Determination of the inductance of imploding wire array Z-pinches using measurements of load voltage

Burdiak, G. C.; Lebedev, S. V.; Hall, G. N.; Harvey-Thompson, A. J.; Suzuki-Vidal, F.; Swadling, G. F.; Khoory, E.; Pickworth, L.; Bland, S. N.; de Grouchy, P.; Skidmore, J.
March 2013
Physics of Plasmas;Mar2013, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p032705
Academic Journal
The inductance of imploding cylindrical wire array z-pinches has been determined from measurements of load voltage and current. A thorough analysis method is presented that explains how the load voltage of interest is found from raw signals obtained using a resistive voltage divider. This method is applied to voltage data obtained during z-pinch experiments carried out on the MAGPIE facility (1.4 MA, 240 ns rise-time) in order to calculate the load inductance and thereafter the radial trajectory of the effective current sheath during the snowplough implosion. Voltage and current are monitored very close to the load, allowing these calculations to be carried out without the need for circuit modelling. Measurements give a convergence ratio for the current of between 3.1 and 5.7 at stagnation of the pinch.


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