To what extent do contact-mode and indirect ESD test methods reproduce reality

David Pommerenke*, Martin Aidam

*Corresponding author for this work

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Currents, current derivatives and transient fields of ESDs of humans are compared to currents and fields caused by simulators. A method for the simulation of the discharge current is provided. This method includes an arc model. The resulting high peak current values (>10 A/kV) are validated by a simple physical model of the hand geometry. Investigations of transient fields from simulators point at differences between simulators from different manufactures and between the transient fields caused by humans compared to the fields from simulators. Suggestions for possible improvements of the ESD test standard are given.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-109
Number of pages9
JournalElectrical Overstress Electrostatic Discharge Symposium Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1995
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1995 17th Annual Symposium on Electrical Overstress/Electrostatic Discharge - Phoenix, AZ, USA
Duration: 12 Sep 199514 Sep 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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