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“An Enhanced MV Marx Generator for RF and Flash X-ray Systems,”

J. R. Mayes*, M.B. Lara, M.G. Mayes and C.W. Hatfield Applied Physical Electronics, L.C. Austin, Texas 78734


A compact MV Marx generator has been previously presented for its basic performance[1]. This generator is based on a 40-stage design and has been demonstrated to deliver more than 850 kV onto a 50 Ω cable. Work has continued on this generator to improve its performance, namely with charging efficiency and control, and new efforts are aimed at developing integrated and modular loads. This paper discusses improvements made with the system, as well as its ability to drive a wide variety of loads including a flash x-ray load. Experimental results and discussion conclude this paper.

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