Measuring Picosecond Flashover in Closing Coaxial Spark Gap Switch
J. Klüss and J. Hällström
Department of Electrical and Communications Engineering, Helsinki University of Technology, P.O. Box 3000, FI-02015 TKK, Finland
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Flashover voltage and picosecond risetime of breakdown in pressurized SF6 gas is studied on a coaxial line. Gas pressure is varied from 1 to 19 bar. The homogeneous field gap has an opening from ca. 0.2 to 0.9 mm, and flashover voltages reach 120 kV. Measurements are performed using a D-dot probe with 16 to 20 GHz real time oscilloscopes and a 50 GHz sampling oscilloscope. Measured risetimes are down to ca. 50 ps, and the dependence of voltage collapse on gas density and electric field between the electrodes is reported. Integrity of data is analyzed and experimental results are compared with present theory found in literature and previous results measured with alternative real time systems.
DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.115.1004
PACS numbers: 51.50.+v, 52.70.Gw, 52.80.-s