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2018 REU Seminar Series, #2

Very-High-Frequency Power Electronics: Research Directions and New Applications
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 10:00am
AllenX 101 Auditorium
Prof. Juan Rivas-Davila
Abstract / Description: 

In this talk, I will explain the research directions of my group as well as some of the challenges we face designing converters in the HF and VHF frequency range. I will show some examples of RF converters implemented using air-core inductors embedded in the printed circuits board used to drive a plasma thruster for nano-satellites. I will also discuss some of our recent findings regarding the performance of Wide Bandgap power devices when operating at frequencies above 10MHz, and how we are leveraging this information to design dc-dc converters with large conversion ratios.

The REU Seminar Series is an educational and developmental opportunity for REU participants. Attendance at the seminars is required for all REU interns. Speakers will discuss their research or work, provide educational and career advice, and share their knowledge with you. There will be a question and answer period at the end of each talk. Light refreshments are provided at each seminar. If you believe you may need accommodations during the seminar series, please contact us at or so that we may find a way to accommodate your needs.

Prof. Juan Rivas-Davila Director, SUPER Lab Stanford University

Research Area: Power electronics