Observation of pinching in the compact toroid injection experiment: Implications for a plasma opening switch

Baker, K. L.; Hwang, D. Q.; Evans, R. W.; Horton, R. D.; McLean, H. S.; Terry, S. D.
August 2001
Applied Physics Letters;8/27/2001, Vol. 79 Issue 9, p1237
Academic Journal
A compact toroid inductively stores the energy released by a capacitor bank as it is being accelerated. This energy can be stored for a period of more than ten microseconds and then transferred to a load on a much shorter time scale. This article presents framing camera images of the radial compression of plasma trailing behind a compact toroid as the compact toroid leaves its inner electrode. This compression illustrates the basic principles of a compact toroid plasma opening switch which could be used to drive fast z pinches. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.


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