Laboratory Simulation of Plasma Structure in Later-Time HANE Plasmas.
Technical rept. 19 Jun 85-19 Feb 86,
JAYCOR SAN DIEGO CA
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Because international treaties preclude high altitude nuclear tests, there is little relevant experimental data from nuclear bursts regarding the size and dynamics of plasma structures or even the basic physical conditions permitting the evolution of plasma structures. The feasibility of using its large plasma chamber to conduct an experimental study of the size and dynamics of striations is demonstrated in a controlled and highly diagnosed laboratory environment. The major accomplishments of the research have been the development of scaling laws relating high-altitude nuclear and laboratory environments, the determination of optimum experimental configurations for the laboratory simulations, the development of adequate diagnostic techniques to evaluate the simulations, and the development of a neutral wind source.
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