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Title: Study of the time-resolved, 3-dimensional current density distribution in solid metallic liners at 1 MA

We present a study of the time varying current density distribution in solid metallic liner experiments at the 1MA level. Measurements are taken using an array of magnetic field probes which provide 2D triangulation of the average centroid of the drive current in the load at 3 discrete axial positions. These data are correlated with gated optical self-emission imaging which directly images the breakdown and plasma formation region. Results show that the current density is azimuthally non-uniform, and changes significantly throughout the 100ns experimental timescale. Magnetic field probes show clearly motion of the current density around the liner azimuth over 10ns timescales. If breakdown is initiated at one azimuthal location, the current density remains non-uniform even over large spatial extents throughout the current drive. The evolution timescales are suggestive of a resistive diffusion process or uneven current distributions among simultaneously formed but discrete plasma conduction paths.
Authors:
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  1. Univ. of California, San Diego, CA (United States)
  2. Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States). Lab. for Plasma Studies
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
NA0001836
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physics of Plasmas
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 23; Journal Issue: 9; Journal ID: ISSN 1070-664X
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
DOE
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY
OSTI Identifier:
1417971