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Title: Understanding of self-terminating pulse generation using silicon controlled rectifier and RC load

Recently a silicon controlled rectifier (SCR)-based circuit that generates self-terminating voltage pulses was employed for the detection of light and ionizing radiation in pulse mode. The circuit consisted of a SCR connected in series with a RC load and DC bias. In this paper, we report the investigation of the physics underlying the pulsing mechanism of the SCR-based. It was found that during the switching of SCR, the voltage across the capacitor increased beyond that of the DC bias, thus generating a reverse current in the circuit, which helped to turn the SCR off. The pulsing was found to be sustainable only for a specific range of RC values depending on the SCR’s intrinsic turn-on/off times. The findings of this work will help to design optimum SCR based circuits for pulse mode detection of light and ionizing radiation without external amplification circuitry.
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Department of Physics, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 93943 (United States)
  2. Alion Science and Technology at NPS, Monterey, CA 93943 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22492406
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Advances; Journal Volume: 6; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: (c) 2016 Author(s); Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; AMPLIFICATION; CAPACITORS; DETECTION; DIRECT CURRENT; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL; PULSES; RECTIFIERS; SILICON; VISIBLE RADIATION