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Title: Preliminary characterization of a laser-generated plasma sheet

We present the results from recent experiments to create a flowing plasma sheet. Two groups of three laser beams with nominally 1.5 kJ of energy per group were focused to separate pointing locations, driving a shock into a wedge target. As the shock breaks out of the wedge, the plasma is focused on center, creating a sheet of plasma. Measurements at 60 ns indicate the plasma sheet has propagated 2825 microns with an average velocity of 49 microns/ns. These experiments follow previous experiments, which are aimed at studying similar physics as that found in the hot spot region of cataclysmic variables. Krauland et al created a flowing plasma, which represents the flowing plasma from the secondary star. This flow interacted with a stationary object, which represented the disk around the white dwarf. A reverse shock is a shock formed when a freely expanding plasma encounters an obstacle. Reverse shocks can be generated by a blast wave propagating through a medium. As a result, they can also be found in binary star systems where the flowing gas from a companion star interacts with the accretion disk of the primary star.
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  1. Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)
  2. Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Nuclear Research Center-Negev, Beer-Sheva (Israel)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
NA0002032; NA0001840; NA0000850; 08NA28302
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
High Energy Density Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 17; Journal Issue: PA; Journal ID: ISSN 1574-1818
Research Org:
Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; cataclysmic variable star; plasma flow; laboratory astrophysics
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1252552