Use of an Electron Beam for Preionization in the Z-Pinch Experiment.
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON D C
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In the Z-pinch experiment a discharge of several mega-amps is initiated along a preionized filament in high density hydrogen gas. As presently proposed the preionized filament will be created by a high power laser focused in the gas. In the note the authors consider using an electron beam as an alternative to the laser system now used. It was found that a relativistic electron beam with very modest energy and current characteristic can produce a preionized column of plasma with the desired initial properties. Author
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics