I have recently discovered the exciting world of depletion mode mosfets. Curiously, even in this document, I found nowhere that a depletion mode mosfet could be used as a current limiting/inrush current limiting device. But this is strange, because what prevent us to use them like this:
or like this
(with a suitable heat sink of course) ?
To put flesh on bones, I have built a 800V, 10-20 mA PSU. I have a IXTY01N100D depletion mosfet, with 1000V breakdown voltage and 400mA current. It is not so easy to build a conventional inrush current limiter at this voltage. I wonder if I can use this transistor to limit the inrush current in the filtering output cap.