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PHOTOCONDUCTIVE SWITCH PACKAGE CONFIGURATIONS

United States Patent Application

20180013028
A1
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Methods, systems, and devices are disclosed for photoconductive switch package configurations. In some aspects, a photoconductive switch package includes of a wide bandgap photoconductive material (e.g., GaN, ZnO, diamond, AlN, SiC, BN, etc.), a source for energetic photons (e.g., a laser), a mechanism to couple the laser into the switch, and a mechanism for high voltage to enter and leave the switch package. In some implementations, the disclosed photoconductive switch packages can be configured as a three terminal device, e.g., similar to transistors, with one of the terminals being laser input or the voltage input to the laser system.
Nelson, Scott D. (Patterson, CA), Caporaso, George J. (Livermore, CA), Hawkins, Steven A. (Livermore, CA), Nguyen, Hoang T. (Livermore, CA), Sampayan, Stephen (Manteca, CA), Wang, Li-Fang (Livermore, CA)
15/ 204,833
July 7, 2016
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0001] The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.