Observation of plasma jets in a table top plasma focus discharge

Cristian Pavez, José Pedreros, Ariel Tarifeño-Saldivia, Leopoldo Soto

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In the last years, medium size Z-pinch experiments operating at tens of kJ are being used to create supersonic plasma jets. Those experiments are produced with wire arrays and radial foils, and they are conducted in generators based on water-filled transmission lines. Also plasma jets have been observed in small X-pinch experiments operating at 1 kJ. In this work, observations of plasma jets produced in a table top plasma focus device by means of optical and digital interferometry are shown. The device was operated at only ∼70 J, achieving 50 kA in 150 ns. The plasma jets were observed after the pinch, in the region close and on the anode, along the axis. The electron density measured from the jets is in the range 1024-1025m-3. From two consecutive plasma images separated 18 ns, the axial jet velocity was measured in the order of 4 × 104m/s.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo040705
PublicaciónPhysics of Plasmas
EstadoPublicada - 1 abr 2015
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    Pavez, C., Pedreros, J., Tarifeño-Saldivia, A., & Soto, L. (2015). Observation of plasma jets in a table top plasma focus discharge. Physics of Plasmas, 22(4), [040705]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4919260