Transient field measurement system to analyze the severity and occurrence rate of electrostatic discharge (ESD)

Stephan Frei*, David Pommerenke

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To design electrostatic discharge (ESD) robust equipment, the occurrence rate and the intensity of the pulses must be known. To check the efficiency of an ESD control program methods for observing ESD are necessary. A new impulse monitoring system was designed. This system automatically detects ESD by their associated fields. This monitoring system records electric and magnetic field values, their peak derivatives and spectral distribution with more than 1 GHz bandwidth. Furthermore, environmental information (temperature and humidity) and time are recorded. The monitoring system is described and methods for evaluation of the data are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-203
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Electrostatics
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes
Event19th Annual Electrical Overstress/Electrostatic Discharge Symposium: EOS/ESD 1997 - 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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