Development and testing of bulk photoconductive switches used for ultra-wideband, high-power microwave generation

J. W. Burger, J. S H Schoenberg, J Scott Tyo, M. D. Abdalla, S. M. Ahern, M. C. Skipper, W. R. Buchwald

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Abstract

The Air Force Philips Laboratory, in collaboration with the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), is developing lateral geometry, high-power photoconductive semiconductor switches (PCSS) for use in phased-array, ultra-wideband (UWB) sources. The current switch utilizes an opposed contact geometry with a 0.25 cm gap spacing and is an extension of previous work on 1.0 cm PCSS devices. This work presents the development and demonstration of the 0.25 cm PCSS under both ideal laboratory conditions and potential source conditions. The laboratory configuration consists of two high bandwidth transmission lines connected with a PCSS. The potential source configuration consists of a vector-conversion pulse generator (Blumlein) commuted with a PCSS. Independent, low jitter PCSS operation is demonstrated by series coupling two independent Blumleins into a common load. The 0.25 cm PCSS is shown to operate at st 20 kV charge voltage, 65 ps rms switching jitter, less than 450 ps risetime and greater than 1 kHz pulse repetition rate (PRR) when triggered using a compact, high-power laser diode.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDigest of Technical Papers-IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference
EditorsG. Cooperstein, I. Vitkovitsky
PublisherIEEE
Pages965-969
Number of pages5
Volume2
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 11th International Pulsed Power Conference. Part 2 (of 2) - Baltimore, MD, USA
Duration: Jun 29 1997Jul 2 1997

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OtherProceedings of the 1997 11th International Pulsed Power Conference. Part 2 (of 2)
CityBaltimore, MD, USA
Period6/29/977/2/97

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Microwave generation
Photoconductive switches
Semiconductor switches
Ultra-wideband (UWB)
Testing
Jitter
Pulse repetition rate
Pulse generators
Geometry
High power lasers
Research laboratories
Semiconductor lasers
Electric lines
Demonstrations
Switches
Bandwidth

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Burger, J. W., Schoenberg, J. S. H., Tyo, J. S., Abdalla, M. D., Ahern, S. M., Skipper, M. C., & Buchwald, W. R. (1997). Development and testing of bulk photoconductive switches used for ultra-wideband, high-power microwave generation. In G. Cooperstein, & I. Vitkovitsky (Eds.), Digest of Technical Papers-IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference (Vol. 2, pp. 965-969). IEEE.

Development and testing of bulk photoconductive switches used for ultra-wideband, high-power microwave generation. / Burger, J. W.; Schoenberg, J. S H; Tyo, J Scott; Abdalla, M. D.; Ahern, S. M.; Skipper, M. C.; Buchwald, W. R.

Digest of Technical Papers-IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference. ed. / G. Cooperstein; I. Vitkovitsky. Vol. 2 IEEE, 1997. p. 965-969.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Burger, JW, Schoenberg, JSH, Tyo, JS, Abdalla, MD, Ahern, SM, Skipper, MC & Buchwald, WR 1997, Development and testing of bulk photoconductive switches used for ultra-wideband, high-power microwave generation. in G Cooperstein & I Vitkovitsky (eds), Digest of Technical Papers-IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference. vol. 2, IEEE, pp. 965-969, Proceedings of the 1997 11th International Pulsed Power Conference. Part 2 (of 2), Baltimore, MD, USA, 6/29/97.
Burger JW, Schoenberg JSH, Tyo JS, Abdalla MD, Ahern SM, Skipper MC et al. Development and testing of bulk photoconductive switches used for ultra-wideband, high-power microwave generation. In Cooperstein G, Vitkovitsky I, editors, Digest of Technical Papers-IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference. Vol. 2. IEEE. 1997. p. 965-969
Burger, J. W. ; Schoenberg, J. S H ; Tyo, J Scott ; Abdalla, M. D. ; Ahern, S. M. ; Skipper, M. C. ; Buchwald, W. R. / Development and testing of bulk photoconductive switches used for ultra-wideband, high-power microwave generation. Digest of Technical Papers-IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference. editor / G. Cooperstein ; I. Vitkovitsky. Vol. 2 IEEE, 1997. pp. 965-969
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