Accession Number:

ADA634778

Title:

Negative-Polarity Rod-Pinch Diode Experiment at 5 MV on RITS-3

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC PLASMA PHYSICS DIV

Report Date:

2005-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

Recent theoretical modeling of rod-pinch RP diode behavior has been carried out for diode voltages of up to 10 MV. The theory, consistent with experimental results on Asterix at up to 6 MV, predicts that, above 4 MV, x-ray production in the forward direction is more efficient for negative-polarity operation than positive-polarity operation. Here we report on negative-polarity RP diode experiments at 5 MV on RITS-3, an inductive-voltage-adder IVA generator with vacuum flowing electrons. Extensive analysis of the electrical and x-ray data combined with numerical simulation suggests that the diode operation is consistent with the modeling.

Subject Categories:

  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
  • Electromagnetic Pulses

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE