13:30
        Electrical Treeing Phenomenon under Rippled Fields in HVDC Cable Insulation 1h 30m

        Power cables are exposed to various stresses in their service lifetime due to loading and transient effects that appear in the system. These stresses degrade the insulation in the long term and can even result in premature failure depending on the severity of the deterioration. Electrical treeing is closely related with partial discharge (PD) and in some stages of its growth it can be monitored through PD measurement. Regarding the treeing phenomena under pure sinusoidal high voltage alternating current (HVAC) voltages and harmonic AC waveforms well established research work has been conducted and the knowledge is in maturate stage. Harmonics have been reported to have undesirable effects both on insulation integrity and on the diagnostic process. However, less has been devoted under the condition of distorted or rippled high voltage direct current (HVDC) voltages. In this paper, artificial test samples of polymeric material have been developed in which the needle electrodes are embedded in polymeric insulation slabs in order to artificially initiate tree phenomenon. DC voltages superimposed with harmonic components that commonly appear on the output terminals of HVDC converters were simulated using a high voltage amplifier in the laboratory, and applied to the test samples and the growth of the developing trees recorded at different stages by digital microscope and also the corresponding PD pulses were acquired simultaneously using a wide-band HFCT sensor and high bandwidth sampling hardware. Results show that the superimposed abrupt waveforms result in rapid initiation and growth of treeing process in the samples with respect to pure DC waveform. Since treeing is one of the primary causes of failure in polymeric insulation, correlation of its features with simultaneously acquired PD data will have key implications for HVDC network operators, facilitating on-line monitoring and assessment of cable degradation and allowing preventative maintenance.

        Speaker: M. Azizian Fard (Glasgow Caledonian University)
      • 13:30
        Field-Distortion Air-Insulated Switches for Next-Generation Pulsed-Power Accelerators 1h 30m

        We have developed two advanced designs of a field-distortion air-insulated spark-gap switch that reduce the size of a linear-transformer-driver (LTD) brick. Both designs operate at 200 kV and a peak current of ~50 kA. At these parameters, both achieve a jitter of less than 2 ns and a prefire rate of ~0.1% over 5000 shots. We have reduced the number of switch parts and assembly steps, which has resulted in a more uniform, design-driven assembly process. We will characterize the performance of tungsten-copper and graphite electrodes, and two different electrode geometries. The new switch designs will substantially improve the electrical and operational performance of next-generation pulsed-power accelerators.

        Speaker: Matthew Wisher (Sandia National Laboratories)
      • 13:30
        Helical Pulse-Forming Transmission Line Stack for Compact Pulsed Power Applications - Design and Simulation 1h 30m

        Design considerations and initial static charge and transient discharge simulations using COMSOL Multiphysics™ are presented for a stacked set of pulse-forming transmission (T-) line modules charged in parallel and discharged in series. Each module is designed to use a rigid injection-molded dielectric (cast in halves to accommodate the center conductor) with a helical discharge path of constant real impedance Z. High peak energy density U for high initial charge voltage V is possible with such materials made of ceramic or ceramic powder-polymer composite. The helical path permits a high volume utilization efficiency η (effective system mean energy density/U) for compact applications. Given the system’s cylindrical return conductor housing of outer radius R and height H, TV²=4πR²HηUZ for an impedance-matched load. Here, T is the time interval for which the load current and voltage are within the ranges for which the load is effectively driven (neglecting rise and fall times). The model is fully parameterized so, for example, each module’s rectangular cross-section T-line aspect ratio AT (width/height) and helical aspect ratio AH (T-line center to helical axis distance/T-line half-width) are free to be varied. This allows for a wide range of system configurations to be studied with minimal effort. Given an optimized T-line center conductor shape, the contribution to η from the T-line itself is about 0.33 for the AT=1-4 range studied. The minimum AH considered is 2, giving a T-line volume fraction upper bound of 8/9. Their product implies an upper bound on η of about 0.3. Other system requirements, such as extra length and possibly higher AH needed to accommodate a low-inductance multi-channel spark-gap switch between modules, a tri-axial charging and multichannel trigger circuit within each module, and insulation between stages and return conductor, typically lower η to the 0.15-0.25 range for cases studied.

        Speaker: Dr Edward L. Ruden (Air Force Research Laboratory)
      • 13:30
        HIGH CURRENT SENSING THROUGH FARADAY ROTATION OF POLARIZED LIGHT OF VARYING WAVELENGTHS IN FIBERS 1h 30m

        Traditionally, large-amplitude, fast-rising currents and magnetic fields has been measured with electro-magnetic probes such as Rogowski coils or B-dot probes. Such probes are observed to work satisfactorily for many experimental configurations but the probe to digitizer signal is affected by cabling and cabling elements. Measurements must frequently be made in the presence of significant electromagnetic interference imposing unacceptable levels of noise on the probe signals. Furthermore, probe measurements on high voltage electrodes may be problematic if the probes are not sufficiently isolated. An alternative method for measuring currents and magnetic fields involves using the Faraday effect on linearly polarized light propagating in single mode fibers.
        Probes utilizing the Faraday effect have been used for many years. Their operation, whereby the magnetic field strength is proportional to the number of probe output “fringes”, is relatively immune to signal cable attenuation losses. Fibers are dielectrics and their electrical insulation reduces breakdown problems near high voltage electrodes. The probe calibration is a material property so in-situ calibrations are unnecessary. Previously, the Faraday probe setup required an optical engineer to assemble and align the numerous discreet optical elements (i.e. beam expander, splitter, polarizers and focusing optics). This was time consuming work requiring realignment whenever the assembly was moved. Due to tele-communication advancements, a robust compact Faraday effect optical assembly with fixed alignments is now available at low cost.
        Also due to these advancements, measurements at many different wavelengths are now possible. Theory predicts the Faraday probe sensitivity is inversely proportional to laser wavelength, thus probes of varying sensitivities can be constructed. This paper details four Faraday probes optimized for wavelengths of 450 nm, 532 nm, 632 nm & 850 nm and includes probe calibration efforts.

        Speaker: Mr Sean Coffey (SNL)
      • 13:30
        Modeling BipolarMarx Generators for Maximum Pulse Repetition Rate Estimation 1h 30m

        This paper presents the n stage dynamic model generalization for bipolar Marx Generators, during the capacitors charging mode, to estimate the generator pulse repetition rate.
        Bipolar Marx Generators are based in modular solid-state switching stages. Their operating principle can be reduced to two operating modes; Mode-I - Capacitors charging and Mode-II – Output pulse forming. In mode I, n capacitors are charged, roughly in parallel, from a dc power supply, Udc. In mode II the n stage capacitors are switched in series across the load. Using nowadays solid-state switching stages [12] it is possible to obtain positive and/or negative voltages pulses with higher frequencies in comparison with classic hard-tube switching. Nevertheless, as the number of stages increases the operating frequency is limited by internal parasitic impedances.
        This study presents the synthesis of state space model of the Marx Generator equivalent circuit for n stages operating during capacitors charging (Mode 1).
        The equivalent circuit consists of n stages connected in cascade, where each stage is an RC circuit in which the resistance R represents the impedances of the semiconductors and conductors in each stage.
        The model enables the evaluation of the charging time of the n stage capacitors. Then, the maximum pulse repetition rate for the n stage Marx Generator can be calculated as a function of the number of stages, and the voltage decay allowed for the capacitors (usually less than 10%). Given a needed pulse repetition rate the model can suggest the optimum number of stages (n) so that the working voltage of each stage can be selected.

        [1] L Rocha, J Silva, LMS Redondo, “Seven Levels Unipolar/Bipolar Pulsed Power Generator”, IEEE-TPS, 2060-2064, 2016;

        [2] H Canacsinh, JF Silva, B Borges, “Voltage droop compensation based on resonant circuit for generalized high voltage solid state Marx modulator”, IEEE-APEC, 3637-3640, 2016.

        Speaker: Hiren Canacsinh (ISEL/INESC-ID/GIA2P2)
      • 13:30
        Multi-physical Fields Simulation and Structural Design for Energy Storage Coils with Brooks-type geometry 1h 30m

        The most prominent advantage of Brooks-type coil is that it can obtain the highest energy storage density and the resistance of per unit inductance coil is smaller. However, the biggest problem of the Brooks-type coil is that there is a very large fringe field around it. For preventing electromagnetic radiation interference, it is necessary to consider the safety distance between the coil and the switch elements and their control circuits when constructing the whole energy storage system. In addition, the current-carrying inductance coil in the magnetic field will be subjected by the electromagnetic force. Solving the problems of energy storage density, electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic vibration effectively is one of the key technical problems of inductive energy storage system research. Based on the coils with Brooks-type geometry, this paper firstly constructs the multi-physical fields simulation environment of the coil by using ANSYS software. And then analyzes the mutual influence among the energy storage density, electromagnetic force and electromagnetic interference by conducting simulation analysis of electromagnetic field - force field for the coil. At last, the optimized calculation of the coil structure is carried out. In order to design a coil structure with better comprehensive performance, the appropriate electromagnetic force and the lower limit of electromagnetic interference are determined as the constraint of the optimization problem. The coil turns, turns width, outer diameter and other structural parameters are taken as variables. And the optimization goal is obtaining the maximum energy storage density. The work in this paper offers important theory analysis and testing foundation for investigating the inductive pulsed-power supply with higher energies.
        Key words—Inductive storage, Brooks, Energy storage density, Electromagnetic interference, Electromagnetic vibration, Structural design

        Speaker: Shangang Ma ( Qinghai University)
      • 13:30
        Multi-Pulse Nanosecond Electrical Breakdown in Perfluorinated Liquids at 140 kV 1h 30m

        Perfluorinated liquids are attractive for use in high-voltage devices because of their chemical stability under electrical discharges. For applications like liquid spark gaps, the breakdown velocity is an important parameter. In this work, we present the results of measurements of the anode-initiated electrical breakdown velocity at 140 kV in perfluorinated liquids of several chemical classes. The experimental setup [1] comprised of a nanosecond generator, breakdown cell, and digital oscilloscope. The generator impedance is 50 Ω, with a stored energy of 0.8 J and voltage under no-load of 140 kV. The pulse duration is 8 ns under load-matched conditions, and the rise time is less than 0.5 ns. We used a point-to-plane configuration of electrodes with positive point. We show that perfluorinated esters have close values of breakdown velocity over a wide range of gaps, and demonstrate relatively low jitter in gaps for which time to breakdown (up to 30 ns) is comparable to pulse duration. Measured breakdown velocities in these liquids are $5\cdot 10^6–1.3\cdot 10^7$ cm/s for gaps up to 2 mm, which is 3–8 times higher than in transformer oil under the same conditions [2]. The differential velocity of breakdown front propagation for all tested liquids substantially decreases in gaps wider than 1.5–2 mm, and is about $(2–3)\cdot 10^6$ cm/s. The time to breakdown in wider gaps grows linearly up to 6 mm. As soon as the differential velocity of breakdown remains nearly constant for a wide gap range, it can be considered as an electrophysical characteristic of the dielectric liquid under these pulsed conditions.

        [1] Punanov, I.F., Emlin, R.V., Kulikov, V.D. et al. Tech. Phys. (2014) 59: 503. DOI:10.1134/S1063784214040197

        [2] Punanov, I.F., Emlin, R.V., Morozov, P.A. et al. Russ Phys J (2012) 55: 191. DOI:10.1007/s11182-012-9794-5

        Speaker: Mr Ivan Punanov (Institute of Electrophysics UD RAS)
      • 13:30
        NEW EMBEDDED NANOSECOND PULSE GENERATOR BASED ON SPARK GAP AND IGBT 1h 30m

        A new architecture of high voltage pulse generator has been proposed. It is based on combining two types of switches’ technologies, namely IGBT used as opening switch and spark gap used as closing one, and two types of energy storage, Inductive and capacitive, in order to get a compromise with a better performances dedicated especially for embedded applications.
        This new architecture has several advantages such as a simple architecture and driving system, high and stable repetition rate which can reach some kilo-Hertz, a very sort rising time of few nanoseconds, a very high gain and efficiency. The generator doesn’t need a high voltage supply (i.e. Marx generator) just a tens of volts input suffices to produce a high voltage pulse of some kilo-volts that’s why this architecture is adequate for embedded applications.
        A Matlab simulation has been implemented to check the functioning principal. A prototype generator has been built and tested in the high voltage laboratory, which belongs to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering Warsaw University of Technology. The obtained results confirm the theory behind it.
        Basically, the generator consists of an inductor, an IGBT, a diode, a capacitor, a spark gap and a load. In the first phase, the power flows from the input supply (batteries) to the inductor throw the closed IGBT, and then we open the IGBT, the current changes the path and flows throw the capacitor and makes it charging. When the voltage across the capacitor surpasses the breakdown value of the spark gap, a very short pulse occurs across the load. After the discharge of the capacitor and the end of the spark, the system enters in a waiting phase until the next closing of the IGBT.

        Speaker: Mr Yahia Achour (Military university of technologies warsaw)
      • 13:30
        Pulsed Power Generators Based on Inductive Storage and Skin-Effect Opening Switches (Energy Correlation and Technical Applications) 1h 30m

        References [1-3] studied contactless skin-effect opening switches (SEOS) in combination with semi-conductor opening switches (SOS) and plasma opening switches (POS). This paper proposes to review in greater detail one of these combinations: a SEOS and an SOS. This combination has several attractive properties: durable functioning of each component and a good ratio of charging time to energy output to the load ~10^7÷10^8. The stability of both SEOS and the SOS ensures synchronization at the nanosecond level. These properties allow this switch combination to be used in pulsed power generators based on transformer inductive storage (TIS).
        As an example, they can be used in generators for transmitting consecutive series of pulses along water-insulated radial transmission lines. The TIS has a torodial configuration and both the TIS and the radial transmission lines have the same axial symmetry. The number of TIS is determined by the voltage necessary for the load. Balance of inductivity in the TIS is controlled by a compensating coil.
        The proposed focus of this paper is:
        -pulsed power generation efficiency, namely energy loss in SEOS at each of the following stages of pulse generation, -during energy storage collection in the TIS, -during current transformation from the first winding to the second one, -and during output of the energy to the load;
        -a possible variation of SEOS and SOS combination with goal of parallel function synchronization;
        -a design of a high power pulse generator for continuous wave pulses along a radial transmission line.
        Compactness of the design and efficient energy output to a resistive load are characteristics of an TIS that incorporates a combination of SEOS with other opening switches.
        Reference
        1. Egorov O.G. Proc. 5th EAPPC, Kumamoto, Japan, 2014.
        2. Egorov O.G. Proc. PPC2015, Austin, Texas, USA, pp.288-282, 2015.
        3. Egorov O.G. Proc. 6th EAPPC, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016.

        Speaker: Mr Oleg Egorov (TRINITI)
      • 13:30
        Reconfigurable High Voltage Load for Pulsed Power Applications 1h 30m

        Abstract- The evaluation of pulsed power systems and their constituent components requires unconventional loads with exceptional voltage, current, impulse energy, and continuous power dissipation capability. This paper presents the design and construction of a reconfigurable resistive load with active temperature monitoring for the evaluation of ultra-high voltage pulsed power modulators and semiconductor devices. The load consists of a network of 15 ceramic resistors (outer diameter of 2.54 cm and length of 30.48 cm) mounted vertically in an oil filled aluminum tank. To enable exceptionally high power dissipation, the oil is pumped through the tank and through a radiator. A microcontroller based module activates a fan on the radiator if a preset oil temperature is surpassed. Experimental results gathered demonstrate that the load withstood 1.5 kW at 12 kV for two hours, and that the temperature of the oil reached only 40 ºC without activation of the radiator fan. Based on radiator efficiency calculations, the load is expected to be able to withstand 10 kW of continuous power dissipation.

        Speaker: Matthew Kim (Texas Tech University)
      • 13:30
        Skin effect and magnetization of strap toroid magnetic core of pulse transformer 1h 30m

        The object of the study is a pulse transformer with a toroidal magnetic core wound by a transformer steel strap operating under short voltage pulses, at which the magnetic field has no time to steady in the core material. The pulse magnetic field diffusion in the steel strap of the core was analyzed using a 1-D model of dynamic losses, covering the effects of hysteretic and excess losses [1]. The dependence of excess losses in the core material on magnetic induction was measured in no-load experiments carried out while applying the rectangular voltage pulses to the transformer winding. The magnetic field diffusion in the strap was calculated at energization of the transformer winding from a constant voltage source. The oscillograms of current in the no-load experiments have verified the calculation results.
        [1] M.J. Hofmann and H-G. Herzog. Modeling Magnetic Power Losses in Electrical Steel Sheets in Respect of Arbitrary Alternating Induction Waveforms: Theoretical Considerations and Model Synthesis. IEEE Transactions on Magnetics., vol. 51, No. 2, February 2015, 6300211.

        Speaker: Boris Fridman (Efremov Institute of Electrophysical Apparatus)
      • 13:30
        SOLID STATE LASER TRIGGERING SYSTEM FOR THE HERMES-III ACCELERATOR 1h 30m

        The Hermes III accelerator at Sandia National Laboratories is a 20 cavity multi-stage linear induction voltage accelerator typically producing a 20-MV, 20-ns, 600-kA output pulse. Energy is initially stored in Marx banks that are each discharged into two intermediate store capacitors. Each of these capacitors are then switched with an SF6-insulated high voltage rim-fire gas switch into four pulse forming lines that further condition the pulse before finally delivering it to the induction cavities arrayed along the axis of the machine. Presently, a single 0.9-J KrF laser operating at 248 nm, the output of which is divided into twenty beams, is used to trigger the 20 rim-fire switches. As part of an upgrade to the accelerator, however, a new solid state laser triggering system is being designed to replace this system and provide additional capabilities for the accelerator. The laser triggering system will be made up of 10 discrete compact flash-lamp pumped, Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers (Tempest 300), each having an output energy of 40 mJ at a wavelength of 244 nm. As each laser will be responsible for triggering only two of the rim-fire switches, it becomes possible to shape the output pulse by varying the times at which the individual lasers fire. Overall reliability for the accelerator’s operation with these new lasers will be increased, as well. The overall layout of this new laser triggering system design will be presented, and details pertaining to the triggering of the lasers and the optical beam paths will be shown.

        Speaker: Chris Grabowski (Sandia National Laboratories)
      • 13:30
        Study on Surface Trap and Vacuum Surface Flashover Characteristics of Typical Polymeric Materials 1h 30m

        In present theory of vacuum surface flashover, secondary electron emission avalanche (SEEA) plays the dominant role in surface flashover development. But more and more researchers have the opinion that surface trapping can participate in the SEEA development and significantly affect the surface flashover characteristics of insulation materials in vacuum. The trap parameters of several typical polymeric materials were deduced based on the isothermal relaxation current (IRC) theory. The surface charging was fulfilled by needle-to-plane corona discharge, and the surface potential was measured by the method of static capacitance probe. The experiment of vacuum surface flashover in direct current (DC) and pulsed voltage was developed, and the relationship between trap parameter and flashover voltage was analyzed. The research results indicate that the trap energy level and trap density of polymeric materials have relation to their flashover characteristics. The shallow trap parameter has more important effect on the flashover voltage, and the flashover voltage decreases with the increase of shallow trap density. The deep trap parameter mainly affects the flashover characteristics after several times of discharges, namely conditioning. The trap parameters have more important effect on the flashover characteristics in DC voltage than in pulsed voltage. The results can not only help to understand the mechanism of vacuum surface flashover but also be used to guide the surface modification and improve the insulation performance of polymeric materials by modifying trap parameters.

        Speaker: Chengyan Ren (Institute of Electrical Engineering, CAS)
      • 13:30
        Techniques to generate high-voltage oscillations using a single-shot power supply 1h 30m

        Two pulsed power arrangements have been designed and tested, both based on a circuit containing an air-core pulsed transformer and a miniature explosively-driven flux-compression generator. The power supply in both cases is provided either by a conventional HV charger or by a PZT autonomous power supply. For both pulsed power arrangements, output voltage oscillations with a peak close to 100 kV have been generated from single-shot tests.

        Speaker: Bucur Novac (Loughborough University)
      • 13:30
        The evolution of the plasma in triggered vacuum switch 1h 30m

        A triggered vacuum switch (TVS) was designed with a flat electrode at the beginning and developed to a multi-gap electrode which reduces heavy electrode erosion. Recently the demands of the TVS is increased, as the high power system is extended in the various fields. It invokes the improvement of the performance for a TVS, therefore, a fast camera experiment is suggested to research the fundamental discharge processes of the TVS. This research is a base of understanding the characteristics of the TVS. The fast camera is capable of 2ns exposure time. It measures for three discharging phases from trigger breakdown to main discharge. The camera images show the characteristics of trigger discharge, the diffusion of the plasma, characteristics of main discharge, and delay.

        Speaker: Dr Park Wung Hoa (PAL)
      • 13:30
        The Influence of Epoxy Encapsulation on the Lifetime of High Voltage Ceramic Capacitors 1h 30m

        The lifetime of high voltage ceramic capacitors (HVCC) are always shorted because of suffering from circularly electrical, thermal and mechanical stresses, electric field concentrations and high current density. The reasons shall be analyzed and measures should be taken to prolong the lifetime of HVCC.
        In this paper, a repetitive frequency testing platform was setup to study the influence of thickness and toughness of epoxy encapsulation on lifetime of HVCC under repetitive pulses. The results showed that the samples whose thickness of epoxy encapsulation is 8.5mm own far more lifetime than the ones whose thickness are 13.5mm and 6mm under 25Hz repetitive pulses. What’s more, the samples with the epoxy encapsulation toughened by agent EHTPB have the lower deterioration rate of parameters such as capacitance, dielectric loss and insulation resistance.
        Most of samples failed at the interface between ceramic and epoxy encapsulation. Besides the reason of concentrated electric field at the edge of electrodes, HVCC bear the circularly impact pressure and tensile stress during the repetitive charge and discharge process, resulting in mechanical fatigues at the interface between ceramic and epoxy encapsulation. Therefore, appropriate thickness and toughness of epoxy encapsulation could deterrent the mechanical fatigue at the interface and prolong the lifetime of HVCC.

        Speaker: Dr Ruoyu Han (Xi’an Jiaotong University)
      • 13:30
        The performance of a prototype sealed-off triggered vacuum switch 1h 30m

        A triggered vacuum switch (TVS) is widely used as a closing switch in the field of high pulsed power systems. A designed final sealed-off TVS is aimed to operate at maximum voltage of 20 kV with maximum current of 150 kA, a lifetime more than 1000 shots. Before we reach the final goals, a sealed-off prototype with Cu electrodes is fabricated to recognize a full producing process. This prototype is electrically tested in the 300 kJ test system. The preliminary tested results shows the prototype is operated at voltage of 17 kV with current of 84 kA for more than 100 shots. The maximum current is reached at 120 kA with a hold-off voltage of 20 kV. In the outlook, we will perform further experiments with the prototype TVS to get better understand and performance. After that we will use CuCr electrode instead of Cu one including upgraded triggering system in order to achieve the final goals.

        Speaker: Dr Byung-Joon Lee (Pohang Accelerator Laboratory)
    • 14:30 15:00
      Coffee/Tea Break: Sponsored by AWE 30m
    • 15:00 17:30
      Oral session 4 - Fusion Research, Large High-Current and High-Energy Systems - Session Chair : Sergey Garanin Oxford Hall

      Oxford Hall

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      • 15:00
        Inertial confinement fusion and other applications enabled by high energy excimer laser technologies 30m

        NRLs’ Nike laser produces up to 3 kJ at 248 nm on target, and was the culmination of simultaneous advancements in pulsed power, the production and control of large area high-energy electron beams, and excimer laser physics. Nike has demonstrated excellent beam smoothing via ISI, the ability to mitigate CBET via focal zooming, the efficient acceleration of targets to high velocity, and the suppression of laser imprint via high-Z layers. KrF is a candidate for providing laser preheat on a future MagLIF facility at Sandia. Excimer lasers are attractive candidates for a future high yield ICF facility because they have broad bandwidth (>1 THz), good target coupling and decreased LPI growth rates (deep uV), and the gas laser media avoids internal damage and facilitates cooling. The driver development path is to demonstrate a 20 kJ amplifier and beamline, which would be the building block of a future high-yield facility (e.g. 1 MJ using 50x20-kJ beamlines). We studying an e-beam pumped ArF (193 nm) system because of its potential for higher intrinsic efficiency and decreased LPI. Inertial fusion energy (IFE) requires repetitive operation at 5-10 Hz. The Electra KrF facility has produced up to 700 joules at a 5 Hz repetition rate, and achieved 105 shot continuous operations with laser-triggered spark gap switched pulsed power. An all solid-state switched pulsed power module has demonstrated >107 shot operation and could be incorporated into Electra. We are also exploring the use of LTD technologies to make a more compact pulsed power driver. The underlying repetitive pulsed power and electron beam technologies have also created the opportunity for derivative applications including the removal of NOx and SOx from the flue gas of fossil fuel plants, the production of biofuels, and material modifications. We will report on preliminary results towards these commercial applications.

        Speaker: Tom Mehlhorn (Naval Research Laboratory)
      • 15:30
        Pulsed power performance of the Z machine: ten years after the upgrade 15m

        The Z machine is a 36-module, multi-megavolt, low impedance driver for high-energy-density physics experiments. In 2007, a major rebuild doubled the stored energy and increased the peak current that could be delivered. The upgraded system can drive 27 MA through dynamic plasma loads with 110 nanosecond time to peak current. The Z pulsed power system is expected to be prepared for a full-energy experiment every day, with a negligible chance of failure and ±2 ns timing precision. To maintain that schedule with 20 MJ stored, it becomes essential to minimize failures that can damage hardware. We will show the results of several improvements made to the system that reduce spurious breakdowns and improve precision. In most cases, controlling electric fields is key, both to reliable insulation and to precision switching. The upgraded Z pulsed power system was originally intended to operate with 5 MV peak voltage in the pulse-forming section. Recent operation has been well above 6 MV. Critical items in the pulsed power system are the DC-charged Marx generators, oil-water barriers, laser-triggered gas switches, and the vacuum insulator. We will show major improvements to the laser-triggered gas switches, and the water-insulated pulse forming lines. Work on understanding and improving the vacuum insulator is ongoing. The goal of the present round of improvements is to enable operation with 25% more energy while maintaining the present reliability and precision.

        Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-mission laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

        Speaker: Mark Savage (Sandia National Laboratories)
      • 15:45
        MagLIF performance on the Z-machine: simulations of present and future experiments 15m

        The MagLIF (Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion) concept[S.A. Slutz et al. Phys. Plasmas 17, 056303,2010] has produced 3.e12 DD neutrons on the Z-machine [M.R. Gomez et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 155003, 2014]. 2D simulations using the measured fuel preheat,800 J, and drive current, 17 MA, predict 6.e12 DD neutrons. We show that even better agreement is obtained when the effect of electrode material mixed into the fuel is included. Calculations indicate that mix should have only a small effect on the yield if all electrode surfaces are constructed of beryllium, lithium or frozen isotopes of hydrogen. Numerical simulations indicate that much higher yields should be possible on Z if the current and fuel preheat can be increased [S.A. Slutz et al. Phys. Plasmas 23, 022702, 2016]. The existing MagLIF experiments had low drive currents (< 18 MA) due to the high inductance of the power feed, which induces current loss in the device that adds current from four magnetically insulated transmission lines. We present simulations of low inductance MagLIF designs, which indicate that the drive current should be increased to 22 MA with a predicted fusion yield of 2.e14 DD neutrons. This would correspond to a 50 kJ DT yield and a fuel gain greater than unity.

        Speaker: Dr Stephen Slutz (Sandia National Laboratories)
      • 16:00
        Pulsed Power Projects within the National Ignition Facility 15m

        The National Ignition Facility, the most energetic laser in the world, focuses 192 laser beams on a pea size target inside a vacuum chamber to create temperatures and pressures that exist naturally only in the cores of stars and giant planets. Besides relying on three major pulsed power systems, the NIF facility is the shell for several other pulsed power developments, with applications ranging from the front end of the laser to the diagnostics of the physics experiments.
        In this presentation we will discuss our work and provide a projection into the future of the NIF pulsed power projects such as a diode pumped 1” Nd: Glass amplifier, RF tools development for monitoring the health of the Main Amplifiers capacitor banks, and solid state pulser development that allows (timescale) triple pulsing of the Plasma Electrode Pockels Cells (PEPC) during Advanced X-Ray Radiography Capability shots (ARC). We will also describe other projects that are not part of the laser design but contribute to the success of the physics experiments such as the design of a pulser that will provide a uniform multi-Tera Gauss magnetic field, and finally the contribution from the pulsed power group on a fast gated cathode design for streak cameras permitting significant reduction of the effects from background light.
        *This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344. Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC.

        Speaker: Mr Glen James (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
      • 16:15
        First Measurements of Negative Particles Contributing to Current Loss in Z-Machine Post-Hole Convolute 15m

        Sandia’s Z Machine can deliver up to 27 MA in ~100 ns to drive high-energy density physics experiments. These parameters are achieved in part via use of four parallel Magnetically Insulated Transmission Lines (MITLs) that reduce overall system inductance. A Double Post-Hole Convolute (DPHC) acts as a current adder to combine the four parallel MITLs into a single transmission line. The DPHC is a complex three-dimensional structure that perturbs the azimuthally-symmetric topology of the insulating magnetic field. This perturbation to otherwise efficient vacuum power transport introduces current shunt paths that can reduce load current up to 5 MA, significantly impacting experiment performance.

        We report on the first-ever direct measurements of negative particles contributing to current loss in the convolute during Z shots. Specialized DPHC anode posts use embedded faraday cups to provide time-resolved measurements of negatively charged particle fluence. Apertures spatially collimate charged species shunted across the vacuum gap. We employ filtering to discriminate negative ions and low-energy electrons from higher-energy electrons.

        Data is presented from two aperture configurations. The DPHC’s 3D structure introduces null regions where magnetic insulation is lost between convolute electrodes. We present quantitative measurements that suggest these channels cannot support the entire shunt current. Another aperture provides insight about plasma dynamics prior to magnetic insulation in the region downstream of the DPHC, where simulation and spectroscopic measurements show vacuum gap closure velocities greatly exceeding conventional MITL theory.

        Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

        Speaker: Derek Lamppa (Sandia National Laboratories)
      • 16:30
        Fusion Ignition Driven by Pulse Power 15m

        A low-current-fusion (LCF) ignition path below 6 MA is hinted by high-gain high-field (HGHF) plasma within tokamak vacuum vessel due to recent successful experiments of magneto-inertial fusion (MIF) [M. R. Gomez et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 155003 (2014)] and earlier experiments of compressed plasma in tokamaks. MIF shares the same principle of magnetic compression and physical process as HGHF tokamak plasma suggested in [Li. G., Sci. Rep. 5, 15790 (2015)], although they are operated at opposite extremes in density and time scale. In an energy confinement time, the two should have similar physical process in different time scale ─ MIF in ns scale and LCF in 10ms to several seconds scale. Scales of pulse power are discussed for fusion ignitions with LCF and MIF. In LCF case, a plasma current below 6 MA is found to reach ignition by HGHF with the extended Ohmic region.

        Speaker: GE LI (Institute of Plasma physics, CAS)
      • 16:45
        Design of a 5-MA 100-ns Z-pinch accelerator based on linear transformer driver 15m

        we are planning to build an linear-transformer-driver (LTD) based accelerator for driving wire-array Z-pinch loads. The accelerator comprises six modules in parallel, each of which has eight series 0.8-MA LTD cavities in a voltage-adder configuration. Vacuum transmission lines are used from the interior of the adder to the central vacuum chamber where the load is placed. Thus the traditional stack-flashover problem is eliminated. The machine is 3.2 m tall and 12 m in outer diameter including supports.
        A prototype cavity was built and tested for more than 6000 shots intermittently at a repetition rate of 0.1 Hz. A novel trigger, in which only one input trigger pulse is needed by utilizing an internal trigger brick, was developed and successfully verified in these shots.
        A full circuit modeling was conducted for the accelerator. The simulation result shows that a current pulse rising to 5.2 MA in 91 ns (10%–90%) can be delivered to the wire-array load, which is 1.5 cm in height, 1.2 cm in initial radius, and 1 mg in mass. The maximum implosion velocity of the load is 32 cm/μs when compressed to 0.1 of the initial radius. The maximum kinetic energy is 78 kJ, which is 11.7% of the electric energy stored in the capacitors. This accelerator is supposed to enable a radiation energy efficiency of 20%–30%, providing a high efficient facility for research on the fast Z pinch and technologies for repetition-rate-operated accelerators.

        Speaker: Mr Lin Zhou (Inst. Nuclear Physics & Chemistry)
      • 17:00
        Pulsed power developments at First light Fusion 15m

        First Light Fusion Ltd is a privately funded company in the early stages of researching energy generation using inertial confinement fusion. Efforts are currently centred around developing both simulation and experimental capabilities. First Light Fusion (FLF) currently operates a two stage light gas gun which is capable of projectile velocities approaching 8 km/s, and two low inductance capacitor bank pulsed power drivers which deliver 1 MA and 3.5 MA into various load configurations. Experimental campaigns are focussed on validation of Hytrac, the simulation tool developed by FLF, increasing the understanding of the target physics, and developing electro-magnetic launch technologies to enhance the experimental programme.

        World class diagnostic capabilities have been established at FLF, including ultra-high speed images (~ 3 ns exposure), streak spectroscopy, VISAR and dynamic x-ray radiography providing a greater understanding of electro-magnetic launch and target interactions. This feedback enables rapid iterations within experimental campaigns and continuous improvement of engineering designs.

        Ongoing pulsed power developments, simulations and experimental data will feed in to the design and construction of a future driver which will be designed to demonstrate fusion in the laboratory. A conceptual design of this much larger machine will be presented, along with experimental images and results from the existing facilities.

        Speaker: Paul Holligan (First Light Fusion, UK)
      • 17:15
        Magnetic-Field Driver for Magnetized Plasma – Laser Experiments on the Z Beamlet Laser Facility 15m

        A modular pulsed-power driver has been developed to create an applied magnetic field for high-intensity laser experiments. The system is presently being using on Sandia’s Z Beamlet Laser facility and was previously used at the Texas Petawatt laser facility at the University of Texas at Austin.. Its design includes use of low inductance circuit elements, a single-turn coil, up to six 3.1 µF 100 kV high energy density capacitors (15.5 kJ each), and one high voltage spark gap switch per capacitor. Each capacitor discharges via six high voltage cables into a newly-designed vacuum interface and vacuum transmission line. Current rise time is 1.7 µs with peak current that can exceed 1.2 MA at full charge voltage with six capacitors. System inductance is about 48 nH, including the single-turn coil. A major challenge has been to deliver current to the coil in vacuum without a significant inductance penalty or damage to the vacuum system. The system is presently configured with a single-turn cm-scale coil to create a magnetic field up to 20 T, which is achieved at much less than full charge voltage using 4 capacitor/switch modules. At these levels the coil is not destroyed with each shot. We will describe implementation of this system on the Z Beamlet Laser system and initial results from magnetized plasma experiments. We will also describe potential design upgrades that enable even more energetic, compact, and portable drivers.

        Speaker: Dr K. W. Struve (Sandia National Laboratories)
    • 15:00 17:30
      Oral session 5 - Pulse Forming Networks and Alternate Technologies (part I) - Session Chair : John Mankowski Stanmer

      Stanmer

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      • 15:00
        Modular, Highly Dynamic and Ultra-Low Ripple Arbitrary Current Source for Kicker Magnets and Plasma Research 15m

        Various modern applications like fusion reactors for plasma generation, beam deflecting equipment in accelerators, equipment for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and test equipment for future HVDC breakers, require highly dynamic, high power pulsed current sources. Such current sources must provide a high current gradient combined with an ultra-low ripple and a stable operation under dynamically changing loads. Designing a flexible current source that could meet these requirements is challenging and requires a systematic approach when it comes to the choice of the converter topology and its control concept.

        In previous work, a novel topology that could be used for such a current source was introduced. In short, a low voltage converter is used in series with a modular multilevel Marx-type converter in order to generate the required high output voltage levels. However, the applied relatively simple control concept, limited the dynamic performance of the topology and its robustness under load disturbances.

        Therefore, an enhanced topology capable to produce high current pulses with high current gradients (> 15 A/μs) and ultra-low ripple (< 1 %) is presented in this paper, along with a novel control concept able to harness the full potential of the chosen topology. This ensures that the requirements are met without compromising neither the stability of the system during sudden load changes nor its precision at steady state due to parameter mismatches.

        In the full paper, the operation principle of the system is described and the potential of the topology is identified. Simulation results of the system, controlled by an advanced control concept, verify the capabilities of the chosen topology and its control. Finally, a behavioral chaos-based DC arc model, with a frequency spectrum that matches the spectrum of a realistic DC arc, is presented in order to simulate the system’s behavior when plasma is used as load.

        Speaker: Georgios Tsolaridis (ETH Zurich)
      • 15:15
        Compact energy storage with a high-power pulsed MHD generator 15m

        The standard solid propellant fueled pulsed MHD generators with an electric power of 10–600 MW developed in the 1970-80s provided reliable autonomous power supply of various consumers. The time required for such MHD generators with self-excitation to reach the rated operating conditions is about one second. Recently new scientific, engineering, and technological results have been obtained that allow significant improvements in the size, weight, life, and other characteristics of high-power pulsed MHD generators.
        This paper presents the results of a numerical study of the characteristics of a compact electric power system based on a pulsed MHD generator and discusses its potential as a source of high-power current pulses. The system consists of a new-generation solid-propellant-fueled pulsed MHD generator with an electrical power of 50 MW with a superconducting magnet system and a step-up transformer with superconducting windings. The primary and secondary windings of the transformer operate as inductive energy storage with current gain. After accumulating energy, the secondary winding of the transformer can be connected to various pulsed electrophysical devices with operating currents of hundreds of kilo-amperes using switching devices. Configurations of the system with transformer stored energy of
        50 and 100 MJ at currents up to 500 kA were designed. The operation of the system, including the supersonic plasma flow in the MHD generator channel and the magnetic field distribution in the transformer, was analyzed. The operation time, consumption, and mass of the plasma-generating propellant and the main characteristics of the MHD generator were determined and the weight and size parameters of the system were evaluated. The results of the study show that the proposed pulsed electrical power system holds promise as a multipurpose source of current pulses up to 1 MA with a duration of a few milliseconds to hundreds of milliseconds.

        Speaker: Gennady Shvetsov (RAS)
      • 15:30
        Multilevel Voltage Hysteresis Modulation and Control for High Voltage Modulators 15m

        High voltage modulators (HVM) have been used widely for broadcast, medical, industrial and research applications. The most common modulation techniques for HVM are Pulsed Step Modulation, Coarse Step Modulation, PWM and their hybrid modifications.
        All these methods require a presence of PI-controller with additional Feedforward loop in control system to estimate a modulation index or duty cycle at every step of discretization. Although all mentioned control algorithms have been used by engineers for a long time, there are still some disadvantages. For instance, low frequency pulsations of output voltage usually occur due to unbalance of DC-link voltages, variation in parameters of passive elements and deviations of duty cycles of series connected modules. Another drawback, especially in plasma research applications, is a strong correlation between parameters of PI-controller and load parameters. In case if plasma characteristics change rapidly and in wide range, then PI voltage controller is not capable of operating efficiently.
        A novel Multilevel Voltage Hysteresis Modulation and Control (MVH-MC) technique is proposed, which can be applied to HVM with any number of series connected modules. This MVH-MC allows very accurate voltage regulation in a wide range of load parameters fluctuations. The output voltage is free of low frequency oscillations and its deviation from the reference value is always kept at the minimum preset value. The MVH-MC system performs a rotation of the modules at every switching period and the width of individual voltage pulses is adjusted automatically in such a way to maintain a minimum regulation error. There is no need in DC-link voltage regulation loops, because DC-link voltages are balanced by rotation technique, which is also ensured by reduced hysteresis frequency bandwidth using a parabolic shrinking of boundary levels.
        The MVH-MC is planned to be used in 10kV/4kA Electrode Power Supplies of C-2W experiment at Tri-Alpha Energy Inc.

        Speaker: Dr Mikhail Slepchenkov (Tri-Alpha Energy Inc.)
      • 15:45
        PARALLELED IDENTICAL MARX GENERATORS DRIVING A KLYSTRON THROUGH A PULSE TRANSFORMER IN A RADIATION ENVIRONMENT 30m

        Two parallel Marx generators drive the primary of a pulse transformer with the transformer secondary driving a Klystron as part of a novel system developed by Stangenes Industries. A parallel Marx topology is used to reduce the current contribution of each Marx to an acceptable level so as to not require an export-controlled switch. This allows the system freedom of commercial convenience.
        The Marx generator is designed to meet strict volume, lifetime, serviceability and environmental constraints as it must integrate into an existing system and operate quietly in a neutron environment for many years. High power IGBT switches are run at reduced voltages to minimize the probability of radiation damage. The system is water cooled with no forced air cooling to achieve a small footprint with minimal audible noise.
        Comprised entirely of solid-state components, the MTTF of the system is reduced as various failure modes can be tightly controlled and prevented. A balance was achieved between performance and cost to maximize commercial viability. For instance, the two parallel Marx generators in the system are identical and replaceable reducing the cost of ownership and streamlining serviceability.
        This paper reports experimental data and summarizes the operation of the parallel Marx driver into a Klystron load. Various fault modes and subsequent recovery are analyzed and projected lifetimes are considered. Methods of commercialization via reduced component cost and enhanced serviceability are discussed.

        Speaker: Dr Christopher Yeckel (Stangenes Industries)
      • 16:15
        A soft Switch circuit to improve the efficiency of a solid-state Marx generator 15m

        Nowadays, it is important to improve the power efficiency with the growing variety of environmental, biological, medical, and especially for homogeneous dielectric barrier discharges (DBD) industry application using a repetitive high-voltage solid-state Marx generator. However, most solid-state pulse generators are action at hard switching on or off, such as a huge current for the DBD load, which will increase power loss, enlarge thermal stress and have to enlarge the heat sinks or decrease their repetitive rate.
        In order to improve the power efficiency of the repetitive high-voltage solid-state Marx generator applied in DBD, a series resonant soft switch technology is proposed in this paper. It is series in an inductor matched to DBD capacitor, where series resonant for soft switching will be happened. The influence of the Q-factor and the value of the series inductor will also be analyzed. Studies have shown that the new circuit will provide us a quasi-zero current switching on and zero current switching off. If we select a high Q of the inductor will improve the radiant power and system efficiency of KrCl* lamp, a typical DBD load.
        A laboratory prototype pulse generator is implemented operated with the voltage range 5 kV, the repetition rate from 0.1 Hz to 100 kHz, pulse width from 1 μs to 5 μs and the rise time less than 100 ns. The efficiency of the Marx generator improves over 30% and the radiant power improves over 25%.

        Speaker: Mr liqing tong (Fudan University)
      • 16:30
        The changes of Inductors’ inductances and resistances with frequency in Inductive Pulse Power Supply 15m

        In an Inductive Pulse Power Supply (IPPS), when the inductors are charged and discharged, they face different capacitive loads, i.e. the frequencies of charging and discharging are different. According to our experiences, inductors’ inductances and resistances may change with frequencies. If constant inductance and resistance for one inductor are used in simulation, errors may occur. So it is important to study the change rules of inductors’ inductances and resistances with frequency in IPPS. However, it is hard to directly measure the inductances and resistances because the oscillation frequencies are very low in high energy level IPPS and are out of the measuring ranges of most instruments. This paper uses experiment method to solve this problem. First, we use different capacitors with pre-charged voltages to construct under-damped second-order circuits with one inductor. The changing voltages of the capacitors can be measured accurately. With known capacitances, the inductance and resistance of the inductor can be obtained by fitting the voltages values with the under-damped oscillations. This paper uses 7 capacitors to do the experiments with 3 inductors respectively, and thus obtains 21 inductances and 21 resistances through the above fitting method. Using these numbers, we can further fit out the curves of inductances and resistances changing along with frequencies. The curves show that the inductances change slightly and the resistances change dramatically along with the frequencies in the range of 5-300Hz. After normalization, these curves may have more extensive applications especially when using inductors in low frequencies.

        Speaker: Mr Zhen Li (Tsinghua University)
      • 16:45
        Status of a 140 kV Solid State Marx modulator 15m

        In the framework of a collaboration, CEA and CERN are working on an air insulated solid state pulse modulator to drive LEETCHI electron gun, source of future high current, long pulse RF accelerator. The requirements are pulses in the range of 140kV (1% flat top), 10A, 150μs width, at a repetition rate up to 50Hz and a reproducibility pulse-to-pulse better than 10-3. The proposed modulator is based on a Marx topology which employs standard solid state components. This topology is of particular interest in reducing size and cost. It has also the main advantage of transformerless operation. We describe here the status on this modulator with the most recent experimental results and repeatability analysis.

        Speaker: Dr Bruno Cassany (CEA (FR))
      • 17:00
        A HYBRID BOUNCER SYSTEM FOR HIGHLY REPEATABLE AND PRECISE KLYSTRON MODULATORS 15m

        In the framework of the CLIC project at CERN, the team in charge of the study of the klystron modulators faces new challenges to achieve high precision and repeatable pulses. This challenge consists in generating precise and repeatable pulses of 140µs at 50Hz. The pulsed power is 30MW at a voltage of 180kV.

        This paper presents the study and the evaluation of a new hybrid bouncer circuit. It is intended to be used in a high voltage modulator based on a capacitor discharge topology, to increase the pulses quality (precision and repeatability). This hybrid bouncer circuit is based on the association of the well-known passive resonant L-C bouncer, and a closed-loop controlled active circuit using switches in linear mode. The latter aims at compensating the inherent inaccuracies and drifts of the passive elements at the cost of a slightly increased losses.

        After evaluating this circuit through analytical calculations and numerical simulations, this paper focuses on the design procedure by providing methods to help the designer in the choice of the components (passive elements and switches). In addition, the design of the closed loop is discussed and the limiting factors in the gaining of a large bandwidth are identified and translated in requirements for the components. Then, the measurements performed on a reduced scale prototype are presented and analysed.

        Speaker: Dr Xavier Bonnin (CERN)
    • 15:00 17:30
      Oral session 6 - Pulsed Power Diagnostics - Session Chair : Laurent Pecastaing / Laurent Véron Preston

      Preston

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      • 15:00
        Development of a 0.6 MV ultra-compact magnetic core pulsed transformer for high power applications 30m

        The generation of high-power electromagnetic waves is one of the major applications in the field of high-intensity pulsed power. The conventional structure of a pulsed power generator contains a primary energy source and a load, separated by a power-amplification system. The latter performs a time-compression of the slow input energy pulse and delivers a high-intensity power output to the load. Usually, either a Marx generator or a Tesla transformer is used as a power-amplifier. In the present case a system termed MOUNA (French acronym for ‘Module Oscillant Utilisant une Nouvelle Architecture’), uses an innovative and very compact resonant pulsed transformer to drive a dipole antenna. The pulsed transformer can generate voltage pulses of up to 0.6MV, with a rise time of less than 270ns. The paper describes the ultra-compact multi-primary winding resonant pulsed transformer developed in common by Université de Pau and Hi Pulse Company. The transformer design has four primary windings, with two secondary windings in parallel and a Metglas® 2605SA1 amorphous iron magnetic core with an innovative bi-conic geometry used to optimize the leakage inductance. The overall pulsed transformer has a weight of 6kg and a volume of only 3.4 litres. The paper presents in detail the design procedure, with each of the main characteristics being separately analyzed. In particular, simple but accurate analytical calculations of both the leakage inductance and the stray capacitance between the primary and secondary windings are presented and successfully compared with results from CST simulations while core losses and saturation induction are also studied. The resonant power-amplifier output characteristics are obtained when attached to a compact capacitive load, coupled with a capacitive voltage probe developed jointly with Loughborough University. Finally, an LTspice-based model of the power-amplifier is introduced and its predictions are compared with results obtained from a thorough experimental study.

        Speaker: Laurent PECASTAING (Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, France)
      • 15:30
        Theoretical and Experimental Studies of Off-the-Shelf V-dot Sensors 15m

        Initially this paper will outline a theoretical study, using commercially available software CST, into the use of off-the-shelf V-dot sensors made from N and SMA type adaptors and connectors. A complex issue arising from the distortion of the signal measured within a pulse forming line when the sensor is mounted close to a spark gap will be clarified.

        Other issues relating to calibration of the sensors will then be discussed and calibration techniques presented that employ a number of different high-frequency arrangements. Finally, typical case studies will be described and conclusions drawn.

        Speaker: Peter Senior (Loughborough University)
      • 15:45
        PUSHING DIELECTRICS TO THE LIMIT - SELF-HEALING METALIZED FILM CAPACITORS FOR HIGH ENERGY DENSITY 30m

        Abstract

        Capacitors for pulse power applications have been custom-designed to maximize specific energy while operating with specific circuit requirements such as charge voltage, peak current, voltage reversal, series inductance and resistance, charge time, hold time at peak voltage, and pulse repetition rate. In addition, these capacitor designs had to meet application-specific constraints such as operating temperature and pressure ranges, lifetime, and reliability.  To simultaneously minimize size and/or weight, not only was the packing factor addressed, but the electric field in the dielectric system was maximized within the performance constraints. Pulse power applications with moderate high voltages (< 50 kV) and peak currents (< 5.0 x 107 A-V/μF) have been addressed using self-healing metallized electrodes to both increase packing factor and electric field. Higher voltages and peak currents require discrete foil, non-self-healing designs. In laboratory environments where pulse power capacitors are operated in single-shot mode, very high electric fields, approaching the intrinsic strength of the dielectric, have been employed. In industrial environments with continuous, high pulse repetition rate operations, electric fields had to be significantly reduced, but were still much higher than those that could be used in non-self-healing capacitors in the same applications.  This paper will describe examples of self-healing capacitors custom-designed for a wide range of pulse power and related applications, employing a variety of materials to achieve optimum solutions.
        
        Speaker: Joel Ennis (NWL)
      • 16:15
        Evaluation of the Impact of Drive Impedance on the Performance of Spark Gap Switches 15m

        Spark gap switch resistance and inductance are important parameters in pulsed power systems. However, the variation of switch resistance can be a difficult parameter to measure in very high voltage environments where the arc resistance is a small fraction of the total impedance. To improve our ability to model spark gap switches, we built a coaxial geometry system and tested switches with a range of drive impedance. The switch is pressurized with dry air. Testing includes evaluation of switch breakdown when connected to DC charged coaxial cables up to 60-ohms. When the switch closes, the system is discharged through a matched impedance cable into a matched resistance. The relatively simple switch geometry when fielded in a coaxial system allows for setup of a simple, yet accurate circuit model of the system. Circuit models are then compared with the experimental results and adjustments are made to the switch arc resistance model to improve agreement with experimental results. Simulation and experimental results will be presented for a range of switch arc length (1.5-10.0 mm) and cable impedance (11-60 ohms).

        1. Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the United States Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.
        Speaker: Mr Joshua Leckbee (Sandia National Laboratories)
      • 16:30
        Characterization of Individual Pulsed Power Modules on the Saturn Accelerator 30m

        In 2014 the Saturn accelerator located at Sandia National Laboratories was brought back online after nearly a year of inactivity. The Saturn accelerator is made up of 36 individual pulsed power lines which consist of a 2.7-MV Marx generator, intermediate storage capacitor, 3-MV rim fire gas switch, pulse forming and transmission line. Each component has an individual diagnostic that measures either voltage or current. In this paper I will describe the methods used to characterize each diagnostic and how a full single line system characterization was accomplished.

        Speaker: Mr Nathan Joseph (Sandia National Laboratories)
      • 17:00
        Cygnus Precision Dosimetry – Calibration and Measurements 15m

        The Cygnus Dual Beam Radiographic Facility consists of two identical radiographic sources each with a dose rating of 4-rad at 1 m, and a 1-mm diameter spot size. The development of the rod pinch diode was responsible for the ability to meet these criteria¹. The rod pinch diode in a Cygnus machine uses a 0.75-mm diameter, tapered tip, tungsten anode rod extended through a 9-mm diameter, aluminum cathode aperture. When properly configured, the electron beam born off the aperture edge can self-insulate and pinch onto the tip of the rod creating an intense, small x-ray source. The Cygnus sources are utilized as the primary diagnostic on Subcritical Experiments that are single-shot, high-value events. In such an application, there is a necessity for reliability and reproducibility, as well as a precise measurement of these qualities. On Cygnus, the primary diagnostic for reliability and reproducibility is dosimetry. Thermoluinescent² dosimeters (TLDs) are used for time-integrated dose, and PIN diodes are used for time-resolved dose. Precision dosimetry calibration methods and results will be presented. Cygnus reliability and reproducibility using TLD dosimetry measurements will be given.

        *Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-mission laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

        1. G. Cooperstein et al., "Theoretical Modeling and Experimental Characterization of a Rod-Pinch Diode," in Physics of Plasmas, Vol. 8, Number 10, October 2001.

        2. J. Smith et al., “Performance of the Cygnus X-ray Source” in Proceedings of the 15th IEEE Pulsed Power Conf., 13-17 June 2005, pp. 334-337.

        Speaker: Mr Eugene Ormond (Sandia National Laboratories)
      • 17:15
        First Test of an Aerogel Cherenkov Detector for Characterizing the Cygnus X-ray Source 15m

        A dual-module Aerogel Cherenkov Detector for Cygnus (ACD/C) was used to measure the X-ray energy spectrum from Cygnus – an intense flash X-ray source operated at the Nevada National Security Site. The ACD/C employs an array of SiO2 aerogels & solids (i.e., quartz) at different densities (50 – 2500 mg/cc) and hence varying Cherenkov energy thresholds (2.8 MeV X-ray energy for aerogel with 50 mg/cc down to 0.4 MeV X-ray energy for quartz with 2500 mg/cc). The energy range of ACD/C is adequate to characterize the Cygnus spectrum, where the maximum energy of the spectrum is normally around 2.25 MeV. The ACD/C also has a fast-time response, on the order of 1 ns, which can provide the temporal resolution needed to characterize the ~ 50 ns radiation pulse of Cygnus.

        For the initial proof-of-concept test, two energy thresholds (0.4 MeV by quartz and 1.1 MeV by aerogel with 260 mg/cc) were tested simultaneously. For a 50 ns full width at half maximum (FWHM) Cygnus pulse, the quartz signal of 0.4 MeV threshold was approximately 32 ns FWHM and the aerogel signal of 1.1 MeV threshold was approximately 18 ns FWHM. These data qualitatively suggest that the Cygnus X-ray spectrum is evolving in time, and the high-energy X-ray peak exists on a shorter timescale than the Cygnus voltage or current pulse. In addition, the ACD/C signal ratio of the 1.1 MeV module to the 0.4 MeV module responded to variations in diode voltage intended to vary the spectral end point energy. This will be further quantified by comparison with magnetic spectrometer data.

        This work was done by National Security Technologies, LLC, under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25946 with the U.S. Department of Energy. DOE/NV/25946--3119.

        Speaker: Mandie Gehring (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
    • 19:00 20:30
      Women In Science and Engineering Reception 1h 30m
    • 08:15 08:45
      Memorial session in the memory of Boris Kovalchuk - Vladislav Rostov Oxford Hall

      Oxford Hall

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      A speech in the memory of Boris will be provided by Prof. Vladislav Rostov from the Institute of High Current Electronics,Tomsk, Russia

    • 08:45 09:45
      Plenary Session 2 - Marx Award Winner : Sergei Rukin Oxford Hall

      Oxford Hall

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      • 08:45
        SOLID-STATE PULSED POWER BASED ON SEMICONDUCTOR OPENING SWITCHES 1h

        The presentation reviews the results of studies on the SOS effect – nanosecond interruption of superdense currents in semiconductor diodes – and its application in high-current electronics for powerful nanosecond pulse generation. The base physical processes that determine the mechanism of operation of opening switches, which are based on the SOS effect, are considered. Design and characteristics of the SOS diodes – high-power semiconductor opening switches – are given. Solid-state SOS based generators having an output peak voltage up to 1 MV, a peak power over 10 GW, and a pulse repetition frequency up to kHz-range are described. Applications of the SOS generators in various fields of pulsed power electronics are given. Future prospects on SOS based pulsed power systems are discussed.

        Speaker: Sergei Rukin (Institute of Electrophysics)
    • 09:45 10:00
      Coffee/Tea Break: Sponsored by AWE 15m
    • 10:00 12:30
      Oral session 7 - Power Conditioning , Linear Transformer Drivers (LTDs), Pulse Forming Lines and Transformers - Session Chair : Weihua Jiang Preston

      Preston

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      • 10:00
        Conceptual design of a 900-TW pulsed-power accelerator driven by impedance-matched Marx generators 30m

        We have developed a conceptual design of a next-generation pulsed-power accelerator that is optimized for high-energy-density-physics experiments. The design is based on an architecture that is founded on two concepts: single-stage electrical-pulse compression and impedance matching [Phys. Rev. Accel. Beams 10, 030401 (2007); 18, 110401 (2015)]. The prime power source of the machine consists of 210 impedance-matched Marx generators (IMGs). Each IMG comprises 40 stages connected electrically in series; each stage is driven by 20 bricks connected electrically in parallel. Each brick consists of two 100-kV 80-nF capacitors connected in series with a 200-kV gas switch. Six water-insulated radial-transmission-line impedance transformers transport the power generated by the IMGs to a six-level vacuum-insulator stack. The stack serves as the accelerator’s water-vacuum interface. The stack is connected to six conical outer magnetically insulated vacuum transmission lines (MITLs), which are joined in parallel at a 10-cm radius by a triple-post-hole vacuum convolute. The convolute sums the electrical currents at the outputs of the six outer MITLs, and delivers the combined current to a single short inner MITL. The inner MITL transmits the combined current to the accelerator’s physics load. The accelerator is 72 m in diameter, stores 134 MJ of electrical energy, and generates 900 TW of peak electrical power at the output of the IMG system. The accelerator delivers 66 MA and 8.7 MJ in 113 ns to a magnetized-liner inertial-fusion (MagLIF) target [Phys. Plasmas 17, 056303 (2010); 23, 022702 (2016)]. The principal goal of the machine is to achieve high-yield thermonuclear fusion; i.e., a fusion yield that exceeds the energy initially stored by the accelerator’s capacitors.

        Speaker: William Stygar (Sandia National Laboratories)
      • 10:30
        A Fast Rise Time Air Insulated Linear Transformer Driver for High Energy Density Physics 15m

        A fast rise time air insulated Linear Transformer Driver (LTD) has been constructed by a collaboration between the University of New Mexico and the Naval Research Laboratory to drive high energy density physics experiments. The LTD is comprised of 12 bricks, each consisting of two 100 kV capacitors tied to a multi-electrode low inductance switch. Details of the construction, including charging and triggering schemes will be presented. The results of circuit and electrostatic simulations of the device will be shown as well as the results of experiments using a dummy load. The load will have resistances of 0.1 to 10 ohms and results will be shown using varying charging voltages. Preliminary results from UNM dense plasma focus load will be given as well.

        Speaker: Casey Rodgers
      • 10:45
        Pulse Width Lengthening Technique for Compact Pulsed Power Generator 15m

        Recent trends in the further development of pulsed power technology are towards higher power, longer duration and more compact structures. Compact pulsed power generators based on a Tesla transformer, configured using coaxial pulse forming lines, are widely used in the application of pulsed power systems. Limited by the low permittivity of the traditional energy storage medium (transformer oil), the typical output pulse duration is several nanoseconds for a 1 m length. For this reason, a high permittivity energy storage medium is proposed to replace transformer oil, in order to increase the duration of the output pulse. Propylene carbonate, due to its high relative permittivity of 65, high dielectric insulating strength and low freeing point of -50°C, has great potential as an energy storage medium for pulsed power systems. In this paper, the high permittivity liquid dielectric and a spiral structure are adopted to lengthen the pulse width of a compact pulsed power generator. Firstly, the operational principles of the compact pulsed power generator are described. The techniques used to lengthen the pulse width are then presented and analyzed. Prior to its use, the propylene carbonate was purified by filtering to remove particles, de-ionizing, and de-gassing. The high voltage insulation was designed using insulation matching to ensure optimal distribution of the electromagnetic field. Finally, a compact pulsed power generator with longer output pulse duration was developed. For a generator length of 1 m, an output voltage of 100 kV was developed across a 30 Ω resistive load, with a pulse duration of 33 ns. This paper sets the foundations for the future development of compact pulsed power generators using propylene carbonate as an energy storage medium.

        Speaker: Dr Zicheng Zhang (National University of Defense Technology)
      • 11:00
        Experiments on the Clam Shell Magnetically Insulated Transmission Line (CSMITL2) on Saturn 15m

        Large multi-megampere pulsed power accelerators face current loss issues in combining multiple magnetically insulated transmission lines (MITLs) into a single radial disk feed for loads such as Z-pinch radiation sources, shock physics experiments and fusion studies. The method used in many of these machines is the post-hole convolute (PHC) where the MITLs are joined very near the load region. This region is highly stressed, has abrupt changes in the geometry, has electron loss through magnetic nulls, and significant, but currently not understood losses for high-impedance loads. A radically different alternative, the Clam Shell MITL (CSMITL) is designed to combine power from different levels at a large radius where the electric field is below the emission threshold and to transport the power to a single central load without abrupt changes in the geometry. Whether or not the CSMITL has the same anomalous losses as the PHC remains to be determined and may help illuminate the source of the losses.

        The first generation CSMITL design was tested at the Saturn accelerator at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque in 2011, utilizing half of its 36 pulse-forming lines. The results of that experiment proved promising and a second experiment was constructed, the CSMITL2, the results of which are presented here. In this second design, all 36 pulse-forming lines were combined through three of Saturn’s six vacuum insulator sections into a radial disk feed and the pulse was inverted to drive a large area ion diode load. We report the results of power transport by current and voltage measurements, loss in the CSMITL through x-ray pin-hole camera imaging, and ion beam production with multiple diagnostics.

        Speaker: Ben Ulmen (Sandia National Laboratories)
      • 11:15
        Square Pulse LTD Stage Based on Simplified Pulse Forming Network 15m

        Linear transformer driver (LTD) is a new technical approach that can deliver fast high current and high voltage pulses with very compact devices. Traditional LTDs generate sinusoidal shape pulse by LC discharge, while many situations such as FXR and HPM need square pulse. This paper presents a new technical scheme for square pulse LTD in which simplified PFN take the place of LC “bricks” in traditional LTD. The PFN just consists of two capacitors in parallel with one common switch . This technology does not increase the number of switches and complexity of the system. A LTD stage with ten PFN branches has been designed and tested. When charged to ±80 kV and load resistance is about 0.5 Ω, the peak output voltage is ~91 kV, the pulse width is about 103 ns, and rise time is about 22ns.

        Speaker: Mr Zhou Liangji (Institute of Fluid Physics, CAEP)
      • 11:30
        Status of Linear Transformer Driver Facilities for High Energy Density Physics Experiments at the University of Michigan 15m

        The Michigan Accelerator for Inductive Z-pinch Experiments (MAIZE) is a 3-m-diameter, single-cavity Linear Transformer Driver (LTD). MAIZE supplies a fast electrical pulse (0–1 MA in 100 ns) to various experimental configurations, including wire-array z-pinches and cylindrical foil loads. MAIZE is the first LTD of its kind in the United States, and it has been operational at the University of Michigan (UM) since 2008. The MAIZE cavity was originally developed at the Institute for High Current Electronics in Tomsk, Russia, and later transported to UM through a collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories.

        This talk will report on the progress of several projects aimed at upgrading the MAIZE facility. Within the next 12 months, MAIZE will be equipped with a new ultraviolet laser shadowgraphy system; a 2-frame, 1–20 keV x-ray radiography system based on x-pinch backlighting; and one or more time-gated 4-frame extreme ultraviolet imaging systems. These diagnostics will complement the existing 12-frame laser shadowgraphy system recently developed for MAIZE. In addition to new diagnostics, MAIZE will be equipped with a gas-puff z-pinch nozzle and/or a dense plasma focus (DPF) head. This will enable neutron source development as well as projects to better diagnose these neutron sources (e.g., advanced neutron imaging).

        In addition to MAIZE, UM will be constructing a second, smaller LTD facility consisting of four 1.25-m-diameter cavities. These cavities were previously part of Sandia’s 21-cavity Ursa Minor facility, which is being reconfigured to serve new missions. These 4 cavities will be assembled at UM such that experiments can be driven with 1, 2, 3, or 4 cavities stacked together. Stacking multiple cavities together increases the voltage and impedance of the driver while leaving the current nominally unchanged. This will enable the investigation of driver impedance (or machine “stiffness”) effects on pinch performance.

        *Work supported by grants/contracts US-NRC#:F043636 and US-DOE#:DE-AC04-94AL85000.

        Speaker: R. D. McBride (University of Michigan)
      • 11:45
        A bipolar, high repetition rate nanosecond pulse generator based on Blumlein-line and TLT 15m

        Abstract: Bipolar pulses have advantages in reducing muscle contraction and increasing electric field uniformity in the treatment of tumors. In order to study the bio-medical effects in the treatment of tumors exposed to bipolar and high pulse repetition frequency (PRF) nanosecond pulse electric fields, a compact pulse generator which meets the requirements above is needed. A novel configuration which can provide bipolar and high PRF pulses based on Blumlein-line and transmission line transformer (TLT) is proposed in this paper. Utilizing the wave processes in charging and discharging of the Blumlein-line, the generator can produce bipolar nanosecond pulses. The use of fast solid-state power switches allowed the system work at high frequencies. TLT was applied to the generator, so that the number of switches used was greatly reduced and compact system was achieved. In this paper, the pulse forming processes of the topology under impedance matching conditions are theoretically analyzed. And the changes of the output waveforms with mismatched loads are explained. Then the design of the generator is introduced in the paper, including the design of the Blumlein-line and TLT and the control strategy of the power switches. Additionally, the generator has been simulated in a PSpice platform, and a prototype has been developed in the laboratory. The simulation and test results verify the operation of the generator. Finally, the generator produced bipolar pulses for matched loads with amplitudes of 0-3 kV, pulse width of 100 ns, and repetition frequencies of 0-100 kHz. It can provide a hardware foundation for research on the bio-medical effects of exposure to bipolar high PRF nanosecond pulse electric fields.

        Speaker: Mr changhao bian (Chongqing University)
      • 12:00
        Power Amplification with Static and Dynamic Load Current Multipliers 15m

        We describe new opportunities of pulse power multiplication using the load current multiplier concept (LCM) [1]. The LCMs were already demonstrated to increase current both in inductive energy storage and pulse forming line systems [2], including experiments at the enhanced current of 1.7 MA on Zebra [3]. Recent successful validation of this approach on Z for the current up to 10 MA [4] allows to envision evolution of the concept on large pulse power generators when the load current rise-time could be decreased and the load power could be amplified. This would allow higher temperatures attainable in magnetically compressed plasmas such as MagLIF [5] when sharper load current ramp implies mitigation of the magnetic Rayleigh-Taylor instability dominantly limiting the compression ratio. We first analyze operation of a static LCM having its proper parameters unchanged in time and a plasma inductive or a plasma flow switch prior to load. We further consider the dynamic current multiplier concept in which the magnetic flux extruder inductance increases in time during the pulse power event. The abovementioned configurations are theoretically shown to provide both higher load current and peak power with respect to unmodified generator. Numerical examples are given for 1 MA generator as an example of proof-of-principle experiment, for Z accelerator and for Petawatt-class generator [6] parameters.

        [1] A.S. Chuvatin et al, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 76, 063501 (2005).

        [2] A.S. Chuvatin et al, Phys. Rev. ST Accel. Beams 13, 010401 (2010).

        [3] V.L. Kantysrev et al, Phys. Plasma 21, 031204 (2014).

        [4] G. Laity et al, "Initial Evaluation of the LCM Concept on Sandia Z
        Accelerator", Int. Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference, July 5-9, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2016.

        [5] S.A. Slutz, et al., Phys. Plasmas 17, 056303 (2010).

        [6] W.A. Stygar et al, Phys. Rev. ST Accel. Beams 18, 110401 (2015).

        Speaker: A.S. Chuvatin (Ecole Polytechnique, France)
      • 12:15
        Impedance matching of pulsed power accelerator for megajoule-class dynamic-material-physics experiments 15m

        The pulsed-power accelerator uses its parallel branches triggered to shape the load-current pulse as required for a material physics experiment. We obtained the energy efficiencies is only depended of the pulsed power accelerator impedance and the load impedance with any order of the branches triggered. It is the highest that the pulsed power accelerator impedance (impedance of the parrallel branches) is equlalled to the load impedance.

        Speaker: Jiang Jihao (Institute of Fluid Physics, CAEP)
    • 10:00 12:30
      Oral session 8 - Industrial and Commercial Applications - Session Chair : Guus Pemen Stanmer

      Stanmer

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      • 10:00
        Remote generation of intense pulsed electric fields in water 15m

        The work will present the most recent phase in the development of a GW-class pulsed power generator intended for medical and biological applications. Based on a Tesla transformer charged Blumlein pulse forming line, the generator output is connected to a bipolar former capable of producing approximately sinusoidal 1 GHz, 600 kV peak-to-peak voltage impulses. The bipolar output feeds an elliptical reflector immersed in water to focus the electromagnetic radiation in a small volume.
        The design of the overall arrangement will be outlined, together with the best results obtained by the use of a high-frequency bandwidth electro-optic sensor.

        Speaker: Mr Peter Senior (Loughborough University)
      • 10:15
        AN INVESTIGATION OF PULSED FILAMENT CURRENTS IN DIELECTRIC BARRIER DISCHARGES WITH MESHED ELECTRODES 15m

        It is known that the properties of pulsed current filaments can affect the efficiency of ozone generation[1]. In this paper, a statistical analysis was made to investigate the properties of the current filaments observed in dielectric barrier discharges with meshed electrodes. Two stainless-steel sheets with 0.96 mm apertures were used as the meshed electrodes. A 5 kHz smart power supply was used to energize the dielectric barrier discharge reactor, filled with high purity oxygen. Discharges were found to be volumetric, with milliamp-level pulsed filament currents. Multiple filaments were observed to develop simultaneously and the discharge zone expanded with increasing applied voltage.

        The average peak current and the peak current distribution were investigated under various applied voltages, gas pressures and wire diameters. With an increase of the applied voltage from 4.5 kV to 6.5 kV, the average peak current increased dramatically from 2.0 mA to 22.3 mA and the width of the current distribution became much wider. By increasing the gas pressure from 1 bar to 2 bar absolute, the average peak current decreased and the width of the current distribution was narrower. The average peak current increased by three times when the aperture size was increased from 0.96 mm to 1.7 mm. The ozone efficiency was investigated under different conditions, and it was found that the maximum ozone efficiency achieved by manipulating the discharge current was 334 g/kWh.

        [1] Y. Zhou et al., "Optimization of Ozone Generation by Investigation of Filament Current Characteristics Under Dielectric Barrier Discharge," in IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, vol. 44, no. 10, pp. 2129-2136, Oct. 2016.
        doi: 10.1109/TPS.2016.2579167


        Speaker: Dr Tao Wang
      • 10:30
        Investigation of Underwater Shock Wave Intensity in Different Electrical Breakdown Discharge Modes 15m

        Powerful dynamic shock waves induced by pulsed discharge in water has been widely adopted in many industry applications, such as material processing, rock fragmentation, electrohydraulic cleaning, high intensity ultrasound source, et al. It is necessary to research on how to induce shock waves steadily and efficiently. An experiment stand of pulsed discharge is designed and constructed, based on the pin-to-plate electrode construction with the gap distance of 10 mm. Combining the measured waveform and optical images captured by a high-speed camera, it can be concluded that the discharge modes are classified as subsonic bush-like streamers or supersonic filamentary streamers. The mechanism of the subsonic streamer under lower applied voltage propagates as bubble clusters. The microbubbles are firstly generated and then discharge occurs in the bubble cluster. The volume of bubble clusters grows towards the cathode until the breakdown of the underwater gap. Experimental results demonstrate that the amplitude of applied voltage have a great influence on the discharge modes. Under higher voltage, the supersonic streamer propagates at the speed from 5 km/s to 50 km/s accompanied by higher intensity shock wave. Based on the experimental results, the morphology and shape characteristics including streamer length and number of branches under different discharge modes are discussed and the effect of the electrical breakdown discharge modes on the shock wave intensity in water is evaluated. The time delay of the pre-breakdown process, the propagation velocity of the streamer, the energy loss in the pre-breakdown process, the energy conversion efficiency, etc., are analyzed and compared under different discharge modes. In the experimental conditions a threshold value of 22.5kV is necessary for the subsonic streamers turning into supersonic streamers, which is a remarkable measure to reduce the energy loss and improve the energy conversion efficiency and eventually enhances the shock wave intensity.

        Speaker: Siwei Liu (HUST)
      • 10:45
        Marx Generators for Electroporation Devices 30m

        Many industrial-scale electroporation devices are driven by Marx generators. Thereby, the pulse circuit comprising the Marx generator and the electroporation reactor needs to be tailored specifically to the requirements of the application. Biological material for electroporation-assisted extraction processes is treated at pulse lengths on the order of several microseconds. For large-scale electroporation devices Marx generators equipped with spark gap switches are in use which are connected to ground either symmetrically or unsymmetrically, depending on the electrode arrangement inside the electroporation reactor. The pulse shape is adjusted near to the critically damped case of the circuit. Forced cooling of the ark at each spark gap switch by means of a gas flow enables a reliable operation at a pulse repetition rate of around 40 Hz. In the publication measurement results of a Marx generator for an electroporation device for crushed grapes are presented. Marx generators for small-scale devices comprise semiconductor switches, e.g. IGBTs. Adapting the circuit topology of large-scale devices results in a Marx generator with one switch per stage only which is operated efficiently as closing switch under soft-switching conditions. In order to lower costs bypass-diodes at each stage have been omitted. Instead, when interrupting the current in case of a flash-over at the load the voltage across the IGBTs is clamped to a save level by means of an active clamping circuit. In the publication, both types of Marx generators are described and compared to each other based on measurement results with respect to the intended application.

        Speaker: Martin Sack (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
      • 11:15
        PULSED CORONA DISCHARGE FOR HYDROGEN PEROXIDE PRODUCTION 15m

        Plasma in contact with water has been widely investigated for the production of reactive species such as H2O2 and OH radicals [1]. In this research, both positive and negative pulsed corona discharges, with duration of the order of microseconds, were used to investigate hydrogen peroxide formation in a pin-to-water electrode system.

        Under positive pulsed corona discharge, hydrogen peroxide formation was observed to increase linearly with time and reached 15 µmol, 5.5 µmol, 9.9 µmol and 11.5 µmol after a treatment time of one hour in oxygen, air, nitrogen and helium, respectively. The corresponding ratio of the electric charge transferred to the water surface and H2O2 formed (yield) is 1:1.8, 1:1, 1:15 and 1:1.4. The OH radical dimerization contributes to 7%, 86% and 46% of the H2O2 formation using air, nitrogen and helium, respectively. The solution conductivity was observed to increase linearly with time under positive corona discharge and reached 200 µScm-1 and 150 µScm-1 in air and nitrogen, respectively; no change was observed in helium.

        The formation of H2O2 under negative pulsed corona discharge is generally much lower than that for positive polarity, being 8 µmol, 0.2 µmol, 1.1 µmol and 2.3 µmol for one hour of treatment in oxygen, air, nitrogen and helium, respectively; no significant change was observed to the solution conductivity. The results highlight the polarity effect, suggesting the involvement of different reaction mechanisms in H2O2 formation for positive and negative pulsed corona discharges.

        [1] S. M. Thagard and K. Takashima. “Chemistry of the Positive and Negative Electrical Discharges Formed in Liquid Water and Above a Gas–Liquid Surface Plasma”, Chemistry and Plasma Processing, 2009, 29, pp. 455–473.

        Speaker: Yiyi Zhao (University of Strathclyde)
      • 11:30
        A testbed for an augmented railgun to be powered by superconducting coils 15m

        A very important topic in the field of electromagnetic accelerators of the railgun-type is the realization of an appropriate power supply. So far, three different ways of storing energy for railguns have been explored: electric fields, magnetic fields and kinetic energy corresponding to capacitors, storage coils and fly wheels respectively. The project to be presented here and funded by the French DGA consists in building a railgun which is powered by superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES).
        Augmented electromagnetic railguns are offering interesting options in comparison to simple classical railguns. For instance, if the same action integral is applied to the armature, an augmented railgun allows for obtaining higher kinetic energies. In the context of the project described here, the augmented railgun allows for an elegant setup as the augmented coils are made from superconducting materials and are therefore used as energy storage.
        The paper describes the current phase of the project from the launcher point of view. This phase is characterized by developments taking place in different laboratories. The SMES is developed jointly by the company Sigmaphi (Vannes) and the Néel institute (Grenoble) and is assembled in Grenoble, whereas the augmented railgun is built and studied at the French-German institute of Saint-Louis (ISL). Therefore, the ISL has to develop a testbed which allows the operation of the augmented railgun under similar conditions as in the SMES circuit. Only during the last phase of the project, the joint operation of both devices will be studied in Grenoble.
        The project does not yet aim at competing with currently available high power launchers. The stored energy is about 30 kJ and the goal for the velocity of the launch is 100 m/s. The aim is about exploring the technical potential of a combination of superconductivity and electromagnetic launch.

        Speaker: Markus Schneider (ISL)
      • 11:45
        Measurements on Combined 12.5/17.5 kV Prototype Inductive Adder for the CLIC DR Kickers 15m

        The CLIC study is investigating the technical feasibility of an electron-positron collider with high luminosity and a nominal centre-of-mass energy of 3 TeV. The pre-damping rings and damping rings (DRs) will produce ultra-low emittance beam with high bunch charge. To avoid beam emittance increase, the DR kicker systems must provide extremely stable field pulses during injection and extraction of bunches. The DR extraction kicker system consists of a stripline kicker and two pulse modulators. The present specification for the modulators calls for pulses with 160 ns or 900 ns flattop duration of nominally +/-12.5 kV and 305 A, with ripple of not more than +/-0.02 % (+/-2.5 V). In addition, there is a proposal to use the same modulators and striplines for dumping the beam, with +/-17.5 kV stripline pulse voltage. An inductive adder is a very promising approach to meeting the CLIC DR extraction kicker specifications because analogue modulation methods can be applied to adjust the shape of the flattop of the output waveform. Furthermore, the inductive adder can be operated with all or only a portion of the constant voltage layers triggered during the pulse, which allows two different operation modes: 12.5 kV for extraction of the beam and 17.5 kV for the beam dump. Recently, a 28-layer, 12.5/17.5 kV prototype inductive adder has been assembled at CERN and testing has commenced. The goal is test operation with two operation modes. The results of the initial tests and measurements are presented.

        Speaker: Dr Janne Holma (CERN)
      • 12:00
        Advantages of pulsed power driven transient plasmas. 15m

        Plasmas exhibit properties that make them useful in a wide range of applications, such as lighting, semiconductor processing, nanometer lithography, surface treatments, fusion energy, plasma medicine, future fuels, plasma agriculture and environmental applications. Within this large area, pulsed-power driven, transient plasmas perform much better in energy efficiency and processing performance, and this paper provides an overview of the developments in this field in our group in Eindhoven.
        Rapid progress is being made in the fields of nanosecond pulsed-power techniques, fast and heavy duty solid state switches, electrical diagnostics, multiscale modelling of plasma, optical and laser-based diagnostics of transient plasmas and chemical characterization of transient plasmas. Considerable progress has been made in pulsed-power levels for industrial applications (current status is an industrial 20 kW, 80 kV pulsed-power system for gas treatment). Detailed research on the electrical and chemical processes in pulsed-power driven transient plasmas resulted in a boost of efficiencies. Electrical efficiency was raised to above 90 %. Simultaneous improvement of plasma chemistry resulted in record high processing yields for plasma driven processes as ozone production and the abatement of nitrogen oxides.
        The following examples of pulsed power driven plasma processes will be discussed: CO2 methanation, medical plasmas (plasma plasters), processing of gas and liquid flows (pollution control), and plasma agriculture (e.g. plasma based nitrogen fixation for decentralized production of fertilizer, and plasma activated water as a sustainable alternative for pesticides in horticulture).

        Speaker: Prof. Guus Pemen (Eindhoven University of Technology)
    • 10:00 12:30
      Oral session 9 - Imploding Solid Liners, Equation of State (EOS) and Isentropic Compression Experiments (ICE) - Session Chair : Thomas Awe Oxford Hall

      Oxford Hall

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      • 10:00
        Fusion Reactor Based on the Inductively Driven Metal Liner Compression of an FRC Target 30m

        The Inductively Driven Liner (IDL) concept represents a transformational solution to the generation of fusion energy. A fusion gain demonstration device is described that would serve as a smaller-scale, prototype of the commercial fusion reactor, and would demonstrate all essential aspects of the reactor from the ability to form, heat, and confine plasmas at performance levels and establish the viability of the concept for low-cost fusion energy generation. The IDL fusion reactor is based on results from current research being done at MSNW and the University of Washington on the magnetically driven implosion of thin (0.5–1 mm) Aluminum hoops, as well as the simultaneous merging and magnetic compression of two FRC plasmoids to form a suitable target inside the metal bands. Both the driver and the target have been studied experimentally and theoretically by the MSNW/UW team. FRCs have been formed, translated and merged inside compression coils at the scale desired for the IDL concept. The FRC has been magnetically compressed up to ion temperatures over 3 keV with observed target lifetimes in excess of that required. Aluminum liners with radii from 6 to over 40 cm have been successfully imploded reaching speeds of 2 km/sec, and resulting in compression fields greater than 100 T. Due to limited funding, it was not possible to perform the most critical step - the combined, simultaneous operations of FRC merging and liner compression. The prime objective of the IDL project in future work is to perform this crucial test, and to do it at sufficient power and scale to achieve fusion gain. Comprehensive plans for this next step will be discussed including a detailed 1D model of the liner electrical and physical behavior, as well as a full, non-linear, dynamical calculation of the liner assembly using the ANSYS 3D Explicit Dynamics® solver.

        Speaker: Prof. John Slough (University of Washington)
      • 10:30
        Axial magnetic field injection on scaled-down MagLIF platforms 15m

        MagLIF is a promising inertial fusion based platforme studied on the Z machine, at Sandia National Laboratories. This fusion scheme combines z-pinch liner implosion, laser heating and magnetic field confinement. A wealth of physical processes can be studied using this platform, from electron heat conduction to magnetic field compression, from magnetic Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities to particle confinement. Critical plasma parameters of the MagLIF concept are dimensionless. This suggests that most of the physics can be studied using university-scale pulsed-power drivers. However other parameters do not scale. One of them is the electrical resistivity, that is much larger on smaller devices. So one can expect magnetic field compression on mega-ampere-class pulsed-power drivers to be much less effective. This work uses numerical simulations to demonstrate that if the return current posts surrounding the liner are tilted, a time-varying axial magnetic field is generated by the pulsed power driver. This field can diffuse inward, across the liner wall at the same speed that the initial axial field diffuses out. By picking the right angle for the posts, the inward and outward diffusions of both axial fields completely balance out, allowing to reach much more relevant dimensionless parameters. In fact, the rate of injection of the outer axial field can be much faster than the rate at which the inner axial field escapes, increasing the total field inside the liner even when no compression takes place. The injected axial field distribution is also much different from the initial compressed field. The inward diffusion generates a magnetic well that can improve particle confinement from inward gradB drifts. We will conclude by showing that axial field injection can also work for MagLIF on Z.

        Speaker: Pierre Gourdain (University of Rochester)
      • 10:45
        Isentropic Compression Experiments on the PTS Facility: Numerical Design, Simulation and Analyses 15m

        The most powerful pulse power generator in China - the 10MA PTS facility was used to compress Al samples to pressures over 100GPa. Tens of isentropic compression experiments (ICE) have been conducted at the time of this conference, among which two distinct loading profiles were designed to get different compression processes. A smoothly increasing current was applied to get a shockless and adiabatic compression. A bisection current with a mild start and a sharp increase was designed to make an artificial ‘turn-point’ in the velocity history, which is used to verify the numerical code. The current profile, as well as the sample thickness, is optimized by a 1D MHD code 'MIC1D' coupled with a Full Circuit Model for the PTS facility ('FCM-PTS'). The geometry of the stripline loads is designed with a 2D magnetic field analysis code, to ensure a one-dimensional, planar load condition. Experimental results show that MHD simulations with the circuit model are able to show the main process of the loading history, and help to analyze and elucidate the phenomena contributing to the compression. The loading process shows a satisfying planar quality with a maximum relative velocity variance of 2%, and the rotation in the axial and horizontal direction is no more than 0.8 degree. In the center 5mm width, the edge effect is prevented from influencing the measurement over the loading time scales. Velocity histories for samples with same thickness suggest that the loading identity is better than 1.5%.

        Speaker: Dr Yang Zhang (Institute of Applied Physics of Computational Mathematics)
      • 11:00
        ICE-16, A DEMONSTRATOR FOR AN UPGRADE OF GEPI DRIVER, TOWARDS ISENTROPIC COMPRESSION EXPERIMENTS AT 6 MA, 1 MICROSECOND LEVEL 15m

        GEPI, developed in 2002 [1], has been the first compact pulsed power driver using strip line loads for isentropic compression experiments (ICE). Still in full operation, it delivers 3.5 MA with a 500 ns rise time and its main use is for ICE around or below GPa level, with load width less or equal to 70 mm. Because of its high availability, its reliability and ease of operation, this kind of compact driver is a key tool for dynamic material studies ongoing at CEA.

        An upgrade of GEPI was decided last year, with two main goals. First goal is to maintain capabilities of ICE for long term (beyond 2020). Second goal is to improve these capabilities, mainly in terms of 1D time analysis of the response of thicker samples and in terms of sample shapes (plane or curved), for pressure levels equivalent to GEPI’s. This upgrade, named GEPI-2, also includes a cost reduction objective. The idea for that is to reuse the Trench capacitors (4 µF – 90 kV – 10 nH) coming from SPHINX, which was a microsecond Z-pinch driver.

        Based on these performances and cost criteria, GEPI-2 design studies lead to a 6MA - 1 microsecond rise time ICE driver. A demonstrator, named ICE-16, has been developed to test the main performances and collateral designs solutions leading to an optimized GEPI-2. Design, circuit and EM simulations and preliminary tests on ICE-16 are presented.

        [1] P.-L. Hereil, F. Lassalle, G. Avrillaud, "GEPI : an ICE generator for dynamic material characterization and hypervelocity impact", Proceedings of the 2003 APS Conference SCCM, AIP Conf. Proceedings, 706, p. 1209-1212 (2004).

        This work is supported by the DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement)

        Speaker: Martial Toury (CEA Gramat)
      • 11:15
        CONDENSED MATTER, ELECTROMAGNETIC, LINER-IMPACTORS FOR SHOCK WAVE AND WARM DENSE MATTER APPLICATIONS 15m

        Traditional shock wave physics experiments require the high precision (uniform) impact by a solid driver at well known, and controllable, velocity upon a target. Combining initial shock heating with controlled compression can provide access to the challenging conditions called warm-dense matter. High velocity, electromagnetically driven cylindrical liners can be a convenient and controllable technique for accessing both shock states inaccessible with normal techniques and warm dense matter states.

        The basics techniques of controlled, condensed matter implosion have been developed over the last two decades, with the principle obstacle to achieving very high velocities and high precision (accurately cylindrical) impacts is the development instabilities. The growth of magneto-Rayleigh Taylor-like (MRT) instability at the (outer) magnetic field / liner can be limited by materials strength in some cases, but under high acceleration frequently feeds through the thickness of the liner distorting the inner surface so that high precision is not attained.

        Where large amounts of kinetic energy, high efficiency of conversion of electrical to kinetic energy, and/or high final implosion velocities are required, the traditional approach is to match the liner implosion time to the energy delivery time of the pulsed power driver, but this approach favors MRT growth. An alternate approach is to introduce the driving impulse, and hence momentum to the liner early in the implosion (“kick”) when radii are large, circumferential current density, ohmic heating rates and acceleration are relatively low, but allowing the nearly incompressible line to “coast” during the later stages of the implosion. Nearly incompressible convergence accelerates the inner surface, while maintaining overall liner momentum and kinetic energy unchanged in these later stages.
        Analytic and circuit-model (zero D) calculations will be presented indicating that significant advantages are to be realized by this approach, additional modeling further supports the conclusion of the simple models. (LA-UR-17-21235)

        Speaker: Robert Reinovsky (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
      • 11:30
        PHELIX Driven Study of the Richtmyer-Meshkov Instability in Tin in Cylindrical Geometry 30m

        The Richtmyer-Meshkov Instability (RMI) has been extensively studied in fluids in planar geometry. Not so well studied are the effects of converging geometry. The portable LANL PHELIX capacitor bank (Vpeak = 100 kV, Ustored = 340 kJ) coupled with the LANL LANSCE multi-frame proton radiography (pRad) facility radiography makes this possible. The PHELIX pulse (tpulse ~ 6 us, 1 < Ipeak < 5 MAmps) magnetically accelerates a cylindrical aluminum liner (R = 1.5 cm, dr = 0.6 mm) to high velocities (1.0 < v < 3.0 km/s). In a set of three experiments, the variable capacitor bank charge is used to precisely determine liner velocity, shock pressure, and thus the release state of the target making rigorous study of RMI possible. The first Crenulation experiment was fielded in 2015 at the where a thin-walled (R = 0.5 cm, dr = 1 mm) tin cylinder with single-mode perturbations (kh = 0.1, 0.2, 0.3) on the inside surface was shocked to a pure fluid state on release (P > 35 GPa). The perturbation inversion and growth was diagnosed with a 21-image pRad movie. The RMI growth rates compared well to fluid theory and calculations. The second and third Crenulation experiments were conducted in Nov/Dec 2016 with identical liner/target configurations. In the second experiment, the tin target was shocked to a mixed fluid/solid phase on release (20 > P > 35 kbar). In the third experiment, the target was shocked to solid phase on release (P < 20 kbar). In the former, a pRad movie shows traditional RMI spike evolution. In the latter, growth is mitigated by the material strength. Analysis of the growth rates, comparison to previous experiments, as well as theory and computations will be presented.

        Speaker: Christopher Rousculp (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
      • 12:00
        FLYER ACCELERATION BY MAGNETIC PRESSURE ON ANGARA 5-1 INSTALLATION 15m

        The high pressure created by magnetic field which was induced by the current flowing through the flyer allows one to reach the megabar pressures and to accelerate the flyers to high velocities. For intense impact of this flyer onto the studied substance it is necessary that a significant portion of the flyer had the density close to the density of the solid. But a part of the stored energy would be spent to the Joule heating and the formation of shock waves in the flyer. The effectiveness of the flyer acceleration was studied on the Angara-5-1 installation at the linear current density up to 5 MA/cm.

        The experimental and numerical study of the evolution of the aluminum flyer under flowing of sub-microsecond megaampere current pulse with linear current density up to 5 MA/cm through it was carried out. It was obtained that by the time ~ 500 ns the substance of the flyer near its back surface and at a depth of about 0.3 mm is in the solid state, and the velocity of the back surface by this time is ~ 10 km/s.

        Speaker: Svetlana Tkachenko (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology)
      • 12:15
        Advances in Electromagnetic Flux-compression Research 15m

        The ElectroMagnetic Flux Compression (EMFC) has important applications in solid-state physics (ultrahigh magnetic field physics, high pressure science), and is also likely to find applications in fusion and high-energy density researches.
        In the Institute of Fluid Physics (IFP), Chinese Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP), a medium-sized EMFC device has being developed to carry out some extreme physics researches. The device includes a 1 MJ main capacitor bank (20×40 uF, 50 kV) and a 200 kJ initial field capacitor bank (4×830 uF, 11 kV). The capacitors of the main bank are connected to a flat parallel-plate transmission line and then to the load via explosive closing switches. At present, we have finished a detailed design of the device, and a prototype has been fabricated to verify key technologies.
        Meanwhile, a 2D numerical model is developed to estimate the performance of the device. In the model, the filamentary method was employed to solve the electromagnetic problem of the EMFC process, while the mechanical part was calculated by the commercial software. The numerical simulation estimated that the peak current of main bank is over 3 MA, and the peak field is about 350 T (Φ11mm) and 550 T (Φ6mm) respectively.
        In addition, a novel driving coil based on a unique multi-layer solenoid of close-packed thin wires is introduced to fully avoid the ‘feed gap’ problem of the common single-turn driving coil. The analysis shows that the coil is able to drastically improve implosion stability of the liner and generate higher magnetic field under the same energy.
        Due to the space limitation, the above-mentioned aspects was only shortly presented here, however the oral presentation will give more details.

        Speaker: Zhongyu Zhou (Institute of Fluid Physics, CAEP)
    • 12:30 13:30
      Lunch Break: Sponsored by ITHPP 1h Regency

      Regency

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

    • 13:30 15:00
      Poster session II - High-Energy Density Physics and Technology Hall 4 / Cambridge

      Hall 4 / Cambridge

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      • 13:30
        A numerical plasma model of DBD Xenon Light source for VUV Radiation Emission 1h 30m

        Abstract-
        We study in this article by a numerical model the
        plasma characteristics of dielectric barrier discharge in
        pure xenon. The 1D Siglo T-R model developed in this
        paper is based on the resolution of two moments of
        Boltzmann equation with approximation of local electric
        field. The discharge model is driven by an external
        sinusoidal voltage waveform and was achieved and
        studied in the pressure of 200 torr, at frequency of 50
        kHz. The results discuss time variation of current
        density, plasma and dielectric voltages. Also,
        spatiotemporal evolution of electric field, ion and
        electron densities was calculated.
        Key-words-
        Sinusoidal voltage, Dielectric barrier discharge (DBD),
        Xenon, 1D model, electric field.

        Speaker: Halima LOUKIL (LPPMCA, ALGERIE)
      • 13:30
        A portable X-pinch driver for hard X-ray radiography, diffraction and absorption measurements 1h 30m

        High energy density physics experiments often require the use of short pulses of hard X-ray probing radiation to make measurements of the conditions produced – for instance using X-ray diffraction to examine phase changes as a material is subject to multi-Mbar pressures. In pulsed power experiments such probing radiation has often been produced by an X-pinch, where two or more crossed fine metallic wires are driven by a ~100kA 100ns current and the magnetically driven implosion at the crossing point of the wires causes the formation of a micro-diode.

        Until recently the pulsed power requirements for driving X-pinches have limited their use. Often the X-pinch has utilized the same current pulse driving the experiment it is probing – limiting the time scale over which it can probe - and many ‘portable’ drivers in reality weigh several 100kgs, and have the location of the X-pinch fixed directly on top of a capacitor bank/water line making them difficult to field.

        We report on a new X-pinch driver in development at Imperial College London. The driver is based on LTD brick technology, utilizing ball gap switches and dry air/plastic insulation. The overall size of the driver is ~30x30x90 cm including a stalk of 7cm diameter, 25cm long to enable insertion into external vacuum chambers. The weight of the driver is <<100kg, and it can be orientated in any direction. It should be capable of producing currents up to ~200kA in 270ns; resulting in ~100mJ bursts of 22keV radiation from a silver wire load.

        Acknowledgements This work was supported by the Institute of Shock Physics, funded by AWE Aldermaston, and the NNSA under DOE Cooperative Agreement Nos. DE-F03-02NA00057 and DE-SC-0001063.

        Speaker: Simon Bland (Imperial College London)
      • 13:30
        An Oil-Free Compact and Portable X-Pinch Radiation Source: Overview and Radiation Performance 1h 30m

        This work presents a novel, compact, and portable x-pinch radiation source developed and tested at Idaho State University. The salient features of our x-pinch radiation source are its simplicity, compactness, and portability: there is no oil, no water, and no SF6. It can be easily relocated to any place where a compact x-pinch radiation source is wanted. Despite its simplicity, it generates a very fast and bright radiation pulses comparable to other x-pinch drivers. Measurements indicate that 2- to 6-ns wide XRD signals were reproducibly formed in the 190-ns to 250-ns time window after the current start from 2x30-μm Mo x pinches. Source size measurements indicate that this radiation originates from a small, 12-μm in diameter dense plasma, known as a "hot spot".

        Speaker: Prof. Rick Spielman (Idaho State University)
      • 13:30
        Capabilities of Gamma facility to study material properties in the range of warm dense matter and pressure up to 100 GPa. 1h 30m

        High power Gamma facility is being developed at Russian Federal Nuclear Center (VNIIEF) for generation of X-rays. Potential of this facility at full 16 module variant (maximal current to the load up to 10 MA) and initial 4 module variant (maximal current to the load 3 MA) can be used to study the warm dense matter (WDM) and material properties in the megabar pressure range. Some results are presented in this paper of modeling of experiments for WDM generation, shock and quasi isentropic compression of some materials (Ta, Cu, Al) with the Gamma facility currents. The current curves in the load was obtained with the parameters of the facility and its transmission lines and also based on experiments with the single working module. Physical schemes of possible experiments and the ranges of velocity, pressure and temperature attainable in these experiments are presented.

        Speaker: Mr Sergey Kuznetsov (Russian Federal Nuclear Center)
      • 13:30
        Disk magneto-cumulative generator with opening switch of large diameter 1h 30m

        Disk magneto-cumulative generators with opening switches are used to generate current pulses of tens of megaamperes with a front of less than 1 µs in the liner loads. It is necessary to locate the foil at the large diameter to decrease the linear current density in the destroyed conductor; and hereby, to decrease the specific power of the thermal energy dissipating in the opening switch. This paper presents investigation results of the device based on the disk generator with high-explosive charges of 240 mm diameter and opening switch; its foil is located at the diameter of 600 mm.

        Speaker: Mr Yuri Vlasov (Russian Federal Nuclear Center – VNIIEF)
      • 13:30
        Effects of the Transport Properties of Gaseous Medium on Arc Behaviors in a Supersonic Nozzle 1h 30m

        Modern high-voltage auto-expansion circuit breakers utilize the gaseous medium flowing through a supersonic nozzle to produce adequate conditions for arc quenching at current zero. The behaviors of arcs burning in such nozzles are closely related to the properties of the medium. SF6 is currently used as working medium because of its excellent dielectric properties. However SF6 is a strong greenhouse gas. The replacement of SF6 with a more environmentally friendly gas is becoming an increasingly interesting research topic. PC-based arc modelling has been carried out for a supersonic nozzle with geometry and dimensions comparable to industrial products [1]. The influence of material properties on arc quenching capabilities has been studied for the three different gases of SF6, CO2, and N2. The results show that, with the nozzle geometry under investigation, the temperature fields with the three fillings are similar during the high current period. However, when the current drops below 30 kA, especially when the current drops towards its final zero, the arc column could not shrink in radial direction properly with CO2 and N2. This phenomenon also was found in a 245 kV auto-expansion circuit breaker [2]. The work reported here is an extension of the work in [1] and [2]. It focuses on the effects of the transport material properties of the mediums on arc behaviors. The supersonic nozzle of Campbell et al [3] used in [1] is also used in the present work for the comparison's sake. The thermal recovery and dielectric recovery processes following the extinction of an arc in the supersonic nozzle have been simulated. The RRRVs (rate of rise of recovery voltage) have been predicted for the different transport properties under the same thermodynamic properties and other operation conditions. The effects of transport properties on the interruption capability will be analyzed in detail.

        Speaker: Jinling Zhang (Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University)
      • 13:30
        Experimental simulation of primordial nucleosynthesis nuclear processes by applying high-powered lasers. 1h 30m

        Recently the research pace in the field of laboratory astrophysics is rather high. Powerful lasers became an important class of experimental setups for laboratory astrophysics. Currently, it became possible to increase the laser pulse energy up to hundreds of joules while reducing the duration to hundreds of femtoseconds, which corresponds to reaching the petawatt power level. By this means the peak intensity at the target surface reaches $10^{22}$ $W/cm^2$. When the matter is exposed by multiterawatt laser radiation, plasma occurs with unique parameters –ions energy on the $MeV (10^6 eV)$ level, magnetic field up to gigagauss $(10^9 G)$ and a pressure exceeding a billion of atmospheres. As such lasers were developed physics got a unique tool to study various astrophysical processes through their laboratory simulation.
        For the experimental simulation of primordial nucleosynthesis nuclear processes by applying powerful lasers it is necessary to obtained the laser plasma temperature $T ~ (0.4 – 0.9)×10^9 K$ and the average energy of the particles $\overline{ε}_{particles}=\frac{3}{2} kT ~ (50 – 110 keV)$ and of the photons $\overline{ε}_{\gamma}≅2.7kT ~ (90 – 210 keV)$, that are common for primordial nucleosynthesis conditions.
        The results of experimental studies of our laboratory show that in laser-produced plasma with laser intensity of $2×10^{18} W∕cm^2$ it is possible to obtain such characteristics of the plasma. The results on the initiation of nuclear fusion reactions of primordial nucleosynthesis, including $D(d, n){}^3He$ , ${}^3He(d, p){}^4He$, ${}^7Li(p, \alpha){}^4He$, ${}^6Li(d, \alpha){}^4He$, ${}^{11}B(p, 3\alpha)$ nuclear reactions in laser-produced plasma were obtained.
        In our opinion, the study of nuclear reactions in laser plasma which parameters are similar to parameters of primordial nucleosynthesis plasma is the most promising way to study the problems of primordial nucleosynthesis, including the lithium problem.
        The work is supported by RFBR Grant No. 16-02-00350.

        Speaker: Mr Alexey Lobanov (Central Research Institute of Machine Building)
      • 13:30
        GeV-positron beams as a novel branch of the experimental basis for HEDP. 1h 30m

        It is now becoming clear that future applications of the readily available form of antimatter,namely positrons,especially in the form of power high brightness positron beams,will lead to the excellent progress in a few avenue of inquires of HEDP and,consequently,it will be next stop for HEDP experimental basis.Especcially,this is concerning with clue and stubborn problems as high velocity macroparticle acceleration for physical ballistics research,trims the size of heavy ion accelerator for ICF,radiation for giant resonance investigations and any others.In this report we will discuss modern theoretical research and suitable nowadays experimental chances.

        Speaker: Prof. Vladimir Gorev (NRC"Kurchatov Institute")
      • 13:30
        Helical magneto-cumulative generator to power plasma focus chamber 1h 30m

        This paper presents investigation results of the helical magneto-cumulative generator of 100 mm diameter intended for plasma focus powering by the current of more than 2 MA. A cylindrical explosive current opening switch with copper foil located on the 100 mm diameter is used to form a current pulse with a steep front in the plasma load. The magneto-cumulative generator has an effective magnetic flux finish pressing out after the opening switch operation start to compensate current decrease due to the growing load inductance.

        Speaker: Mr Vasily Demidov (Russian Federal Nuclear Center – VNIIEF)
      • 13:30
        Hydride lithium compression investigation in the megabar area by means of ultrahigh magnetic field pressure of the generator MC-1 1h 30m

        One of the main characteristics of the equation of states (EOS) is zero isotherm (i.e. a curve of the “cold compression”). Particularly, it defines the substance compression in the condensed phase. The substance behavior study and, first of all, the study of their equation of states at ultrahigh pressures and low temperatures is one of the fundamental tasks of high energy density physics.
        The zero hydride lithium LiH investigation experiments are provided in the megabar area of pressures at isentropic compression by means of ultrahigh magnetic field pressure of the generator MC-1. The points up to 5Mbar are obtained on the P- ρ phase diagram.

        Speaker: Alexander Bykov (Russian Federal Nuclear Center)
      • 13:30
        Implosion of shock wave generated by an underwater electrical explosion of spherical wire array 1h 30m

        Recent experimental results on strong shock wave (SSW) convergence are presented. Converging SSW was generated using underwater electrical explosion of a spherical wire array with radius of either 10 mm or 15 mm. Arrays were composed of 40 either Al or Cu wires. Wire diameter was adjusted to obtain the aperiodic discharge current with amplitude ≤240 kA and rise time of ≤800 ns. As a result of SSW implosion a strong light emission of a water with duration of ~60 ns was obtained in the vicinity of the array origin. The continuous spectrum of this light emission was analyzed using spectrometer with array of 16 photomultiplier tubes at its output. Applying black body approximation, the temperature of the surface of the light emitted volume was estimated of ~0.7 eV. It was shown that the obtained time-of-flight of the SSW and emission spectra agree well with the results of the 2D hydrodynamic simulation coupled with equation of state for water and radiative transfer model. Namely, these simulations showed that the water density, temperature and pressure should be larger than ~ 3 g/cm-3, ~ 1.4 eV and ~ 2*10^11 Pa, respectively, at radii < 25 µm with respect to the origin of the SSW implosion.

        Speaker: Dr Sergey Efimov (Technion)
      • 13:30
        Measuring the compression velocity of a Z pinch in an axial magnetic field 1h 30m

        Presentation demonstrates the results of measurements of the plasma boundary velocity during the compression of a metallic gas-puff Z pinch in an axial magnetic field. The experiment was conducted on the IMRI-5 facility (current pulse of 450-kA amplitude with a 450-ns rise time); the initial magnetic field Bz0 was varied in the range 0.15–0.6 T. The trajectories of radius vs time were constructed using two independent methods. First is well known technique: it is determination of an “inductance radius” rind using the dependence of the pinch inductance vs time. Second is a new techniques: it is using the B-dot probes for the determination of current sheath motion. The data obtained with the B-dot probes agree with the results obtained by other methods (optical imaging and determination of the pinch radius as a function of the time-varying pinch inductance L(t)). It is shown that the plasma compression velocity is (1–1.5)×107 cm/s at the implosion without the field Bz and 0.6×107 cm/s at at the implosion with Bz = 0.6T.
        Work supported by the grant of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (grant No.17-08-00131-а and No.15-08-03845-а).

        Speaker: Rina Baksht (IHCE)
      • 13:30
        Modern radiographic complexes based on ironless pulsed betatrons. Conception of radiographic complex for small-angle tomography. 1h 30m

        The conception of creating a mobile radiographic complex based on ironless pulsed betatrons is proposed for radiography of dynamic objects having large optical thicknesses. Realization of this conception allows: a) optimizing of a geometry of the hydrodynamic experiment at the expense of the radiation source and recorder position relatively to the test object, located in the explosion-proof chamber(EPC). This lets increasing twice intensity of the x-ray radiation in the recorder plane compared with available Russian complexes; b) creating an efficient environment protection system at the expense of localization of dangerous explosion products and caused shock wave; c) significantly decreasing of the cost of the complex due to lack of expensive heavy casemates and their infrastructure. Instead of them it is possible to use cheap rapidly erected constructions. The mobile radiographic complex is described. Its achieved characteristics during the testing exploration were adduced. Thickness of the lead test at 1,5m from the tantalum target at the limiting energy of the betatron electron beam Elim~13 MeV( it is determined by the value of a capacitive storage of the pulsed powering system of the electromagnet) was ~120 mm. Conception of a multibeam complex creation based on ironless pulsed betatron for small-angle tomography was also considered.

        Speaker: Mr Oleg Shamro
      • 13:30
        OVERHEATING INSTABILITY OF A THIN CONDUCTOR WITH RESPECT TO STRATIFICATION 1h 30m

        We consider an overheating instability of a thin (compared to the skin depth) conductor with respect to stratification at the stage when its resistivity rises up to an electrical explosion. Temperature perturbations under such conditions are shown to grow in proportion to resistivity. In the model, when resistivity is proportional to temperature, perturbations grow in proportion to temperature and hence exhibit no relative growth. For a conductor with initial thickness perturbations, temperature perturbations grow in proportion to resistivity and current action integral, i.e., somewhat faster than perturbations in the problem of constant thickness conductor. Comparison of our results with simulations of the growth of stratification during electrical explosion of foils in warm dense matter systems [1, 2] demonstrates their close agreement.

        1. S. F. Garanin, S. D. Kuznetsov, R. E. Reinovsky, “Feasibility of Warm Dense Matter generation using aluminum and copper foil electrical explosion under the PHELIX facility current drive,” J. Appl. Mech. Tech. Phys., V. 56, No. 1, pp. 10-15, 2015.
        2. S. F. Garanin, S. D. Kuznetsov, and R. E. Reinovsky, “Study of the feasibility of Warm Dense Matter generation using metal foil electrical explosion under megaampere current drive,” Digest of Technical Papers, 20-th IEEE Int. Pulsed Power Conf., Austin, TX, USA, 2015, pp. 622-627.
        Speaker: Sergey Garanin (Russian Federal Nuclear Center - VNIIEF)
      • 13:30
        PLASMA FORMATION PROCESSES AT THE SURFACE OF THE DOUBLE-LAYER CONDUCTORS IN A FAST-RISING MEGAGAUSS MAGNETIC FIELDS 1h 30m

        Surface plasma formation processes in fast rising (≈ 100 ns) megagauss magnetic fields are interesting from the viewpoint of various applications. If the magnetic field penetration depth is lower than conductor thickness, the plasma formation should be attributed to so called skin or ultrafast electrical explosion. The dense plasma is formed due to Joule energy release when the magnetic field at the surface of the metal attains few megagauss [1, 2]. The problem of plasma formation on the surface of the conductor should be accounted in the design of multi-megaamphere pulse generators. The report presents the experimental data obtained on the pulse power MIG facility (the current amplitude up to 2.5 MA and rise time to 100 ns) in course of the investigations of the plasma formation at the surface of the cylindrical conductors. The aim of the experiments was to compare skin electrical explosion of homogeneous and double-layer conductors in magnetic fields up to 4 MG. The copper and aluminum conductors with diameters of 2 and 3 mm were used. Half of the each conductor had an additional layer with thickness up to hundred microns. The layer was made of titanium by vacuum-sputtering. A four frame optical camera HSFC-Pro with the frame duration of 3 ns was used to detect self-emission of the surface plasma. It was shown that titanium layer with thickness (20-80) microns provides significant delay of the plasma formation and instabilities development.
        The work was partially supported by grants of the Russian foundation of the basic researches #16-32-00631 and #16-08-00658.
        1. T. J. Awe, B. S. Bauer, S. Fuelling, R. E. Siemon, PRL, 2010. – V.104. – 035001.
        2. S. A. Chaikovsky, V. I. Oreshkin, I. M. Datsko, N. A. Labetskaya, D. V. Rybka, N. A. Ratakhin, Phys. Plasmas, 2015. – V.22. – 112704.

        Speaker: Rina Baksht (Institute of High Current Electronics)
      • 13:30
        RADIOGRAPHIC RESEARCH OF THE METAL-PUFF PLASMA JETS FORMED BY THE VACUUM ARC DISCHARGE 1h 30m

        Soft x-ray radiography (≈ 1÷2 keV) of a bismuth and aluminum metal-puff plasma formed by the high-current vacuum arc discharge is presented. The plasma gun with the arc current ≈ 60 kA and the current rise time ≈ 7 μs was used to produce a metal-puff plasma jets. The compact pulsed radiograph XPG-1 (250 kA, 220 ns) with X-pinch and PZ-pinch load was used as a source of the soft X-ray radiation. X-pinch load consisted of four Mo wires with diameter 25 µm. PZ-pinch load is a miniature plasma jet. Jet length is equal to 1.5 mm. The spatial and temporal parameters of the radiating hot spot of X-pinch and PZ-pinch loads are close to each other. X-ray backlighting images of the researched plasma jet and the Bi step-wedge with a step thickness of ≈ 100 nm were recorded simultaneously at the experiment. The comparison of the plasma jet x-ray image has enabled to estimate the dependencies of the jet linear mass on the arc current. Experiments have shown that when the arc current density reaches ≈ 3•105 A/cm2 the evaporation rate of the electrode material reaches ≈ 100 µg/µs, that under the plasma velocity ≈ 0.5 cm/µs provides a plasma jet linear mass ≈ 200 µg/cm. At a distance of ≈ 1-2 mm from the arc cathode surface the sharp increase of jet linear mass (up to ≈ 500 µg/cm) was occurred.

        Work supported by the grant Russian Scientific Foundation # 16-19-10142.

        Speaker: Alexander Rousskikh (Institute of High Current Electronics)
      • 13:30
        RESULTS OF OVERMASS Z-PINCH IMPLOSION IN EXPERIMENT WITH MAGNETO-CUMULATIVE GENERATOR 1h 30m

        This paper demonstrates experimentally recorded peculiarities of a dynamical Z-pinch powered with the current from a magneto-cumulative generator. The overmass load represents a cylindrical multiwire array consisted of 680 tungsten wires of diameter d=11 µm and length l=1.5 cm (total mass M=4.14 mg). The wires were evenly located on a cylindrical surface of the radius R=3 cm. Maximum amplitude of a current passed through the load was I≈4.3 MA (current rise time τ ≈0.9 µs on a level of 0.1…0.9). That was significantly lower than the current of ~14 MA that was used in optimal implosion regime of arrays with such initial mass and radius.
        In spite of significantly underpowering of the load, in the experiment we recorded soft x-ray radiation (SXR) pulse that have characteristic full width at a half maximum of ~10 ns and energy of several hundreds of kilojoules.
        Two-dimensional magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) code FLUX-rz (developed in RFNC-VNIIEF) was used for numerical simulation and analysis of the obtained results. The calculation-physical model includes the radiation transfer in a multi-group diffuse approximation [1]. The process of a substance ablation from the array wires under the influence of the conducting current is described in the model of prolonged plasma formation [2].
        Performed simulation allowed to find a number of peculiarities of the overmass load implosion and reproduce the main SXR pulses parameters (implosion time, full width at a half maximum, irradiated energy) that were recorded with scintillation detectors, and derive the plasma temperature of the pinch.

        References

        [1]. B.G. Repin, A.P. Orlov, P.B. Repin, and V.D. Selemir // IEEE Trans. on Plasma Science, 2010, v.38, № 8, pp.1822-1827.

        [2]. B.G. Repin, A.P. Orlov // Int. Conf. XII Khariton’s Topical Sci. Readings, Dig. Tech. Papers, Sarov, Russia, 2010, pp. 526–531.

        Speaker: Mr Boris Repin (Russian Federal Nuclear Center – VNIIEF)
      • 13:30
        Scaled DC Lifetime, Test and Evaluation of Advanced Nanocomposite Materials for Compact High Voltage Capacitors 1h 30m

        A high dielectric, nanodielectric, composite material, MU100, was originally developed by the University of Missouri for use in dielectric loaded antennas. Based on its material properties, dielectric strength and losses, it was determined that MU100 had possible uses in the development for high energy-density capacitors.

        This paper presents the dielectric properties of the materials under development for high energy-density pulsed power applications, relevant to the application of compact high voltage capacitors, as well as recent advances which have been demonstrated during the test and evaluation of these materials. Small scale tests have shown that the average dielectric strength of MU100 to be 225kV/cm with a peak break down field of 328kV/cm. These same small scale capacitors, when potted, have been demonstrated to have lifetimes in excess of 800,000 discharges at 80% of their maximum rated field strength.

         Work supported by the JNLWD under contract number W15QKN-14-9-1001

        Speaker: Randy Curry (University of Missouri)
      • 13:30
        SOME CAPABILITIES OF MAGNETIC IMPLOSION OF HIGH-VELOCITY CONDENSED-MATTER LINERS IN THE ALT-3 DRIVER 1h 30m

        In the ALT-3 driver design – with a 0.4-meter-diameter disk explosive magnetic generator and an electrically exploded opening switch – load currents can reach 70MA, which is high enough for driving a 3-mm-thick Al liner having a radius and a height of 4 cm to 20 km/s at an impact radius of 1 cm. The azimuthal magnetic field on the liner in this case grows to 6MG (magnetic pressure, up to 1.4 Mbar), and the temperature, to 15 eV, while the liner’s interior part of about ~40 % of liner mass remains solid and can generate pressures above 5 Mbar when hitting an Al target.

        The paper reports the results of driver simulations with various parameters of the opening switch, the liner and the target. The liner implosion simulations were done in the one-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic approximation. They demonstrate the driver’s capabilities, such as driving the liner to higher velocities and generating pressures up to 10-40 Mbar, - for high-accuracy Hugoniot measurements.

        This work is of interest for high energy density research and studies of material properties under extreme conditions.

        Speaker: Dr Anatoly Buyko (RFNC)
      • 13:30
        Surface Current Density Distribution Measurements of an Electrically Exploded Foil via B-dot Probe Array Data Inversion, Revised 1h 30m

        Measurements are presented of the current per unit length as a function of time and transverse distance from the center of a water-tamped 80 µm thick Al foil as it explodes into warm dense matter by Ohmic heating. The foil width narrows smoothly to a central width of 15.2 cm, across which the measurements take place. Current is delivered from a 36 µF capacitor bank charged to 30 kV and discharged to a peak current of 342 kA in 2.0 µs. The distribution is calculated by the linear regularized inversion of signals from an array of B-dot probes distributed along the foil’s central half-width. The probes are far enough away from the foil (1 cm) to be noninvasive and mechanically undisturbed during the time of interest. These results are compared to 3-D MHD ALEGRA simulations of the geometry externally coupled to a two-loop lumped circuit model representing the driver. Surface current density is strongly peaked at the foil edges for low-current calibration tests, where conductivity is essentially constant. It is broadly peaked in the center at the time of peak current for the high energy shot, though, due to the foil fusing first at the edges, which subsequently reduces current density there relative to the center by the time of peak current. There is broad agreement in this regard between the experiment and ALEGRA using thermal and electrical conductivity model SNL Sesame 29373. ALEGRA calculates that current peaks 0.5 μs earlier, though, and with a 50 kA higher current. This may be due to error in the conductivity tables or effects not well-modeled, such as an electro‐thermal instability that results in higher total resistance, but with a distance scale too small for the present simulation to represent. This work is a revision of that presented at IPPC 2015.

        Speaker: Edward L. Ruden (Air Force Research Laboratory)
      • 13:30
        The pulsed plasma accelerator with focusing electrodes experiments 1h 30m

        Today, the efforts of scientists to solve problems of fusion associated mainly with magnetic systems, primarily with tokamaks and etc. One of alternative method is plasma focus (PF) installations, based on the focusing of the plasma beam in a small area with high density. Using of coaxial pulsed plasma accelerator equipment, the authors had aim of creation of focus reactor with current about 1 MA . In this work, the experiments are conducted on the basic of pulsed plasma accelerator "CPA-30" with a new focusing electrodes from massive copper cylinders. The experimental device consist of vacuum chamber of Mather type, the capacitive energy bank 75 microF, 50 kV , vacuum switch and current leads.
        First, the discharge current dates is obtained when the charging voltage of the capacitor bank variety from 6 to 20 kV. Then we interpret the current curves using of electrodynamic models and calculations. Experimental results show that the discharge current does not exceed 300 kA even at the maximum charge of 30 kV.
        Analysis of experiments and calculations show, that the curve of the discharge current of a new PF installation has a period 14 microsec. It is equal to the previously obtained values for the accelerator CPU-30, which is determined by the inductance of the vacuum switch. Current limit amplitude, here, apparently due to the size of the electrodes so as to form a focus on a large scale requires more current. Therefore, to increase the discharge current is requiring increasing the capacity and voltage, or reducing the electrodes size. With existing energy equipment, the second way seems more acceptable. On this way, now we are development the device with small focus electrodes and without vacuum switch.

        Speaker: Anuar Zhukeshov (Al-Farabi Kazakh Aational University)
      • 13:30
        The efficiency of the pulsed power input in the limited plasma diode 1h 30m

        The work deals with obtaining the high pulsed power in the high-current plasma diode. Under certain conditions in the diode, the space charge electric double layer is formed in the current-carrying plasma. Almost all active discharge voltage focuses on it. The powerful electron and ion beams accelerated in the layer can be used both for the solid surface treatment, and for the plasma heating. In the last case the fast and local energy input into the plasma occurs.

        The investigations were carried out using the high-current plasma diode with a limited working surface of high-voltage electrode. Such scheme provides the stable double layer localization near the work surface. The working surface limitation was carried out by means of ceramic insulator which closed the high-voltage electrode side surface. The current density on the electrode could reach up to 2 МА/$\mbox{cm}^2$. Under conditions of the double layer formation at relatively small stored energy in capacitor bank (up to 200 J) it is possible to get over 100 MW pulsed power inputted into the discharge. This allows using such diode for generating the powerful directional EUV radiation. The observed radiation power at a wavelength of 13.5 nm reached up to 3 MW.

        For correct calculation of the active power dynamics inputted into the discharge it has been developed the calculation method based on the discharge current dynamics. The key points that influence on the results accuracy have been determined.

        Since the double layer is a powerful dynamic system, the works on separation of the double layer current capacitive component from the discharge current have been carried out. The obtained in quasi-MHD approximation the expression for the strong double layer capacity shows that in our case at the layer voltage $\mbox{V}_{DL}$ ~ 100 V, the layer capacity reached $\mbox{C}_{DL}$ ~ 0,5 μF!

        Speaker: Mr Yaroslav Hrechko (V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine)
      • 13:30
        The study of three-dimensional compression of wire arrays at the Angara-5-1 facility. 1h 30m

        Implosion of quasi-spherical wire arrays opens the possibility of more efficient use of the kinetic energy of the material being compressed to create a source of soft X-rays (SXR), compared to two-dimensional compression in the case of a cylindrical wire array. This is due to the contribution of the kinetic energy of the axial movement of the plasma into the internal energy of SXR source. An additional advantage of three-dimensional implosion is more symmetrical spatial distribution of the plasma, which allows achieving greater uniformity of energy flux on the target. The purpose of the experiments was to achieve three-dimensional synchronous compression of the plasma in the geometric center of a quasi-spherical array. Quasispherical arrays with different initial distribution of linear mass on the wires have been used to find optimal synchronization conditions. We used a set of independent diagnostic techniques for measuring spatial-temporal characteristics of the plasma compression dynamics and its dependence on the linear mass profile of quasi-spherical arrays. It is shown that the measurement of the magnetic field in the plasma of quasi-spherical array provides information about the production and dynamics of the plasma flow from different regions of the array. For the optimal linear mass profile (ml(θ) = m0/sinθ), it follows from the measured distribution of the azimuthal magnetic field that, in the stage of plasma production up to the SXR pulse, the plasma with the frozen-in magnetic field penetrates the array from the polar and equatorial regions almost synchronously. The size and shape of the X-ray radiation source in quasispherical current implosion were inferred from plasma emission spectrum measurement with spatial resolution and registration of framing X-ray images. Estimation of the radiation flux on the surface of such a source was received.

        Speaker: Mr Arkadii Gritsuk (SRC RF TRINITI, Troitsk)
    • 13:30 15:00
      Poster session II - Particle Beam and Accelerator Technologies Hall 4 / Cambridge

      Hall 4 / Cambridge

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      • 13:30
        250kV - 60ns double pulses generator as an induction cell driver for a flash radiography LIA 1h 30m

        The design of multi-pulses, multi giga-watt, high voltage generators is of particular interest for electron beam induction accelerators. The major requirements for this type of pulsed power generators are a few percent flat top, a jitter in the range of 1 ns, high pulse reproducibility shot to shot and a drastic reliability. As an opportunity for future flash X-rays
        machines, CEA is developing a HV generator able to produce either one or two 250 kV - 60 ns square pulses.

        The two pulses are created, independently, by the discharge of two 500 kV, 12.5 ohms? water insulated pulse forming lines in serie. As it is composed of two sets of lines in parallel,generator’s impedance is 6.25 ohms. Air pressurized main spark-gap switches are triggered by a low divergence 266nm Nd:YAG laser.

        Single pulse version of this generator has been validated thanks to many tests at
        nominal voltage and default mode experiments. Works presented in this paper concern the double pulses version of the generator. Results of experimental tests on matched resistive load and coupled to ferrite induction cells will be exposed.

        Speaker: Baptiste Cadilhon (CEA)
      • 13:30
        ALTERNATIVE CONFIGURATION AND TIMING CONTROL FOR BEAM CHOPPING SYSTEM AT THE SNS LINAC 1h 30m

        The Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) beam chopping system uses a segmented electrostatic lens in the Low Energy Beam Transport (LEBT) to deflect the beam out of the RFQ input aperture to create gaps in the 1ms beam macro-pulse for extraction from the Ring, or fully displace the beam. The lens is split azimuthally into four quadrants which are pulsed independently by four bipolar high voltage pulse generators. The chopper timing control system creates trigger pulses to the pulse generators which deflect the beam sequentially to four positions on the diagnostic plate. In the present chopper configuration, all four segments are powered simultaneously with a 1MHz burst repetition rate within the macro-pulse. To improve chopping performance, faster switches and higher voltages are required. An alternative chopping system configuration which can meet this request has been proposed, where only two opposite segments are used at a time. This will facilitate pulse generator performance by reducing switching frequency and power dissipation in high voltage switches while operating at increased voltages, and make beam deflection more effective, stable and reliable. The new chopping configuration requires changes in the LEBT timing control patterns, upgrading the pulse generator, and changing the azimuthal position of the lens segments in the LEBT structure.
        This paper will review the timing control patterns for present and suggested configurations, compare the pulse generator performance for both cases, and show the advantages of new chopping modes. The results of the simulation of the phase-space distribution of the beam at the RFQ input at different deflecting voltages also will be presented.
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        Speaker: Vladimir Peplov (ORNL)
      • 13:30
        Development and testing of high-voltage cells for 2 kA, 20 MeV Linear Induction Accelerator 1h 30m

        Two types of the high-voltage cells are developed for a 20 MeV, 2 kA linear induction accelerator and a 2 MeV injector. Each accelerator’s cell incorporates 16 inductors, it is supplied in an inductive voltage adder manner with a pulse voltage up to 336 kV and different flattop duration of 60-380 ns. At the first stage the cells were tested in a 60 ns pulse mode, the test results with an overvoltage up to 400 kV are presented. Few imperfections have been discovered during experiments and fixed. The inductors are made of an iron-based alloy, test results of magnet cores batch are presented.

        Speaker: Dr Aleksandr Akimov (BINP)
      • 13:30
        Development of a 100 kV Pulse Generator for Driving an Electron Scanner used in Proton Beam Profile Measurements 1h 30m

        The Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) utilizes an electron scanner in the accumulator ring for non-destructive transverse profiling of the proton beam. The electron scanner consists of a high voltage pulse generator driving an electron gun, a medium voltage ramp generator, and a CCD camera. A new high voltage pulse generator that provides 100 kV pulses with rise times of less than 200 ns, flattop of 200ns, and regulation of <5% has been designed, delivered, and undergone extensive testing. The pulse generator has been operationally verified with the existing control system and simulated loads. Full system testing with the actual electron scanner is planned. This paper details the requirements, design, setup, and test results of the high voltage pulse generator.

        Speaker: Ben Morris (ORNL)
      • 13:30
        Generation of anode plasma and its effects on diode characteristics 1h 30m

        Generally, the performances of high power electron beam diode, such as current levels, impedance collapse, and plasma expansion, have been attributed to the combination of the cathode and anode instead of just the cathode. The issues of anode have been paid more and more attention in research and practical applications. In this paper, five kinds of anode materials, stainless steel, titanium (Ti), molybdenum (Mo), graphite, and graphite modified by titanium carbide (TiC/Graphite), were investigated to figure out the influence of anode material on the characteristics of the diode. The results, both of experiments and theoretical analyses, point out that anode plasma plays a vital part in the characteristics of the diode. The changes of diode voltage and current waveforms were analyzed by the impedance data. It was found that the diode voltage and current follow different space-charge limited flow models when different anode materials were used. The anode and cathode plasma expansion velocities were calculated based on three cases, without anode plasma in the duration of a pulse, with anode plasma in the later stage of a pulse, and with anode plasma at the earlier stage of a pulse, which were classified by occurrence time of anode plasma. This analysis was supported and proved by the results of diode plasma photographs. The causes of anode plasma were inferred from the changes of anode materials after several pulses, which were also in conformity with the classification of the three mentioned cases. This study reveals that the diode performances are easily affected by anode plasma when Ti, Mo, and stainless steel are used as anode materials, respectively. Considering the drawbacks of porous and carbon contamination of pure graphite material, however, TiC/Graphite may be better choice for anode material at the similar conditions.

        Speaker: Prof. Hong Wan
      • 13:30
        Ion source for shallow implantation 1h 30m

        Regarding semiconductor-device production, ion-implant energy is decreasing since the junction depth becomes shallower along with the shrinkage of device size. The lowest energy level for practical use has been around several 100eV and will become lower than 100eV in a near future [1]. For realizing such low-energy beams, ions are decelerated before implantation. We reported in the past that the exact energy value of such low-energy ion beam was determined not only by the potential difference between the ionization chamber and the target, but by the summation of the potential difference and the plasma potential in the chamber [2]. For the case of low ion energy of several 100 eV the plasma potential is comparable with the potential difference.
        Up to now the plasma potential has been given under the assumption that the plasma was in a stationary condition in which both the ion and electron fluxes going out from the plasma were equal in absolute value and balanced at every point of the plasma boundary, i.e., there was no electric current intersecting the boundary. However, only ions go out and electrons are retarded backwards at the ion-exit slit of the practical discharge chamber. Thus, there exists a one-directional electric current intersecting the plasma boundary at the exit slit. In this study we deduce a new formula by taking into account the ion electric current at the slit. Resultantly it is found the plasma potential is changed not only by the electron temperature as usual but also by the chamber structure.

        [1] N. Suetsugu, M. Tsukihara, M. Kabasawa, F. Sato and T. Yagita, Proc. of 20th International Conference on Ion Implantation Technology, (2014) 157-160.
        [2] N. Sakudo, K. Hayashi, Rev. Sci. Instr. 67 (1996) 1218-1220.

        Speaker: Prof. Noriyuki Sakudo (Kanazawa Institute of Technology)
      • 13:30
        Long Pulse and Positive Polarity Operation of a Reflex Triode at the Saturn Accelerator 1h 30m

        The Saturn Accelerator at Sandia National Laboratories was originally designed as a short pulse, negative polarity machine with a power pulse width of approximately 28 ns feeding a three ring diode bremsstrahlung x-ray source supporting the machine’s primary function as a high dose-rate x-ray simulator. For upcoming x-ray source designs such as the reflex triode, the machine must be operated in positive polarity. This is a non-trivial setup on Saturn since the pulsed power cannot be easily reconfigured. The solution utilized in this work was to connect the upper and lower cathodes directly to machine ground inside the vacuum stack through a large (~250 nH) ballast inductance, driving the anodes positive. In the short pulse configuration that means that approximately 1/3 of the current is not available for making bremsstrahlung radiation because the main power pulse is over before the power reflected from the ballast inductances has time to reach the load.

        In an attempt to recapture some of this current, recent experiments were run to reconfigure the machine to run in a long pulse mode. This configuration involves shorting the self-break water switches in the pulse forming line. The results indicate that the current pulse rises to a peak after ~190 ns compared to the normal ~18 ns rise time. The long rise means that, in the mode where the cathodes are shorted to ground, the power pulse has time to go through the 18.6 nanosecond radial disk feed in the water section, reflect, and travel back to the rods and onto the other side of the disk feed before peak radiation. This means that the current losses are less and that more of the machine power can contribute to making radiation. Machine data are presenting showing this increase in performance.

        Speaker: Ben Ulmen (Sandia National Laboratories)
      • 13:30
        Long pulse electron accelerator GESA-SOFIE: A numerical study of the beam characteristics 1h 30m

        The new electron accelerator GESA-SOFIE for long pulse operation was specially designed for in-situ diagnostics and investigation of the beam characteristics and operation performance under different conditions. One of the new features is the possibility to tune the shape and position of the electrodes. The use of a planar cathode necessary to optimize the diagnostics, for instance, makes an optimum alignment of electric and magnetic fields in the region of beam generation impossible. The specific requirements on the geometry pose a new challenge on the design optimization. Further, different impedance regimes are of interest for the diagnostics and characterization. In this presentation, a numerical study of the beam performance of GESA-SOFIE under different conditions is conducted using the PIC code simulation package MAGIC3d. The geometry of various components of the facility as well as the coil currents are modified. The external magnetic field is calculated, taking into account the induced eddy currents, in a fully 3-dimensional time dependent study using the FEM code COMSOL Multiphysics. The B-field results serve as input for the PIC simulations of the beam characteristics. The numerical results of the GESA-SOFIE beam performance are compared with respective experimental data.

        Speaker: Renate Fetzer (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
      • 13:30
        Modeling and experimental characterization of the plasma produced by velvet cathode in a linear induction accelerator 1h 30m

        At the EPURE facility, in France, a high power electron diode is used to generate an intense high quality pulsed electron beam in order to produce a bremsstrahlung radiation pulse for flash radiography. For this purpose, a cold cathode is driven by a 75 Ω graded transmission line, which delivers a 3.8 MV, 95 ns (FWHM) high power electrical pulse across a diode gap of 17.2 cm. The cathode is composed of a dielectric material (cloth velvet) on a metal substrate. The application of the strong electric field results in plasma formation induced by a surface flashover [1-3]. A space charge limited electron flow is, then, extracted from this plasma. Therefore, to optimize the design of diodes and to have a better understanding of plasma dynamics, we have developed a 0D Collisional-Radiative Model (CRM) which describes the time-dependent evolution of the density of the plasma species. The non-equilibrium electron energy distribution function (EEDF) is pre-calculated for a large range of reduced electric field E/n [4]. EEDF versus E/n are then used to determine the electron rate coefficients needed to calculate time-dependent plasma species densities. We have performed visible spectroscopy measurements in order to investigate the plasma composition and temperature. The emission spectroscopy results are compared to the CRM and plasma characteristics.

        [1] R. B. Miller, Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 84, n°17, 1998.

        [2] Y. E. Krasik, J. Z. Gleizer, D. Yarmolich, A. Krokhmal, V. T. Gurovich, S. Efimov, J. Felsteiner, V. Bernshtam and Y. M. Saveliev, Journal of Applied Physics, n°198, 2005

        [3] J. Coleman, D. Moir, M. Crawford, D. Welch and D. Offermann,Physics of Plasmas, n° 122, 2015.
        [4] M. Yousfi, A. Hennad and A. Alkaa Physical Review E, vol. 49, n°14, pp. 3264-3273, 1994.

        Speaker: J.M. Plewa (CEA, DAM, GRAMAT)
      • 13:30
        Numerical Simulations of Electron Beam Neutralization by Backstreaming Ions in LIA 1h 30m

        This work presents numerical modeling of interaction between intense electron beam and target plasma in LIA accelerator. Well-focused electron beam hit tantalum target that causes producing of high-density target plasma. This plasma consists of electrons and ions of tantalum and different contaminations adsorbed on the target surface [1]. Because of negative potential of the electron beam, ions from target plasma forms upstreaming flow. Interaction between electron beam and ions causes disrupting effect on beam's focusing. We used particle-in-cell code KARAT [2]. For modeling we used the next parameters: electron beam energy 2 MeV, current 2 kA, beam radius 5 cm, focusing length 10 cm.

        [1] Hai-jun Yu, et. al. Numerical simulations and experiments of beam-target interaction for multipulse bremsstrahlung converter applications// PHYSICAL REVIEW SPECIAL TOPICS - ACCELERATORS AND BEAMS, 15, 060401 (2012).
        [2] V. P. Tarakanov, User's Manual for Code KARAT// Berkley Research Associates, Springfield, VA (1992).

        Speaker: Mr Valerii Danilov (Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics)
      • 13:30
        Numerical study of a 1 MV Linear Transformer Driver 1h 30m

        A numerical model using both electromagnetic and Monte-Carlo simulations is used to investigate the performances of a 1 MV LTD pulsed high-power accelerator [1]. Particle-In-Cell calculations were employed to examine the beam dynamics throughout the Magnetically Insulated Transmission Line which governs the coupling between the generator and the electron diode. Based on the information provided by the study of the beam dynamics, and using Monte-Carlo methods, the main properties of the resulting X-radiation were predicted. Good agreement was found between these simulations and experimental results [2]. This work provides a detailed understanding of mechanisms affecting the performances of this type of high current, high-voltage pulsed accelerator.

        [1]M. Ribière et al, “Contribution of electromagnetic perturbation to the transient response of an electronic circuit exposed to a high multi-MeV X-ray flux”, Trans. Nucl. Sci. 62, 1383 (2015)

        [2] R. Maisonny et al, “Investigating the performances of a 1 MV high pulsed power linear transformer driver: from beam dynamics to x radiation”, Phys. Rev. Accel. Beams 19, 120401 (2016).

        Speaker: R. Maisonny (CEA, DAM, GRAMAT)
      • 13:30
        Observation of Beam Spot Dynamics During LIA Shot 1h 30m

        Dynamics of beam spot on high Z target is key quality factor of LIA radiographic machines [1]. To obtain direct observation of beam spot evolution during the LIA shot the experimental procedure with time resolution of tens of nanoseconds was introduced [2]. It based on pinhole camera and scintillator with segmented structure. In this report the measurements of beam spot dynamics on the 2 MeV LIA constructed by BINP are presented [3]. Principally, diagnostic was based on the same approach as mentioned above. The detector had array of pixels with cruciform structure. Each pixel was made from discrete plastic scintillator (NE101-like) for time resolution. Several modes of beam spot dynamics were observed during the shot. The interrelation between dynamical focusing and defocusing of the beam and prehistory of Ta target was registered.

        [1] C. Ekdahl, Modern electron accelerators for radiography// IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 30, 254-261 (2002).
        [2] McCuistian B. T., Moir D., Evan Rose L. Temporal spot size evolution of the DARHT first axis radiographic source// Proceedings of EPAC08, Genoa, Italy (2008).
        [3] P. V. Logachev, et al. LIU linear induction accelerator// Instruments and Experimental Techniques, 56.6, 672-679 (2013).

        Speaker: Yuriy Trunev (Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics)
      • 13:30
        Plasma Characterization in a Repetitively Pulsed Electron Beam Diode* 1h 30m

        Electron beam (e-beam) generation in high power vacuum diodes results in anode and cathode plasma formation. It is well documented that expansion of these plasmas into the A-K gap can adversely affect diode performance during the main e-beam pulse. However, ionized gases may exist for many microseconds afterward and can contribute to localized breakdowns in the diode gap if transient voltage reflections appear later in time. These post pulse discharges can be destructive to anode and cathode elements. Furthermore, weakly ionized and/or neutral gas remaining in the A-K gap can affect e-beam generation on subsequent shots in repetitively pulsed diodes. For a given, repetitively pulsed driver, diode physics will depend largely on the emitter material used in the cathode, the anode material, the electric field E, dE/dt, current density, vacuum pumping speed, the pulse width, and the pulse repetition frequency. For single shot and various pulse repetition rates on the NRL solid state pulser (200 kV, 5 kA, 250 ns, 1 – 10 pps), the plasma density and AK gap closure velocity are measured for various cathode and anode materials. Materials include dielectric fiber velvet, carbon fiber flocked onto a carbon base, ceramic honeycomb secondary emitter with a carbon fiber base, and stainless steel. A fiber laser interferometer is used to measure the line density at the cathode and anode surfaces. Voltage and current probes are used to calculate the gap closure rate. A gated camera is fielded for nanosecond resolution of plasma emissions both at the cathode and anode.


        • Work was supported by the Naval Research Laboratory Base Program
        Speaker: Matthew Myers (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)
      • 13:30
        Plasma Generation by a Pulsed Nanosecond Discharge on a Surface of Porous Dielectric Saturated with Liquid 1h 30m

        Pulsed plasma thrusters utilizing solid propellants have relatively low efficiency [1]. As alternative propellants, liquids are considered to be used in PPTs. However, using of liquid arises the problem of supplying it to the discharge area [2]. This work presents the results of the estimation of plasma formation efficiency of the discharge unit utilizing vacuum pump oil as a propellant. It was supplied to the discharge area through the ceramic diffusion element which is 5 mm thick with a porosity of 20%. We used coaxial electrode system with 12-mm central anode and 30-mm ring cathode. Pulse generator used has a coaxial forming line with an impedance of 20 Ω and stored energy of 2 J. Pulse width is 10 ns, pulse repetition frequency is up to 100 pps. Voltage of 100 kV was applied to the central electrode at frequency of 3 Hz. The experiment was carried out in vacuum at pressure of $10^{-2}$ Pa. The liquid was pushed into the diffusion element by pressures of 500, 260, and 60 Pa. Propellant consumption at these pressures are 50, 12, and 8 μg/pulse, respectively. We consider propellant consumption efficiency as a ratio of total ion charge in a unit solid angle to the total propellant weight loss. The resulting values are 1.5, 4.0, and 4.9 C/(g$\cdot$sr), respectively. We assume that the thinner the liquid layer formed at the surface of the diffusion element, the higher ionization efficiency of the propellant, because of more homogeneous heating of the layer. Higher degrees of ionization may be achieved by adjustment of pulse frequency at fixed propellant supply value.

        [1] Schönherr T., Komurasaki K., Herdrich G. Journal of Propulsion and Power, 2013, vol. 29,No. 6, pp. 1478-1487. DOI: 10.2514/1.B34789

        [2] Koizimi H., Kakami A., Furuta Y. et al. 28th IEPC, March 17-21, 2003, IEPC-03-087. DOI:10.1063/1.1790568

        Speaker: Mr Ivan Punanov (Institute of Electrophysics UD RAS)
      • 13:30
        Prototype Development and Testing of the Alternate Topology HVCM modulator to support the Proton Power Upgrade (PPU) at SNS. 1h 30m

        The Proton Power Upgrade(PPU)project at SNS is planned to accelerate 38mA of beam current to 1.3GV, effectively doubling the accelerator power capability to support the planned Second Target Station. This project required three additional modulators to power the 28 additional 700kW klystrons and associated high beta cavities. An alternate topology high voltage converter modulator (AT-HVCM) has been developed by modifying the existing SNS HVCMs by series-stacking the dual-duty resonant/filter capacitors and relocating them after the rectifiers. This paper discusses the modulator requirements to power the klystrons, advantages of the topology modification over the existing HVCM systems and the scope of modifications required. Results from the prototype testing campaign and future planned activities will also be discussed.

        Speaker: Dennis Solley (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
      • 13:30
        Pulse forming networks development for a 60-380 ns Pulsed Power Supply for 2 kA, 20 MeV Linear Induction Accelerator 1h 30m

        The pulse forming networks (PFN) were developed to provide a 2 kA, 20 MeV linear induction accelerator cells power supply. A PFN’s and high-voltage capacitors manufacturing is organized at BINP. The PFN is a LC-network with nonuniform impedance made of capacitive sections with a combined paper-film dielectric filled with a castor oil in a polypropylene case. A PFN’s isolation is rated at 50 kV charging voltage. The two types of PFNs are developed for 60 and 380 ns flattop duration. They are capable of producing the pulses up to 21 kV, 10 kA with a ±0.5-1% flattop voltage uniformity at a complex inductive-resistive load of the accelerating cell. The PFNs test results in the nominal regime are presented. The PFNs life test results at a higher electrical field in the dielectric are described.

        Speaker: Dr Aleksandr Akimov (BINP)
      • 13:30
        Researching On the Power Sources Decoupling at IFP’s Dielectric Wall Accelerator 1h 30m

        Dielectric Wall Accelerator (DWA) is a new type of pulsed linear accelerator. Its working mechanism is regulating the discharge order of different power sources to keep the accelerating electric field present near the particles all the time, and it is really suitable for heavy ions acceleration. The Institute of Fluid Physics, China Academy of Engineering Physics (IFP, CAEP) began the research on DWA since 2011, and had built a sample DWA for proton acceleration. During the debugging process of the DWA, it was found that the coupling between adjacent power sources in the discharge circuit will lead to a sharp drop of the accelerating voltage on the accelerating cavity, and the energy gain of proton is much less than expected. In this paper, the research on the coupling between power sources was studied and a new electrode structure which can reduce the coupling between adjacent power sources was put forward. And three-dimensional electromagnetic simulation software was used to compute the electric field distribution under the new structure. The results showed that the new electrode structure successfully blocked the discharge circuit between power sources, and the coupling between the power sources was effectively suppressed, the voltage on a single accelerating cavity was significantly increased. Even though there will get decelerating electric field presenting at the new electrode structure. The simulation result showed the amplitude of decelerating electric field was limited, and the influence to particle energy gain was negligible by the electric field path integration, particles can still get high gradient acceleration.The experimental results of the voltage loading on the accelerating structure also showed the effectiveness of the improved structure.

        Speaker: MAO YE (CAEP/IFP)
      • 13:30
        RF System of Linear Accelerator for Natural Rubber Research 1h 30m

        The natural rubber research is ongoing project at the Plasma and Beam Physics Research Facility, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. The project aims to use electron beam irradiation for high quality vulcanization process for natural rubber. The main accelerator system consists of a DC thermionic electron gun, 5-cell linear accelerator structure, control system, RF system and electron beam irradiation system. This accelerator system aims to generate adjustable electron beam energy range from 0.5 to 4.0 MeV with pulse current of 10 – 100 mA and pulse repetition rate of 20 – 400 Hz. The 4 MeV electron beam with current of 100 mA produced at pulse repetition rate of 400Hz is expected to achieve the maximum absorbed dose of 640 Gy. The control system is designed and built in-house to fit the accelerator system requirement. The RF system consists of Pulse Forming Network (PFN), trigger board and thyratron switch, pulse transformer and pulse magnetron. This RF system can achieve RF power of 0.9 to 2.0 MW with pulse width of 4 $\mu$s. The pulse repetition rate can be varied from 20 to 400 Hz to control RF average power. The performance of control system and RF system as well as the results of RF commissioning will be present and discussed.

        Speaker: Jatuporn Saisut (Chiang Mai University)
      • 13:30
        Signals from Cygnus 1h 30m

        *NSTec product number: DOE/NV/25946--3117

        After the 1992 moratorium on underground nuclear testing, the Subcritical Experiment (SCE) program was initiated to support stockpile stewardship. The SCE laboratory is located in a tunnel complex 1,000 feet below ground surface at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). Cygnus is a radiographic x-ray source which is a primary diagnostic for the SCE program. The Cygnus Dual Beam Radiographic Facility consists of two identical radiographic sources, Cygnus 1 and Cygnus 2. From end to end, the Cygnus machines utilize the following components: oil-filled Marx generator, water-filled pulse-forming line (PFL), water-filled coaxial transmission line (CTL), three-cell vacuum induction voltage adder (IVA), and rod-pinch diode. The diode pulse has the following electrical specifications: 2.25 MV, 60 kA, 60 ns. Each source has the following X-ray specifications: 1-mm diameter, 4 rad at 1 m, 50 ns. SCE shots are both single-event and high-value, therefore reliability and reproducibility are key issues of Cygnus. Prior to a SCE, there are a series of test shots performed for confirmation of high levels of reliability and reproducibility. For every shot on Cygnus, voltages and currents along the machine are recorded and monitored. In this paper we present extensive analysis of electrical waveforms which includes examination of multiple parameters (e.g. amplitude, pulse width, pulse shape). The results will involve a statistically meaningful shot sample where machine setup parameters are held consistent. A computer application will be developed for automated shot analysis. Correlation between waveform characteristics and dose performance will be established. This type of extensive, automated analysis will contribute to optimized Cygnus performance on SCEs.

        *This work was done by National Security Technologies, LLC, under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25946 with the U.S. Department of Energy.

        Speaker: Mr Hoai-Tam Truong (National Security Technologies, LLC)
      • 13:30
        Single – triple pulse Power supply for 2 kA, 20 MeV Linear Induction Accelerator 1h 30m

        A pulsed system for a 2 kA, 20 MeV linear induction accelerator power supply was developed. On a first stage of operation it is capable of producing a 336 kV, 2 kA, 60 ns single pulse at the accelerating inductive cells. Each cell is supplied by 8 pulse modulators based on an inductive voltage adder principle. Each modulator is designed to produce pulses up to 21 kV, 10 kA with a different flattop duration of 60 or 380 ns, also it can be used in a triple pulse mode operation with a time shift between pulses which can be set from 2 to 10 µs. The modulator’s single and triple pulse mode as well as the auxiliary charging and biasing systems test results are presented. Also the pseudospark switches batch testing is described.

        Speaker: Dr Aleksandr Akimov (BINP)
      • 13:30
        The performance results of the LIA in double pulse mode 1h 30m

        Linear induction accelerator LIA is designed and developed at the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics in 2010 year as injector for fullscale radiographic machine. Now it is currently used as independent radiographic X-ray source for testing objects with an optical thickness up to 70 mm lead equivalent. In 2014 year the high-voltage power supply system was upgraded. Accelerator operates in one pulse and in a double-pulse mode – up to 2 MeV. Time delay between two frames can be changed in the range of 2 ÷ 100 us with a minimum pitch of 5 ns. Energy spread in each pulse does not exceed ± 0.5% [1].
        The operation results in single-pulse mode and double-pulse mode are presented. The maximum possible emittance electron beam, allowing to compress beam spot size to about 1 mm on the target, is estimated.

        1. D.A. Starostenko, P.V. Logatchev et al. «Status of the LIA-2. Double-pulse mode», ISSN 1531-8567 published in Physics of Particles and Nuclei Letters, December 2016, Volume 13, Issue 7, pp. 962–965. © Pleiades Publishing, Ltd. 2016.
        Speaker: Dmitrii Starostenko (Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics)
      • 13:30
        Time-dependent Energy Deposition Characteristics on Different Anode Position of a Weak-pinched Diode 1h 30m

        The energy deposition plays an important role in the study of the thermal mechanical effect of intense electron beam. A new method to obtain the time-dependent electron beam energy deposition at different anode target position was presented. First, the electron beam energy should be discretized according to diode working time(every 5ns), so that the electron beam in each time period is considered to one single energy value.Then the energy deposition profile at this position can be calculated accurately by Monte Carlo method only the incidence angle here is available.A method of incidence angle measurement based on small Faraday cup array, called Modified Multi-Layer Stacking (MMLS), was given in this work.The time-dependent energy deposition characteristics in r and z direction of a weak-pinched diode working at 600kV and 7Ω were analyzed by means of MMLS.The results show that the energy deposition characteristics are related to the incidence angle in the case of the energy of the electron beam has been confirmed in each time period.The experimental results are in good agreement with the simulation results,the deviations are less than 10%. The energy deposition at different position of the target is different due to the time-dependent incident energy and incidence angle.Under the influence of the beam pinching, the incidence angle changes greatly with time at the position where more than 25mm away from the center of the target surface. When the incidence angle is less than 40°, the peak depth of the high current electron beam energy deposition is about 0.2mm.When the incidence angle exceeds 40°, the energy deposition peak depth is reduced to about 0.1mm. At the positions near the center of the target, the influence of the beam pinching is weakened. The energy deposition characteristics of these locations are closer to the case of the deposition with small incidence angles(<40°).

        Speaker: Mr Yang Hu
      • 13:30
        Voltage Stability Improvement and Analysis of Pulsed Klystron Modulator for RF Linac Applications 1h 30m

        Recently, demands on high-coherent, ultra-bright, and ultra-fast X-ray photon beams are increased for an ultra-fast basic science applications. The pulse-to-pulse stability of RF linac klystron modulators is one of critical issues in 3rd generation synchrotron machine for the top-up operation of the PLS-II linac. This machine requires highly stable RF sources with a stability of 0.01% rms, to meet the beam stability requirements. We renovated the existing SCR modulator with de-Q’ing to an inverter modulator to attain the low electron beam energy fluctuation for the PLS-II linac in 2014. By adopting a fine inverter and a DSP controller, we achieved the beam voltage with less than a 100 ppm stability for the PLS-II klystron modulator (KM). The pulse stability of KM is highly influenced by the inverter power supply (PS). The target charging voltage for a modulator PFN is realized by regulating small buckets operated by the PWM mode of an ultra-fine inverter PS. In this paper we discuss the results of the voltage stability improvement and the measurement of the KM system. Some issues on the inverter modulator for the stability improvement will be also presented.

        Speaker: Sung-Duck Jang (Pohang Accelerator Laboratory/POSTECH)
    • 13:30 15:00
      Poster session II - Pulsed Power Industrial and Bio-Medical Applications Hall 4 / Cambridge

      Hall 4 / Cambridge

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      • 13:30
        115kV solid state long pulse modulator for the European spallation source (ESS) 1h 30m

        For generating such pulses, a long pulse modulator based on a modular series parallel resonant converter (SPRC) topology has been developed [1]. This converter is operated at a high switching frequency (100kHz) to minimize the dimensions of the reactive components and the transformer. In order to generate the required output voltage of 115kV, 8 SPRC modules each with a transformer secondary side voltage of 14.4 kV are connected in series [2]. Due to the series connection of the secondary windings, the electrical insulation of the oil isolated transformer has to withstand the full pulse voltage of 115kV.
        In this paper the comprehensive design procedure of the key components of the solid state long pulse modulator is summarized. This procedure also includes the high frequency transformer design, the control design and the analytical output voltage ripple calculation. The design is verified by measurement results performed with a full-scale prototype which is operated under nominal load conditions.

        [1] M. Jaritz, et al., "Optimal Design of a Modular Series Parallel Resonant Converter for a Solid State 2.88 MW/115-kV Long Pulse Modulator", IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Volume: 42, Issue: 10, Page(s): 3014 - 3022, October 2014.

        [2] M. Jaritz, et al., "Control of a modular series parallel resonant converter system for a solid state 2.88 MW/115-kV long pulse modulator," IEEE European Conf. Power Electron. Appl., 2015.

        Speaker: Michael Jaritz
      • 13:30
        A Flexible Capacitive Pulsed Power Supply to the High Magnetic Fields for the Magnetization Measurement 1h 30m

        High magnetic field is an important research tool for magnetization measurement, which can help scientists to observe the physical phenomena and collect data such as Feimi surface structure and the superconductivity critical parameters. In order to meet the testing requirements of various materials, a new flexible capacitive pulsed power supply to the high magnetic fields for the magnetization measurement is designed and developed at the Wuhan National High Magnetic Field Center (WHMFC), which includes 48 capacitors (83.3 μF/25 kV), a thyristor switch (25 kV/60 kA/10 ms) with an antiparallel diode (25 kV/40 kA/10 ms), a charging unit (25 kV/2.2 A), 6 switchgears and the dump circuit. To energize different magnets and provide different pulse waveforms, the 48 capacitors are divided into three parallel modules, respectively a 8 capacitors module, a 16 capacitors module and a 24 capacitors module. These three modules can power magnets separately or in combination through three group switchgears. The power system can provide current pulses with different amplitudes and durations by adjusting charging voltage and different combinations of the three modules. The output of the power system can energize three different measurement cells through setting switchgears. In order to verify the validity of the design, the experiment is carried out. In this paper, the configuration of power supply and the system setting are introduced firstly. Then, the details of the power system are described. Finally, the experiment results are presented.

        Acknowledgement:The supports of the National key research and development program of China (2016YFA0401702) and the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University.

        Speaker: Zhangfei Zhao (Huazhong University of Science and Technology)
      • 13:30
        A High Energy Hybrid Pulsed Power System for Multi-coil Magnet 1h 30m

        High pulsed magnetic field is an important research tool for frontier science. In order to achieve 100 Tesla pulsed magnetic field, a high energy hybrid pulsed power system consisting of pulsed generator, battery banks and capacitor banks is designed to energize the magnet at the Wuhan National High Magnetic Field Center (WHMFC). The magnet has a structure of three coaxially nested coils. The outer coil is powered by pulsed generator and battery banks in series, the middle coil and the inner coil are energized by capacitor banks separately. Each coil of multi-coil magnet is fired in designed sequence. Because of the coupling effect between the outer coil and the middle coil, the current of the outer coil will drop when the middle coil is fired. And this current drop will bring adverse effects that the burden of the power supply and the stress of magnet increase. To ensure safety and reliable operation, the current drop of the outer coil should be reduced as far as possible. Based on the mathematic model of the high pulsed magnet power supply established in this paper, the mutual voltage causing current drop can be derived. And an auxiliary power supply composed by capacitors is adopted to restrain the current drop in the outer coil. The parameters, circuit topology and control strategy of capacitors are also discussed. To verify the validity of the design scheme, the simulation model is established, and the result shows that the auxiliary power supply can restrain current drop dramatically.

        Acknowledgement:The supports of the National key research and development program of China (2016YFA0401702) and the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University.

        Speaker: Zhangfei Zhao (Huazhong University of Science and Technology)
      • 13:30
        A Novel Design of Repetitive Pulsed Magnetic Stimulator 1h 30m

        Repetitive pulsed magnetic stimulator has been verified as an important device for psychological and neurological disorders. However, repetitive pulsed current in time-varying magnetic field produces large Joule heat in coil which undermines curative efficacy and prevents repetitive high frequency stimulation.
        After analyzing the advantages of existing coils and the unique nonplanar structure of human brain, an innovative geometric coil design applied in transcranial stimulation is proposed. The stimulating coil is designed into coil pair with an irregular form of cambered surface based on the inspiration of special-shaped magnet. From the front view, the overall structure is in arc-shaped whose inner arc radius is set at 115 mm (a bit larger than the average radius of human brain). From the vertical view, the outline is rectangular. The stimulator is mainly composed of a charging circuit, a discharge circuit and a stimulating coil. The discharge circuit is a feedback loop using a bidirectional thyristor where the energy of the capacitor is recovered. Repeating charging the capacitor to expected value and energizing the stimulating coil, the repetitive pulsed current is produced.
        The Finite-Element Method(FEM) is adopted to analyze the 3D spatial distributions of intracranial induced electromagnetic field. To unify coil evaluation standard and enable meaningful comparison for new design’s feasibility, a comparison function reflecting medical efficacy is constructed. Comparing to conventional structure, it has been proved that the optimization of this design can enhance the peak of induced electric field for 11%, raise the value of RPN for 20% while improving the overall efficacy by 40%. This design makes it possible to obtain superior intracranial focusing field in targeted tissues with lower stimulation current.

        Acknowledgement:The supports of the National key research and development program of China (2016YFA0401702) and the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University.

        Speaker: Ms Xiao Fang ( Huazhong University of Science and Technology)
      • 13:30
        Consideration of Pulse-Width Effects of Nanosecond Pulsed Electric Fields Application on Cancer Cell 1h 30m

        In recent years, treatment approach of malignant neoplasm (cancer), which has high death ratio , has been actively studied. There are several current cancer therapy as radiation therapy, surgical therapy, and chemotherapy (anticancer drugs), but these therapy have some disadvantages. The purpose of this study was to establish a new cancer therapy, using nanosecond pulsed electric fields (nsPEFs), with the less disadvantages.
        In vivo and ex vivo experiments using embryonic chick assay and in vitro experiment have been conducted to pulsed electric fields application experiments with 2ns-PEFs for mouse breast cancer cells: EMT6. The pulse-application experiments were carried out with mouse melanoma cells: B16-F10. When 2ns-PEFs were applied on solid tumors and cell suspension in an electroporation cuvette, significant effects were not observed. The cancer cells surviving fraction in suspension measured with WST-1 assay was not different to that of controls. Therefore, a pulse-application experiment with 14ns-PEFs was performed in vitro experiment using cell suspension, and compared with 2ns-PEFs. In this experiment, he cancer cells surviving fraction was measured with WST-1 assay and crystal violet assay. When the 2ns-PEFs were applied, the cancer cells surviving fraction did not changed regardless of the number of pulses. On the other hand, the cancer cells surviving fraction decreased as the number of pulses increased in comparison with controls, when 14ns-PEFs were applied. The effect of pulse width and difference of effect between B16-F10 cells and EMT6 should be considered circumstantially.

        Speaker: Mr Yasuo Yamamoto (Tokushima University)
      • 13:30
        Downhole generator based on a line pulse transformer for electro pulse drilling. 1h 30m

        Ever-increasing energy demands require new energy sources. Modern oil extraction industry is targeted at extracting oil products at larger depths [1]. Some European countries, for example, Switzerland, Germany, develop technologies for geothermal energy harvesting from the natural heat of the Earth [2]. Accomplishing these goals needs new scientific approach to deep and ultra-deep drilling. One of the most efficient methods of ultra-deep drilling is electro pulse disintegration of rocks [3], which is based on the effect of discharge channel penetration into a solid (discovered in Tomsk, Russia [4–6]). Clearly, the energy transfer to the bottom of a well from a high-voltage pulse generator located on the surface decreases the drilling efficiency. For enhancing the efficiency, the generator should be located in the immediate proximity to the drill head, i.e., it should be downhole. Here we consider the possibility of designing and using a downhole generator based on a line pulse transformer (LPT generator) for electro pulse drilling of rocks. Preliminary laboratory tests on different rock samples demonstrate that the LPT generator provides a 30 % higher specific output compared to Marx generators conventionally used in the technology. The LPT generator design is rather simple and admits a smaller number of switches, which increases its reliability and lifetime. It is also possible to realize an LPT circuit with a pulse current generator (LPT-PCG circuit) to further enhance the discharge energy and the generator efficiency compared to Marx generators.

        Speaker: Mr Molchanov Denis (IHCE SB RAS)
      • 13:30
        Effect of Discharge Gas on Water Treatment Using Nanosecond Pulsed Power Discharges 1h 30m

        Nowadays, water pollution is one of the environmental problems. We have studied a sewage treatment using nanosecond pulsed power discharges. A surfactant was chosen as a treatment object because much surfactant occupies to domestic and industrial wastewater.
        In order to reduce the costs for treatment, treatment using air gas as a discharge gas was studied. The treatments using streamer discharges in oxygen gas and simulated air gas, consisting of 20 % oxygen and 80 % nitrogen, were evaluated. The surfactant treatment was assessed by the height of foam in the reservoir, which was one of the characteristics. The 0.04 % surfactant solution of 1.0 L was treated for 80 minutes. The treatment by oxygen gas as discharge gas reduced the foam in reservoir faster than by using simulated air gas. Because ozone concentration produced in oxygen gas was higher, more OH radicals, having a stronger oxidizing power than ozone, would be produced and treat the surfactants. On the other hand, by the treatment in using simulated air gas, the foam in reservoir rapidly reduced for 0-20 minutes treatment. Then, absorbance at 220 nm of treated solution increased with treatment time. Because the absorption wavelength of nitric acid is approximately 220 nm, it suggested the production of nitric acid. Under the presence of low-concentrated NO2, OH radicals would be actively produced; the foam decreased rapidly. However, the decrease of foam deaccelerated in simulated air gas for 20-80 minutes treatment. As NO2 concentration increased after 20 minutes, OH radical would be consumed for oxidation of NO2, and nitric acid was produced. When nitrogen is contained in the discharge gas, the decrease of form height became a discriminative variation in comparison with discharge gas consisting of only oxygen.

        Speaker: Yudai Shimomura (Tokushima University)
      • 13:30
        Effect of Reactor Diameter on NOx Treatment Using Nanosecond Pulsed Powers 1h 30m

        Nowadays, environmental problems such as global warming, air pollution and acid rain are getting worse. Nitrogen oxides (NOx) are one of causative substances of them. NOx adversely affects not only the environment but also human body. Development of the NOx treatment measure is, therefore, an important issue. In the conventional NOx treatment method, the treatment equipment is large and expensive and requires large costs for maintenance as well. The efficient and low-cost equipment is indispensable in order for the equipment to spread even to developing countries. NOx treatment using streamer discharges generated by nanosecond pulsed powers was studied. The streamer discharges are generated in the reactor using nanosecond pulse power would treat NOx gas efficiently by plasma-chemical reactions. In order to obtain a more efficient removal treatment, adoption of thinner coaxial reactor was considered. Because streamer discharges distribute thickly around the inner wire electrode in the coaxial reactor driven by pulsed powers, the thinner coaxial reactor could utilize dense streamer discharges in the vicinity of the inner wire electrode. While the removal ratio was improved with decreasing the reactor diameter until 14 mm, the removal ratio decreased in using reactor of 10 mm. To discuss the phenomena, discharges in reactor were observed through an aperture on the outer electrode of an experimentally produced reactor. The appearance of discharges at downstream end of reactor in 10 mm reactor differed from 14 mm reactor. It was regarded as spark discharges occurred with electric field enhancement by shorter electrodes separation and voltage-wave refection at the end. However, the dependence of appearance of spark discharges on NOx removal did not become clear. Furthermore, the phenomena should be considered in detail, with waveforms of voltage and current of the reactor for an example, in order to optimize the reactor configurations for higher removal efficiency.

        Speaker: Shingo Ishino
      • 13:30
        Experimental Characterization of Tissue Electroporation Based on the Feedback Signal of a New Measurement Method 1h 30m

        Pulsed electric fields have recently demonstrated their broad application potential in novel non-thermal minimally invasive techniques to treat cancer because of their unique biomedical and therapeutic effects. However, their practical clinical applications are limited by poor understanding of the interaction mechanism between pulsed electric fields and tissue, particularly in the process of electroporation and development. This paper proses a new measurement method to provide insight into the dynamic process of tissue ablation exposed to a pulsed electrical field. The tissue capacitance, cell membrane electroporation, and relaxation and resealing between the pulses are presented by analyzing the feedback signal of a measured pulse. Under the application of a pulsed electric field, complex electroporation occurs and the pulse parameters determine which dominates. For the traditional irreversible electroporation pulse with a width of 100 µs and a repetitive frequency of 1 Hz, the intensity of the electric field increases with an increasing number of pulses. The conversion from reversible electroporation to irreversible electroporation is the main form. Meanwhile, the release of electroporation between pulse intervals mainly occurred at the ms level. After 1s, the main electroporation form was irreversible electroporation. We are confident that the proposed measurement method can be expanded for using in both detailed experimental research of electroporation, and better teal-time observed degree of electroporation or treatment.

        Speaker: Hongmei Liu (Chongqing University)
      • 13:30
        Exploratory study of shock wave production mechanisms during the process of underwater electrical wire explosion 1h 30m

        The pressure waveforms of shock waves generated by exploding copper and tungsten wires have been recorded and analyzed. A test platform including a microsecond time scale pulsed current source, loads, a chamber, and a diagnostic system has been established. Current and voltage waveforms were recorded by a Pearson coil and a North Star probe, respectively. Shock waves were obtained by a PVDF needle probe located 145 mm away from the source. If the stored energy of the system was enough, for a fine and long wire, there would be a quite long current pause, also known as “dwell time”. In this case, the pressure probe could detect two separate shock waves. The first shock wave mainly came from vaporization of the metal wire whereas the other should come from expansion of discharge plasma channel. For a thick wire with the same length, its current pause would become shorter. The period between two shock waves would also be shorter. When the pause disappeared, the processes of vaporization and breakdown were close and only one shock wave could be found in the field area. However, with the help of a specially designed bypass switch, shock waves caused by vaporization could be separated and compared. The results illustrated that for wires with same sizes, tungsten wires could generate more powerful vaporization shock waves whereas copper wires could produce stronger expansion shock waves.

        Speaker: Mr Ruoyu Han (Xi'an Jiaotong University)
      • 13:30
        High Frequency Irreversible Electroporation Ablate Tissues with Plate Electrodes Inhibiting Muscle Contraction 1h 30m

        Irreversible electroporation (IRE) with non-thermal has quickly translated into clinical applications for solid tumors ablation. However, muscle contractions and tumors recurrence also come with IRE. Bursts of high frequency bipolar pulses have been reported may solve these problems appropriately, but muscle contractions need further reduction and the ablation effects and uniform electric field distribution in heterogeneous tissues also need experimental validation. We presented rabbit livers ablation experiments with the bursts of bipolar high frequency pulses (which are called H-FIRE) and IRE pulses through Plate Electrodes. Plate electrodes can eliminate non-uniform electric field distribution which come with needle electrodes, and minimize current flow outside of the treatment volume to limit muscle contractions. The results from the animal experiments and simulations showed that H-FIRE can be less susceptible to distortions due to the vessels without muscle contractions, and the parameters of the bursts should be optimized for better ablation effect. Integrating into account the ablation effect and muscle contraction, we consider that the bipolar bursts with the individual pulse durations for 5 μs and 10 μs, electric field intensity for 2000 V/cm, can replace the traditional IRE, which have a good ablation effects and less extent of muscle contractions for animals.

        Speaker: Shoulong Dong (Chongqing University)
      • 13:30
        Light emission and shock wave characteristics of metal wires exploded in water with small hydrostatic pressures 1h 30m

        In the application of reservoir stimulation, pulsed discharges may happen in a liquid environment with a quite high hydrostatic pressure (from several mega Pascal to a few tens of mega Pascal). It might be meaningful to investigate the behaviors of the wire explosion process under some hydrostatic pressures. Current and voltage waveforms were recorded by a Pearson coil and a North Star probe, respectively. In this study, copper wires and tungsten wires were exploded in water with 0.4 MPa and 0.8 MPa hydrostatic pressures. A photodiode and a calibrated time-integrated spectrometer were adopted to measure the light intensity and the spectra. Shock waves were obtained by a PVDF needle probe located 145 mm away from the source. The results revealed that environmental pressure could decrease the intensity of light emission. However, on the other hand, the pressure could increase the value of peak pressures. Nevertheless, it should also be pointed out that the conclusions could only be valid for the cases with small hydrostatic pressures.

        Speaker: Ruoyu Han (Xi'an Jiaotong University)
      • 13:30
        Mechanism of metal removal from CD-ROM by pulsed power 1h 30m

        Recycling of valuable materials such as metals and plastics is regarded as important from the viewpoint of resource conservation and environmental protection. In recent years, application of pulsed power technology to the recycling field has attracted attention. The authors have been investigating on metal and plastic separation from optical discs using pulsed power. In this study, CD-ROM was used as a separation processing target. A magnetic pulse compression pulsed power generator was used to provide a positive pulsed voltage to the electrodes on a CD-ROM. The coating layer containing metal was separated from the plastic substrate in the atmospheric air. However, details of the mechanism of metal separation were not revealed. In order to clarify a mechanism of metal separation, the authors have investigated the discharge formation by a high speed camera. As a result, two different type discharges have been observed at the first shot; one is the dielectric breakdown of the protective layer, and the other one is the surface discharge. There was no effect on metal separation by the surface discharge. Therefore, the surface discharge observed at the first shot was supposed to be a streamer-like discharge. Furthermore, burning and shock wave were observed by knife-edge Schlieren method. Pulsed voltage was applied to a rod-rod electrode on the CD-ROM. Burning and shock wave due to large current have been observed during metal separation. The Mach number was calculated from the image of the shock wave obtained by Schlieren method.

        Speaker: Mr Tomohiko Yamashita (Kumamoto University)
      • 13:30
        Molecular Dynamics Assessment of Bipolar Electric Pulses on Lipid Bilayers 1h 30m

        Electric pulses (EPs) are well established for manipulating both the plasma and intracellular membranes depending upon pulse duration. Conventional electroporation uses EPs with durations on the order of microseconds to milliseconds. While submicrosecond EPs can manipulate intracellular structures, they still induce membrane nanopores that can allow ion transport [1]. Recent studies have demonstrated the impact of applying EPs with alternating positive and negative polarity to cells depends strongly on the pulse duration and time between EPs [2,3]. Bipolar nanosecond EPs (NSEPs) actually induce dramatically lower effects than monopolar EPs of the same electric field amplitude and duration [2]; however, increasing either the time between EPs or EP duration results in an additive effect [3]. One hypothesis is that NSEPs induce shock waves that drive the behavior on nanosecond timescales rather than electric phenomena [2]. As a first assessment of this phenomenon, we perform molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of a typical lipid exposed to bipolar EPs. We will report the impact of membrane voltage, duration, and ion size on membrane permeabilization and ion transport for both bipolar and monopolar EPs. We will assess this electrically driven behavior in relation to the observed experimental results [2] and discuss the potential implications and contributions of other multiphysics phenomena, such as shock waves [2] and temperature gradients.
        [1] T. B. Napotnik, et. al, “Effects of high voltage nanosecond electric pulses on eukaryotic cells (in vitro): A systematic review,” Bioelectrochemistry, vol. 110, pp. 1-12, 2016.

        [2] C. C. Roth, et. al, “Characterization of pressure transients generated by nanosecond electrical pulse (nsEP) exposure,” Sci. Rep., vol. 5, art. no. 15063, 2015.

        [3] M. B. Sano, et. al, “In-vitro bipolar nano- and microsecond electro–pulse bursts for irreversible electroporation therapies,” Bioelectrohcemistry, vol. 100, pp. 69-79, 2014.

        Speaker: Allen Garner (Purdue University)
      • 13:30
        NITRIC OXIDE (NO) REMOVAL AND PULSED DISCHARGE CURRENT ANALYSIS IN VARIOUS NO, N2, O2 AND H2O GAS MIXTURES 1h 30m

        In this paper, dielectric barrier discharges were investigated for nitric oxide removal in a cylindrical electrode configuration. Reactive species like O, O3 and OH were analyzed in various different NO, N2, O2 and H2O gas mixtures.

        The mechanism of nitric oxide removal was found to be dependent upon the reactive species participating in the NO removal reaction. For a gas mixture of N2, O2 and NO (concentration of NO in the range from 200 ppm to 1000 ppm), NO2 formation was independent of O2 concentration from 4.76% to 16.67%, due to the reverse reaction of NO2 and O to form NO and O2. However, when the initial concentration of NO was reduced to 100 ppm or lower, NO oxidation was due to the oxidation of O3, and higher NO oxidation rate was observed with increasing oxygen concentration. When H2O vapor was added, OH radicals were produced; these OH radicals catalytically destroyed O and O3, but also reacted with NO and NO2 to form nitrite and nitrate.

        In terms of the pulsed discharge current, when the composition of the gas mixture was N2 and O2 (concentration of O2 was 4.76%), the pulsed current had a magnitude of approximately 10 to 30 mA. When 1000ppm NO was added to the gas mixture, the magnitude of the pulsed current increased significantly, to hundreds of mA. However, when 2.26% of H2O vapor was added, no matter whether or not 1000ppm NO was present, the magnitude of the pulsed current fell to lower than 20 mA.

        Speaker: Linghe Zhou (University of Strathclyde)
      • 13:30
        Power transmission through the long coaxial cable for the underwater pulsed spark discharge 1h 30m

        Underwater pulsed spark discharge has been proposed to rehabilitate the clogged wells in the ground water intake system in recent years. It has been proved that the shock wave developed in the surrounding water by the rapid expansion of the spark channel efficiently eliminates incrustations on the well screen. Of the various well structures, horizontal wells are practically important as they have no way of cleaning up to now. In order to accommodate this technical application, a simple capacitive discharge system is constructed with a capacitor bank, and electrode assembly, and the coaxial cable has been extended to 110 meters. Prior to the field application, the effect of the extended coaxial cable has been analyzed by the integrated simulations of the underwater spark discharge process. This paper presents the numerical model which describes the electrical power transmission thorough the transmission line. This model enables us to consider the pulse forming action of the coaxial cable in the non-linear interaction of the spark channel and capacitor bank. From the numerical analysis, it has been revealed that if the initial conditions of the spark channel are the same, no further reduction of the peak value of the pressure wave at the position of the well screen occurs even if the cable length is increased to more than 50 meters. Parametric study demonstrates that the degraded peak pressure at longer cable is mainly due to the reduction of the initial density of the spark channel.

        Speaker: Prof. Kyoung-Jae Chung (Seoul National University)
      • 13:30
        RESEARCH ON THE ARMATURE VELOCITY CONTROL BASED ON COMPLICATED DYNAMIC MODEL 1h 30m

        The energy of the electromagnetic railgun comes from the pulse power which has ability to adjust parameters, furthermore, it can adjust the armature velocity in bore.
        The electromagnetic force of the traditional railgun is easy to be obtained by relying on the relationship between the inductance gradient and the current, however, the electromagnetic force of the augmented railgun is not able to be accurately described in this way. Based on the consideration of the skin effect and proximity effect, through calculating the electromagnetic force from the inner and the outer rail respectively, mathematic model of the accurate electromagnetic force is obtained. In the meantime, by analyzing the armature velocity curve, the motion process can be divided into static model and dynamic model. Extreme physical processes such as ablation, plasma and planning, are analyzed as dynamic models. After that, the complicated dynamic model of the armature motion is established.
        Based on the actual test and simulation test, we divide the armature motion into two stages: low velocity and high velocity. During the low velocity stage, a number of kinds of electric and thermal effects lead to the complicated dynamic model of armature. During the high velocity stage, the sliding friction has little change and the armature acceleration decreases. The discharge time of the last PFN is given by the velocity feedback and the intelligent algorithm.
        In conclusion, the rise time of current is similar to that of static friction force, and the complicated dynamic model of armature leads to the difficult velocity control in the low velocity stage. Meanwhile, the dynamic model of the augmented electromagnetic railgun is established, and the relationship between the discharge sequence and the muzzle velocity is obtained. The intelligent algorithm can be carried out in the high velocity stage.

        Speaker: Dr Zhenchun Wang (Yanshan university)
      • 13:30
        The effect of current rising rate on the deposited energy and light emission intensity characteristic of a capillary based pulsed plasma thruster 1h 30m

        The capillary based pulsed plasma thruster has a huge potential in the small satellite application. It features with higher overall efficiency in low energy level beyond the advantages of traditional pulsed plasma thruster. The typical physical process of the thruster mainly includes discharge, ablation and thrust production. The discharge characteristic reflects the energy transfer efficiency which affects the ablation and thrust production process. In this paper, the effect of current rising rate on the deposited energy, energy transfer efficiency and equivalent circuit parameters and light emission intensity were focused on.

        The capillary based pulsed plasma thruster was connected to a low inductance capacitor. The current rising rate could be adjusted conveniently by changing the capacitance of capacitor. In this experiment, the main capacitor was ranged from 1μF to 4.5μF which caused the current rising rate changed from 6kA/μs to 16kA/μs. The results showed that deposited energy decreased with fast current-rate, as well as equivalent plasma resistance. The energy transfer efficiency has the similar tendency. The time-dependent deposited power and energy characteristic were also analyzed.

        The light emission intensity characteristic was studied. With the PMT sensor, the time-dependent light emission intensity was measured. It had the similar properties with current waveform. Based on the modified grey-body radiation model, the electron temperature was estimated which was used in the calculation of arc resistance. Moreover, the plasma plume velocity was measured based on the time-flight method with PMT sensors. It showed that the plume velocity could reach 12km/s. More analysis of relation between light emission intensity and discharge characteristic would be conducted.

        Speaker: Dr Ruoyu Han (Xi’an Jiaotong University)
      • 13:30
        The Improvement of Energy Efficiency by Generating Hydroxyl Radical on the Surface of Droplets for the Water Treatment Using Pulsed Power Discharge 1h 30m

        Pulsed power discharge in water has been investigated as one of advanced water treatment technologies. Pulsed power discharge in water generates many active species (ozone, OH radical, ultraviolet rays etc.). All of them could be utilized to the decomposition of organic substances in water. However, since the lifetime of OH radical is short, there is a problem that it reacts and disappears before reacting to the substances.
        Therefore we are studying the water treatment method utilizing OH radical efficiently. The feature of our system is that contaminated water is sprayed as droplets from the top into the reactor that generates pulsed plasma in the gas phase. Contaminated water reacts with active species in the streamer discharge directly. Hence this method has so much high efficiency for the water treatment [1]. However, since OH radical that has short lifetime is generated near the streamer, some OH radicals would react before the reaction to the droplets.
        In this study, we designed a new reactor that the pulsed discharge occurs on the surface of the water droplets. By this design, it has been observed to improve the energy efficiency for water treatment. In other words, it is possible to decompose the organic substances in water with less energy and to come faster treatment.

        References:

        [1] Malik, M. A., Water Purification by Plasmas: Which Reactors are Most Energy Efficient?, Plasma Chem. Plasma Process, Vol. 30(1), 21-31 (2010)

        Speaker: Mr Yoshihiro Sato (Yamagata University)
      • 13:30
        The matching of the coaxial cylindrical dielectric barrier discharge ozone reactor and the sub-microsecond pulsed power 1h 30m

        Under the conditions of sub-microsecond pulsed dielectric barrier discharge, the ozone production yields depends on many characteristics. In previous papers, researchers focus mainly on voltage, frequency, gas flow rate, oxygen concentration, temperature and pressure which may not help the physical dimension design of the reactor, especially for length of the discharge gap, material and thickness of the dielectric, diameter of the inner electrode, length of the reactor, etc. The key point of this paper is the matching of parameters of the sub-microsecond pulsed power and physical dimensions of the coaxial cylindrical dielectric barrier discharge ozone reactor. Based on the mature technology of the sub-microsecond pulsed power, which may replace the traditional sine-waves high voltage power in the future, we develop a high voltage pulsed power with a adjustable duration from 500ns to 5us, adjustable peak voltage up to 25kv and adjustable frequency from 10pps to 5000pps. In order to get higher ozone production yield and ozone concentration, we study the matching conditions of parameters of the sub-microsecond pulsed power and physical dimensions of the coaxial cylindrical dielectric barrier discharge ozone reactor through theory analysis and experiment research, meanwhile, a numerical model which describes the influence and relations of the every parameter on ozone yield is developed. With the comparison of numerical data and experimental data, we get the best matching conditions of electrical and physical dimensions parameters of the coaxial cylindrical dielectric barrier discharge ozone reactor.

        Speaker: YIFAN WANG (FUDAN UNIVERSITY)
      • 13:30
        The Optimization of the Treatment Planning for Achieving Complete Ablation of Human Liver Tumor during Irreversible Electroporation by Genetic Algorithm 1h 30m

        Irreversible electroporation (IRE) is a novel tumor ablation technology. Now it has been used by clinicians for several trials. The clinical trials showed that the effect of the IRE is greatly limited by the inadequate treatment planning. The outcome of IRE depends on the effective electric field distribution in tumors. In order to analyze the effect of real tumor ablation by irreversible electroporation, a three-dimensional model of real liver tumor and liver was established, using CT slice from a patient with liver cancer, and the use of finite element analysis software COMSOL helped build the numerical model of the tumor and normal tissues. The genetic algorithm was used to optimize electrode arrangement and pulse parameters. The irreversible electroporation electric field distribution and effects of tumors and liver ablation were obtained. The simulation results reveal that with the use of the parameters optimized by genetic algorithm, the pulsed electric field can achieve ablation of real tumors, and minimize damage to normal tissues, which indicates the feasibility of genetic algorithm to optimize the irreversible electroporation electric field distribution. With the help of genetic algorithm, this paper successfully optimized and attained electrode arrangement and pulse parameters to ablate real tumors. This will be helpful to make treatment planning in clinical.

        Speaker: Shoulong Dong (Chongqing University)
      • 13:30
        TRANSIENT THERMAL EFFECTS AND RAIL DAMAGE IN ELECTROMAGNETIC LAUNCHING 1h 30m

        When solid armature moves along rail at high speed, the thermal effect will destroy good contact between armature and rail in the process of electromagnetic rail propulsion. It has a lot of damage to rail, and which will affect launching’s precision and efficiency. In this paper, the simulation, measurement and characteristic analysis of the contact surface temperature are carried out for the high speed sliding electrical contact between armature and rail. Based on the theory of electrical contact, it analyzed the temperature source of the armature and rail contact surface, established the temperature model, and studied the different effects of different contact temperature on the armature and rail.
        The self-made device of electromagnetic rail launch was used as the test platform. Based on infrared radiation thermometry, measurement system measured contact temperature between rail and armature in the the device. The correctness of the simulation was verified by the data comparison of experiment and simulation. The analyzing experimental results obtained the influence of different parameters on the temperature characteristics of armature and rail’s contact surface.
        Comparison of the rail’s damage under the different conditions, further analysis combined the temperature effect with the damage result. The simulation results showed that the temperature model could be obtained macroscopic characteristics, such as temperature, displacement, velocity, etc. The experimental results also reflected rail’s damage with the temperature change of contact temperature between rail and armature in the electromagnetic rail propulsion. It is significance for the efficient launching of electromagnetic railgun, and provide an effective basis for the contact analysis of armature and rail.

        Speaker: Dr Lijie Jia (Yanshan University)
      • 13:30
        Upgrade of Triggering System of the SPS Beam Dumping System at CERN 1h 30m

        In order to prevent uncontrolled beam losses in the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) at CERN, which can cause thermal and radiation damages to machine components, an internal beam dumping system is used. It consists of three fast pulsed magnets which deflect the circulating beam vertically onto an absorber block within one accelerator revolution. The excitation current for each magnet is generated by the discharge of a Pulse Forming Network (PFN) through the magnet into a matched terminating resistor. Until now, thyratrons with a column of ignitrons in parallel have been used as switching element. Since the development of new power semiconductor devices now offers a good alternative and thanks to the experience gained with the use a solid state switches within the LHC beam dumping system, the replacement of the thyratrons and ignitrons with two parallel stacks of twelve Fast High Current Thyristors (FHCT) has been decided. As triggering circuits are one of the most critical components that will determine the global performance of a pulsed power system, a matched triggering system with the stacks of FHCT has been developed with the objectives to improve FHCT stack performance by reducing switching losses and turn on spread. The baseline triggering solution will be discussed in this paper with few alternative solutions that have been evaluated during prototyping such as pulse compression or the use of a Laser Pumped Silicon Thyristor. Power switches identified for this application are briefly described and compared in terms of performance in an equivalent triggering configuration of a 10-stage high power GTO stack. The limiting factors of the different switching techniques are highlighted in this comparative review.

        Speaker: Janusz Pawel Rodziewicz (Ministere des affaires etrangeres et europeennes (FR))
    • 13:30 15:00
      Poster session II - Pulsed Power Physics and Technology, Components and HV Insulation Hall 4 / Cambridge

      Hall 4 / Cambridge

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      • 13:30
        A 50 T high-stability flat-top pulsed magnetic field energized by a 100 MW pulsed generator-rectifier power supply with parameters self-adjusting model predictive control 1h 30m

        High-stability flat-top pulsed magnetic field, which combines the advantages of pulsed high magnetic field and steady high magnetic field, is an important tool of scientific experiments in the fields of physics, biology, and chemistry. The pulsed generator-rectifier power supply, with controllable output voltage, is commonly used to power multi-coil magnet to generate synthetic flat-top magnetic field with high parameters. However, the coupling characteristics of coil current and the disturbance factors in the power supply side (such as the voltage amplitude fluctuation and the phase fluctuation) bring challenges to generate a high-stability flat-top pulsed magnetic field. Based on the 100 MW generator-rectifier power supply and the 50 T dual-coil magnet in WHMFC, this paper firstly propose a coupling transformer to decouple the dual-coil magnet. The mutual inductance of coupling transformer and dual-coil magnet are the same in value and opposite in direction, so the adverse effects, caused by the coupling characteristics between the coil current, can be eliminated. Then we propose a control method of high-stability flat-top pulsed magnetic field based on the parameters self-adjusting model predictive control. A prediction model of rectifier trigger angle is established by using characteristic equations of the rectifier and coupling equations between resistance of the magnet and output voltage of the rectifier. Considering the errors caused by equivalent model, PI close-loop control is used to automatically adjust the parameters of the model predictive control method. A simulation model is built by MATLAB/Simulink to simulate the discharge process, and a 50 T/470 ppm flat-top pulsed magnetic field is generated. The final experiment is expected to be completed in the spring of 2018. Acknowledgements: The National key research and development program of China (2016YFA0401702) and the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University.

        Speaker: Huang Yongheng (Huazhong University of Science and Technology)
      • 13:30
        A novel electrode material for spark switches 1h 30m

        Although W-Cu alloy is widely adopted in breakers and spark switches as a kind of anti-ablation material, a series of problems including restrike, flashover, etc. still exist. For spark switches in pulsed power equipment, electrode erosion will cause a lot of problems. Not only the electrode surface, but the insulator surface can also be altered from shot to shot. Therefore, the selection of electrode material is vital for the stability and lifetime of spark switches. In this study, W-Ni-Fe alloy (90% mass percentage of tungsten) was utilized as the electrode material innovatively. W-Cu alloy (90% mass percentage of tungsten) was also adopted as a reference. A test platform including a microsecond time scale pulsed current source, loads, a chamber, and a diagnostic system has been established. Current and voltage waveforms were recorded by a Pearson coil and a North Star probe, respectively. Both the two pair of electrodes were tested for 10000 shots (~22000 C transfer). Both the two kinds of electrode were observed and measured by a confocal microscopy and an aspheric surface measuring instrument every 2000 shots. And the elements of the surface were also determined by XPS and XRD methods. The results demonstrated that W-Ni-Fe alloy was much better than W-Cu alloy when they were in spark switches.

        Speaker: Ms Jiawei Wu (Xi'an Jiaotong University)
      • 13:30
        An Analysis of Strike and Restrike Characteristics of the Exploding Film Phenomenon Under Different Temperature and Pressure Conditions 1h 30m

        Exploding films have potential applications as fast opening switches, current interrupters, and in the ignition of explosive materials. The exploding film phenomenon is a process in which a high voltage capacitive discharge is passed through a thin layer of metal particles on the surface of a dielectric film. Heat generated from the increase in current forces the aluminum particles from a solid state to a liquid state during an initial strike. While in this liquid state, a rise in current can initiate a restrike, causing a flashover event. In this work, an aluminum metallized polypropylene film (MPPF) is subjected to a 5 kV capacitive discharge under different temperatures and pressures. A comparison of electrical characteristics including current, voltage, and time for MPPFs during restrike is presented as a precursor to applications in dynamic environmental conditions.

        Speaker: Mr James Nick Allen (University at Buffalo)
      • 13:30
        Characterisation of a Corona-stabilised Switch in Alternative Gas Mixtures 1h 30m

        Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) has traditionally been used as a switching medium within corona-stabilised switches (CSS). Due to its high global warming potential (GWP), however, other gases are under test in order to find a suitable alternative that can be used within CSS, without compromising on switching performance. Design changes may have to be made in order for the switch to remain at the high level of performance achieved when filled with SF6. This paper reports preliminary results obtained using a CSS operated with the refrigerant 1,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene, known as HFO-1234ze, as the basis of the operating gas. The electronegativity of HFO-1234ze makes it an attractive option to replace SF6 for switching applications. Additionally, the global warming potential (GWP) of this gas is 6 in a 100-year time horizon, compared to SF6 with a value of 23900.

        The performance of the switch has been characterized in terms of voltage recovery, triggering range, delay time and jitter over a range of pressures when filled with dry air as a reference, as well as with HFO-1234ze in various mixtures with high proportions (>90%) of buffer gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen (N2). The results presented provide data on the feasibility of the approach of using HFO-1234ze as the operating gas in corona stabilised switches. They will also provide the initial basis for work refining the use of buffer gases, and for the development of optimised switch configurations.

        Speaker: Ruairidh Macpherson (University of Strathclyde)
      • 13:30
        Development of a novel insulation aging test system based on the high-voltage high-frequency square pulse generator 1h 30m

        In the recent decades, together with power electronics technological advancements, an emerging technology, solid state transformer (SST), has attracted great attention and been extensively investigated for smart grid, while mainly focusing on the research of available and efficient circuit topologies. As the core component of SST, the high frequency power transformer, which replaces the traditional 50/60 Hz transformer to the achievement of voltage converting and power transmission, operates in the high voltage, high power, and high frequency (HV-HP-HF) condition, subjected to the square impulse voltage with steep front edge, high amplitude and high pulse repetition frequency. Compared with the conventional transformer, less space is expected and oil-free operation is preferred in the high frequency transformer. As a consequence, the insulating system would face austerity challenge. With the advancements of SST to increasingly high voltage and power rating, severe insulation issues and challenges need to be addressed. In order to investigate the dielectric properties and ageing of insulation materials of the high frequency transformer subjected to the square pulse output from electrical electronic inverter, a novel insulation aging test system, consisting of a high direct-current voltage source, a full bridge converter utilized single-tube IGBTs with a control circuit, drive circuits and overcurrent protection circuits, and test unit, was developed to simulate the real operation condition. The designed and final performance specifications are as follows, the bi-directional voltage with the maximum of 5kV, the adjustable peak-to-peak value from 0 to 10 kV, the adjustable frequency from 100Hz to 1 kHz, duty circle closer to 50%, the rise time about 300ns, at least 5kW output power depending on the high direct-current voltage source, additional over-current and over-voltage protection functions.

        Speaker: Mr Zhou Zuo (Chongqing University)
      • 13:30
        Effect of Electrode Composition on the Partial Discharge Activity of a Pre-Stretched Dielectric Elastomer Actuator 1h 30m

        Dielectric Elastomer Actuators (DEAs) are a class of electroactive polymers, materials which exhibit a mechanical strain as a response to an electrical stimulus, capable of achieving high actuation strains over 100 %. A key hindrance in the application of DEAs is their need for high voltage in order to actuate, leaving their operating range close to their breakdown range. Therefore, this work explores the analysis of partial discharge activity as a precursor to breakdown of DEAs. The voltage induced strain of a DEA is affected by their surrounding electrodes, which add stiffness to the system. The DEA may also be limited by electromechanical instability, a positive feedback loop caused by an increasing electric field and thinning elastomer, leading to electrical breakdown. Pre-stretching the elastomer results in the suppression of electromechanical instability. This paper presents a comparison of partial discharge and breakdown characteristics of a pre-stretched DEA based on electrode composition.

        Speaker: Andrea Martinez (University at Buffalo, The State University of New York)
      • 13:30
        Experimental Study of Dielectric Insulator Behaviour under High Voltage Pulse 1h 30m

        Nowadays, in pulsed power applications, during the design of a modulator, it is necessary to take into account all problems linked to insulators and their capability to withstand a dielectric strength. Indeed, many of these modulators integrate transformers, allowing a significant increase of voltage. So, the first objective is to provide an adequate insulation to maintain compact size.
        This paper deals with the conception of a multi-primary pulse transformer, allowing a voltage increase of 40kV to 600kV with durations of 1μs. The constraints related to the size of the insulation have a direct impact on the value of the stray elements (leakage inductance and primary/secondary stray capacitance) which is directly related to the pulse waveform. It is therefore important to define a sufficient insulation without over-dimensioning it.
        An important criterion concerning the choice of the material is its dielectric strength but generally, the latter is characterized according to the IEC standard 60243-1 which defines this behaviour under DC and AC conditions. The data is not provided in pulsed mode. The problematic is then to choose a dielectric material without knowing this data.
        The aim of this paper is to carry out a comparative study of the dielectric properties of materials commonly used in pulsed power modulators in order to compare their behaviour in pulsed mode in relation to AC/DC mode.

        Speaker: Antoine de Ferron (Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, France)
      • 13:30
        Impulse Breakdown Strength of Zinc Oxide / Epoxy Resin Nanocomposites 1h 30m

        Over the past two decades, polymeric nanocomposite materials have been the centre of great attention in the research community. Mixing low concentrations of metal or metal-oxide nanoparticles into polymeric insulators has been shown to improve key characteristics of the material, such as thermal behaviour, mechanical strength and resistance to long-term degradation. Unlike traditional microcomposites, these advantages do not come at the price of electrical strength; investigations have shown that nanocomposites have similar or greater electrical strength when compared to their unaltered polymer form.

        This study focuses on the change in impulse breakdown strength of epoxy resin when nanoparticles are introduced into the host material. Nanocomposite samples are produced by mixing epoxy resin with zinc oxide nanoparticles at concentrations of 0.5, 1 and 2 wt%; unaltered epoxy resin samples are also produced to act as a control in the experiment. During mixing, nanoparticles are likely to cluster together, so ultrasonic waves are applied to the mixture to encourage their dispersion. Once cured, the samples are analysed with an electron microscope to ensure that the nanoparticles have been adequately dispersed.

        Each sample is subjected to high voltage impulses of increasing magnitude until a breakdown through the bulk of the sample is achieved. The test cell uses a needle-sphere electrode configuration (36 µm needle radius) with a gap of 6 mm to generate an electrical field sufficient to cause bulk breakdown of the sample. The interior of the test cell is filled with oil to prevent the occurrence of flashover events. Bulk breakdown of an unaltered epoxy sample is achieved by an impulse with 222 kV peak voltage and rise time of 100 ns.

        In future experiments, the samples will be electrically prestressed before the impulse is fired, with the aim of observing any changes in space charge behaviour within the nanocomposite samples.

        Speaker: Mr Paul Turner (University of Strathclyde)
      • 13:30
        Long Term Evaluation of GaN HEMT under Overcurrent Operations 1h 30m

        Abstract- As Silicon is reaching the theoretical limit, wide bandgap devices such as Gallium Nitride (GaN) transistors are being investigated as replacements for Silicon in high voltage and high temperature applications. To have a better understanding of GaN power devices operating under long term high peak current conditions, GaN devices were switched under the following conditions: high peak current of 330 A, 20-65 V, 0.5 – 75 Hz, and 20 μs pulse width. The device under test was rated for forward blocking voltage of 100 V and continuous drain current at 90 A and threshold voltage of 1.5 V. The device is a HEMT device and was manufactured by GaN Systems. This paper will discuss the long term evaluation and failure analysis of the devices. Results will show the peak current and IV characteristics both forward and reverse as a function of the number of shots taken. The RLC ring down circuit that was used as the testbed of the experiments will be shown in the paper. The device operated up to 5 million shots. Measurements taken were IV curves and transconductance, and threshold voltage of the device.

        Speaker: Matthew Kim (Texas Tech University)
      • 13:30
        Nanosecond repetitive pulsed discharges under turbulent flow in atmospheric air flow 1h 30m

        The research of nanosecond repetitive pulsed discharges has received extensive attention [1-2]. It is valuable to study on gas discharges under the airflow, as well as flow control, discharge mode, etc. In this paper, we are focus on the discharges under motion law of charged particle of nanosecond pulsed discharges in the vortex flow, applied voltages and repetitive frequencies.

        FIG. 1. Schematic of experimental setup.
        This experimental setup is schematically shown in Fig. 1, which consists of DBD (dielectric barrier discharge) configuration, detour flow configuration and airflow system.
        The turbulence intensity and pressure of flow field under detour flow configuration obtained from the fluent model are visualized in Figure 2(b)and Figure 2(c).The intensity and pressure of flow field have a periodic change and the simulation results are common to Karman Vortex Street. The discharge photographs are captured by a high speed camera with 1/1000 s exposure time in Figure 2(c).

        (a) (b) (c)
        Fig.2 Experimental and Simulation Results
        (a)The simulation of turbulence intensity(b)The simulation of pressure
        (c)The patterns of discharge
        For the voltage amplitude of 20 kV and frequency of 1000 Hz, top view images of DBDs like simple-harmonic wave that has periodic change good agreement with the simulation results. When the discharge is generated in detour flow, it presents as a bunch of parallel filaments distributed in the discharge gap. The spatial distribution of microdischarge is significantly influenced by detour flow effect. Therefore, nanosecond repetitive pulses of the discharge can be affected by detour flow under the condition of a certain voltage amplitude and frequency.
        [1] De-Zheng Yang . APL 102, 194102.
        [2]M. S. Bak. APL 98, 011502.

        Speaker: Miao Tang (Harbin Institute of Technology)
      • 13:30
        Optimal Design of High Frequency Transformer Based on Fe-based Amorphous 1h 30m

        With the wide application of power electronic technology in pulsed power supply, high frequency and high voltage transformer has become one of the research hotpots. Magnetic core materials such as Ferrite and Nanocrystalline have excellent high frequency performance. However, they are seldom applied to high power situation by the limits of its manufacturing process. Though Fe-based amorphous has been widely used in the power frequency transformers, this material is rarely applied to high frequency high power transformer. In view of the fact that Fe-based amorphous is easy to cut, convenient to wind and capable of high power, the feasibility of Fe-based amorphous in high frequency transformer is presented in this paper, and the optimal design based on the finite element method and genetic algorithm of Fe-based amorphous transformer is proposed to achieve maximum efficiency.
        The optimization objective of efficiency is achieved by changing the geometric parameters to optimize the winding size and the number of turns. Besides the main objective, it has four constraints: total losses, temperature, flux density and core window. Through the combination of Comsol and Matlab, the total losses and temperature of the transformer calculated by finite element method were plugged into the genetic algorithm instead of the theoretical value. It has improved the optimization accuracy and solved the theoretical problem in calculating the Fe-based amorphous loss and temperature.
        According to the optimal design results, a 15 kHz, 2.5kVA prototype transformer with 230V input voltage and 1.5 kV output voltage has been designed and tested in the series resonant power supply. Experimental results are presented to indicate the Fe-based amorphous can satisfy the efficiency requirements of high frequency transformer using the optimization algorithm. The optimal design has a strong guiding significance for the application of Fe-based amorphous magnetic cores in the high frequency and high power devices.

        Speaker: Dr Yun Xu (Huazhong University of Science and Technology)
      • 13:30
        Preliminary pulsed power design of an induction injector for radiographic applications. 1h 30m

        In order to be able to propose a dual pulse accelerator for future flash X-rays capabilities, a preliminary design of a high current induction injector has been developed. This design is based on the use of dual pulsed power generators actually available in the lab. The architecture, the number of cells needed and the dimensions of the conductors are evaluated with the hypothesis of using large METGLAS magnetic core similar to those used on RITS-6 IVA machine and breakdown probability in the insulating oil. The dynamical behavior of the magnetic material under two pulses excitation is analyzed with a non-linear magnetic diffusion model. The choice of the impedance coupling between the generators and cells is based on the flat top requirement on the output energy of the electron beam. Additionally, the results of global spice simulations are illustrated.

        Speaker: Dr Bruno Cassany (CEA (FR))
      • 13:30
        Pulsed Power Calibration and Test Benches at Epure 1h 30m

        The 1st radiographic axis of Epure, shared French and British facility, is a linear induction accelerator, a complex system with parts standing out as more critical. Those parts are tested and calibrated on dedicated benches. Two such benches are described here.
        The beam evalauation is essential to the right performance of the whole machine. To have good quality assessment of beam relevant characteristics, we benefit on one hand, from both good quality initial conception and built of Beam Position Monitors, on the other hand, from newly developped and precise test benches. Assessment of the measurements quality and reliability is presented.

        Another critical component is the magnetic material used as a core for inductive insulation of the accelerating cells. Full characterization of the B-H hysteresis curves of those cores requires a specific test bench, able to reach high frequencies and large magnetization swing, in order to meet both ease of use to follow core production needs and the electrical requirements of an accelerating cell. Qualification methodology is presented.

        Speaker: Mr Alain Georges (CEA)
      • 13:30
        Some scaling rules for ferrite-loaded coaxial lines 1h 30m

        In this work a description of behavior of ferrite-loaded coaxial lines is carried out by solving the gyromagnetic magnetization equation for the ferrite coupled with the Maxwell equation for transmission line in time domain. The influence of induced radial and axial magnetic field components in the ferrite magnetization is investigated as well the rise time of input high voltage. The model is used for different ferrite types. From the results is possible to outline some scaling rules concerning magnetic properties, physical dimension of ferrites and the coaxial lines.

        Speaker: Prof. Claudio Motta (University of Sao Paulo)
      • 13:30
        The Behaviour of Surface Discharges on a Liquid Nanocomposite Interface 1h 30m

        The addition of nanoparticles with conducting and semiconducting properties to liquid and solid insulation systems is a current area of active research interest. In liquid insulation the nanoparticles have been shown to improve the breakdown strength of certain liquids due to their ability to scavenge free electrons from the system. In solid nanocomposites improvements in the physical properties of the insulation system such as tracking resistance, mechanical strength and thermal conductivity, have been achieved. In terms of their dielectric properties the behaviour of these nanocomposites is complex and traditional approaches to determining these properties using the approaches of Bruggerman or Maxwell Garnet have not been successful. It is believed that the changes in the dielectric properties do not come simply from the properties of the nanoparticle itself but also from the changes in the structure in the matrix surrounding the nanoparticle. This leads to a 3 phase system with more complicated behaviour in both effective medium approximations and in percolation.
        The optical and electrical behaviour of surface discharges, caused by the application of 50 Hz sinusoidal voltages in the range of 30 to 45KV, on epoxy based nano composites under mineral oil have been measured. The solid nanocomposites used contained either ZnO nano particles at concentrations between 0.1wt% and 3wt% or Al2O3 nanoparticles at 0.1wt% and 0.5wt%. The optical behaviour of the surface discharge has been quantified in terms of: maximum discharge channel length; integrated optical emission and fractal dimension. The electrical behaviour of the discharge has been quantified in terms of the measured partial discharge activity. The behaviour of the surface discharge activity is discussed in terms of the changes in these measured parameters as the applied voltage, the type of nanoparticle and the nanoparticle concentration is varied.

        Speaker: Dr Martin Given (University of Strathclyde )
      • 13:30
        The measurement of pulsed magnetic field by a non-contact differential ring 1h 30m

        ABSTRACT:A high-current pulse generator of 112.5kJ capacitor bank has been developed for electromagnetic pulse welding. It made up of six paralleled 18.75kJ modules, every module is mainly made up of four paralleled capacitor and a trigger vacuum switch. The high-current pulse generator has been designed and fabricated for maximum operating voltage of 25kV, peak current of 1MA. Using a non-contact measuring method for the measurement of pulsed magnetic field and pulsed current, it can design the structure of a differential ring. The main principle is that when the pulsed magnetic field passed through the center of the differential ring, due to electromagnetic induction principle, the differential ring generates a pulse current with respect to the pulsed magnetic field. At the same time, the load part of differential loop is connected with a low resistance. By measuring the voltage generated of the resistor and the Faraday's law of electromagnetic induction, can it calculate the size of the pulse current and pulse magnetic field.

        Speaker: Mr Wenting Zhou
      • 13:30
        The Phenomena of Abnormal Discharges in Pseduospark Switch 1h 30m

        Pseduospark switch, as a kind of low-pressure cold cathode gas switch, has broad application prospects and was studied for more than 30 years. Few researches reported the abnormal discharge in the switch which happened frequently in experiments. In our experiments, different from the hollow cathode discharge, three abnormal discharge modes, cathode sidewall to anode sidewall, cathode sidewall to anode hole and cathode plane to anode plane, were observed. The self breakdown of hollow cathode discharge only took a small proportion. Different voltage and pressure levels were tested and it was found that abnormal discharge occurred for several dozens of times and then disappeared which implied that they were irrelevant to applied voltage and gas pressure. These phenomena might be caused by the defects, salient and absorbed gas at the surface of electrodes which distorted the local electric field and were likely to emit electrons. What’s more, asymmetric layout of electrodes may also lead to the abnormal discharge. All abnormal discharges developed along the relatively long path which was the characteristic feature of low pressure discharge and at the left side of Paschen curve. Therefore, when designing the switch, it shall be carefully noticed that concentration of electric field and long discharge path should be avoided.

        Speaker: Dr Ruoyu Han (Xi’an Jiaotong University)
      • 13:30
        The triggered vacuum switch test based on the electromagnetic pulse welding 1h 30m

        Abstract: A new triggered vacuum switch ( TVS) was designed and tested . The TVS was successfully tested up from 500V to 10kV peak charging voltage. Compared to other typical switches, the tested switch showed high reliability of trigger voltage, trigger current. The TVS is used for a high-current pulse generator of 112.5kJ capacitor bank, which has been developed for electromagnetic pulse welding. The equipment is made up of six paralleled 18.75kJ modules, every module is mainly made up of four paralleled capacitors and a TVS

        Speaker: Mr Xiaoyu Wang
      • 13:30
        Transmission-line-circuit simulations of Z with an ion-diode current-loss mechanism 1h 30m

        A transmission-line-circuit model of the Z accelerator has been developed to aid in the design and analysis of experiments conducted on Z. The circuit model is based on the Bertha circuit code. Transmission line elements are used to represent Z’s 36 pulse-forming modules, water convolute, vacuum insulator stack, outer magnetically insulated transmission lines (MITLs), vacuum post-hole convolute, inner MITL, and load. A 1D model of an enhanced ion diode has been implemented to simulate current loss within the high-current-density regions of Z, including the vacuum post-hole convolute and inner MITL. We present details of the transmission line circuit model and ion-diode current-loss subroutine. We compare simulation results with experimental data acquired on approximately 50 Z shots that were conducted with a variety of accelerator configurations and load-impedance time histories. The simulation results agree with power-flow and pinch-implosion measurements to within 2%.

        Speaker: Brian Hutsel (Sandia National Laboratories)
    • 14:30 15:00
      Coffee/Tea Break: Sponsored by AWE 30m
    • 15:00 17:30
      Oral session 10 - Compact and Repetitive Pulsed Power Systems and NLTLs - Session Chair : John Dolan Stanmer

      Stanmer

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      • 15:00
        Electronic steering of radiation beam by phase control in the arrays of uncoupled nonlinear transmission lines and Cherenkov-type HPM oscillators 30m

        In the past few years, we have developed two approaches for creation of electronically controlled RF radiation beam steering: the first one is based on two- and four-channel gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission lines (NLTL) operating at the GW power level, which represents decimeter wavelength RF sources of nanosecond pulses and the second approach is based on Cherenkov superradiance two- and four-channel sources with 38 GHz carrier frequency. In the report, we present the results obtained earlier and analyze the further prospects from the point of view of physical and technical limitations to arrange new two-dimensional arrays. As an example, the project of a 7-channel RF source with gyromagnetic NLTLs is presented.
        The work is supported by the Russian Science Foundation (Grant No. 16-19-10312).

        Speaker: Prof. Vladislav Rostov (Institute of High Current Electronics)
      • 15:30
        Analysis of Nonlinear Gyromagnetic Line Operation Using LLG Equation* 15m

        Nowadays gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission lines (NLTL) have been studied with great interest [1] since they can generate RF up to frequencies up to 2-4 GHz at high power (hundreds of MW) as demonstrated recently [2]. As they are all solid-state devices, they can be used as compact RF sources. On these devices, microwaves are induced by the damped gyromagnetic precession of the magnetic moments in the ferromagnetic material as their coaxial structure are loaded with ferrite material as a magnetic medium. As observed, the gyromagnetic NLTLs strongly depend on the amplitude of the incident pulse and on the static magnetic bias. In principle, this phenomenon could be predicted using the precession Larmor frequency, which is proportional to the effective magnetic field. However, as shown in [2] the NLTL performance does not confirm this result. As not expected the experimental trend observed indicates that the center frequency decreases with static axial magnetic, but increases with the incident input pulse amplitude because of the azimuthal field. A possible explanation for this is that the TEM mode wave propagates down the coaxial line coupled to the azimuthal magnetic field. Thus, the objective of this paper is to address this problem correctly by doing a mathematical analysis using the LLG equation for the TEM mode without the damping term. With this proper formulation, it will be demonstrated the experimental frequency dependence observed for the gyromagnetic NLTL.

        1) F.S. Yamasaki, E. Schamiloglu, J.O. Rossi, J.J. Barroso, “Simulation studies of distributed nonlinear gyromagnetic lines based on LC lumped model”. IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 44 (10), pp. 2232-2239, 2016.

        2) J-W. B. Bragg, J.C. Dickens, and A.A. Neuber, “Material selection considerations for coaxial, ferrimagnetic-based nonlinear transmission lines,” Journal of Applied Physics 113, 064904 (2013).

        *Supported by SOARD/USAF, contract no. FA9550-14-1-0133.

        Speaker: Prof. Edl Schamiloglu (University of New Mexico)
      • 15:45
        A Battery-Powered, 60-kJ, 6-RPS Rep-Rate Pulsed Power System 30m

        The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has constructed a pulsed power system designed to operate with batteries as the exclusive source of input electrical energy. Each capacitor bank uses 192 lithium-ion batteries in series with a custom DC-DC converter to charge the capacitor to 5 kV in approximately 10 seconds. For now, the capacitor is being discharged into a resistive load through an inductor. The system is intended to be used as a testbed to expose challenges presented by a high rep-rate pulsed power system on a mobile platform.
        The system will eventually be made up of sixteen battery-capacitor modules. A single frame within the system encapsulates four complete pulsed forming networks, each of which is comprised of a battery pack, DC-DC converter, capacitor, inductor, and associated pulsed power switches. Each frame is a self-contained system, with the only interfaces being fiber optic networking, 120 VAC for controls, and capacitor discharge cables. In contrast to a typical single shot pulsed power system that is energized by grid-tied electricity, NRL has developed a holistic control scheme devoted to the safe operation and monitoring of the battery packs and pulse forming network (PFN). One frame of PFNs requires more data point monitoring than the entirety of the 12-MJ NRL electromagnetic launcher pulsed power driver, significantly increasing the complexity and computing power necessary for apposite operation. The system will be discussed, the lessons learned will be presented, and preliminary experimental results from a full frame will be presented.

        Speaker: Brett Huhman (US Naval Resarch Laboratory)
      • 16:15
        HV Cables for Remotely Located Pulsed Magnetron Applications 15m

        In the majority of applications for e2v’s direct-switched solid-state modulators, the modulator is connected to the magnetron with a short length of cable. This colocation of modulator and magnetron imposes very little pulse distortion and yields a high-quality, flat current pulse with good RF fidelity.

        Typically, the modulator output cable is not rated for the full operating voltage of the magnetron; voltage breakdown is instead prevented by mechanically ensuring suitable separation of the cable from earthed surfaces. This approach limits modularity and the topological layout of systems.

        Some applications demand a more modular approach, where the magnetron is physically separated from the modulator. Applications such as linear accelerator gantries or steerable antennae could benefit from the reduction in mass associated with the remote location of the modulator system, thereby reducing the mechanical demands of their rotating platforms.

        To achieve this design flexibility, the practicalities and considerations for transmitting high-power electrical pulse energy over a number of metres, via commercially available cables, need to be determined.

        This paper details the considerations for such an HV cable to be able to operate a pulsed magnetron, remote from the modulator source. It reviews the construction of HV cables from adjacent applications, and outlines the electromechanical performance factors that determine suitability for the aforementioned scenarios. Magnetron and modulator performance limiting factors are also identified and discussed. Finally, a time-domain transient analysis is presented, with supporting evidence from experimental test results.

        Speaker: Mr Joe Hutley (e2v)
      • 16:30
        Design of a 700-kV Modulator for High-Power Radiofrequency Sources above 200 GHz 15m

        The availability of a high-power radiofrequency (RF) source above 200 GHz would introduce a remarkable progress in many applications, as in nuclear fusion plasma heating and diagnostics, in high-gradient accelerators, in RF undulators.
        For this reason, ENEA is running a project for the realization of a Cyclotron Auto Resonance Maser (CARM).
        The operational parameters of the CARM were selected taking into account the expected requirements of the future DEMO reactor. Since the DEMO electron cyclotron frequency should exceed 200 GHz with an optimal range 230-280 GHz, the frequency was fixed at 250 GHz, that is also suitable to perform second-harmonic tests in the FTU tokamak.
        This frequency can be produced by a beam power supply (PS) up to 700 kV. Its input electrical power is at least 4 MW with an efficiency ≈30%, leading to ≈1 MW of useful RF power.
        The first CARM prototype will be supplied by a specific high voltage modulator able to generate pulses in the range 500-700 kV with a rise time ≈1 μs and with a flat-top within ±0.1% (including stability and droop) longer than 5 μs. The final stage of the modulator is a pulse transformer immersed in an oil tank together with a ballast/dummy load. The CARM load can be regarded as a resistance (capacitance <5 pF) depending only on the filament temperature (controlled by a dedicated ≈27 kW PS). The very low calculated perveance (<10$^{-7}$) does not help the limitation of the overshoot that shall be <2%. A current increasing up to 100 A is being evaluated to reach the RF power necessary in accelerators and in short-wavelength undulators for X-ray free electron lasers.
        After the success of the first phase of the project, a new PS design will be adopted to achieve long (up to continuous wave) and amplifier-mode operations.

        Speaker: Alessandro Lampasi (ENEA)
      • 16:45
        Development of a solid-state high-voltage switch device for an insulation oil-filled klystron modulator 15m

        Although many high-voltage pulse modulators for high-power pulse klystrons use thyratrons as a high voltage switch device, their instability and short lifetime are headache for large accelerator facilities including the X-ray free electron laser facility SACLA (Spring-8 Angstrom Compact free electron LAser). In SACLA, 78 klystron modulators for an 8 GeV linac are operated as high-power rf sources. Since the typical lifetime of the thyratron is short for about 4 years, its high-maintenance cost are serious problem. In order to overcome this problem, we have developed a solid-state high voltage switch having a long lifetime for thyratron replacement.
        The high-voltage switch device of our modulator should run at a 60 pps repetition rate and conducts a large current of 5 kA with a 5 us pulse width from the pulse forming network circuit charged at 50 kV in maximum. We employ the static-induction (SI) thyristor as the high-voltage switch, because it has suitable characteristics for the thyratron replacement; a high off-state voltage, large pulse current capacity, a fast switching time, and a low conduction loss. In total, the 192 SI-thyristors (24 series, 8 parallel) are used in a 50 kV switch module. Since our modulator is filled with an insulation-oil, water cooling of the device is not so easy. Hence, we attach the SI-thyristors on aluminum heat sinks forcibly cooled by oil circulation. Performance check in high-voltage operation for the switch was carried out by connecting it to the actual klystron and modulator. The switch stably run at a 50 kV charging voltage, a 5 kA pulse current and a 60 pps repetition rate. A temperature rise of the SI-thyristor is about 7 degree, which is low enough. Validity of employing the module for the high-voltage switching is well confirmed.

        Speaker: Takahiro Inagaki (RIKEN SPring-8 center)
      • 17:00
        AN/TPS-43/70/75 Transmitter Modernization Kits 15m

        Diversified Technologies, Inc. has introduced a new series of AN/TPS-43/70/75 transportable radar transmitter upgrade kits that replace all outdated components with solid-state components.

        DTI PowerMod™ transmitter upgrade kits deliver a complete solid-state modulator to replace the thyristor, trigger amplifier, regulator, pulse forming networks (PFN), pulse transformer, SF6 tank, and oil tank used in the AN/TPS-43, 70 and 75 family of air surveillance radars. The radar upgrade kits replicate the original transmitter functions and feature enhanced pulse agility from 0-8 µs. These radar upgrade kits provide reliability measured in decades.

        Incorporating a modulator with a solid-state series-switch design, benefits of the DTI PowerMod™ AN/TPS-43/70/75 upgrade kits include retention of existing interfaces, potential for future interface expansion through Ethernet, PLC control with circuit board high-speed fault detection, built-in self-diagnostics, touch-screen interface, simplified turn-on procedure, and control board access from outside of the transmitter cabinet.

        Speaker: Michael Kempkes (Diversified Technology)
      • 17:15
        Rearch of compact repetitive pulsed power system based on Marx generator 15m

        By adopting Marx generator technology,a compact repetitive pulsed power system has been developed which consists of a repetitive power supply and a Marx generator.By utilizing multiplex inverter boost-doubling rectifier circuits to operate in parallel,we designed and tested a repetitive power supply which can transform 30V DC to 100kV DC and charge the capacitor to 100kV repetitively.The Marx consists of 16 stages with integrated folder configuration.Each stage of the Marx consists of three 22nF capacitors in parallel.By integrating the Marx with the repetitive power supply,a compact repetitive pulsed power system has been developed.We have obtained 5 pulses with repetition rate of 5Hz on a 14Ω load.The peak voltage and peak power are more than 700kV and 35GW respectively.

        Speaker: Shirong Hao (IFP, CAEP)
    • 15:00 17:30
      Oral session 11 - Plasma Z-Pinches, Pulsed X-ray Sources, High-Power Diodes, Wire Array Implosions - Session Chair : Michael Mazarakis Oxford Hall

      Oxford Hall

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      • 15:00
        Direct observation of electrothermal instability structures in the skin layer of an intensely Ohmically heated conductor 15m

        Magnetically driven implosions on the Z Facility assemble high-energy-density plasmas for radiation effects and ICF experiments. MDIs are hampered by the Magneto-Rayleigh-Taylor (MRT) instability, which can limit achievable stagnation pressures and temperatures. The metallic liners used in Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion (MagLIF) experiments include astonishingly small (~10 nm RMS) initial surface roughness perturbations; nevertheless, unexpectedly large MRT amplitudes are observed in experiments.

        Early in the implosion, an electrothermal instability (ETI) may provide a perturbation which exceeds the liner’s initial surface roughness. For a condensed metal, resistivity increases with temperature. Locations of higher resistivity can undergo increased Ohmic heating, resulting in locally higher temperature, and thus still higher resistivity. This drives unstable temperature and pressure growth which produces density perturbations when the locally overheated metal changes phase. Such ETI-driven surface perturbations then seed MRT growth. For liners imploded on Z, ETI seeding of MRT is inferred by evaluating MRT amplitude late in the experiment. A direct observation of ETI is vital to ensure simulations accurately represent the seed of the MRT instability.

        ETI growth was directly observed on the surface of 1.0-mm-diameter solid Al rods which were pulsed with 1 MA of current in 100 ns. Fine structures resulting from ETI-driven temperature variations were observed directly through high resolution gated optical imaging (2ns temporal and 3 micron spatial resolution). Data from two Aluminum alloys (6061 and 5N) with a variety of surface finishes enabled the determination of which types of imperfections most rapidly drive overheating. Surfaces coated with ~70 microns of mass-tamping dielectric evolve very differently than uncoated surfaces. Data are relevant to the early stages of MagLIF liner implosions, when the ETI seed of MRT may be initiated. We present a fundamentally new and highly 3-dimensional dataset which informs ETI physics, and provides a unique test for state-of-the-art simulation tools.

        Speaker: Dr Thomas Awe (Sandia National Laboratories)
      • 15:15
        Results of comparison between underwater explosions of Cu and Al wires and investigation of symmetry of a shock wave generated by a cylindrical wire array explosion 15m

        Underwater electrical explosion of an Al wire can be accompanied by an exothermic process resulting in additional energy transferred to the generated water flow. Here, we report on recent results of a comparison between underwater electrical explosions of single Cu and Al wires. Experiments were carried out using a high-current pulse generator (70 kV, 40 kA, 100 ns). Using fast frame and streak intensified cameras, we compare the radial expansion of the exploding wires, the velocities of the generated shock waves, and the intensity of the light emission to make a conclusion regarding possible combustion of Al wires. We also compare these results to explosions of these wires in Glycerol in order to see whether it contributes to the generated shock waves’ velocities.

        In additions, we report on the results of preliminary experiments carried out to investigate the symmetry of a shock wave generated by an underwater explosion of a cylindrical wire array at radii <100 µm with respect to the axis of symmetry. The shock wave convergence symmetry is extremely important for generation of extreme states of matter in the vicinity of implosion, as well as for research of converging shock wave instabilities.

        Speaker: David Yanuka (Technion - Israel)
      • 15:30
        Preconditioned wire array Z-pinch driven by a double-pulse current generator 15m

        Recently, the concept of the preconditioned wire array Z-pinch was proposed in which the ablation phase was suppressed and the implosion involved all mass of the array. On MAGPIE facility, this was achieved for aluminum wire array by the employing a specially designed two stage wire array, which allowed the generation of a short prepulse current through the wires of the top imploding array, sufficient to volumetrically vaporize all mass of the wire, instead of the core-corona structures. In order to fulfill the preconditioned wire array Z pinch more flexibly, a double-pulsed current generator “Qin-1” facility has been setup, which can produce a 10 kA prepulse current and then a 800 kA main current. The output current of the prepulse current driver to a matched resistive load (5 Ω) has a peak value of 10 kA, a rise time of 30-50 ns, and a pulse width of 50-80 ns. The main current driver is composed by 42 capacitor-switch bricks. Each brick is composed of two 90 nF low inductance capacitors, a multigap gas switch, and electrical buses connections. The output current to a short load is 0.8 MA, 170 ns under a charging voltage of ±50 kV. Since the prepulse current driver and the main current driver can be triggered individually, the time interval between the prepulse current and the main current is adjustable. Completely vaporization of a tungsten, aluminum, or silver wire array is achieved by preheating the wire array using the prepulse current(10 kA, 50 ns) on “Qin-1” facility, and greatly suppression of the significant asymmetrical structures, including the core-corona structure, the precursor plasma, the Magneto-Rayleigh-Taylor (MRT) instability, and etc., are observed under the main current (~0.8 MA, 170 ns).

        Speaker: Dr Jian Wu (Xi'an Jiaotong University)
      • 15:45
        Generation of cylindrically convergent shockwaves in water on the MACH facility 30m

        We report on initial shock physics experiments performed on the MACH – Mega Ampere Compression and Hydrodynamics – facility at Imperial College London.

        The MACH generator is a 2MA, 400ns, 100kV ‘dry air’ Linear Transformer Driver cavity, which can be readily expanded to higher currents and drive voltages. The generator was designed for ease of use, and rapid turnaround with a load region that can be readily reconfigured to drive a variety of HEDP experiments from the ramp and shock loading of condensed matter to the generation of dense streams of plasma for astrophysics research.

        Here we report on the first experiments utilizing MACH to explode copper wire arrays in water, generating highly symmetric, cylindrical convergent shockwaves. The experiments were carried out with 10mm diameter arrays consisting of 60 x 130µm wires, and currents >500kA were achieved despite the high inductance load. Laser backlit framing images and streak photography of the implosion showed a highly uniform, stable shockwave that travelled towards the axis at velocities up to ~7.5kms-1. For the first time, imaging of the shock front has been carried at radii < 0.5mm, and there is strong evidence that even at radii <0.1mm the shock front remains stable, resulting in a convergence ratio of 50:1. 2D hydrodynamic simulations that match the experimentally obtained implosion trajectory suggest pressures of >1Mbar are produced within 10µm of the axis, with water densities 3gcm-3 and temperatures of many 1000s of Kelvin. The results represent a significant step in the application of the technique to drive different material samples, and calculations of scaling the technique to larger pulsed power facilities are presented.

        Acknowledgements This work was supported by the Institute of Shock Physics, funded by AWE Aldermaston, and the NNSA under DOE Cooperative Agreement Nos. DE-F03-02NA00057 and DE-SC-0001063.

        Speaker: Simon Bland (Imperial College London)
      • 16:15
        Recent progress in implosion of a quasi-spherical shock waves and x-ray imaging of exploding wires 15m

        Recent results on implosion of strong shock wave (SSW) generated by underwater electrical explosion of a spherical wire array are presented. Microsecond pulse generator (≤38 kV, ≤380 kA, rise time ~1.3 µs) was used for explosion of Cu and Al arrays with radii of 20mm, 25mm and 30mm. A strong light emission from water in the vicinity of the array origin was used to determine the SSW time-of-flight (TOF) and the time-resolved spectrum of this emission was analyzed to estimate the temperature of the surface of the light emitted volume. The experimental results coincides with the results of the 2D hydrodynamic simulation coupled with equation of state for water and radiative transfer model showing that the water density, temperature and pressure at radii < 25 µm should be larger than ~3 g/cm3, ~1.4 eV and ~0.2 TPa, respectively.
        In addition, the recent results on development of the compact ns-time duration hard x-ray source for study of radial density distribution of the single wire during its underwater electrical explosion will be presented. The x-ray flux is generated in vacuum diode with external magnetic field and powered by all solid state pulse generator (200 kV, 1 kA, 5 ns).

        Speaker: Mikhail Nitishinskiy (Technion, Israel)
      • 16:30
        Cygnus Performance on Five Subcritical Experiments 15m

        The Cygnus Dual Beam Radiographic Facility includes two identical radiographic sources - Cygnus 1 and Cygnus 2. Cygnus is the radiography source used in Subcritical Experiments (SCEs) at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). The machine specifications are: Electric - 2.25 MV, 60 kA, 60 ns; Radiation - 4 Rad, 1 mm, 50 ns; Operation - single shot, 2-shots/day. Cygnus has operated at the NNSS since February 2004. In this period, it has participated on five SCE experiments - Armando, Bacchus, Barolo A, Barolo B, and Pollux. SCE projects typically require over a hundred preparatory shots culminating in a single full-fidelity or SCE shot, and typically take over a year for completion. Therefore, SCE shots are high risk and high value making reproducibility and reliability utmost priority. In this regard, major effort is focused on operational performance. A quantitative performance measurement is valuable for tracking and maintaining Cygnus preparedness. In this work, we present a new model for analysis of Cygnus performance. This model uses dose distribution as the basis for calculation of reproducibility and reliability. It will be applied both to long-term (historical) and short-term (readiness) periods for each of the five SCEs.

        *Work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.

        Speaker: Dr John Smith (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
      • 16:45
        Magnetic-field evolution in Z-pinch implosion with preembedded axial magnetic field 15m

        We investigate the effects of an axial magnetic field ($B_z$) on the current distribution in imploding plasma and the efficiency of the $B_z$-field compression by the imploding plasma. In the experiment, a cylindrical argon gas puff, in which is initially embedded quasi-static magnetic flux (up to 0.4 T), prefills the volume between two electrodes. Subsequently, a pulsed-current (rising to 300 kA, in 1.6 µs) driven through the gas, ionizes it, and generates an azimuthal magnetic field that compresses the plasma and the embedded $B_z$-field. Here, for the first time, we directly and simultaneously measure the evolution of the axial and azimuthal magnetic fields during the implosion and stagnation. This measurement was achieved by employing a spectroscopic technique based on the polarization properties of Zeeman split emission, combined with laser-doping technique that provided mm-scale spatial resolution. The measurements show that for implosions with $B_z$(t=0) = 0.4 T, the azimuthal magnetic field ($B_θ$) in the imploding argon plasma shell is much smaller than expected from the measured current and plasma radius, demonstrating that $B_z$ dramatically affects the current distribution. It is found that in the presence of a low $B_z$, a significant part of the current flows at large radii through a non-imploding dilute plasma ($n_e$ ≤ $10^{17}$ cm$^{-3}$). In addition, simultaneous $B_z$ and $B_θ$ measurements at stagnation for $B_z$(t=0) = 0.4 T show that $B_z$ is compressed about 12 × relative to its initial value, giving at stagnation a $B_z$-magnitude ~ 4 × larger than $B_θ$. The pressure in the stagnated plasma (including the thermal pressure) becomes 16 × higher than the pressure of $B_θ$. This demonstrates the large role of the ram pressure of the imploding plasma on the compression of Bz in this experiment.
        This work is supported by the US-Israel Binational Foundation under Grant 2012096.

        Speaker: Dmitry Mikitchuk (Weizmann Institute of Science)
      • 17:00
        OVERVIEW OF THE EXPERIMENTAL DATA ON THE USE OF A VACUUM ARC DISCHARGE FOR Z-PINCHES 15m

        Development of the technology of using a vacuum arc discharge system for the formation of the metallic gas puff is going in two directions.
        The first direction is the use of a plasma jet for the X-ray radiography. We have compared the spatial dimensions of the radiating hot spot based on the use of X-pinch and Point Z-pinch (PZ-pinch is a regular Z-pinch with a small initial size (diameter of about 1 mm and the height is 1.3 mm)). Comparison showed that in the radiation range below 3 keV, the spatial dimensions had almost the same characteristics. A clear advantage of PZ-pinch over X-pinch is multiple using of high-current generator load without a disassembly. This report presents the latest data on the distribution of the linear mass of metallic gas puff obtained by X-ray radiography, based on X-pinch and PZ-pinch.
        Second direction is the use of a vacuum arc discharge system to form a metallic gas-puff pinch. The report presents the results of the use of the jet metallic gas-puff pinch and the shell-on-jet metallic gas-puff pinch. Experiments were carried out on the IMRI-5 (450 kA, 450 ns) and MIG (2.1 MA, 100 ns) high-current generators. It was shown that Raleigh-Taylor instabilities are suppressed almost completely at the implosion of Z-pinch with power-law density profile [1]. In fact, the plasma boundary is stable during the run-in-phase of implosion. The instabilities with m=0 and m=1 appear only in the stagnation phase [2,3].

        [1] A.L. Velikovich, F.L. Cochran, and J. Davis, Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 853 (1996).
        [2] A.G. Rousskikh, A.S. Zhigalin, V.I. Oreshkin, et al, Phys. of Plasmas, 21, 052701 (2014).
        [3] A.G. Rousskikh, A.S. Zhigalin, V.I. Oreshkin, et al, Phys. of Plasmas 23, iss.6, 063502 (2016).

        Work supported by the grant Russian Scientific Foundation # 16-19-10142.

        Speaker: Dr Alexander Rousskikh (Institute of High Current Electronics)
      • 17:15
        Experimental Platform Development for Studying Vacuum Power Flow Physics at the Sandia Z Accelerator 15m

        While the Z Facility can routinely deliver 25-27MA current pulses to a variety of high energy density physics experiments, load configurations which require high-inductance (>3.0 nH) hardware typically suffer from reduced current coupling in the form of charged particle losses in magnetically insulated transmission lines (MITLs). These losses: (1) can be difficult to model with conventional simulation techniques; (2) can be caused by a number of coupled physical processes including space charge limited electron and ion flows, plasma formation in desorbed neutral layers, and negative ion transport; and (3) can potentially become even more severe for higher current, next-generation pulsed power accelerator concepts under consideration.

        In order to provide critical experimental data for improving predictive models of vacuum power flow, we have developed a dedicated experimental platform based on a raised extension of the radial transmission line coupling a simple Al liner target to the Z vacuum convolute. This raised extension has been optimized to allow for multi-dimensional, chordal lines-of-sight for new spectroscopic diagnostics in development. New particle diagnostics, coupled with laser velocimetry and spectroscopic techniques, can be leveraged to explain the contributions of electrons and/or ions in global current loss. A combination of imploding and non-imploding liner concepts are used to separate dynamic impedance effects on current loss late in the current pulse. This paper will describe the ongoing development of this platform, examples of key diagnostics, and results from upcoming Z experimental campaigns dedicated to exploring vacuum power flow physics on large pulsed power accelerators.

        Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

        Speaker: George Laity (Sandia National Laboratories)
    • 15:00 17:30
      Oral session 12 - Semiconductor components, Pulse Forming Networks and  Alternate Technologies (part II) - Session Chair : Luis Redondo Preston

      Preston

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      • 15:00
        Solid State Spark Gap and Ignitron Replacements 30m

        RoHS regulations (i.e. prohibition of Mercury) have created a need for suitable replacements of legacy tube-based high power discharge switches like Spark Gaps and Ignitrons. Silicon Power now introduces solid state discharge solutions with: favorable performance to legacy products, longer usable lifetime and the ability to comply with RoHS.
        Silicon Power’s underlying technology, Solidtron, is fundamentally designed to outperform currently available thyristor and IGBT based solid state discharge switches. Being a vertically integrated company with extensive success in the pulse power field Silicon Power designs solid state discharge assemblies from the semiconductor up to the final deliverable. This approach yields more compact solid state switches compared to our competitors’; simplifying the adaptation of solid state technology into legacy tube dependent discharge applications.
        Replacing the gas plasma utilized in tubes with a solid state plasma offers orders of magnitude improvement in power density, unmatched repeatability from unit to unit and pulse to pulse, higher achievable frequency capability, RoHS compatibility and eliminates performance degradation due to electrode erosion.
        Despite replacing a single unit gas discharge switch with an assembly of several semiconductors reliability is improved and simple low power Galvanically isolated gating is provided (high accuracy self-triggered designs are also achievable). The jitter of Solidtron technology is less than 1ns, combined with our unique package and assembly designs current sharing through the constituent components is greatly improved. To date, preliminary designs have demonstrated reliable discharges of over 1MA at 20kV with a smaller assembly volume, higher efficiency and simpler gating compared to press pack thyristor based switches.
        Silicon Power’s improvements over its preliminary designs offer true solutions to the challenges facing engineers in the design of pulse power applications where high reliability and exceptional performance is required.

        Speaker: John Waldron (Silicon Power)
      • 15:30
        HIGH-VOLTAGE PICOSECOND-RANGE AVALANCHE SWITCHING OF SEMICONDUCTOR STRUCTURES WITHOUT PN-JUNCTIONS 15m

        The well-known effect of delayed impact-ionization breakdown manifests itself in 100-ps avalanche switching of Si or GaAs diode p+-n-n+ structure that is triggered by a steep voltage ramp [1-3]. Here we report first experimental observations of delayed impact ionization breakdown in Si and ZnSe semiconductor structures that do not contain any p-n junctions.
        Si n+-n-n+ structures with the n-base length from 80 to 180 µm, the n+-layers length from 7 to 60 µm, the n-base doping level 1.7∙1014 cm-3 and the cross-section area ~1 mm2 were fabricated. Experimental setup consists of pulse generator, resistive coupler and two 50-Ω high-quality matched measuring lines connected to 20 GHz oscilloscope and allows measuring device voltage and current with accuracy better than 50 ps. 4 kV pulse with 15-25 kV/ns ramp was applied to n+-n-n+ structure and in-series load.
        We observe avalanche switching with risetime about 200 ps, residual voltage 300..700 V and current amplitude ~70 A. These values are comparable to those obtained for p+-n-n+ structures with similar parameters, although the voltage ramp applied to n+-n-n+ structure is much steeper. Numerical simulations indicate quasi-uniform impact ionization in the whole structure volume, whereas switching of diode structures is believed to occur via ionizing front propagation [1]. Successful subnanosecond switching, although to higher residual voltage, has been also observed on ZnSe samples with Ohmic contacts.
        Our discovery opens a possibility for ultrafast generation of large volumes of dense electron-hole plasma in semiconductor samples without p-n junctions, which is particularly important for such promising wideband semiconductors as ZnSe and CdS.

        [1] R.J. Focia, E. Schamiloglu, C.B. Fleddermann, F.J. Agee, J. Gaudet, IEEE Transaction on Plasma Science 25, 138 (1997).
        [2] A.F. Kardo-Sysoev, in Ultra-Wideband Radar Technology, J.D. Tailor, Ed., CRC Press, 2001, pp.205-290.
        [3] V.I. Brylevskiy et al, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 44, 1941 (2016).

        Speaker: Pavel Rodin (Ioffe Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences)
      • 15:45
        The Progression of Silicon Carbide Power Devices Under The Army’s High Voltage Power Technology Program 15m

        Recent advances in silicon carbide (SiC) device process, fabrication, design, and packaging have made possible the development of single die, high voltage Insulated-Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs) and Junction Barrier Schottky (JBS) diodes with avalanche breakdown voltages up to 27 kV and 15 kV, respectively [1-2]. SiC power semiconductor devices fabricated on wide epitaxial drift regions [160 μm -230 μm] are desirable for many pulsed-power and continuous low-duty cycle power conversion systems, as they offer an advantage in critical electric field and thermal conductivity over conventional silicon devices.

        In collaboration with Wolfspeed (a Cree company) and Texas Tech University, the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is evaluating the performance of these state-of-the-art devices for their possible use in survivability and lethality systems, power modulators, and micro-grids. The aim of this work is to present the current progress in the development of R&D-grade, >20-kV, 20 A 4H-SiC IGBTs and 10-15 kV, 17 A JBS diodes. This paper expands on previous work reported on similar devices [3-4], with an emphasis on pushing for higher power, voltage operation, and reliability.

        1. S. H. Ryu, et al, "20 kV 4H-SiC N-IGBTs", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 778-780, pp. 1030-1033, 2014
        2. E. van Brunt, L. Cheng, M. J. O'Loughlin, J. Richmond, V. Pala, J. Palmour, C. W. Tipton, C. Scozzie, "27 kV, 20 A 4H-SiC n-IGBTs", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 821-823, pp. 847-850, 2015.
        3. M. Hinojosa, H. O'Brien, E. Van Brunt, A. Ogunniyi and C. Scozzie, "Solid-state Marx generator with 24 kV 4H-SIC IGBTs“, 2015 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference (PPC), Austin, TX, 2015, pp. 1-5.
        4. M. Hinojosa, A. Ogunniyi, “High Voltage, Step-Down Converter Design using 20-kV Silicon Carbide IGBTs”, 2016 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference, San Francisco, CA. 2016.
        Speaker: Dr Miguel Hinojosa (Army Research Laboratory)
      • 16:00
        Study on the high-power semi-insulating GaAs PCSS with quantum well structure 15m

        A high-power semi-insulating GaAs photoconductive semiconductor switch (PCSS) with quantum well structure was fabricated. The AlGaAs layer was deposited on the surface of the GaAs material, and the reflecting film and the antireflection film have been made on the surface of the GaAs and AlGaAs, respectively. When the prepared PCSS worked at a bias voltage of 9.8 kV and triggered by a laser pulse with an incident optical energy of 5.4 mJ, a wavelength of 1064 nm and an optical pulse width of 25 ns, the on-state resistance of the AlGaAs/GaAs PCSS was only 0.45 Ω, and the longevity of the AlGaAs/GaAs PCSS was larger than 106 shots. The results show that this structure reduces the on-state resistance and extends the longevity of the GaAs PCSS.

        Speaker: Dr Chongbiao Luan
      • 16:15
        Narrow Pulse Evaluation of 15 kV SiC MOSFETs and IGBTs 15m

        With the progression of silicon carbide (SiC) technologies, single semiconductor switches with higher voltage and current capabilities are emerging. Evaluating the pulsed current capability of SiC semiconductor devices for pulsed power and power electronics applications is required to understand their performance and reliability. This paper presents the narrow pulse evaluation of 15 kV SiC MOSFETs (0.25 cm$^2$ active area) and IGBTs (0.32 cm$^2$ active area) with pulse widths in the range of 500 ns to 2 μs. Testing results are presented with an 8 kV charge voltage and 50 A or 90 A peak conduction current for the MOSFET and IGBT, respectively. A low inductance RLC circuit was used to generate the pulses and the device under test (DUT) was switched off during the pulse to create a square-wave type current waveform through the device. Transient characteristics, such as turn-on and turn-off times and energy, were measured to benchmark the devices’ narrow pulse characteristics. The long term reliability of each device was evaluated by pulsing the device for tens of thousands of cycles with periodic measurement of the static characteristics. Testing has revealed that the 15 kV SiC IGBTs withstood tens of thousands of pulses in the range of 60 A to 95 A. The results presented in this paper demonstrate the reliability of these devices for narrow pulse applications.

        Speaker: Stephen Bayne (Texas Tech University)
      • 16:30
        INVESTIGATION OF FAST THYRISTOR SWITCHING MODULES TRIGGERED BY DIRECT OVERHEAD IGNITION 30m

        We report on the development of fast high-voltage kilo-ampere thyristor-based switching modules, which can be easily scaled by means of series connection of the thyristors. The thyristors are in each case getting triggered by the overhead ignition of breakover diodes, with the anode of the breakover diode being connected to the anode of the thyristor and the cathode of the breakover diode being connected to the gate of the thyristor. A low-inductive 10-kV module with two layers of each five IXYS 1600-V CS60-16io1 Si-based thyristors and 1000-V IXYS IXBOD breakover diodes is presented.
        This switching concept can also be transferred to MOS-gated thyristor structures, simply by adding a resistive divider to the circuit. The turn-on time depends on the gate voltage, which can be optimized by adaptation of the divider ratio. Minimum turn-on time has been attained by hard switching with a peak gate voltage of about 80 V. Two versions of 16-kV switching modules based on IXYS 1500-V MOS-gated thyristors have been set up and successfully tested to a low resistive load of 2.3 Ohm, reaching a peak current of 2.1 kA and a current rise time of 105 ns.
        Because of their kilo-ampere current carrier capability, these MOS-gated thyristor modules turned out to be a very suitable semiconductor closing switch for the transformer coupled LC inversion generator (TCLCG), which is an interesting high voltage pulse generator for driving electromagnetic effector systems. A peak-to-peak output voltage of 115 kV at a voltage rise time of 95 ns has been achieved with an asymmetrically compensated 3-stage test TCLCG. Generator efficiency was 67%, only 9% lower than with a gas spark gap.

        Speaker: Rainer Bischoff (ISL)
      • 17:00
        Silvaco-based evaluation of 10 kV 4H-SiC MOSFET as a solid-state switch in narrow-pulse application 15m

        Key requirements for a solid state switch in a fast switching pulsed power circuit include high blocking voltage, high current conduction and fast switching. The wide bandgap properties of silicon carbide has enabled the development and commercialization of high voltage MOSFET whose steady state and transient characteristics meet the requirements for narrow pulse width applications. Even thought SiC MOSFETs are gaining acceptance in the field of high power electronics, commercial viability and reliability has been demonstrated for devices under 2 kV out of which 1.2 kV appears to be the blocking voltage of choice. Typical pulsed power applications like plasma initiation and high-energy LASER require operating voltages in the order of several kilovolts. The development of a multi-kilovolt SiC MOSFET for fast switching pulsed power application would require detailed analysis of the device switching characteristics. Since Metal Oxide Semiconductor (MOS) capacitances play a crucial role in determining the switching characteristics of the MOSFET, it becomes critical to have a comprehensive understanding of the device capacitance and its effect on the gate driver requirements for narrow-pulse switching. In this research, a 2D model of 4H-SiC MOSFET was developed using Silvaco ATLAS TCAD software and simulated for its steady state and AC characteristics. The device was designed for 10 kV blocking voltage and 100 A/cm2 drain current density. The C-V data for the SiC MOSFET was generated via Silvaco AC simulation and the data was used to mathematically estimate the gate drive requirements for the device under fast switching.

        Speaker: Dr Bejoy Pushpakaran (Texas Tech University)
    • 19:00 21:00
      Night Out: i360 2h British Airlines i360

      British Airlines i360

    • 08:45 09:45
      Plenary Session 3 - Haas Award Winner : Ronald Gilgenbach Oxford Hall

      Oxford Hall

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      • 08:45
        Plasma Physics Education and Research Enabled by Pulsed Power* 1h

        This presentation will retrace the author’s ~40-year journey to transform pulsed power machines into plasma physics experiments for the purpose of educating students in research. Early experiments on electron beam instabilities (ion-hose, beam-breakup-instability), relativistic gyrotrons, magnetrons and recent Recirculating Planar Magnetron (RPM) experiments utilized an Marx-Abramyan generator (MELBA). The Abramyan circuit flattened the voltage (up to -1MV +-7%) for critical physics experiments at 1-10 kA, over one-microsecond pulselength. A ceramic insulator upgrade permitted vacuum on the 10-7 Torr scale for cathode and surface electron emission studies.
        During the past decade, experiments at UM have developed the (first in USA) 1MA, 100 kV, 200 ns, Linear Transformer Driver (LTD, originally constructed at IHCE, Russia) into a z-pinch experiment (MAIZE) that has been utilized to explore MHD instabilities in imploding and exploding liner-foil plasmas and x-ray generation from Planar-Wire-Arrays. In particular, growth rates and mitigation strategies have been characterized for the magneto-Rayleigh Taylor (MRT) Instability in planar and cylindrical foil-plasma geometries.

        *Research supported by AFOSR, AFRL, ONR, DoD-MURI, DoE, NSF, L-3 Communications Electron Devices Division and Sandia National Laboratories. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-mission laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

        Speaker: Ronald M. Gilgenbach (University of Michigan )
    • 09:45 10:00
      Coffee/Tea Break: Sponsored by AWE 15m
    • 10:00 12:45
      Oral session 13 - High-Voltage Insulation and Dielectric Breakdown Phenomena, Explosively-Driven Pulsed Power - Session Chair : Yakov Krasik Oxford Hall

      Oxford Hall

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      • 10:00
        CALCULATION OF BREAKDOWN VOLTAGE OF GAS GAPS WITH ARBITRARY GEOMETRY ON EXAMPLES OF SPHERES AND TOROIDS 15m

        Breakdown voltage (BDV) is calculated for two electrode structures, namely sphere and donut gaps, operating in air at atmospheric pressure. The calculation is based on the streamer breakdown criterion. Comsol software is used for field analysis and calculation of critical number of electrons by assessing integrals of the efficient ionization coefficient along field lines. Thus, also lengths of critical avalanches that can propagate from both electrodes were obtained. First, simulations were performed for sphere gaps at standardized by IEEE conditions to derive critical number of electrons for highly reliable experimental data. It was shown that that these numbers deviate greatly from the widely accepted 10^8 number, and that clear tendencies for the deviations exist depending on the gap to sphere diameter ratio. This guided us in the second part of this work, which is a description of a spark gap (SG) formed by two unequal concentric toroids (donuts). Only low-potential electrode has a support to ground; the HV electrode is mounted on the low-voltage one. Thus, SG is compact compared to sphere ones. It can serve as a closing switch, and as a crude HV measurement means. The toroidal SG was tested with the capacitor charger described in an accompanying paper. BDVs were calculated and compared to experimental results in the voltage range up to 200kV. These two examples illustrate a convenient method of BDV calculation in arbitrary geometries with weakly non-uniform field; it can be used with industry-standard software in daily HV practice.

        Speaker: Alexander Pokryvailo (Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corp.)
      • 10:15
        Hybrid kinetic-liquid model of the nanosecond discharge initiated by runaway electrons 15m

        The direct solution of Boltzmann kinetic equation is of great interest for theoretical investigations of various gas discharges. Such approach is known to be the most fundamental because it gives comprehensive information about the discharge and its evolution by providing electron and ion distribution functions for any given time point. The complete numerical solution of Boltzmann equations for multi-component gas discharge plasma is quite challenging even for one-dimensional problems due to the mathematical complexity. That is the reason why gas discharges are usually described in terms of simplified moments models with drift-diffusion approximation or particle-in-cell (PIC) models including Monte-Carlo collisions.
        Here we represent novel hybrid theoretical approach for simulation of discharges. It bases on both plasma hydrodynamics and kinetics methodologies simultaneously describing the dynamics of different discharge plasma components. Particularly, we solve Boltzmann equation for electron distribution function self-consistently with ion equation of continuity coupled with electromagnetic field equations. The efficiency of the proposed approach has been shown on the example of one-dimensional coaxial relativistic gas diode. Our model accurately provides the electron power spectrum containing a group with the so-called "anomalous" energies (above the maximal applied voltage value) that were not theoretically predicted before, but do exists it various experiments. Hybrid model is also opens up the possibility to describe discharges initiated mainly by runaway electrons.

        Speaker: Vasily Kozhevnikov (Institute of High Current Electronics)
      • 10:30
        PRELIMINARY EXPERIMENT ON SHOCK WAVES GENERATED BY UNDERWATER ELECTRICAL EXPLOSION OF WIRES 15m

        It is well-known that underwater electrical wire explosion (UEWE) is accompanied by generation of strong shock waves (SSW) with fast front and short duration, which makes it attractive for various scientific and technological purposes. In this paper, a device for UEWE was developed and composed of pulse capacitors (200μF, 1~6kV), a spark gap switch, and a metal wire immersed in a chamber filled with water. The total inductance of circuit is 1.2μH and resistance is 14mΩ, while the pulsed current is 1.4kA/μs in rise rate and 2kA to 50kA in amplitude depending on the charging voltage of the capacitors and wires used. A Rogowski coil and a voltage divider were used for the measurements of the current and the voltage on the wire load, respectively. The shock waves were recorded by a piezoelectric pressure probe (model: PCB138A11). The amplitude of the shock waves was measured to be 82.4MPa at 50mm from the exploding wire. The effects of the experimental parameters (including the wire diameter, the storage energy in capacitors, the energy deposition into the wire) on the shock waves were investigated. The transfer rate from the storage energy to the deposition energy was calculated for different conditions. It was shown that the thicker copper wires would generate the stronger shock waves and the amplitude of shock wave was approximately proportional to the energy deposition into the wire. For the potential application in the oil exploitation, the destruction of the concrete cylinders with a thickness of 75mm by the shock wave was studied. The storage energy of 0.9 kJ is high enough to break the concrete cylinder into pieces. At a position of 75mm from the exploding wire, the shock wave measured in the concrete cylinder attenuates to 43.5% in amplitude of that measured in water without the cylinder.

        Speaker: Liuxia Li (Tsinghua University)
      • 10:45
        Space Plasma Generator for Controlled Enhancement of the Ionosphere 30m

        We are presenting an innovative space plasma generator, using explosive-driven flux compression generators to convert explosive chemical energy to electromagnetic energy. We will then use a Joule heating to heat up light metallic load in a sub millisecond time scale to transform the load from a solid metallic state to a first ionization plasma state going through multi-phase transitions to generate an artificial man-made plasma cloud in the ionosphere. The target plasma cloud will be composed of 1025 ion-electron pairs of fully-ionized plasma with a few eV temperature propagating initially as a plasma disk jet, cylindrical jet, or linear jet depending on the choice of load material and geometry. This is the required amount of plasma to control enhancement of the ionosphere over the wide area of application zone. We also present analytical/computational studies of the generated plasma and plasma cloud interacting with the ionosphere and the geomagnetic field. Major mechanisms of plasma generation and initial plasma disk jet formation have been identified during parametric studies of plasma liner simulations. We used the ALEGRA-MHD code with the multi-phase equation of state and conductivity models to study multi-phase transition, plasma formation, and initial plasma evolution. Many interesting plasma physics phenomena in later time scales will be discussed, including ambient geomagnetic flux compression dynamics, high kinetic beta plasma evolution, and dense plasma recombination. We studied the dispersal of the injected artificial plasma clouds, their interaction with the ambient particles and magnetic field as a function of the injection altitude, ambient ionospheric parameters and energy and mass of the injected artificial plasma over several hours. A sounding rocket can be utilized to demonstrate the device performance in ionospheric test environments.

        Speaker: James Kim (Enig Associates, Inc.)
      • 11:15
        The research on the design method and pre-arcing characteristic of the pulsed discharge fuse 15m

        In the capacitive pulsed power supply, several or even hundreds of capacitors are in parallel to provide energy. If internal short circuit occurs in one of the capacitors, the others will inject a lot of energy into the fault one, which may cause a severe accident. By taking a shunt capacitor bank composed of ninety-six 33kJ-capacitors as the research object, a scheme which tries to protect shunt capacitors through current limiting fuse is evaluated. The paper describes the fusing process and puts forward a design method of pulsed discharge fuses’ sectional area. A multi-field coupled model of circuit, current, structural heat transfer is developed by using COMSOL. The model is used to analyze the pre-arcing time, temperature distribution and resistance of the fuse. Due to the extremely short pulse width(about 200μs) of pulse current, the fusing process is assumed as an adiabatic process. The latent heat of fusion and resistivity–temperature relationship are also taken into account in the model. When the fuse isn’t added to the circuit, the short-circuit discharge current peak value can reach 300kA. After adding fuse to the circuit, the simulation results show that the fuse starts to evaporate in 99μs when the voltage decreases from 10.8kV to 8.9kV, and the current value is 193kA at this moment. At last, a pulse circuit is constructed to verify the above results. The tests show that the fuse cuts off the current in 95μs, and the capacitor voltage, current is respectively 7.9kV, 200kA at this moment.

        Speaker: Mr Chaoliang Jin (Huazhong University of Science and Technology)
      • 11:30
        Testing High Voltage (200kV) DC cable and feed-through designs in rep-rated modes* 15m

        Michael G. Mazarakis, Mark L. Kiefer, Joshua J. Leckbee,
        Sandia National Laboratories
        Albuquerque, NM 87185

        Del H. Anderson, Frank L. Wilkins, Robert J. Obregon
        National Security Technologies

        We have constructed a Component Test Stand (CTS) to test various high voltage components to be utilized in near future pulsed-power devices. In addition to cable and oil feed-through design voltage hold off, different types of high voltage switches will be evaluated. The system contains two switches connected in series separated by a ~50 ns worth of high voltage cable. The configuration is such that triggering the first switch enables the triggering of the second switch. This way we can evaluate the performance of two switches at a time and study the influence of one switch on the other. A software system similar to LabView is designed and built to operate and collect data in a rep-rated mode. The two switches are immersed in transformer oil tanks and pressurized with dry air. The present paper will mainly present a cable-oil feed-through design evaluation as a function of repetition rate. The rep-rate will be adjusted to not affect the cable voltage hold-off as well as switch performance. The rep-rate is necessary in order to obtain component lifetime results in a reasonably short time. Apparently the transformer oil in a high voltage DC environment behaves much differently than in AC. Its behavior is similar to a weak electrolyte, and space charge effects seriously affect the current through it as well as the field distribution.


        • Sandia is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Company, for the United States Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract No. DE- AC04-94AL85000
        Speaker: Dr MICHAEL MAZARAKIS (SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES)
      • 11:45
        Effects of Contamination Accumulation on The Surface Temperature Distribution of a Glass Insulator String 15m

        A study is carried out on a uniformly contaminated cap and pin insulator string consisting of 10 glass discs, using a Finite Element Analysis software. A CAD design of the insulator is such that a thin conductive water layer covers the entire glass region. This water layer represents acid rain. 150µS/cm conductivity is applied to the water layer to represent an approximate 5% concentration of sulphuric acid at -1oC. The insulator is energized by applying 100kV to its High Voltage end. The highest temperatures were observed at the edges of the insulator and can be attributed to higher power dissipation in these regions. This causes dry band formation on the insulator surface and possible partial discharge (pd) activities. The temperature at the glass and metal component junction remains lower than those at the edges, but high enough to cause an expansion and contraction activity in this region which could lead to an insulator failure due to thermal stress. The percentage concentration of the acid was varied by varying the conductivity of the water layer. While similar results were obtained, the temperatures of the narrow edges increased with increase in conductivity and decreased when the conductivity was reduced. A simulation was carried out without the conductive layer and a uniform temperature was observed across the insulator. The distribution of the electric field on the insulator’s surface is also calculated. The regions of the insulator surface having the highest electric field intensity are the points susceptible to pd activities. As conductivity of the water layer in this work is determined by the percentage concentration of the acid, which in turn explains the level of contamination on the insulator, it is evident that monitoring of pollution severity of HV insulators in harsh environments will provide necessary information for prevention of insulator failure.

        Speaker: Mr Chibuike Ilomuanya
      • 12:00
        Initial Experiments with the LANL “Ranchero-S” Flux Compression Generator 15m

        Initial experiments have been conducted with a new model of the LANL Ranchero magnetic flux compression generator (FCG) that has been introduced as the Ranchero-S configuration. The design overcomes a weakness in the earlier versions related to possible flux pocketing near the output glide plane when currents become very high. In addition to employing an armature that is sculpted to match a contoured stator, the high explosive (HE) is pressed, machined, and glued PBX 9501 pieces instead of a single PBXN-110 casting. PBX 9501 provides higher armature velocity, but presents unique assembly challenges. This first test uses a capacitor bank to supply a 3.5 MA seed current to the 87 nH FCG. Peak current is ~40 MA as measured by Rogowski coils and Faraday rotation loops (including development of an improved Faraday rotation configuration). Peak current is applied into an imploding 100-gram aluminum liner load capable of exceeding velocities of 1 cm/μs and with an initial inductance of 2.5 nH and a peak inductance of 3.5 nH at peak current. Liner performance, including liner velocity and liner/glide plane interaction effects, is monitored via an array of photon Doppler velocimetry probes positioned about the central measuring unit. Our experimental results are compared with our MHD calculation predictions.

        Speaker: Dr Erik Haroz (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
      • 12:15
        Partial Discharge in High Voltage DC Cables 15m

        This paper is concerned with use of partial discharge monitoring to provide information about the condition of the insulation of electrical cables used for HVDC transmission systems. Electrical cables are among the most fundamental components of any electrical grid, from large subsea international interconnectors, to the ‘last mile’ providing consumers with their electrical supply. The size, cost and current carrying capability are the main considerations when designing and selecting a cable, and in this regard the insulation of these cables is as fundamental as the conductor. Partial discharge (PD) measurement is becoming increasingly vital in monitoring the condition of cable insulation, providing valuable information about the health of the insulation, and predicting when insulation is likely to fail. The majority of this PD monitoring is performed on cable operating under AC conditions, however, with the increasing use of high voltage DC links, for subsea, or long land-based connections provides motivation for the increased use of PD monitoring on cables operating under HVDC. However, despite the increased intensity of research into PD in HVDC cables, there are significant knowledge gaps, preventing the practical application of PD monitoring techniques to HVDC cables. This paper seeks to partially address these gaps in knowledge, by presenting results obtained from PD measurements on artificial voids created in polymeric cable insulation under both AC and DC conditions. From this, recommendations on the use of PD monitoring for HVDC cables may be provided, as well as potentially recommendations for future research at both an academic and industrial level.

        Speaker: Mr Euan Morris (EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids)
    • 10:00 12:30
      Oral session 14 - High-Current Accelerators - Session Chair: Frédéric Bayol Stanmer

      Stanmer

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      • 10:00
        Status of the 1st Radiographic Axis of the Epure Facility 15m

        Epure is a shared Franch and British hydrodynamic experiment facility, in use since 2014 with one radiographic machine, previously called Airix and installed in a former French facility.
        This linear induction accelerator has been moved and refurbished over the course of years 2013-2014, and operated with success and reliability since then. Sprecial care has been given to maintenance optimization and quality to achieve these results.
        Of particular notice are the good performances obtained with different developed operating points in terms of dose and focal spot characteristics, which enabled a series of successful hydro experiments.
        Betterments are envisioned as a way of careful control of all parameters involved in radiographic performance and in preparation of multi-axis operation.

        Speaker: Alain Georges (CEA)
      • 10:15
        Investigations on Dual Pulse technologies for future upgrade of CEA flash X-rays LIA 15m

        X-Ray flash radiography is a useful diagnostic to investigate the structural response of matter under impulsive loading during hydrodynamic experiments. In addition to multiple axis capability, multiple pulses design for future upgrade of LIA machine(s) is under investigation at CEA. The major design changes of a dual-pulse LIA compared to the existing and operational one at EPURE (ex-AIRIX) are: the injector, the HV generators driving the induction cells and the electron / X-rays conversion target. CEA has developed a dual-pulse HV generator using coaxial water lines connected in series. This design has been successfully tested and reliability evaluation is ongoing. About the injector, CEA choose to investigate an induction push-pull design. Preliminary design is in progress and the main validation steps to reach a complete feasibility demonstration are identified. Finally, studies on the target material behavior under strong energy density deposition have started using numerical models and simulations tools. A complete experimental programme has been established along the coming years to gain and confirm understanding required for an optimized design. Overall coherence of those studies and several recent achievements will be presented.

        Speaker: Dr Christophe Vermare (CEA)
      • 10:30
        Scorpius: The development of a new multi-pulse radiographic system 15m

        One of the original drivers behind the development of pulsed power was the need for short-pulse (flash) x-ray sources for hydrodynamic tests. These systems continue to be an important diagnostic for the evaluation of hydrodynamic phenomena. In the United States, three primary facilities provide this function: Flash X-Ray (FXR) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL); the Dual Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL); and Cygnus at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). FXR and DARHT provide highly penetrating radiographic capabilities but are limited in the types of hydrodynamic experiments that can be performed, while Cygnus can support a larger range of experiments, but does not provide the same penetrating capability.

        To fill this gap in hydrodynamic experimental capability, the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) has recently issued a set of high-level requirements describing a radiographic capability similar to that of DARHT, but located in a facility similar to Cygnus. In response to these requirements, a project called Scorpius has been developed as a joint partnership between LANL, LLNL, Sandia, and NNSS.

        A key requirement is the ability to deliver multiple (2 or more) radiographic images along a single axis in a short time scale. This requirement effectively limits the possible system choices to a linear induction accelerator (LIA). However, there are several families of multi-pulse LIA architectures from which to choose.

        This paper describes the high-level system requirements for Scorpius as well as the evaluation of technologies and systems that might meet those requirements. In addition, the current preferred option and the associated technology maturation activities are discussed.


        *This work supported by the US National Nuclear Security Agency and the US Department of Energy under contract DE-AC52-06NA25396

        Speaker: Mark Crawford (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
      • 10:45
        The MERLIN Induction Voltage Adder Radiographic Accelerator 30m

        The MERLIN accelerator being commissioned at AWE in a new Technology Development Centre will provide one of the flash radiographic sources at a joint UK/French facility for hydrodynamic testing in support of the two nations' nuclear deterrents. The ten module Induction Voltage Adder (IVA) has been designed to provide a 60 ns long TerraWatt pulse to drive a Self Magnetic Pinch (SMP) electron beam diode at 7.5 MV. The design work for MERLIN was carried out by L3 Pulse Sciences in San Leandro, California and builds on previous IVA experience in the USA. Prototyping of sub-systems was also carried out by L3 to confirm that the performance and reliability requirements for the overall accelerator can be met. However, it is only now that all the components of the accelerator have been brought together and its overall function can be characterised and compared with predictions. Commissioning of the accelerator has involved setting to work the ancillary systems which provide and control oil, de-ionised water, sulphur hexa-fluoride gas, vacuum, control and instrumentation, diagnostics and data acquisition. With these operating satisfactorily testing of the pulsed power systems was able to commence.

        Commissioning of the pulsed power systems started with a run up of the Marx generator into a resistive load to its operating voltage of 2.5 MV, including characterisation of the trigger systems and the diverter switches. These are intended to short the Marx output after it reaches peak voltage, or if a pre-fire occurs, in order to reduce the risk of electrical breakdowns. The waveforms produced during factory tests in the US were successfully reproduced and the jitter of the trigger systems shown to meet specification. This allowed the commissioning programme to proceed to the active commissioning phase where an X-ray output is generated.

        Active commissioning is enabled by the Marx generator being connected via an oil insulated transfer line to the Pulse Forming Lines (PFLs). Each module of MERLIN comprises an induction cell driven by one of these PFLs. The upstream section of each PFL receives its 2.5 MV charge from the Marx generator on a microsecond timescale before its pulse forming action is initiated by a laser triggered gas switch. The laser triggering should provide nanosecond order synchronisation, and hence excellent pulse reproducibility, when the pulses are combined in the adder. The 60ns duration, 1.1 MV outputs of the PFLs are fed to their corresponding induction cells which act to perform voltage addition along a 28 metre long 80 Ohm MITL. This delivers an 11 MV forward going wave to the e-beam diode.

        The pulsed radiographic source driven by MERLIN will be a SMP diode developed in an AWE led research programme in collaboration with US National Laboratories. This diode operates at approximately 40 Ohms with the result that re-trapping of the MITL sheath current occurs transforming the 11 MV forward wave down to ~ 7.5 MV while increasing the load current to ~ 200 kA. The PFL’s configuration tailors the output pulse to compensate for the SMP diode's intra-pulse impedance droop and hence generate a relatively constant voltage during the X-ray flash. Since the SMP diode is a single shot device (due to the energy density incident at the anode/X-ray converter) a Large Area Diode (LAD) of similar impedance is utilised to allow repeated testing of the pulsed power systems. By mid-2017 the testing of the Pulsed Power systems and MITL with the LAD is due to have been completed and the optimisation of the SMP diode should be in progress.

        Speaker: Dr Ken Thomas (AWE)
      • 11:15
        Design of compact and repetitive pulsed e-beam source 15m

        We report on the design of a compact and repetitive pulsed e-beam source. This pulsed e-beam source, which can work stably for long time, was built based on Marx technology. The designed output voltage, current, pulse width and repetition frequency of this e-beam source is 1 MV, 20 kA, 180 ns and 1~50 Hz, respectively. In contrast, the volume and weight of this source is limited to 2.5 m3 and 2.2 ton. The energy density of a pulse forming network model in this source attains 23 kJ/m3. When working at single shots, this e-beam source gives an output voltage of 0.98 MV, current of 18 kA and power of approximate 20 GW. On the other hand, this e-beam source realizes an output voltage of 0.9 MV, current 18 kA and power 16 GW at a repetition frequency of 30 Hz. The source works very stable, with a jitter of 6 ns.

        Speaker: Dr Fa-lun Song
      • 11:30
        Generation of Intense Pulsed X-ray and Repetitive Pulsed X-rays 15m

        Both intense pulsed X-ray and repetitive pulsed X-rays play an important role in the investigation of various physical processes in hydrodynamic experiments.

        In order to generate intense pulsed X-ray, 1.2 MV pulsed power generator and rod-pinch diode are designed and constructed at Institute of Fluid Physics, CAEP. The generator is composed of a Marx generator, an upstream oil line, a pulse forming line, an oil switch, a transfer line and a load. As the working ratio is kept at 70%, the jitter of Marx generator is less than 6 ns, the jitter of the pulsed power generator is less than 18 ns when a copper-sulphate resistive load was used. The X-ray dose of 1.4 R at 1 m in the forward direction and the spot size of 1.47 mm are achieved.

        In order to generate repetitive pulsed X-rays, a stacked Blumlein line (SBL) type pulsed power source (220 kV, 1 kA, 1 kHz) based on high power photoconductive semiconductor switches (PCSSs) and industrial cold cathode diode have been constructed at Institute of Fluid Physics, CAEP. Metal-ceramic surface flashover cathodes (spoke-shaped or not) are employed to enhance electron emission and improve the diode performance. ICCD images show that the spoke-shaped metal-ceramic surface flashover cathode has more uniform electron emission than metal foil cathode. Repetitive pulsed X-rays with dose of 25 mR, FWHM of 40 ns and repetition rate of 1 kHz were generated.

        *This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (51007085, 51207147, 51407170, 51477185)

        Speaker: Dr Jianqiang Yuan (Institute of Fluid Physics, CAEP)
      • 11:45
        Analysis and improvement of a folded gigawatt intense electron-beam accelerators 15m

        Long pulse intense electron-beam accelerators (IEBA) are of great interesting in many regions. In this paper, a folded IEBA is introduced. The pulse forming section of the IEBA is made up of two pulse forming lines (PFL) and a curving transition section to joint two PFLs together. This type of IEBA is compact in structure. The flat voltage of the main pulse on the load of IEBA is one of the important factors which affect the quality and characteristic of the output beam current of IEBA. Effect of the transition section on the output voltage of IEBA is analyzed in theory. A formula which is used to calculate the output voltage of IEBA is obtained. Wave impedance and transmission time of the transition section are major factors that influence the output pulse voltage waveform at the load. Experiments are performed on IEBA with different transition sections. The results show that to get flap top voltage at the load wave impedance of transition section should match the impedance of PFL. At the gas breakdown voltage of ~740 kV, a square shape pulse with voltage ~370 kV and pulse width 288 ns was obtained at the load. The experiments results are in good agreement with theoretical analysis.

        Speaker: Yi Yin (National University of Defense Technologh)
      • 12:00
        Multi-Pulse Diode-Isolated-Blumlein Induction-Cell Drivers 15m

        The Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) uses two, linear-induction accelerators (LIAs) for flash, x-ray radiography of hydrodynamic tests. The Axis-I LIA uses a single, beam pulse of 60 ns, 20 MeV, and 2 kA. The Axis-II LIA uses a long beam pulse, and a kicker to generate four radiation pulses.

        The National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) is planning a new, multi-pulse, single-axis, electron LIA for hydrodynamic experiments. One method for generating multiple, beam pulses on a single axis, without a kicker, is to multi pulse the injector and each accelerator cell. Diode-isolated Blumleins are being considered as the pulsed-power drivers for the accelerator cells.

        On DARHT Axis-I, the Blumleins are dc connected to the cells such that when they are charged, the connected cells’ magnetic cores are also preset. With diodes in the circuit, this dc path is not available. This paper describes the 300-kV, diode-isolated Blumlein concept, performance requirements, Blumlein charging options, core preset methods, and circuit simulation results.

        Work supported by the US National Nuclear Security Agency and the US Department of Energy under contract DE-AC52-06NA25396

        Speaker: Dr Chris Rose (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
      • 12:15
        Testing and Evaluation of High Voltage Diode Stacks for multi-pulse Linear Induction Accelerators 15m

        The Department of Energy has tasked a few of the national laboratories to design and develop a new linear induction accelerator (LIA) capable of multi-pulse operation. This LIA would be different from the DARHT Axis II design in that, instead of multiple pulses being ‘kicked’ out of a single long pulse, the multiple pulses will be delivered independent of each other by the pulsed power system. In order to successfully do so, the pulsed power systems need to be isolated from each by inserting high voltage diode stacks in the pulsed power paths.
        Los Alamos National Laboratory is currently testing and evaluating a few different designs of such diodes stacks capable of withstanding voltages of ~300 kilovolts. Preliminary test results of high voltage pulses from Blumleins - capable of 300 kV pulses - fired into dummy (resistive) loads will be presented in this talk.
        Comparison of these data with SPICE simulations of the circuit models, as well as, preliminary testing of dual pulsing results will be presented in companion papers.

        Speaker: Dr Kalpak Dighe (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
    • 10:00 12:30
      Oral session 15 - Prime Power and Power Systems - Session Chair : Brett Huhman Preston

      Preston

      Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel

      • 10:00
        Integrated Module Based on Reversely Switched Dynistor (RSD) and Its Stress Analysis 15m

        Based on the controllable plasma layer turn-on principle, RSD(reversely switched dynsitor) has low dissipation and high di/dt capability. It is a special kind of semiconductor devices applied in the pulsed power area. Due to the advantages of small volume, low parasitic parameters and high reliability for the integrated modules, similar to the power electronic area, the integration trend has also appeared in the pulsed power area in recent years. The integrated module based on RSD is proposed and designed in this paper and its stress is analyzed.
        The secondary packaging integrated module of PCB level based on RSD is proposed for the first time, and by establishing the electrical-thermal-mechanical multi-physical fields coupling finite element models, the distributions of the electromagnetic and thermal stress in the module are discussed. The electromagnetic stress increases with the increase of the amplitude of the current. The thermal stress increases with the increase of the amplitude and the frequency of the current. Taken the pull-out force of pads as a standard, the limiting current is determined by the electromagnetic stress at low frequency and by the thermal stress at high frequency. In the practical module, with the double-layer routing, and RSD as the boundary, the anode network of RSD is on the bottom layer of PCB while the cathode one is on the top. In the turn-on experiments of the module, the temperature is measured by the infrared thermal imager and the magnetic field is measured by the near field probe. Some contents of the model analysis are verified preliminarily.

        Speaker: Lin Liang
      • 10:15
        Solid-State Pulsed Power System with GaAs-PCSS for Dielectric Wall Accelerator 15m

        Benefiting from solid-state pulsed power system with GaAs-PCSS, dielectric wall accelerator (DWA) as a new kind of high acceleration gradient accelerator has a compact construction that makes it quite suitable for some certain applications, such as proton tumor treatment and industrial inspection. The solid-state pulsed power system is made up of several groups of pulsed power units. Each group contains 2 to 4 units, and each unit is set up as a 2-stage Blumlein line. It is constituted by GaAs-PCSS(Photoconductive Semiconductor Switch) and plate pulse forming lines, which are made of high-performance dielectric ceramic. The GaAs PCSS triggered by a high power laser diode driver works in nonlinear mode and its bias voltage and conduction current can be up to 20 kV and 800 A respectively. In the experiments, the 2-BL unit can provide a 34 kV, 10 ns pulse. Several groups have been used to load accelerating tubes at different intervals so as to accelerate the proton beams which are just passing through. Until now, the solid-state pulsed power system has performed well and a system with 6 groups (14 units in total) can accelerate proton from 40 keV (after the kicker) to 460 keV with 80.5 mA beam intensity.

        Speaker: Yi Liu (China Academy of Engineering Physics)
      • 10:30
        Dielectric Breakdown of Vaporized Organic Carbonates 15m

        Lithium-ion batteries are being more widely utilized as the prime power source of rep-rate pulsed power systems. Battery open circuit potentials as high as 1 kV have been proposed for use in naval shipboard power architectures. While this potential may not seem that high to engineers within the pulsed power and/or high-voltage power system communities, it is significant and must be designed with caution, especially when field enhancements are present that could significantly multiply the applied electric field. The amount of energy stored in a shipboard battery could exceed a few GJ in some instances making it critical that any potential electrical breakdown weaknesses be identified and studied in detail. Though it is likely easy to engineer the battery such that dielectric clearances well exceed any 1 kV potential in a normal operating conditions, it is unclear how failure of a cell, and the leakage of electrolyte gas from a sealed cell(s), may affect the surrounding environment and the dielectric strength between high voltage electrodes separated by air. Reduction in the dielectric strength could result in a cascading effect whereby more cells are allowed to fail. The dielectric strength of vented electrolyte gas has not been previously documented and it is the aim of this work to fill this knowledge gap.

        Speaker: Mr Charles Nybeck (University of Texas at Arlington)
      • 10:45
        A Modularized High Power Solid-State Switch for Pulsed Electric Fields (PEF) Applications 15m

        Pulsed electric fields (PEF) technology is an innovative non-thermal pasteurization method by using the high electric field (more than 20 kV/cm) and short duration (ns to ms) pulses to inactivate microorganisms and enzymes with only a small increase in temperature. In accordance with the aforementioned working principle of PEF application, a repetitive high power solid-state switch with high voltage and current capacity is designed and implemented, based on series and parallel connection of discrete 1200V IGBTs. The proposed switch is composed of ten IGBT stacks formed with four series-connected IGBT function units, and each unit is made up of one gate driver and four parallel-connected IGBTs. On this basis, a digital signal processor (DSP) is utilized as the control unit of the system, which monitors the state of the switch and produces the gate driving signal. This paper investigates the causes and solutions of unequal sharing of voltage and current happened in IGBT series-parallel topology. A snubber circuit with optimized parameters is suggested to ensure the synchronization of IGBTs switching. To solve the problem of unbalanced sharing current in the parallel circuit, all of devices on IGBT stacks are arranged annularly and placed on an integrated circular printed circuit board (PCB) to diminish the parasitic effect, and IGBTs with close electrical characteristics are screened to use for reducing the difference sharing of current among parallel branches. Furthermore, a protection circuit has been developed to shut down the IGBT stacks when the load is shorted. Applying the switch to the high-voltage pulse generator for PEF processing, the test shows that the generator could produce high voltage square wave pulses with steep edge stably, which achieves the pilot-scale processing capacity. And the protection circuit responds effectively to prevent the switch damaged when short circuit occurs.

        Speaker: Xiaotian Chen (Zhejiang University)
      • 11:00
        A 100kV, IGBT switched, spark gap trigger generator 15m

        The lack of availability of small, fast, switches such as krytrons ( e.g. EG&G KN 6) and thyratrons (e.g. E2V FX2530) makes the design of high voltage spark gap trigger units problematic. This paper will describe a 100kV trigger generator which is switched using a high voltage, high current IGBT switch. A capacitor, charged up to 5kV, is discharged with the IGBT into the primary of a high gain autotransformer, the secondary of which is connected to the output of the generator. The transformer is wound with copper and mylar foils on to an amorphous metal glass core which is carefully gapped to avoid core saturation.

        One of the advantages of this all-solid-state generator is that it can easily be triggered by a TTL input pulse and the throughtput delay and jitter of the generator is well characterised. Hence it is then very easy to synchronise a pulsed power system, triggered by this generator, to any diagnostic measurements that may need to be made.

        Output pulse rise-times from the trigger generator are typically below 150 ns and a simple pulse sharpening circuit can added to the output circuit of the pulse transformer which can reduce the rise-time to durations which are short enough to promote multi-channelling in rail-gaps. Basic circuit and transformer calculations will be described which explain the trade-off between voltage gain from the primary to the secondary circuits of the transformer and the rise-time of the output pulse.
        *paul.smith@firstlightfusion.com

        Speaker: Paul W. Smith (First Light Fusion)
      • 11:15
        OPTICAL NONLINEAR ABSORPTION PROPERTIES OF 4H-SIC—EXPERIMENT AND MODEL 15m

        Intensity-dependent nonlinear light absorption in bulk 4H-SiC at the above-bandgap energy of 3.49 eV (λ=355 nm) is studied. Characterization and understanding of such nonlinear optical behavior in 4H-SiC forms the basis of efficiency improvements and design of optoelectronic SiC devices, including photo-conductive semiconductor switches. It is noted that previous research performed elsewhere had focused primarily on nonlinearities at below-bandgap energies, while little had been explored above-bandgap. In this study, absorption of short laser pulses with fluences ranging from 1 mJ/cm2 to 30 mJ/cm2 incident on 160 μm-thick high purity semi-insulating 4H-SiC samples of varying recombination lifetimes is addressed. Sample bulk recombination lifetimes vary from 0.5 ns to 100 ns displaying the range of effects from growth, electron irradiation, and annealing. The effective absorption coefficient varies significantly within this range as an apparent function of bulk recombination lifetime. A four-level time- and space-dependent finite difference time domain (FDTD) model taking into account electron trapping, interband absorption, and free-carrier absorption was constructed that yielded further insight into the absorption dynamics. For instance, the importance of free carrier absorption and deep-level trapping in the nonlinear absorption behavior is elucidated.

        Speaker: Vincent Meyers (Texas Tech University)
      • 11:30
        Current progress on a fast semiconductor-based Marx generator for a pulsed electron beam device 30m

        A fast semiconductor-based Marx-generator is currently under development at the Institute for Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology (IHM) as driving pulse power source for a pulsed electron beam device (GESA). Its design addresses the challenging requirements of multipoint explosive emission cathodes such as fast voltage rise times below 100 ns together with flat top pulse amplitudes of 120 kV ± 1% at currents ranging from 200 A to 600 A for pulse length of up to 100 µs. Guided by economic considerations, 6 parallel 1.2 kV IGBTs are employed as switching elements. Fast current rise time is achieved using an effective gate-boosting circuit and a quasi-coaxial design of the generator. To guarantee a flat top voltage pulse at varying load conditions due to the dynamic impedance of the device at moderate stage capacitance, approximately 150 stages are required. As result challenges arise considering the distribution of supply and charging voltage as well as synchronous triggering. This contribution presents selected aspects of the generator design and first measurements on a small-scale setup.

        Speaker: Martin Hochberg (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology )