Experimental study of an argon-hydrogen Z pinch plasma radiation source

Alexander V. Shishlov, Rina B. Baksht, Aleksey Yu Labetsky, Vladimir I. Oreshkin, Alexander G. Rousskikh, Anatoly V. Fedunin, Stanislav A. Chaikovsky, Vladimir A. Kokshenev, Nikolay E. Kurmaev, Fedor I. Fursov

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Experiments with Ar-H 2 double gas puffs have been conducted on the GIT-12 generator at the current level of 2.1-2.4 MA and 250-350 ns implosion times. The argon-hydrogen mixture was used as a working medium in the outer shell of a double gas puff. The goal of the experiments was to verify whether the use of the argon-hydrogen mixture in the outer shell can improve the stability of a double gas puff implosion and provide increased argon K -shell radiation yields. The experiments showed that hydrogen admixture results in the change of implosion dynamics: decreased implosion velocities and compression ratios. The experimental data does not allow a conclusion that the use of an Ar-H 2 mixture in the outer shell of a double gas puff significantly improves the implosion stability. An increase in the hydrogen percentage in the outer shell leads to a decrease in plasma density and temperature, and as a result, reduced K -shell radiation yields and powers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)498-511
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number2 II
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Plasma radiation source
  • X-ray production
  • Z pinch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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