Short Courses

The short courses will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the conference hotel. The conference registration (and short course registration) portal is now open. The fee for the short courses is $250/person.

Short courses are held in the morning starting with breakfast at 7:30AM. Courses will be held concurrently from 8:00AM until 12:30PM. Courses will be held in the second floor of the hotel in the Sea Cliff and Pacific Heights conference rooms. Printed slides and study materials will be provided to students.

Short Course 1: "Solid-State Pulsed Power and Civil Applications,"  Prof. Luis Redondo


The course will focus on fundamental concepts for repetitive high-voltage pulse generation using state-of-the-art power semiconductor technology. This includes the most common power semiconductors devices used in solid-state-based high-voltage modulators, characteristics and practical operation, and the most widespread semiconductor-based HV pulse modulator topologies, advantages and limitations, such as the classic Marx generator and voltage multiplier circuits. In addition, future trends on this technology are overviewed. Finally, examples of industrial applications will be discussed, as well as, other aspects related to the type of load requirements these applications present to the high-voltage modulators.


  • Pulsed-Power fundamentals
  • Industrial applications
  • Pulse requirements
  • Energy storage
  • Switching - semiconductors and magnetic switch
  • Opening switch, inductive storage
  • Closing switch, capacitive storage
  • Topologies/techniques for pulse generation
  • Protection, Triggering, thermal considerations
  • How to deal with limitations /stacks
  • The load types (R, L, C)
  • Future trends
  • Summary

Intended audience:

The topics in this course are directed toward graduate students, scientists and engineers, and managers who want to learn from the experimental and design point of view the peculiarities of modern solid-state pulsed power and applications.

About the instructor:

Luis Redondo was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1968. He received the B.Sc.

and Dipl. Ing. degrees in electrical engineering from the Lisbon Engineering Superior Institute, ISEL, Portugal, in 1990 and 1992, the M.Sc. degree in nuclear physics from the faculty of Sciences from the Lisbon University, FCUL, Portugal in 1996, and the Doctor degree in electrical and computer engineering in 2004, from Technical Superior Institute from the Lisbon Technical University, Portugal. He is currently Coordinator Professor at ISEL, teaching Power Electronics and Digital Systems. His current research interests include pulsed power systems for industrial applications. Prof. Redondo is a member of the Portuguese Engineering Society and Senior Member of the Pulsed Power Science & Technology Standing Technical Committee of the Nuclear & Plasma Science Society of IEEE, where he was appointed Distinguished Lecturer. Professor Redondo has contributed to 5 Portuguese Patents and

60 international peer-review papers in the field of Pulsed Power.

Co-founder, in 30 November 2011, of the company Systems, which develops, assembles and sells solid-state modulator for various applications, from the environment to food processing.

Short Course 2: “Fast Transient Sensors,” Dr. Bucur Novac


  1. Introduction (steady state vs single shot events, frequency domain vs time domain analysis, etc)
  2. Voltage sensors (resistive dividers, capacitive and mixed dividers, embedded bespoke sensors, etc)
  3. Current sensors (Rogowski coils, current transformers, shunts, etc)
  4. Magnetic field sensors (pick-up coils, scalar sensors, I-dot sensors, etc)
  5. Electric field sensors (D-dot and V-dot sensors)
  6. Photonic sensors (magneto-optic Faraday rotation sensors and electro-optic Kerr and Pockels sensors)

About the instructor:

Dr. Bucur Novac has been awarded the titles of MSc (in 1977) and PhD (in 1989), both from the University of Bucharest. After graduation he started a scientific career at the Institute of Atomic Physics and in 1993 was promoted to Head of the Plasma Physics Laboratory, having 60 members of staff covering research domains such as dense plasma focus, tokamak fusion and masers. He joined the then Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Loughborough University UK in October 1998 as a full time Research Associate. Later was promoted as Research Fellow (in 2000), Senior Research Fellow (in 2002), Senior Lecturer (in 2003), Reader (in 2009) and finally full Professor of Pulsed Power in 2011.

Professor Novac is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He is a Voting Member on the Pulsed Power Science and Technology Committee, a Member of the International Steering Committee for the MEGAGAUSS Conferences and a Member of the International Organising Committee for the Euro-Asian Pulsed Power Conferences. He is also an Organizing Committee Member of the IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference, Co-Chairman of the U.K. Pulsed Power Symposium, Chairman of the IEEE UK&RI Chapter on Industrial Electronics and along the years he has chaired or co-chaired a number of international pulsed power conferences in Europe.

Dr. Novac interests and expertise are in the domain of compact and repetitive pulsed power systems, high-energy pulsed power physics and technology, explosive pulsed power including magnetic flux-compression and applications, high-current, high-power conditioning systems, photonic sensors and 2D numerical modeling of pulsed power systems. He has published more than 200 papers and contributed to three books.

For information about the short courses, please contact the Short Course Chair, James Dickens (