Multimegawatt solid state rf driver for generating rotating magnetic fields

Slough, J. T.; Slough, J.T.; Miller, K. E.; Miller, K.E.; Lotz, D. E.; Lotz, D.E.; Kostora, M. R.; Kostora, M.R.
August 2000
Review of Scientific Instruments;Aug2000, Vol. 71 Issue 8
Academic Journal
A radio frequency (rf) system using solid state switching has been designed and constructed that is capable of driving a pair of loop antenna with a circulating power of 60 MW for millisecond pulses. The primary application of this system is to produce an oscillating magnetic field in the frequency range of 0.2-0.7 MHz, to generate and sustain a large plasma current. The maximum power transfer from the rf source was measured to be greater than 10 MW. The driver consisted of 12 insulated gate bipolar transistor modules driven in parallel, and was capable of switching 20 kA at 1700 V. A sinusoidal current waveform with large circulating currents was obtained on the antenna by incorporating the antenna in a high Q (60), parallel LCR resonant circuit. The low impedance switch driver was matched to the antenna load through a 20:1 step-up air core transformer with a coupling efficiency of 99%. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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