Evaluation of a triggered vacuum switch for ETC applications

@article{Thurmond1995EvaluationOA,
  title={Evaluation of a triggered vacuum switch for ETC applications},
  author={L. Thurmond and T. Howard and T. Pfenning},
  journal={Digest of Technical Papers. Tenth IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference},
  year={1995},
  volume={1},
  pages={769-774 vol.1}
}
Historically, power supplies for electro-thermal-chemical (ETC) guns have been capacitive pulse forming networks (PFN). One of the impediments to weaponization of an ETC gun system is that the power supply is too large and heavy to be practical. One of the power supply components which needs improvement is the closing switch. Spark gaps or ignitrons are used in this role. Ignitrons are not well suited for use in a weapon system because of sensitivity to orientation and vibration. Spark gaps are… Expand

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