Use of vacuum arc plasma guns for a metal puff Z-pinch system

A. G. Rousskikh, A. S. Zhigalin, V. I. Oreshkin, S. A. Chaikovsky, N. A. Labetskaya, R. B. Baksht

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The performance of a metal puff Z-pinch system has been studied experimentally. In this type of system, the initial cylindrical shell 4 cm in diameter was produced by ten plasma guns. Each gun initiates a vacuum arc operating between magnesium electrodes. The net current of the guns was 80 kA. The arc-produced plasma shell was compressed by using a 450-kA, 450-ns driver, and as a result, a plasma column 0.3 cm in diameter was formed. The electron temperature of the plasma reached 400 eV at an average ion concentration of 1.85 1018 cm-3. The power of the Mg K-line radiation emitted by the plasma for 15-30 ns was 300 MWcm.

Original languageEnglish
Article number092707
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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