Accession Number : ADD011064

Title :   High Power Optical Switch for Microsecond Switching.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Levy,S ; O'Connell,J C ; Wright,W H , Jr ; Weiner,M

Report Date : 17 May 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : High power optically activated switches of the semiconductor type utilizing a broadbanded flashlamp as the source of light for rendering the semiconductor conductive and thus close the switch. In order that the conductivity of the semiconductor when in the on state be uniform over the load current carrying cross-section thereof, the semiconductor is treated to produce a tapered density of trapping or re-combination centers therein, with the density being a maximum at the semiconductor surface which faces the flashlamp. Several novel configurations of these switches are shown, including reflectors for concentrating the flashlamp output on the semiconductor, and a plurality of semiconductor switches all activated by a single light source, as well as liquid cooled semiconductors. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patent applications, *Optical switching, *Electronic switches, *Semiconductor devices, *Semiconductors, Flash lamps, Trapping(Charged particles), Electric current, Light sources, Microsecond time, High power, Sources, Surfaces, Liquid cooling, Output, Light, Semiconductors, Density, Electrical loads, Conductivity, Taper

Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment
      Optics
      Solid State Physics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE