Quantification of ESD Pulses Caused by Collision of Objects

Gabriel Fellner, Amin Pak, Seyed Mostafa Mousavi, Christoph Koger, Ali Khorrami, David Pommerenke

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Well-insulated portable devices are exposed to field coupled impulsive ESDs if they are carried e.g., in a backpack. These pulses are created by tribo-charging of metallic objects as a result of movement and subsequent discharges. Due to the size of the metallic objects and low charge voltages, the frequency spectrum exceeds 5 GHz. The pulses can damage or upset devices. The paper quantifies the charge voltages and transient field strength by reproducing typical scenario and capturing transient fields with a bandwidth of more than 10 GHz. The charge voltages are estimated by comparing measurements to numerical modeling of the discharges.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility - EMC Europe, EMC Europe 2022
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665407878
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event2022 International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility: EMC Europe 2022 - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 5 Sept 20228 Sept 2022


Conference2022 International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility
Abbreviated titleEMC Europe 2022


  • Electrostatic discharge (ESD)
  • tribo-charging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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