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Title: Computational analysis of current-loss mechanisms in a post-hole convolute driven by magnetically insulated transmission lines

Numerical simulations of a vacuum post-hole convolute driven by magnetically insulated vacuum transmission lines (MITLs) are used to study current losses due to charged particle emission from the MITL-convolute-system electrodes. This work builds on the results of a previous study [E.A. Madrid et al. Phys. Rev. ST Accel. Beams 16, 120401 (2013)] and adds realistic power pulses, Ohmic heating of anode surfaces, and a model for the formation and evolution of cathode plasmas. The simulations suggest that modestly larger anode-cathode gaps in the MITLs upstream of the convolute result in significantly less current loss. In addition, longer pulse durations lead to somewhat greater current loss due to cathode-plasma expansion. These results can be applied to the design of future MITL-convolute systems for high-current pulsed-power systems.
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  1. Voss Scientific, LLC, Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  2. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Physical Review Special Topics. Accelerators and Beams
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 18; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 1098-4402
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States