Testing of high voltage surge protection devices for use in liquid argon TPC detectors
Author(s)Asaadi, J.; Conrad, Janet; Gollapinni, S.; Jones, Benjamin James Poyner; Jostlein, H.; St. John, J. M.; Strauss, T.; Wolbers, S.; Zennamo, J.; ... Show more Show less
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In this paper we demonstrate the capability of high voltage varistors and gas discharge tube arrestors for use as surge protection devices in liquid argon time projection chamber detectors. The insulating and clamping behavior of each type of device is characterized in air (room temperature), and liquid argon (90 K), and their robustness under high voltage and high energy surges in cryogenic conditions is verified. The protection of vulnerable components in liquid argon during a 150 kV high voltage discharge is also demonstrated. Each device is tested for argon contamination and light emission effects, and both are constrained to levels where no significant impact upon liquid argon time projection chamber functionality is expected. Both devices investigated are shown to be suitable for HV surge protection applications in cryogenic detectors.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics
Journal of Instrumentation
Asaadi, J, J M Conrad, S Gollapinni, B J P Jones, H Jostlein, J M St John, T Strauss, S Wolbers, and J Zennamo. “Testing of High Voltage Surge Protection Devices for Use in Liquid Argon TPC Detectors.” Journal of Instrumentation 9, no. 09 (September 1, 2014): P09002–P09002.