Inverse liner z-pinch: an experimental pulsed power platform for studying radiative shocks

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Title: Inverse liner z-pinch: an experimental pulsed power platform for studying radiative shocks
Authors: Suzuki Vidal, F
Clayson, T
Lebedev, S
Hare, J
Halliday, J
Suttle, L
Tubman, E
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: We present a new experimental platform for studying radiative shocks using an ``inverse liner z-pinch'' configuration. This platform was tested on the MAGPIE pulsed power facility (~1 MA with a rise time of ~240 ns) at Imperial College London, U.K. Current is discharged through a thin-walled metal tube (a liner) embedded in a low-density gas-fill and returned through a central post. The resulting magnetic pressure inside the liner launched a cylindrically symmetric, expanding radiative shock into the gas-fill at ~10 km/s. This experimental platform provides good diagnostic access, allowing multiframe optical self-emission imaging, laser interferometry, and optical emission spectrography to be fielded. Results from experiments with an Argon gas-fill initially at 0.04 mg/cm³are presented, demonstrating the successful production of cylindrically symmetric, expanding shocks that exhibit radiative effects such as the formation of a radiative precursor.
Issue Date: 5-Oct-2018
Date of Acceptance: 9-Jun-2018
ISSN: 0093-3813
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Start Page: 3734
End Page: 3740
Journal / Book Title: IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Volume: 46
Issue: 11
Copyright Statement: © 2018 IEEE. Personal use is permitted, but republication/redistribution requires IEEE permission. See for more information.
Sponsor/Funder: AWE Plc
The Royal Society
Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
Royal Society
U.S Department of Energy
Funder's Grant Number: 30107249/0
Keywords: Science & Technology
Physical Sciences
Physics, Fluids & Plasmas
Pulsed power
radiative shocks
0202 Atomic, Molecular, Nuclear, Particle And Plasma Physics
0906 Electrical And Electronic Engineering
Fluids & Plasmas
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2018-10-05
Appears in Collections:Physics
Plasma Physics
Faculty of Natural Sciences

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