A low-jitter 1.8-kV 100-ps rise-time 50-kHz repetition-rate pulsed-power generator

Lev M. Merensky*, Alexei F. Kardo-Sysoev, Alexander N. Flerov, Alex Pokryvailo, Doron Shmilovitz, Amit S. Kesar

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A 1.8-kV 100-ps rise-time pulsed-power generator operating at a repetition frequency of 50 kHz is presented. The generator consists of three compression stages. In the first stage, a power MOSFET produces high voltage by breaking an inductor current. In the second stage, a 3-kV drift-step-recovery diode cuts the reverse current rapidly to create a 1-ns rise-time pulse. In the last stage, a silicon-avalanche shaper is used as a fast 100-ps closing switch. Experimental investigation showed that, by optimizing the generator operating point, the shot-to-shot jitter can be reduced to less than 13 ps. The theoretical model of the pulse-forming circuit is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1855-1862
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number9 PART 2
StatePublished - 2009


  • Drift-step-recovery diode (DSRD)
  • Pulse generation
  • Pulse shaping circuits
  • Silicon-avalanche shaper (SAS)
  • Subnanosecond
  • Ultrawideband radiation


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