Nanosecond Pulse Techniques

  • J. C. Martin
Part of the Advances in Pulsed Power Technology book series (APUT, volume 3)


This review of pulsed high voltage techniques is of a rather personal nature and mainly reports on work done by the high voltage pulse group at AWRE, Aldermaston. I would like to acknowledge the efforts of this group, which over the past seven years has managed to elucidate some of the features of the design of high voltage pulsed systems. Reference will be made to the work of others and, where I fail to do so I would like to apologize in advance. Published references are not extensive and the lecturer must confess a weakness in not having searched diligently for these. There are a few general references at the back, Nos. (1) to (5) and in the note specific references are made to some sources of more recent material. This field has expanded rapidly in the last four years or so and very big, fast, high voltage systems are now in existence.


High Voltage Pulse Breakdown Field Trigger Pulse Stray Capacity Main Cable 
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Useful General References

  1. 1.
    Lewis and Wells: “Millimicrosecond Pulse Techniques”. Pergamon Press, 1959.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    M.J. Mulcahy (Ed.). “High Voltage Technology Seminar”. Presented by Ion Physics Corporation, Sept. 19–20, 1969.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Frank M. Clark: “Insulating Materials for Designs and Engineer Practice”. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1962.Google Scholar

Standard High Voltage Books

  1. 4.
    L.L. Alston (Ed.). “High Voltage Technology”. Oxford University Press, 1968.Google Scholar
  2. 5.
    Frank Frungel: “High Speed Pulse Technology”. Vols. 1 and 2. Academic Press, 1965.Google Scholar

Text References

  1. 6.
    J.C. Martin and I.D. Smith: “Improvements in or relating to High Voltage Pulse Generating Transformers”. Pat. No. 1, 114, 713. May 1968.Google Scholar
  2. 7.
    J.C. Martin; P.D. Champney; D.A. Hammer: “Notes on the Construction of a High Voltage Pulse Transformer”. Cornell University. CU-NRL/2.Google Scholar
  3. 8.
    R.A. Fitch and V.T.S. Howell: “Novel Principle of Transient High Voltage Generation”. PRDC. IEE. Vol. III, No. 4. April 1964.Google Scholar
  4. 9.
    T. Martin; K. Prestwich; D. Johnson; “Summary of the Hermes Flash X Ray Program”. Sandia Laboratories Report SC-RR-69-421. Radiation Production Note 3.Google Scholar
  5. 10.
    M.J. Goodman: “High Speed Pulsed Power Technology at Aldermaston”. Reprint from AWRE News, March 1969.Google Scholar
  6. 11.
    P. Felsenthal and J.M. Proud: “Nanosecond Pulse Breakdown in Gases’. Tech. Report No. RADC-TR-65-142, Rome Air Development Center, Griffins Air Force Base, New York. June 1965.Google Scholar
  7. 12.
    I.D. Smith: “Pulse Breakdown of Insulator Surfaces in a Poor Vacuum”. International Symposium on High Voltages in Vacuum. MIT. Oct. 19–21, 1966.Google Scholar
  8. 13.
    J.C. Martin: “Corona Triggered Spark Gaps”. Pat. No. 1,080,211.Google Scholar
  9. 14.
    R.J. Rout: “Triggered Spark Gaps for Image Tube Pulsing”. Journal of Physics E. 1969. Series 2, Vol. 2, p. 739.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 15.
    J.C. Martin: “Switch for Fast Electrical Discharge having a Plurality of Electrodes in a Non-porous Dielectric Material inserted between Electrodes”. Pat. No. 988,777.Google Scholar
  11. 16.
    J.C. Martin and I.D. Smith: “Electrical Switch having a Trigger Electrode whose Sharp Edges are sealed to suppress the Formation of Corona”. Pat. No. 1, 080,131.Google Scholar
  12. 17.
    T.E. James: “A High Current 60 KV Multiple Arc Spark Gap Switch of 1.7 nH Inductance”. CLM-P.212. Culham Laboratories, 1969.Google Scholar

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