Step-Response-Based Calibration Method for ESD Generators in the Air-Discharge Mode
The current IEC 61000-4-2 (2008) standard does not provide calibration specifications for electrostatic discharge (ESD) generators in the air-discharge mode. This is largely due to the well-known fact of poor repeatability in air-discharge measurements. This complicates identifying an acceptable tolerance range of a reference waveform for air discharge. The variability of the discharge waveforms is caused by variations in the spark length. A novel air-discharge calibration method is proposed, which avoids sparking. The method is based on measuring the step response of an ESD generator in the air-discharge mode using a mercury-wetted relay. Possible nonlinear effects are identified during the contact-mode ESD simulator calibration at higher voltages; thus, in combination, an air-discharge calibration method is provided. This letter explains the method and shows excellent repeatability.
S. Yang et al., "Step-Response-Based Calibration Method for ESD Generators in the Air-Discharge Mode," IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Dec 2017.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TEMC.2017.2776749
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Calibration; Electric Current Measurement; Electric Discharges; Electrostatic Discharge; Electrostatic Generators; Electrostatics; Gas Generators; Laser Optics; Metals; Step Response; Air Discharge; Calibration Method; Discharge Waveforms; ESD Gun; ESD Simulators; Nonlinear Effect; Relays; Tolerance Range; Electrostatic Devices; Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Generator Calibration; Metals
International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)
Article - Journal
© 2017 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.