Experimental Investigation Of Explosive-Driven Plasma Compression Opening Switches
LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LAB NM
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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.
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics