Electromagnetic burst measurement system based on low cost UHF dipole antenna

Ismael Escalona, Gonzalo Avaria, Marcos Díaz, Jorge Ardila-Rey, José Moreno, Cristian Pavez, Leopoldo Soto

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Non-linear high-power devices produce electromagnetic noise (EMN) sources of great intensity that can disrupt and damage the surrounding electrical equipment and devices. This radiative phenomenon is very common at facilities where pulsed power generators are required, particularly those that are needed to produce dense transient plasma experiments. These conditions are found at the Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission (CCHEN), due to the presence of pulsed power generators that switch large currents (kA-MA) in short times (10-100 ns). In order to characterize and establish conditions to mitigate the effects of the EMN on nearby devices, a measurement system based on an ultra-high frequency (UHF) dipole antenna was developed. We evaluated the system measuring the EMN emanated from a plasma focus device, the PF-400J. Measurements at the place indicated broadband and intense electric fields that can couple to nearby cables and equipment (10-300 MHz bandwidth, up to 350 V/MHz spectral intensity, 100 V coupled voltage). Based on these measurements a compact and simple protection system was designed, built and tested, capable of effectively mitigating the high levels of EMN. The proper EMN impact mitigation indicates the correct operation of the suggested system. The developed system can be of interest to the energy community by facilitating EMN measurement produced by arc discharges.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1415
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Dense plasma focus (DPF)
  • Dipole antenna
  • Electromagnetic noise (EMN)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Energy (miscellaneous)

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