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Title: Larger sized wire arrays on 1.5 MA Z-pinch generator

Experiments on the UNR Zebra generator with Load Current Multiplier (LCM) allow for implosions of larger sized wire array loads than at standard current of 1 MA. Advantages of larger sized planar wire array implosions include enhanced energy coupling to plasmas, better diagnostic access to observable plasma regions, and more complex geometries of the wire loads. The experiments with larger sized wire arrays were performed on 1.5 MA Zebra with LCM (the anode-cathode gap was 1 cm, which is half the gap used in the standard mode). In particular, larger sized multi-planar wire arrays had two outer wire planes from mid-atomic-number wires to create a global magnetic field (gmf) and plasma flow between them. A modified central plane with a few Al wires at the edges was put in the middle between outer planes to influence gmf and to create Al plasma flow in the perpendicular direction (to the outer arrays plasma flow). Such modified plane has different number of empty slots: it was increased from 6 up to 10, hence increasing the gap inside the middle plane from 4.9 to 7.7 mm, respectively. Such load configuration allows for more independent study of the flows of L-shell mid-atomic-number plasma (betweenmore » the outer planes) and K-shell Al plasma (which first fills the gap between the edge wires along the middle plane) and their radiation in space and time. We demonstrate that such configuration produces higher linear radiation yield and electron temperatures as well as advantages of better diagnostics access to observable plasma regions and how the load geometry (size of the gap in the middle plane) influences K-shell Al radiation. In particular, K-shell Al radiation was delayed compared to L-shell mid-atomic-number radiation when the gap in the middle plane was large enough (when the number of empty slots was increased up to ten)« less
Authors:
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  1. Physics Department, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557 (United States)
  2. Laboratoire de Physique des Plasmas, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, 91128 (France)
  3. Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM 87185 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22390816
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1639; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: 9. International Conference on Dense Z Pinches, Napa, CA (United States), 3-7 Aug 2014; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ALUMINIUM; ANODES; ATOMIC NUMBER; CATHODES; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; COUPLING; ELECTRIC CURRENTS; ELECTRON TEMPERATURE; IMPLOSIONS; K SHELL; L SHELL; MAGNETIC FIELDS; PINCH DEVICES; PLASMA; PLASMA DIAGNOSTICS; PLASMA PRODUCTION; SPACE; WIRES; YIELDS