Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 37, Number 2, February 2007
|Page(s)||129 - 141|
|Section||Semiconductors and Related Materials|
|Published online||24 January 2007|
The use of commercial thyristors in repetitive high voltage switching devices for plasma sources
Laboratoire de Génie Électrique, Université de Pau,
Hélioparc, 2 av Angot, 64000 Pau, France
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 8 November 2006
Published online: 24 January 2007
This paper presents a commercial high voltage thyristor used as a switch allowing a tank capacitor to discharge in a load. In classical high power pulse technology applications the output voltage pulse has to be characterized mainly by its crest value, its rise-time, the period the thyristor is held in the on-state and the fall-time. These parameters are studied as a function of the power circuit and of the trigger circuit. The thyristor presents two behaviours: the main current is either higher or lower than the latching current. The “low current” behaviour is extensively investigated as it allows repetitive operation of the device. Two pulse power applications triggering electrical discharges are presented. Each one necessitates a specific pulsed power supply using series thyristor stacks or Marx structures. The first pulsed source delivers negative pulses with a crest voltage kV, a turn on capability of ns and a repetition rate F = 900 Hz. The second is built using Marx structure and is characterized by kV, ns, F = 900 Hz.
PACS: 52.50.Dg – Plasma sources / 81.05.Hd – Other semiconductors
© EDP Sciences, 2007
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