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Transition from column to micropinch regime in z-pinches


Pereira, N.R.; Davis, J.; Pulsifer, P.E. ; American Institute of Physics -AIP-, New York:
Dense z-pinches. Fourth International Conference 1997
Woodbury, N.Y.: AIP, 1997 (AIP Conference Proceedings 409)
S.367-371 : Ill., Lit.
International Conference on Dense Z-Pinches <4, 1997, Vancouver>
Fraunhofer ILT ()
pinch plasma

Plasma focus and Z-pinches are known to be intensive sources of K-ion radiation. This radiation is observed in two different regimes of compression: column and micropinch. Appearance of these regimes depends on combination of discharge circuit parameter and element composition of plasma. Column regime is typical for low current discharges operating in low Z gases. Micropinch regime, which represents a development of "neck" type instabilities in a presence of strong radia- tion loam, is typical for heavy ion plasma, i.e. vacuum spark or plasma focus with admixture of heavy gases. Transition from column to micropinch mode has been investigated experimentally. It was found that appearance of either regime can be quantitatively described by a distinction parameter depending on pinch current, particle density and used element.