Stabilization and Confinement of Hot, Dense, High-Beta Plasma
Final rept. 1 Sep 1998-31 Dec 2002
NEVADA UNIV RENO
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A calibrated, high-repetition rate 2-terawatt z-pinch Zebra was developed, and new z-pinch physics was investigated. Investigation of axial-shear-flow z-pinch stabilization was initiated, with experiments, computer modeling, and theory. An experiment on single wires driven by current prepulses similar to, and faster than, those at Z SNL found that faster rising pulses are much more effective at exploding single tungsten wires than Z-like pulses. Experiments on x-pinches driven at 900 kA characterized x-pinches in an almost unexplored regime.
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics