Compact nanosecond pulse generator based on IGBT and spark gap cooperation

Y. Achour , Jacek Starzyński , Andrzej Łasica


The present paper describes a new architecture of a high-voltage solid-state pulse generator. This generator combines the two types of energy storage systems: Inductive and capacitive, and consequently operates two types of switches: Opening and closing. For the opening switch, an isolated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) was chosen due to its interesting characteristics in terms of controllability and robustness. For the closing switch, two solutions were tested: Spark-gap (SG) for a powerful low-cost solution and avalanche mode bipolar junction transistor (BJT) for a fully semiconductor structure. The new architecture has several advantages: Simple structure and driving system, high and stable controllable repetition rate that can reach 1 kHz, short rising time of a few nanoseconds, high gain and efficiency, and low cost. The paper starts with the mathematical analysis of the generator operation followed by numerical simulation of the device. Finally add a comma the results were confirmed by the experimental test with a prototype generator. Additionally, a comparative study was carried out for the classical SG versus the avalanche mode BJT working as a closing switch.

Author Y. Achour - [Wojskowa Akademia Techniczna]
Y. Achour,,
, Jacek Starzyński (FoEE / ITEEMIS)
Jacek Starzyński,,
- The Institute of the Theory of Electrical Engineering, Measurement and Information Systems
, Andrzej Łasica (FoEE / ITEEMIS)
Andrzej Łasica,,
- The Institute of the Theory of Electrical Engineering, Measurement and Information Systems
Journal seriesBulletin of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Technical Sciences, [Bulletin of the Polish Academy of Sciences: Technical Sciences], ISSN 0239-7528, e-ISSN 2300-1917
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets0.55
ASJC Classification1702 Artificial Intelligence; 1705 Computer Networks and Communications; 1710 Information Systems; 2200 General Engineering; 3107 Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)100
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 100.0, 01-09-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus Citations = 0; WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.293; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 1.277 (2) - 2018=1.256 (5)
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