Development of a solid state thyratron replacement for the LCLS klystron modulator

@article{Burkhart2013DevelopmentOA,
  title={Development of a solid state thyratron replacement for the LCLS klystron modulator},
  author={Craig Burkhart and Ching-Ting Huang and D. Macnair and Brad Morris and Minh H. Nhat Nguyen and F. Rafael and Craig Dunham and H. D. Sanders},
  journal={2013 19th IEEE Pulsed Power Conference (PPC)},
  year={2013},
  pages={1-4}
}
This paper discusses the development of a solid state replacement for the L-4888 thyratron, which is presently used in the eighty-three high-power klystron modulators of SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). The motivations are to improve modulator performance, increase availability and decrease operational costs. The solid state switch is based on an array of SGTO thyristors. The challenging dI/dt (10 kA/μs), peak power (150 MW), and average power (100 kW) requirements of this application… CONTINUE READING