Gas Discharge Closing Switches

  • Gerhard Schaefer
  • M. Kristiansen
  • A. Guenther

Part of the Advances in Pulsed Power Technology book series (APUT, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. General Switching Considerations

    1. T. R. Burkes
      Pages 1-13
  3. Electrical Breakdown in Gases in Electric Fields

  4. Gas Filled Spark Gaps

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. W. C. Nunnally, A. L. Donaldson
      Pages 47-62
    3. P. F. Williams, F. E. Peterkin
      Pages 63-84
    4. Gerhard Schaefer
      Pages 85-123
    5. Yonhua Tzeng, E. E. Kunhardt
      Pages 125-144
    6. P. F. Williams, A. H. Guenther
      Pages 145-187
  5. Vacuum Switches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-192
    2. G. A. Farrall
      Pages 193-250
    3. H. Craig Miller
      Pages 251-270
  6. Repetitive Operation and Lifetime Considerations for Spark Gaps

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-288
    2. M. T. Buttram, S. Sampayan
      Pages 289-324
    3. Anthony L. Donaldson
      Pages 325-344
  7. Surface Discharge Switches

    1. H. M. von Bergmann
      Pages 345-373
  8. Thyratrons

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 375-377
    2. D. A. Erwin, C. G. Braun, J. A. Kunc, M. A. Gundersen
      Pages 429-450
    3. B. M. Penetrante, E. E. Kunhardt
      Pages 451-472
  9. Metal Vapor Switches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 473-475
    2. K. J. Bickford
      Pages 477-489
    3. W. O. Eckhardt
      Pages 491-505
  10. The Pseudospark Switch

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 507-508
    2. J. Christiansen, W. Hartmann
      Pages 509-519
    3. K. Frank, W. Rath
      Pages 521-529
    4. G. Kirkman, M. Gundersen
      Pages 531-541
    5. H. Riege, E. Boggasch
      Pages 543-549
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 559-569

About this book


Pulsed power technology, in the simplest of terms, usually concerns the storage of electrical energy over relatively long times and then its rapid release over a comparatively short period. However, if we leave the definition at that, we miss a multitude of aspects that are important in the ultimate application of pulsed power. It is, in fact, the application of pulsed power technology to which this series of texts will be focused. Pulsed power in today's broader sense means "special power" as opposed to the tra­ ditional situation of high voltage impulse issues related to the utility industry. Since the pulsed power field is primarily application driven, it has principally an engineering flavor. Today' s applications span those from materials processing, such as metal forming by pulsed magnetic fields, to other varied applications, such as psy­ chedelic strobe lights or radar modulators. Very high peak power applications occur in research for inertial confinement fusion, the Strategic Defense Initiative and other historical defense uses. lri fact it is from this latter direction that pulsed power has real­ ized explosive growth over the past half century. Early thrusts were in electrically powered systems that simulated the environment or effects of nuclear weapons detonation. More recently it is being utilized as prime power sources for directed energy weapons, such as lasers, microwaves, particle beam weapons, and even mass drivers (kinetic energy weapons).


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Editors and affiliations

  • Gerhard Schaefer
    • 1
  • M. Kristiansen
    • 2
  • A. Guenther
    • 3
  1. 1.Late of Polytechnic UniversityFarmingdaleUSA
  2. 2.Texas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA
  3. 3.Los Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA

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