An Analytic Model for the Compression of Plasma Toroids
Final rept. Jul-Sep 1990
WEAPONS LAB (AFSC) KIRTLAND AFB NM
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An expression for the energy required to compress a plasma toroid in the MARAUDER experiment has been derived. The analysis assumes that the plasma follows the ideal magneto-hydrodynamics approximation, that the magnetic forces are the only ones of interest, and that the toroid is in a confined equilibrium at the start and end of the compression. All dimensions of the toroid are force to collapse linearly, and the magnetic energy in the toroid is found to be inversely proportional to the inner radius-- or any other dimension. This analysis gives an estimate to help limit the parameter space of a computational study of the compression process. Keywords Plasma torus compression, Force free configuration, Plasma gun.
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics