ESD currents and fields on the VCP and the HCP modeled using quasi-static approximations

David J. Pommerenke*, Thomas P. Van Doren, Wang Kai

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The horizontal coupling plane (HCP) and the vertical coupling plane (VCP) are essential elements of the standardized electrostatic discharge (ESD) test. They are used for testing the robustness of equipment against indirect (nearby) discharges. This article analyzed the current and the fields on the HCP and the VCP using plane wave, transmission line, quasi-static theory. The objective is to illustrate the dominating physical processes on these planes. The work is based on measurements of the transient currents and fields using broadband sensors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-86
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility: EMC 2002 - Minneapolis, United States
Duration: 19 Aug 200223 Aug 2002


  • Electrostatic discharge
  • Susceptibility
  • Transient fields

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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