Accession Number:

ADA639850

Title:

Plasma and Electrical Diagnostics for Procyon Experiments

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LAB NM

Report Date:

1991-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

The aim of the Trailmaster series of experiments is to generate an intense source of soft x-rays by imploding a thin 2000 A aluminum cylinder.1 The present scheme incorporates a plasma flow switch for the final pulse shaping and requires careful diagnostic analysis. The emphasis of this work is to transfer the energy to the load area and to understand the dynamics of the plasma flow switch.2 The experiments are carried out at LANL in two facilities. Laboratory experiments that answer questions about the details of the plasma flow switch are done on the 1.5-MJ Pegasus capacitor bank. The higher energy experiments Procyon series utilize explosive pulsed power systems and are conducted at the Ancho Canyon firing site. It is the latter set of experiments that will eventually supply an xray radiation source at the megajoule level. At the present time, the emphasis of the Procyon experiments is to deliver energy from the generator to the plasma flow switch and the load area. The details of these experiments are given in other papers at this conference. 3 4

Subject Categories:

  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE