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author = {Gusev, AI and Lavrinovich, I and Bland, S and de, Ferron AS and Pecastaing, L and Parker, S and Yan, J and Novac, BM},
doi = {10.1109/tps.2023.3273813},
journal = {IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science},
pages = {2858--2856},
title = {New SOS diode pumping circuit based on an all-solid-state spiral generator for high-voltage nanosecond applications},
url = {},
volume = {51},
year = {2023}

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AB - Semiconductor opening switch (SOS) diodes are capable to switch currents with a density of more than 1 kA/cm 2 and withstand nanosecond pulses with an amplitude of up to 1 MV. SOS diodes, however, require a specific pumping circuit that must simultaneously provide forward and reverse pumping currents with a time of ∼ 500 and ∼ 100 ns, respectively. Such a pumping circuit with energies > 1 J typically requires a gas-discharge switch or a low-efficient solid-state solution. This study proposes a novel approach to pumping SOS diodes based on a spiral generator (SG) (also known as a vector inversion generator). Due to its wave characteristics, the SG produces a bipolar current discharge that meets the time duration and current amplitude required to pump an SOS diode. Moreover, the initial pulse from the spiral typically has a relatively low current amplitude compared to the opposite polarity secondary pulse, so the SOS diode can operate at very high efficiencies. This idea has been tested using an all-solid-state SG coupled with large-area SOS diodes (1 cm 2 ). With this combination, a voltage pulse of 62 kV having a rise time of only 11 ns was obtained on an open circuit load (3 pF, 1 M Ω ). The experiments were highly repeatable, with no damage to the components despite multiple tests. There is significant scope to further improve the results, with simple alterations to the SG.
AU - Gusev,AI
AU - Lavrinovich,I
AU - Bland,S
AU - de,Ferron AS
AU - Pecastaing,L
AU - Parker,S
AU - Yan,J
AU - Novac,BM
DO - 10.1109/tps.2023.3273813
EP - 2856
PY - 2023///
SN - 0093-3813
SP - 2858
TI - New SOS diode pumping circuit based on an all-solid-state spiral generator for high-voltage nanosecond applications
T2 - IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
UR -
UR -
VL - 51
ER -