The effects of trigger laser pulse width on the jitter time of a GaAs photoconductive semiconductor switch (PCSS) is investigated in the experiment. The laser is split into two optical beams by a cross grating to excite two 3 mm gap GaAs PCSSs in parallel at the same time. This work reveals that the jitter time of the GaAs PCSS is reduced as the trigger laser pulse width decreases. Our results overcome a significant obstacle that hinders the testing and theory of GaAs PCSSs in high-time-precision synchronous control.
© 2013 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 19, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 24, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 31, 2013
Published: June 27, 2013
Wei Shi, Huaimeng Gui, Lin Zhang, Cheng Ma, Mengxia Li, Ming Xu, and Luyi Wang, "Effects of trigger laser pulse width on the jitter time of GaAs photoconductive semiconductor switch," Opt. Lett. 38, 2330-2332 (2013)