Electrical and Computer Engineering ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 4-30-2020


The first two decades of the 21st century have seen significant interest in expanding the application of pulsed power technology beyond its traditional use in physics and nuclear weapons research. Applications in the field of national defense, which present unique constraints on system size, have provided impetus to increase the exploration of compact pulsed power solutions. Innovations related to energy density, insulation, switching, and power conversion systems have been realized, bringing deployable compact pulsed power systems closer to realization than ever before. However, recent systems integration efforts have shown that work still remains to develop needed tools and technologies for enabling the successful development of future systems. This dissertation describes efforts to address three of these needs: to develop tools that improve predictive simulation of compact pulsed power systems; to formalize a set of design principles for compact pulsed power systems; and to leverage new technologies developed for commercial applications to advance compact pulsed power.


pulsed power, high voltage, laser, Marx generator, spark gap, SPICE


Office of Naval Research, Air Force Research Laboratory

Document Type


Degree Name

Electrical Engineering

Level of Degree


Department Name

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Committee Member (Chair)

Jane M. Lehr

Second Committee Member

Mark Gilmore

Third Committee Member

J. Martin Taccetti

Fourth Committee Member

Daniel Banuti