Accession Number : AD0711003

Title :   CONSTRUCTION OF A THETA-PINCH FOR THE GENERATION OF SHOCK WAVES IN A NITROGEN PLASMA.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Budzik,Dennis Michael

Report Date : JUN 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : A Theta-Pinch device was constructed for the production of shock waves in a nitrogen plasma. The device consisted of six 7 microfarad capacitors in parallel, and a one turn coil through which the capacitors were discharged. The rise time of the current in the coil is one microsecond, and the stored energy in the capacitors is 13 kJ at 25 kV. The large perturbation of the plasma is expected to produce large amplitude Alfven waves which would propagate up the plasma column. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PLASMA MEDIUM, SHOCK WAVES), (*MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC GENERATORS, *MAGNETIC PINCH), NITROGEN, TRIGGER CIRCUITS, PRESSURE SWITCHES, MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS, STRIP TRANSMISSION LINES, CAPACITORS, NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS, UPPER ATMOSPHERE, SOLAR WIND, THESES

Subject Categories : Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE