MAIZE: A 1 MA LTD-driven Z-pinch at the University of Michigan

R. M. Gilgenbach, M. R. Gomez, J. C. Zier, W. W. Tang, D. M. French, Y. Y. Lau, M. G. Mazarakis, M. E. Cuneo, M. D. Johnston, B. V. Oliver, T. A. Mehlhorn, A. A. Kim, V. A. Sinebryukhov

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    Researchers at The University of Michigan have constructed and tested a 1-MA Linear Transformer Driver (LTD), the first of its type to reach the USA. The Michigan Accelerator for Inductive Z-pinch Experiments, (MAIZE), is based on the LTD developed at the Institute of High Current Electronics in collaboration with Sandia National Labs and UM. This LTD utilizes 80 capacitors and 40 spark gap switches, arranged in 40 "bricks", to deliver a 1 MA, 100 kV pulse with 100 ns risetime into a matched resistive load. Preliminary resistive-load test results are presented for the LTD facility. Planned experimental research programs at UM include: a) Studies of Magneto-Raleigh-Taylor instability of planar foils, and b) Vacuum convolute studies including cathode and anode plasma.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAIP Conference Proceedings
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event7th International Conference on Dense Z-Pinches - Alexandria, VA, United States
    Duration: 12 Aug 200821 Aug 2008


    Other7th International Conference on Dense Z-Pinches
    CountryUnited States
    CityAlexandria, VA


    • High current
    • Z-pinch

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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