Volume 121, Number 2, January 2018
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Section||Physics of Gases, Plasmas and Electric Discharges|
|Published online||16 March 2018|
Formation of a dual-stage pinch-accelerator in a Z-pinch (plasma focus) device
1 Plasma Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon - Saskatchewan S7N 5E2, Canada
2 Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Colorado School of Medicine - Aurora, CO, USA
Received: 25 October 2017
Accepted: 25 February 2018
A novel dense plasma focus configuration with two separate concentric current sheet run-down regions has been demonstrated to produce several consecutive plasma focusing events. In a proof-of-principle experiment on a low-energy plasma focus device, the measured tube voltages and discharge current have been explained by using circuit analyses of the device. Based on the calculated plasma voltages the occurrence of flash-over phase, axial phase, and compression phase has been discussed. The electrical signals along with the calculated plasma voltages suggest the occurrence of several focusing events in the new structure.
PACS: 52.59.Hq – Dense plasma focus
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