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Author Pei, X. X. ♦ Zhong, J. Y. ♦ Sakawa, Y. ♦ Sano, T. ♦ Hara, Y. ♦ Kondo, S. ♦ Fujioka, S. ♦ Zhang, Z. ♦ Li, Y. F. ♦ Zhu, B. J. ♦ Zhang, K. ♦ Wei, H. G. ♦ Liang, G. Y. ♦ Wang, F. L. ♦ Zhao, G. ♦ Li, Y. T.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY ♦ CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS ♦ CAPACITORS ♦ ELECTRON DENSITY ♦ ELECTRONS ♦ FARADAY EFFECT ♦ HELMHOLTZ INSTABILITY ♦ HIGH-BETA PLASMA ♦ INTERFEROMETRY ♦ LASERS ♦ MAGNETIC FIELDS ♦ MAGNETIC RECONNECTION ♦ PLUMES
Abstract We demonstrate a novel plasma device for magnetic reconnection, driven by Gekko XII lasers irradiating a double-turn Helmholtz capacitor-coil target. Optical probing revealed an accumulated plasma plume near the magnetic reconnection outflow. The background electron density and magnetic field were measured to be approximately 10{sup 18 }cm{sup −3} and 60 T by using Nomarski interferometry and the Faraday effect, respectively. In contrast with experiments on magnetic reconnection constructed by the Biermann battery effect, which produced high beta values, our beta value was much lower than one, which greatly extends the parameter regime of laser-driven magnetic reconnection and reveals its potential in astrophysical plasma applications.
ISSN 1070664X
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2016-03-15
Publisher Place United States
Journal Physics of Plasmas
Volume Number 23
Issue Number 3


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