Three-dimensional effects in trailing mass in the wire-array Z pinch

Yu, Edmund P.; Cuneo, M. E.; Desjarlais, M. P.; Lemke, R. W.; Sinars, D. B.; Haill, T. A.; Waisman, E. M.; Bennett, G. R.; Jennings, C. A.; Mehlhorn, T. A.; Brunner, T. A.; Hanshaw, H. L.; Porter, J. L.; Stygar, W. A.; Rudakov, L. I.
May 2008
Physics of Plasmas;May2008, Vol. 15 Issue 5, p056301
Academic Journal
The implosion phase of a wire-array Z pinch is investigated using three-dimensional (3D) simulations, which model the mass ablation phase and its associated axial instability using a mass injection boundary condition. The physical mechanisms driving the trailing mass network are explored, and it is found that in 3D the current paths though the trailing mass can reduce bubble growth on the imploding plasma sheath, relative to the 2D (r,z) equivalent. Comparison between the simulations and a high quality set of experimental radiographs is presented.


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