Quench Protection Diodes for the Large Hadron Collider LHC at CERN
For the quench protection of the main ring dipole and quadrupole magnets for the proposed Large Hadron Collider at CERN two lines of approach have been pursued for the realization of a suitable high current by-pass element at liquid helium temperature. Two commercially available diodes of the HERA type connected in parallel can easily meet the requirements if a sufficient good current sharing is imposed by current balancing elements. Design criteria for these current balancing elements are derived from individual diode characteristics. Single diode elements of thin base region, newly developed in industry, have been successfully tested. The results are promising and, if the diodes can be made with reproducible characteristics, they will provide the preferred solution especially in view of radiation hardness.
KeywordsLarge Hadron Collider Heat Sink Liquid Helium Temperature Forward Voltage Current Balance
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