Computational Simulations of Plasma Flow Switches and Imploding Loads
LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LAB NM
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The Procyon system in the Los Alamos Trailmaster foil implosion project is intended to produce soft x-ray radiation by delivering about 1 MJ of kinetic energy to an imploding plasma liner. The final switching stage of this system will be a Plasma Flow Switch PFS which delivers current to the cylindrical foil load. 1-D and 2-D simulations are now being conducted to examine the initiation of the PFS plasma the dynamics of the PFS and its switching efficiency the load implosion and resulting radiation output. Considered here, for the PFS and imploding load, are the effects of electrode walls, perturbations, and radiation. Comparisons with experiments using the 1.5 MJ Pegasus capacitor bank are also described.