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Title: Experimental characterization of a coaxial plasma accelerator for a colliding plasma experiment

We report experimental results of a single coaxial plasma accelerator in preparation for a colliding plasma experiment. The utilized device consisted of a coaxial pair of electrodes, accelerating the plasma due to J×B forces. A pulse forming network, composed of three capacitors connected in parallel, with a total capacitance of 27 μF was set up. A thyratron allowed to switch the maximum applied voltage of 9 kV. Under these conditions, the pulsed currents reached peak values of about 103 kA. The measurements were performed in a small vacuum chamber with a neutral-gas prefill at gas pressures between 10 Pa and 14 000 Pa. A gas mixture of ArH{sub 2} with 2.8% H{sub 2} served as the discharge medium. H{sub 2} was chosen in order to observe the broadening of the H{sub β} emission line and thus estimate the electron density. The electron density for a single plasma accelerator reached peak values on the order of 10{sup 16} cm{sup −3}. Electrical parameters, inter alia inductance and resistance, were determined for the LCR circuit during the plasma acceleration as well as in a short circuit case. Depending on the applied voltage, the inductance and resistance reached values ranging from 194 nH to 216 nH and 13 mΩ to 23more » mΩ, respectively. Furthermore, the plasma velocity was measured using a fast CCD camera. Plasma velocities of 2 km/s up to 17 km/s were observed, the magnitude being highly correlated with gas pressure and applied voltage.« less
Authors:
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  1. Plasma Physics Group, Institute of Applied Physics, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main 60438 (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22408376
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: (c) 2015 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; CAMERAS; CAPACITANCE; CAPACITORS; CHARGE-COUPLED DEVICES; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL; ELECTRICAL FAULTS; ELECTRODES; ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS; ELECTRON DENSITY; EXPERIMENTAL DATA; HYDROGEN; INDUCTANCE; LOAD COLLECTOR RATIO; PLASMA ACCELERATION; PLASMA GUNS; PULSES; VELOCITY