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Author Wurden, G. A. ♦ Intrator, T. P. ♦ Clark, D. A. ♦ Maqueda, R. J. ♦ Taccetti, J. M. ♦ Wysocki, F. J. ♦ Coffey, S. K. ♦ Degnan, J. H. ♦ Ruden, E. L.
Sponsorship (US)
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Publisher The American Physical Society
Language English
Subject Keyword CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS ♦ BOLOMETERS ♦ CONFIGURATION ♦ INTERFEROMETRY ♦ LASERS ♦ MAGNETIC FIELDS ♦ PLASMA DENSITY ♦ SCINTILLATION COUNTERS ♦ TARGETS ♦ THOMSON SCATTERING
Abstract We are planning experiments using a field reversed configuration plasma injected into a metal cylinder, which is subsequently electrically imploded to achieve a fusing plasma. Diagnosing this plasma is quite challenging due to the short timescales, high energy densities, high magnetic fields, and difficult access. We outline our diagnostic sets in both a phase I study (where the plasma will be formed and translated), and phase II study (where the plasma will be imploded). The precompression plasma (diameter of only 8--10 cm, length of 30--40 cm) is expected to have n{approx}10{sup 17} cm{sup -3}, T{approx}100--300 eV, B{approx}5 T, and a lifetime of 10--20 {mu}s. We will use visible laser interferometry across the plasma, along with a series of fiber-optically coupled visible light monitors to determine the plasma density and position. Excluded flux loops will be placed outside the quartz tube of the formation region, but inside of the diameter of the {theta}-pinch formation coils. Impurity emission in the visible and extreme ultraviolet range will be monitored spectroscopically, and fast bolometers will measure the total radiated power. A 20 J Thomson scattering laser beam will be introduced in the axial direction, and scattered light (from multiple spatial points) will be collected from the sides. Neutron diagnostics (activation and time-resolved scintillation detectors) will be fielded during both phases of the DD experiments.
ISSN 00346748
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2001-01-01
Publisher Place United States
Journal Review of Scientific Instruments
Volume Number 72
Issue Number 1


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