Experimental characterization of a puff-gas z-pinch plasma prior to implosion

Smith, Richard S.; Doggett, Wesley O.
June 1985
Applied Physics Letters;6/15/1985, Vol. 46 Issue 12, p1128
Academic Journal
An argon annular puff-gas z-pinch has been experimentally investigated during the early phase of the current pulse using a magnetic flux probe and streak interferometry. The current is seen to follow the flared outer edge of the gas jet and to be returned primarily at axial positions z<15 mm by six posts supporting the wire mesh anode. A theoretical estimate of the skin depth agrees with the measured ∼1-cm thickness of the current sheath. The electron to neutral density ratio is determined to be peaked both near the posts and near the cathode.


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