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A Marx generator is a type of high voltage generator circuit. It is used to generate even higher voltage impulses from high voltage DC.

A Marx generator is a circuit consisting of a resistor, a capacitor for high voltage, and a spark gap (electrode). When high voltage electricity is applied to this circuit, multiple capacitors are charged simultaneously. Eventually, when the charging voltage becomes too high, discharge occurs between the electrodes, causing them to short-circuit. A short circuit causes all the capacitors to be connected in series, and a high voltage is generated by adding up the charging voltage of each capacitor.

A Marx generator generates a very high voltage of over 100kV. For this reason, they are used for experiments such as simulating lightning. Matsusada Precision offers a wide range of high-voltage power supplies for charging the capacitors incorporated in Marx generators.

Marx Generators
Related words:
  • Impulse
  • Capacitor
  • Lightning
  • Charging
  • Pulse Forming Networks (PFNs)