Accession Number : AD0746044

Title :   Magnetic Field Annihilation of Impulsive Current Sheets.

Descriptive Note : Interim scientific progress rept.,

Corporate Author : TRW SYSTEMS GROUP REDONDO BEACH CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Dailey,C. L.

Report Date : 31 MAY 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : The report presents the results achieved to date from an experimental study of impulsive plasma acceleration in an inductive device. The geometry of the magnetic fields produced in this machine is such that plasma acceleration by means of a hydromagnetic wave, that converts field energy to kinetic energy, is expected to occur. The purpose of the experiment is to study this mechanism of plasma acceleration by magnetic field annihilation. The experimental data consist of measurements of the radial and axial magnetic field components as a function of time and location within the accelerator. A computer analysis of these data has been made and the results are presented as magnetic flux contour maps and contour maps of plasma current density which are calculated by the computer from the magnetic field data. The maps are also drawn by the computer. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PLASMA ACCELERATORS, MAGNETIC FIELDS), GAS DISCHARGES, ELECTRON DENSITY, ARGON, GRAPHICS

Subject Categories : Fusion Devices(thermonuclear)
      Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE