A Marx generator charges capacitors in parallel then discharges them in series.
I read that the voltage across each capacitor accumulates when they are connected in series, which causes subsequent spark gaps to break down after the initial gap is triggered.
How do I choose the voltage ratings for the capacitors?
- Should I use capacitors of higher voltage ratings towards the load in order to factor in voltage accumulation?
- Should there be a minimum voltage rating (or charging voltage) for all capacitors? This is considering how the total voltage of the first two capacitors needs to exceed the breakdown voltage of the smallest possible air gap.