Effect of pulse sharpening on imploding neon Z-pinch plasmas

Stephanakis, S. J.; Apruzese, J. P.; Burkhalter, P. G.; Davis, J.; Meger, R. A.; McDonald, S. W.; Mehlman, G.; Ottinger, P. F.; Young, F. C.
March 1986
Applied Physics Letters;3/31/1986, Vol. 48 Issue 13, p829
Academic Journal
The radial implosion of hollow, cylindrical neon gas columns, driven by currents of up to 1.45 MA, produces a linear Z pinch with over 70% of the radiation in neon K lines. A plasma erosion opening switch (PEOS) is used to eliminate prepulse and to reduce the current rise time from ∼60 to ∼20 ns. Incorporation of the PEOS improves the uniformity of the Z pinch and increases the radiation yield.


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