Magnetic Field Annihilation of Impulsive Current Sheets
TRW SYSTEMS GROUP REDONDO BEACH CA
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The acceleration mechanism has been studied experimentally in several plasma accelerators which have utilized the collision of a pair of oppositely moving current sheets to set up a plasmafield configuration in which magnetic field energy is converted to plasma energy by the annihilation of antiparallel magnetic fields. Two 40 cm diameter, planar, spiral coils were used to drive the plasma by an impulsive, inductive, discharge for the initial experiments.
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics