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Title: Exploration of Plasma Jets Approach to High Energy Density Physics. Final report

High-energy-density laboratory plasma (HEDLP) physics is an emerging, important area of research in plasma physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics, and particle acceleration. While the HEDLP regime occurs at extreme conditions which are often found naturally in space but not on the earth, it may be accessible by colliding high intensity plasmas such as high-energy-density plasma jets, plasmoids or compact toroids from plasma guns. The physics of plasma jets is investigated in the context of high energy density laboratory plasma research. This report summarizes results of theoretical and computational investigation of a plasma jet undergoing adiabatic compression and adiabatic expansion. A root-mean-squared (rms) envelope theory of plasma jets is developed. Comparison between theory and experiment is made. Good agreement between theory and experiment is found.
  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Technical Report
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
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USDOE; USDOE SC Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (SC-24)
Country of Publication:
United States
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY Plasma Jet, High Energy Density Laboratory Plasma, Adiabatic Expansion, Adiabatic Compression