Accession Number:

ADA639081

Title:

Experimental Investigation Of Explosive-Driven Plasma Compression Opening Switches

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LAB NM

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1983-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

Plasma compression opening switch techniques are being developed for use in explosive driven magnetic flux compression generator applications. A new test bed for performing low cost experimentation is described. Experiments with MAcm linear current density in the switch have achieved resistance increases of a factor of 10 in a few hundred nanoseconds. Peak field strengths of 30 kVcm are generated in these tests. Data are presented from preliminary tests that indicate reduced pressure in the plasma cavity enhances switch performance.

Subject Categories:

  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE