Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Alexander, P. H.,


Engineering, Electronics and Electrical.




In recent years, the electrostatic discharge (ESD) has become one of the major subjects which often concerns the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) community. Especially, there is a significant increase of discussion for all aspects of ESD issues being developed in the 1997 EOS/ESD Symposium. The introduction of the narrowband frequency-domain method of measurement and the further insight of the Fourier Transform OM analysis of the ESD waveforms and events were thoroughly investigated in an attempt to offer a handy tool for exploration of getting faster and faster ESD test sources and to suggest a solution for the increasingly vulnerable equipment and devices. The newly proposed test setup is designed to generate the spectral components to correspond as closely as possible to those of the human ESD event in a given test environment. In this test setup, the variables that affect the test are controlled as much as possible. The human body to equipment under test (EUT) capacitance, Cd, is controlled. This is accomplished by the use of a parabolic shield. It reduces variation in Cd due to the human body size, and eliminates some ambiguities in the IEC standard. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1998 .L6. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0565. Adviser: P. H. Alexander. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1998.