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Research Projects at the UCLA Basic Plasma Science Facility

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High Power RF

A Half Bridge composed of twelve 500 Volt 90 Amp Mosfets built with Patrick Prybil at the UCLA Basic Plasma Science Facility.

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Plasma Source Design

Development of a Lanthanum Hexaboride Plasma Source with Patrick Prybil and Shreekrishna Tripathi at the UCLA Basic Plasma Science Facility.

Induction Heating

A time changing magnetic field can induce eddy currents into a nearby workpiece and raise its temperature through joule heating. This process is known as induction heating.

 

Solid State, Vacuum Tube, and Spark Gap Tesla Coils

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Solid State Tesla Coils

Solid State Tesla Coils use modern power semiconductors, such as IGBT’s or MOSFETS, to drive the primary tank circuit. 

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Vacuum Tube Tesla Coils

Vacuum Tubes control the flow of electrons between two electrodes via control grids. Vacuum tubes can be used to drive Tesla resonators.

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Spark Gap Tesla Coils

The most basic types of Tesla Coils utilize a spark gap which breaks down and conducts after a certain voltage, thus transferring the capacitor’s energy into a tank circuit.

 

Miscellaneous Projects

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Pulse Power

High Voltage Capacitors can be used to create extremely high current discharges. The intense magnetic field produced by these discharges can compress cans, launch projectiles, shrink coins, etc. 

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High Voltage Sources

High Voltage sources include components such as Neon Sign Transformers, Cockcroft Walton Multipliers, and Marx Generators.

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Trebuchets

Often called “The Atomic Bomb of the Middle Ages” trebuchets use the potential energy of a counterweight to throw projectiles.

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Round Road

A round road allows a massive concrete block to be rolled by keeping its center of mass moving in a horizontal line. 

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