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Method and system for making integrated solid-state fire-sets and detonators

United States Patent

5,731,538
March 24, 1998
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A slapper detonator comprises a solid-state high-voltage capacitor, a low-jitter dielectric breakdown switch and trigger circuitry, a detonator transmission line, an exploding foil bridge, and a flier material. All these components are fabricated in a single solid-state device using thin film deposition techniques.
O'Brien; Dennis W. (Livermore, CA), Druce; Robert L. (Union City, CA), Johnson; Gary W. (Livermore, CA), Vogtlin; George E. (Fremont, CA), Barbee, Jr.; Troy W. (Palo Alto, CA), Lee; Ronald S. (Livermore, CA)
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
08/ 816,952
February 19, 1997
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-7405-ENG-48 between the United States Department of Energy and the University of California for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.