Texas Tech University

Center for Pulsed Power & Electronics

About the P3E Center

The Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics (P3E) has three primary research areas: Plasma, Pulsed Power, and Power Electronics.

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Plasma research includes a small Tokomak used for wave propagation studies, applications of plasma technology to pulsed power devices, plasma synthesis of thin films, high power microwave generation, and electric space propulsion engines.


 E beam

Pulsed power research concentrates on high power switching, materials studies, and high power microwaves. The program is heavily interdisciplinary and involves faculty members from EE, ME, Physics and Chemistry.



Power electronics research is focused on very large power IGBT's, Ultra High Power SCR's, advanced electrical and thermal packaging, robust controls for plasma arcs, and high bandwidth monitoring and control of electric machines. The program is also involved in the development of a power electronics curriculum at the national level in collaboration with the University of Minnesota.

Faculty Books

Explosively Driven Pulsed Power Book

Explosively Driven Pulsed Power
Helical Magnetic Flux Compression Generators
Series: Power Systems
Neuber, Andreas A. (Ed.)
2005, XII, 280 p. 203 illus., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-3540260516


J.C. Martin on Pulsed Power book

J.C. Martin on Pulsed Power
Series: Advances in Pulsed Power Technology, Vol. 3
Martin, T.H.; Guenther, A.H.; Kristiansen, M. (Eds.)
1996, 535 p., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0306453029


Gas Discharge Closing Switches book

Gas Discharge Closing Switches
Series: Advances in Pulsed Power Technology, Vol. 2
Schaefer, Gerhard; Kristiansen, M.; Guenther, A.H. (Eds.)
1991, 600 p., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0306436192



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