Balancing circuit for a 5kV/50ns pulsed power switch based on SiC-JFET Super Cascode
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In many pulse power applications there is a trend to modulators based on semiconductor technology. For these modulators high voltage and high current semiconductor switches are required in order to achieve a high pulsed power. Therefore, often high power IGBT modules or IGCT devices are used. Since these devices are based on bipolar technology the switching speed is limited and the switching losses are higher. In contrast to bipolar devices unipolar ones (e.g. SiC JFETs) basically offer a better switching performance. Moreover, these devices enable high blocking voltages in case wide band gap materials as for example SiC are used. At the moment SiC JFET devices with a blocking voltage of 1.2kV per JFET are available. Alternatively, the operating voltage could be increased by connecting N JFETs and a low voltage MOSFET in series resulting in a super cascode switch with a blocking voltage N-times higher than the blocking voltage of a single JFET. For the super cascode auxiliary elements are required for achieving a statically and dynamically balanced voltage distribution in the cascode. In this paper a new balancing circuit, which results in faster switching transients and higher possible operating pulse currents is presented and validated by measurement results. Show more
Book title2009 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference
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