Nanosecond pulses with global impact

TPS makes and sells nanosecond pulse power systems that provide transformative commercial solutions to the world’s most pressing problems

TPS is ultra-fast pulses

Nanosecond pulses are 4 million times faster than the blink of an eye

TPS Cutting Edge Technology

Proprietary high-voltage switching technology results in efficient and reliable systems

Solves the challenging issue of electromagnetic interference from fast rising pulses

Size and cost advantages enable new applications


A pulsed power system converts a low-power, long-time input into a high-power, short-time output.

Many pulsed power systems are built for military applications and output high energy pulses, but with the development of faster, solid state switching components the field has expanded to include the development of lower energy nanosecond systems that are utilized in a variety of applications, including biomedical, combustion, and agricultural applications.

Today, as exciting new applications of pulsed power are being explored and discovered, Transient Plasma Systems designs and manufactures compact pulsed power systems for research and industry.


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Transient plasma is a low-temperature plasma that exists during the transient, formative phase of an arc.  It is produced by using short, high-voltage pulses, which are short enough  (typically less than 100 ns) to prevent the arc from occurring.

In a transient plasma discharge, the energy transfer efficiency is high and significant energy goes into creating highly energetic electrons instead of heating of the surrounding gas.  This low-temperature plasma produced by ultra-short electrical pulses can be much more efficient and effective then other plasma sources such as RF or AC.


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