Deuterium gas puff Z-pinch at currents of 2 to 3 mega-ampere

D. Klir, A. V. Shishlov, P. Kubes, K. Rezac, F. I. Fursov, V. A. Kokshenev, B. M. Kovalchuk, J. Kravarik, N. E. Kurmaev, A. Yu Labetsky, N. A. Ratakhin

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Deuterium gas-puff experiments have been carried out on the GIT-12 generator at the Institute of High Current Electronics in Tomsk. The emphasis was put on the study of plasma dynamics and neutron production in double shell gas puffs. A linear mass density of deuterium (D 2) varied between 50 and 85 g/cm. Somewhat problematic was a spread of the D 2 gas at a large diameter in the central anode-cathode region. The generator operated in two regimes, with and without a plasma opening switch (POS). When the POS was used, a current reached a peak of 2.7 MA with a 200 ns rise time. Without the POS, a current rise time approached 1500 ns. The influence of different current rise times on neutron production was researched. Obtained results were important for comparison of fast deuterium Z-pinches with plasma foci. Average DD neutron yields with and without the POS were about 10 11. The neutron yield seems to be dependent on a peak voltage at the Z-pinch load. In all shots, the neutron emission started during stagnation. At the beginning of the neutron production, the neutron emission correlated with soft x-rays and a significant fraction of neutrons could be explained by the thermonuclear mechanism. Nevertheless, a peak of the neutron emission occurred 40 ns after a soft x-ray peak. At this very moment, hard x-rays above 1 MeV were detected and a rapid expansion with a velocity of 3 10 5 m/s was observed. In the case of the POS, 1 MeV widths of radial neutron spectra implied that there are deuterons with the energy above 200 keV moving in the radial direction. On the basis of D 2 gas puff experiments in the 0.3-17 MA region, the neutron yield dependence on a current as Y I 3. 0 0. 2 was proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number032706
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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