Vacuum Inductive Store/Pulse Compression Experiments on a High Power Accelerator Using Plasma Opening Switches.
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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A new type of an opening switch which operates in vacuum and opens on a nanosecond timescale at voltages 1 MV is described. This Plasma Opening Switch POS is able to conduct several hundred kiloamperes for approx. 50 nsec while a vacuum inductor is charged, then to open in 10 nsec, delivering a large fraction of the stored energy to an electron-beam load. Preliminary experiments are described and a simple model of the POS operations is presented.
- Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particle Physics