Fields on the horizontal coupling plane excited by direct ESD and discharges to the vertical coupling plane

Stephan Frei*, David Pommerenke

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Field levels in indirect electrostatic discharge (ESD) test setups are hardly known yet. It has been proposed to ANSI and IEC to use a horizontal simulator position instead of a vertical position in indirect ESD testing. This paper shows the field values on the horizontal coupling plane for different excitations and grounding topologies and questions if the goal of the change - a reduction of the simulator influence - will be achieved. Also, investigations dealing with the sensitivity of digital devices to impulsive fields are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-190
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Electrostatics
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes
EventElectrical Overstress/Electrostatic Discharge Symposium - Santa Clara, United States
Duration: 23 Sept 199725 Sept 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biotechnology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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