Instability Control in a Staged Z-pinch

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A \Staged Z-Pinch” is a fusion-energy concept in which stored-electric energy is first converted into plasma-liner-kinetic energy, and then transferred to a coaxialtarget plasma [H. U. Rahman, F. J. Wessel, and N. Rostoker, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, p. 714(1996)]. Proper choice of the liner and target materials, and their initial radii and mass densities, leads to dynamic stabilization, current amplification, and shock heating of the target. Simulations suggest that this configuration has merit as a alternative inertial-confinement-fusion concept, and may provide an energy release exceeding thermonuclear break-even, if tested on one of many newer pulsed power systems, for example those ... continued below

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WESSEL, Frank J. April 22, 2011.

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A \Staged Z-Pinch” is a fusion-energy concept in which stored-electric energy is first converted into plasma-liner-kinetic energy, and then transferred to a coaxialtarget plasma [H. U. Rahman, F. J. Wessel, and N. Rostoker, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, p. 714(1996)]. Proper choice of the liner and target materials, and their initial radii and mass densities, leads to dynamic stabilization, current amplification, and shock heating of the target. Simulations suggest that this configuration has merit as a alternative inertial-confinement-fusion concept, and may provide an energy release exceeding thermonuclear break-even, if tested on one of many newer pulsed power systems, for example those located at Sandia National Laboratories.

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  • Report No.: DOE-06/ER/54877
  • Grant Number: FG02-06ER54877
  • DOI: 10.2172/1011854 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1011854
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc833321

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WESSEL, Frank J. Instability Control in a Staged Z-pinch, report, April 22, 2011; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc833321/: accessed June 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.