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Title: Design and initial results from a kilojoule level dense plasma focus with hollow anode and cylindrically symmetric gas puff

We have designed and built a Dense Plasma Focus (DPF) Z-pinch device using a kJ-level capacitor bank and a hollow anode, and fueled by a cylindrically symmetric gas puff. Using this device, we have measured peak deuteron beam energies of up to 400 keV at 0.8 kJ capacitor bank energy and pinch lengths of ∼6 mm, indicating accelerating fields greater than 50 MV/m. Neutron yields of on the order of 10{sup 7} per shot were measured during deuterium operation. The cylindrical gas puff system permitted simultaneous operation of DPF with a radiofrequency quadrupole accelerator for beam-into-plasma experiments. This paper describes the machine design, the diagnostic systems, and our first results.
Authors:
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  1. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, Livermore, California 94550 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22251181
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Review of Scientific Instruments; Journal Volume: 85; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; ACCELERATORS; CAPACITORS; CYLINDRICAL CONFIGURATION; DESIGN; DEUTERIUM; DEUTERON BEAMS; HOLLOW ANODES; KEV RANGE 100-1000; NEUTRONS; PINCH DEVICES; PLASMA FOCUS; RADIOWAVE RADIATION; SYMMETRY