Explosively Driven Plasma Current Generator.
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON D C
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The generation of intense burst of high energy electrons andor intense currents of positive ions is accomplished by compressing a magnetic field in the presence of a gas plasma. The gas plasma is contained in a metallic cylinder and the magnetic field is established by means of a capacitor bank driven current that flows in the axial direction on the metallic cylinder and returns through the gas plasma contained in the cylinder. Detonation of explosive material surrounding the metallic cylinder drives the cylinder walls inward effecting compression of the magnetic field and a concomitant increase in plasma current. Author
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics