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Al and W Wire Array Implosions and Energy Deposition on the 1-MA COBRA Generator

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15 Author(s)
V. L. Kantsyrev ; Dept. of Phys., Nevada Univ., Reno, NV ; D. A. Fedin ; A. A. Esaulov ; A. S. Safronova
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Implosion characteristics of cylindrical arrays of aluminum (Al) or tungsten (W) wires with low number of wires were studied on the 1-MA 100-150-ns current rise time COBRA generator at Cornell University using X-ray/extreme ultraviolet detectors, time-gated cameras, spectrometers, and electrical diagnostics. Total radiation yields ET of 2.8 and 4.1 kJ were measured for Al and W, respectively. The yield above 0.75 keV for W arrays was lower than for Al. Al spectra imply Te of 250-280 eV. X-ray spectra in the 2-3-keV range from W arrays showed only very weak spectral lines. A relatively uniform precursor plasma column was observed on time-gated images in the initial implosion phase for both Al and W. Rapid radiation cooling of W plasmas after precursor plasma formation leads to a decrease of plasma Te before the stagnation phase of the implosion. No evidence of the increased energy deposition that could be associated with the single-shell or closed toroidal magnetic structures models was found

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IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science  (Volume:34 ,  Issue: 5 )