© 1987

Opening Switches

  • A. H. Guenther
  • M. Kristiansen
  • T. Martin

Part of the Advances in Pulsed Power Technology book series (APUT, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. K. H. Schoenbach, G. Schaefer
    Pages 49-91
  3. Robert W. Schumacher, Robin J. Harvey
    Pages 93-129
  4. R. N. DeWitt
    Pages 131-148
  5. R. J. Commisso, G. Cooperstein, R. A. Meger, J. M. Neri, P. F. Ottinger, B. V. Weber
    Pages 149-175
  6. Laszlo J. Demeter
    Pages 177-189
  7. P. J. Turchi
    Pages 191-208
  8. Robert E. Reinovsky
    Pages 209-232
  9. B. N. Turman, T. J. Tucker
    Pages 233-255
  10. A. K. Jonscher
    Pages 257-272
  11. Manfred Kahn
    Pages 273-285
  12. W. M. Parsons
    Pages 287-306
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 307-313

About this book


Pulsed power technology, in the simplest of terms, usually concerns the storage of electrical energy over relatively long times and then its rapid release over a comparatively short period. However, if we leave the definition at that, we miss a multitude of aspects that are important in the ultimate application of pulsed power. It is, in fact, the application of pulsed power technology to which this series of texts will be foc~sed. Pulsed power in today's broader sense means "special power" as opposed to the traditional situation of high voltage impulse issues related to the utility industry. Since the pulsed power field is primarily application driven it has principally engineering flavor. Today's applications span those from materials processing, such as metal forming by pulsed magnetic fields, to commercial applications, such as psychedelic strobe lights or radar modulators. Very high peak power applica­ tions occur in research for inertial confinement fusion and the Strategic Defense Initiative and other historical defense uses. In fact it is from this latter direction that pulsed power has real­ ized explosive growth over the past half century. Early thrusts were in electrically powered systems that simulated the environment or effects of nuclear weapons detonation. More recently it is being utilized as prime power sources for directed energy weapons, such as lasers, microwaves, particle beam weapons, and even mass drivers (kinetic energy weapons).


circuit energy energy storage high voltage microwave radar

Editors and affiliations

  • A. H. Guenther
    • 1
  • M. Kristiansen
    • 2
  • T. Martin
    • 3
  1. 1.Air Force Weapons LaboratoryKirtland AFBUSA
  2. 2.Texas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA
  3. 3.Sandia National LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Opening Switches
  • Editors A.H. Guenther
    T. Martin
    M. Kristiansen
  • Series Title Advances in Pulsed Power Technology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-42664-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4612-9072-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4613-1929-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 328
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Electrical Engineering
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