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Title: Accretion shocks in the laboratory: Design of an experiment to study star formation

Here, we present the design of a laboratory-astrophysics experiment to study magnetospheric accretion relevant to young, pre-main-sequence stars. Spectra of young stars show evidence of hotspots created when streams of accreting material impact the surface of the star and create shocks. The structures that form during this process are poorly understood, as the surfaces of young stars cannot be spatially resolved. Our experiment would create a scaled "accretion shock" at a major (several kJ) laser facility. The experiment drives a plasma jet (the "accretion stream") into a solid block (the "stellar surface"), in the presence of a parallel magnetic field analogous to the star's local field.
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  1. Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)
  2. Rice Univ., Houston, TX (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
NA0003527; NA0002956
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
High Energy Density Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 23; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 1574-1818
Research Org:
Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Office of Defense Programs (DP) (NA-10)
Country of Publication:
United States
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; 79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; Laboratory astrophysics; Star formation; Accretion; Shocks; Jets
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1397409