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dc.contributor.advisorKovaleski, Scott D.eng
dc.contributor.authorHutsel, Brian T.eng
dc.date.issued2008eng
dc.date.submitted2008 Falleng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on September 24, 2009).eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Scott Kovaleski.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionM.S. University of Missouri--Columbia 2008.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Electrical engineering.eng
dc.description.abstractThe University of Missouri has studied parameters affecting the runtime and jitter of a laser triggered gas switch. Experiments tested a variety of switch parameters including percentage of self-break and charge voltage. The effects of laser beam parameters were also considered, including focal length, laser energy and laser spark length. Experiments were performed on the Tiger pulsed power machine. Measurements were taken on a spark gap switch built from the trigger section of a Rimfire switch. A Marx bank consisting of 32, 3.1 uF, capacitors that feeds into a 7 nF intermediate storage capacitor drives the switch into a 4 [omega] resistive load. The test switch was pressurized with SF6 and operated near 1 MV. A 30 mJ, 266 nm, Nd:YAG laser was used to trigger breakdown of the switch. The laser was focused at the mid-gap between the electrodes using lenses with focal lengths between 30 cm and 100 cm. Focused laser energy in the switch ranged from [lesser than]5 mJ to 20 mJ. The effects of switch and laser beam parameters on the runtime and jitter of a laser triggered gas switch are presented. The end goal of the research is to determine optimal conditions for improved switch performance.eng
dc.identifier.merlinb71215414eng
dc.identifier.oclc439019498eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/5783eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartof2008 Freely available theses (MU)eng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2008 Theseseng
dc.subject.lcshElectric spark gapseng
dc.subject.lcshTrigger circuitseng
dc.subject.lcshPlasma deviceseng
dc.subject.lcshPulsed power systemseng
dc.subject.lcshSulfur hexafluorideeng
dc.subject.lcshLasers in engineeringeng
dc.subject.lcshCapacitorseng
dc.titleRuntime and jitter of a laser triggered gas switcheng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineElectrical engineering (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.S.eng


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