Edit Proposal: Milestone-Proposal:SCR/Thyristor You do not have permission to edit this page, for the following reason: You are not currently logged in. The action you have requested is limited to users in the group: Users. Please log in or create an account. Docket ID: (admins only) Thank you for proposing a technical achievement for possible recognition as an IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing. Your efforts help preserve the heritage of technology. Detailed information on the Milestone application process may be found at: Milestone Guidelines and How to Propose a Milestone. At least one of the proposer(s) must be an IEEE Member (including Student Member) in good standing. To the proposer’s knowledge, is this achievement subject to litigation? If the answer is "yes", the proposal cannot proceed further. Yes No You must be able to answer "yes" to all of the following questions. 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When used, the names should be the names of the engineers, scientists, or technologists who actually made the achievement, rather than managers or executives. For more information and suggestions about writing milestone citations, please visit Helpful Hints on Citations, Plaque Locations. General Electric introduced the silicon controlled rectifier (SCR), a three-terminal p-n-p-n device, in 1957. The gas-filled tubes used previously were difficult to operate and unreliable. The symmetrical alternating current switch (TRIAC), the gate turn-off thyristor (GTO), and the large integrated gate-commutated thyristor (IGCT) evolved from the SCR. Its development revolutionized efficient control of electric energy and electrical machines. In what IEEE section(s) will the milestone plaque(s) reside? Please specify the IEEE Organizational Unit(s) which have agreed to sponsor the Milestone, and supply name and contact information for the senior officer from those OU(s). 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In the space below, please describe in detail: the historic significance of the achievement, its importance to the evolution of electrical and computer engineering and science, its importance to regional/national/international development, its benefits to humanity, the ways the achievement was a significant advance rather than an incremental improvement of existing technology. The material submitted here will constitute the main descriptive article on the ETHW website for readers to learn about the milestone. Space is unlimited, and detail is encouraged. Most milestones require 1000 to 1500 words of support, however there is no word limit. The article should be readable by a wide audience that includes practicing engineers, scholars of history, and the general public. Some examples of the text of good milestone articles are First Radio Astronomical Observations Using Very Long Baseline Interferometry] and G3_Facsimile International Standardization of G3 Facsimile (Do not worry about the formatting of the page, IEEE History Center Staff will do that afterwards.) What is the historical significance of the work (its technological, scientific, or social importance)? The invention of the SCR/Thyristor revolutionized the control of electric power conversion by replacing the gas-filled controlled rectifier tube (the thyratron) with a three-terminal solid-state device consistiing of an anode, a cathode and a gate. Unlike the two terminal diode in which current flows when a positive voltage is applied between the anode and the cathode, the SCR will not conduct with a positive anode-cathode voltage until a small voltage is applied between the gate and the cathode. Conduction is stopped by reducing the current to a low value known as the latching current. The invention of the SCR/Thyristor led to dramatic efficiency and control improvements in the rectification of line voltages and is the basis of modern speed control of ac and dc motors. Its application to motor control had a substantial impact in electric traction, making possible the displacement of dc motors by the more efficient and reliaable ac motors, particlulaly in railroads. The SCR and its derivative, the GTO, have made possible HVDC transmission at much higher voltages and power levels than previously obtainable with mercury arc rectifiers and thyratrons. The SCR has also had a dramatic impact on manufacturing.The steel, electrochemical, automotive and welding industries, among many others, benefited greaatly by the improved efficiency, more precise control, and reduced cost made possible by the application of SCR based equipment to their processes. What obstacles (technical, political, geographic) needed to be overcome? The functional basis of the SCR as an interconnection of two transistors was originally described as early as 1950 and published by J. J. Ebers of Bell Laboratories in 1952. The subsequent reduction to practice as a monolithic device required a deeper understanding of the current dependency of the current gains of the two transistors, and recognition that silicon and not germanium was the appropriate semiconductor to use. Problems of false triggering by thermally or dv/dt induced currents at the triggering junction also needed to be understood and solved. Initial devices demonstrated relatively low power ratings, leading some to believe that the SCR was not destined for high power applications. Improvements in silicon crystal growth and wafer processing lead to ever larger devices with ratings now exceeding 10 kV and 3 kA. Package design was another challenge as device ratings, and hence device dissipation, increased. The single-sided cooled, stud mounted device was replaced by the two-sided cooled “hockey puck” package in which the silicon was not bonded, but contacted by compression of the package thus allowing movement to accommodate thermally induced stresses in the large Si wafer. A further obstacle to extending the application of the SCR is the speed at which it is capable of switching. Early devices could be applied at frequencies not much higher than 10’s of Hz. A better understanding of device behavior and Improvements in device design and fabrication have produced devices capable of operating at frequencies in the 10’s of kHz. What features set this work apart from similar achievements? Among similar achievements are the thyratron, the bipolar transistor (BJT) and the field effect transistor (FET), devices which were invented before the SCR. The SCR made the thyratron obsolete by manifesting it’s function in a smaller, more efficient, more reliable and more easily controlled solid state device. In addition, the SCR can exhibit power ratings far exceeding the thyratron’s. Besides its ability to control much higher power levels, the singular feature of the SCR that sets it apart from the BJT and FET is its bipolar voltage blocking capability. The BJT can support a voltage of only one polarity and thus cannot function in applications for which the SCR is appropriate. Due to materials issues the FET had a long gestation period before it became a practical device, and it wasn’t until the 1970’s that the vertical channel power MOSFET was developed. Like the BJT, the FET is incapable of bilateral voltage blocking and cannot be used in place of the SCR. Supporting texts and citations to establish the dates, location, and importance of the achievement. You must supply the texts or excerpts themselves, not just the references. Minimum of five (5), but as many as needed to support the milestone, such as patents, contemporary newspaper articles, journal articles, or chapters in scholarly books. At least one of the references must be from a scholarly book or journal article. 'Scholarly' is defined as peer-reviewed, with references, and published. The full reference, in English, must be uploaded, not just the citation. See below section for details on uploading material to the website. All supporting materials must be in English, or accompanied by an English translation.  [[Media:Milestone Reference 1-SCR 50 Yrs Old Owen IASMag 2007.pdf|E. L. Owen, "SCR Is 50 Years Old"]], IEEE Industry Applications Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 6, Pages 6 - 10, 2007  [[Media:Milestone Reference 2-The Silicon pnpn Switch Holonyak 2001.pdf|N. Holonyak]], "The Silicon p-n-p-n Switch and Controlled Rectifier (Thyristor)",IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Volume 16, Issue 1, Pages 8 - 16, 2001  [[Media:Ref1 Tiku 2014 IEEE PE Magazine.pdf|Deepak Tiku,, "dc Power Transmission: Mercury-Arc to Thyristor HVdc Valves",]] IEEE Power and Energy Magazine, Volume 12, Issue: 2 Pages: 76 - 96, 2014  [[Media:Milestone Reference 4-Uno Lamm the father of HVdc transmission.pdf|M. Korytowski, "Uno Lamm the father of HVdc transmission"]], IEEE Power and Energy Magazine, Volume 15, Issue:3 Pages: 92-102, 2017  [[Media:Milestone Reference 5-GE - SCR Manual 1964.pdf|GE SCR Manual, 5th Ed.]], GE Syracuse New York, 1972 Supporting materials (supported formats: GIF, JPEG, PNG, PDF, DOC) which can be made publicly available on the IEEE History Center’s website (i.e. unencumbered by copyright, or with the copyright holder’s permission). All supporting materials must be in English, or if not in English, accompanied by an English translation. 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