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Avalanche pulse generator build using 2N3904

Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 in DIY, measurement by DP

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Kerry Wong documented his avalanche pulse generator build using 2N3904:

The majority of avalanche pulse generators hobbyists built used 2N2369, the same transistor used in Jim Williams’ original experiment. One of the main benefits of using 2N2369 is that it can avalanche at a relatively low voltage (under 90V). But most general purpose NPN transistors such as 2N3904, 2N2222, SS9013, etc. can be used in avalanche mode as well. Andrew Holme for example, had built such a pulser using the popular 2N3904. I have also found 2N3904 to be a great alternative to the hard-to-find 2N2369, despite having a slightly higher avalanche voltage threshold. During my build process, I sampled a large batch of 2N3904′s, and found that most can avalanche pretty consistently at around 100V.

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