Volumetric plasma source development and characterization.

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The development of plasma sources with densities and temperatures in the 10{sup 15}-10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} and 1-10eV ranges which are slowly varying over several hundreds of nanoseconds within several cubic centimeter volumes is of interest for applications such as intense electron beam focusing as part of the x-ray radiography program. In particular, theoretical work [1,2] suggests that replacing neutral gas in electron beam focusing cells with highly conductive, pre-ionized plasma increases the time-averaged e-beam intensity on target, resulting in brighter x-ray sources. This LDRD project was an attempt to generate such a plasma source from fine metal wires. A ... continued below

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Crain, Marlon D. (National Security Technologies, LLC, Las Vegas, NV); Maron, Yitzhak (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel); Oliver, Bryan Velten; Starbird, Robert L. (National Security Technologies, LLC, Las Vegas, NV); Johnston, Mark D.; Hahn, Kelly Denise et al. September 1, 2008.

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The development of plasma sources with densities and temperatures in the 10{sup 15}-10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} and 1-10eV ranges which are slowly varying over several hundreds of nanoseconds within several cubic centimeter volumes is of interest for applications such as intense electron beam focusing as part of the x-ray radiography program. In particular, theoretical work [1,2] suggests that replacing neutral gas in electron beam focusing cells with highly conductive, pre-ionized plasma increases the time-averaged e-beam intensity on target, resulting in brighter x-ray sources. This LDRD project was an attempt to generate such a plasma source from fine metal wires. A high voltage (20-60kV), high current (12-45kA) capacitive discharge was sent through a 100 {micro}m diameter aluminum wire forming a plasma. The plasma's expansion was measured in time and space using spectroscopic techniques. Lineshapes and intensities from various plasma species were used to determine electron and ion densities and temperatures. Electron densities from the mid-10{sup 15} to mid-10{sup 16} cm{sup -3} were generated with corresponding electron temperatures of between 1 and 10eV. These parameters were measured at distances of up to 1.85 cm from the wire surface at times in excess of 1 {micro}s from the initial wire breakdown event. In addition, a hydrocarbon plasma from surface contaminants on the wire was also measured. Control of these contaminants by judicious choice of wire material, size, and/or surface coating allows for the ability to generate plasmas with similar density and temperature to those given above, but with lower atomic masses.

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  • Report No.: SAND2008-6161
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • DOI: 10.2172/942062 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 942062
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc901596

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Crain, Marlon D. (National Security Technologies, LLC, Las Vegas, NV); Maron, Yitzhak (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel); Oliver, Bryan Velten; Starbird, Robert L. (National Security Technologies, LLC, Las Vegas, NV); Johnston, Mark D.; Hahn, Kelly Denise et al. Volumetric plasma source development and characterization., report, September 1, 2008; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc901596/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.