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Title: Multi-gap high impedance plasma opening switch

A high impedance plasma opening switch having an anode and a cathode and at least one additional electrode placed between the anode and cathode is disclosed. The presence of the additional electrodes leads to the creation of additional plasma gaps which are in series, increasing the net impedance of the switch. An equivalent effect can be obtained by using two or more conventional plasma switches with their plasma gaps wired in series. Higher impedance switches can provide high current and voltage to higher impedance loads such as plasma radiation sources. 12 figs.
Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
392657
Assignee:
Univ. of California, Oakland, CA (United States) PTO; SCA: 426000; PA: EDB-96:166844; SN: 96001682424
Patent Number(s):
US 5,568,019/A/
Application Number:
PAN: 8-349,337
Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 22 Oct 1996
Research Org:
University of California
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER CATEGORIES; PLASMA SWITCHES; DESIGN; ELECTRIC CURRENTS; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL; USES