Marx Generator 5C30.50

The Marx generator was conceived by E. Marx in 1924. The scheme involves charging a set of capacitors in parallel and discharging them in series. Thus the operation takes a DC voltage and steps it up by a factor roughly equivalent to the number of capacitors and 'sub-gaps' that act as switches to connect the capacitor sections together producing a pulsed output of extremely high voltage, energy and short time frame. The DemoLab version is rated at 30KVDC input however we are running it at about 14KVDC. Since there are 10 capacitor sections, our ultimate voltage amplification should be a pulse of about 140KV. By measuring our spark gap for the maximum spark attainable, the implied voltage is closer to about 102KV. The bottom gap is set slightly less than the upper gaps and is the initiatory gap. The UV produced from the first gap helps stabilize and initiate the succeeding gaps
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