High power switching
Source: Sandia National Laboratories
Date: 7/1/95    Record No.: 10163
Contact: Don Cook, 505-845-7446

High power switching
Sandia has developed very fast, very high power switching capabilities in connection with pulsed particle accelerators for fusion research and other work requiring fast pulses. For example, they can make a 20 megavolt, 10-20 megamp pulse with a 50 nsec. risetime.

It has been suggested that this technology might be applicable to utility needs; however, an initiative would be needed to establish a dialogue between the developers and someone from the utility industry to explore the possibilities.