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author = {Yan, J and Parker, S and Bland, S},
doi = {10.1109/TPEL.2021.3063499},
journal = {IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics},
pages = {10005--10019},
title = {An investigation into high-voltage spiral generators utilizing thyristor input switches},
url = {},
volume = {36},
year = {2021}

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AB - High-voltage nanosecond pulses are widely used in scientific research, but their wider adoption in industry requires compact, cost-effective, and easy to use generators to be developed. This article presents the modeling and experimental investigations into one method of producing such pulses-a spiral generator with a solid-state-thyristor-based input switch. It includes how the pulses are formed within the spiral, why a high-speed input switch is required, and how the geometry of the spiral dictates its output characteristics and the effects of different loads. Using thyristors, often connected in series to increase the operating voltage of the spiral, enables the spiral generators to have low jitter, high repetition rate, and long lifetime. Modeling of the circuit used a combination of telegraph equations to account for the wave propagation along the spiral and a lumped circuit exchanging charge between the spiral and the input switch and load. The model is verified by the detailed experimental results with the relative error being <; 10% in most cases. The output voltage pulse was often observed to have an initial peak of much lower magnitude than the subsequent peak(s)-which can only be fully explained by considering wave propagation effects. Lower input switch inductance, shorter switching time, larger mean diameter of the spiral, and increasing the width of the copper tape that makes up the spiral can all increase the voltage multiplication efficiency. Although increasing the number of turns that makes up the spiral can increase the output voltage, it can also lower the multiplication efficiency. By understanding the effects of different geometries, the spiral can be optimized to drive different loads-three applications of such spiral generators are then presented-pulses with 10 kV amplitude and 10 kHz repetition rate for driving dielectric barrier discharge plasma, pulses with amplitude of 10 kV and 10 kV/ns rising rate for triggering of advanced solid-sta
AU - Yan,J
AU - Parker,S
AU - Bland,S
DO - 10.1109/TPEL.2021.3063499
EP - 10019
PY - 2021///
SN - 0885-8993
SP - 10005
TI - An investigation into high-voltage spiral generators utilizing thyristor input switches
T2 - IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
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VL - 36
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