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Z‐pinch instability with distributed current

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3 Author(s)
Pereira, N.R. ; Maxwell Laboratories, Inc., San Diego, California 92123 ; Rostoker, N. ; Pearlman, J.S.

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Sausage and kink growth rates for a Z pinch are computed from ideal magnetohydrodynamic theory for an infinitely thin surface current sheath and for a surface current layer of finite width. The growth rate decreases with increasing layer width. Satisfactory agreement with experiment is obtained for reasonable width estimates based on magnetic field diffusion.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

Feb 1984

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