Hybrid X-pinch with conical electrodes

Shelkovenko, T. A.; Pikuz, S. A.; Cahill, A. D.; Knapp, P. F.; Hammer, D. A.; Sinars, D. B.; Tilikin, I. N.; Mishin, S. N.
November 2010
Physics of Plasmas;Nov2010, Vol. 17 Issue 11, p112707
Academic Journal
A hybrid X-pinch configuration consisting of solid conical electrodes connected by a wire has been tested on a 45 ns risetime, 500 kA peak current pulsed power generator. Wires of different materials were loaded through holes in the cones; wire lengths were varied from 0.6 to 2 mm. Most of these hybrid X-pinches generated an intense single burst of soft x-rays and developed a single hot spot that was of micron-scale size. Hybrid X-pinches generate less hard x-ray intensity than standard X-pinches.


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