Procyon: 18-MJ, 2-{mu}s pulsed power system

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The Procyon high explosive pulsed power (HEPP) system was designed to drive plasma z-pinch experiments that produce Megajoule soft x-ray pulses when the plasma stagnates on axis. In the proceedings of the Ninth IEEE Pulsed Power Conference, we published results from system development tests. At this time, we have fielded seven tests in which the focus was on either vacuum switching or load physics. Four of the tests concentrated on the performance of a Plasma Flow Switch (PFS) which employed a 1/r mass distribution in the PFS barrel. Of the four tests, two had dummy loads and one had an ... continued below

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Goforth, J.H.; Anderson, B.G. & Anderson, W.E. August 1, 1995.

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The Procyon high explosive pulsed power (HEPP) system was designed to drive plasma z-pinch experiments that produce Megajoule soft x-ray pulses when the plasma stagnates on axis. In the proceedings of the Ninth IEEE Pulsed Power Conference, we published results from system development tests. At this time, we have fielded seven tests in which the focus was on either vacuum switching or load physics. Four of the tests concentrated on the performance of a Plasma Flow Switch (PFS) which employed a 1/r mass distribution in the PFS barrel. Of the four tests, two had dummy loads and one had an implosion load. In addition, one of the tests broke down near the vacuum dielectric interface, and the result demonstrated what Procyon could deliver to an 18 nH load. We will summarize PFS results and the 18 nH test which is pertinent to upcoming solid/liquid liner experiments. On our other three tests, we eliminated the PFS switching and powered the z-pinch directly with the HEPP system. From the best of these direct drive tests we obtained 1.5 MJ of radiation in a 250 ns pulse, our best radiation pulse to date. We will also summarize direct drive test results. More details are given in other papers in this conference for both the PFS and direct drive experiments, and an updated analysis of our opening switch performed is also included. The remainder of this paper describes the parameters and capabilities of our system, and we will use the data from several experiments to provide more precise information than previously available.

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  • 10. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) pulsed power conference, Albuquerque, NM (United States), 10-13 Jul 1995

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  • Other: DE95016825
  • Report No.: LA-UR--95-2371
  • Report No.: CONF-950750--12
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 102454
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc621366

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Goforth, J.H.; Anderson, B.G. & Anderson, W.E. Procyon: 18-MJ, 2-{mu}s pulsed power system, article, August 1, 1995; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc621366/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.