E.G. COOK, B.S. LEE, S.A. HAWKINS, F.V. ALLEN, B.C. HICKMAN, H.C. KIRBIE (LLNL), C.A. BROOKSBY (BECHTEL-NEVADA)
An all solid-state kicker modulator for the Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test facility (DARHT-2) has been designed and tested. This kicker modulator uses multiple solid-state modules stacked in an inductive-adder configuration where the energy is switched into each section of the adder by a parallel array of MOSFETs. The modulator features very fast rise and fall times, pulse width agility and a high pulse-repetition rate in burst mode. The modulator can drive a 50 ohm cable with voltages up to 20 kV and can be easily configured for either positive or negative polarity. The presentation will include test data collected from both the ETA II accelerator kicker and resistive dummy loads.
*This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by University of California Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under contract No. W-7405-Eng-48.
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