Accession Number : ADA133462

Title :   An Investigation of Accelerating Mechanisms in a Plasma Focus Relevant to Interrupting Switches.

Descriptive Note : Rept. no. 1 (Final), 1 Nov 80-31 Jan 83,

Corporate Author : OLD DOMINION UNIV NORFOLK VA DEPT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Pronko,Mark S ; Molen,G Marshall

PDF Url : ADA133462

Report Date : Jul 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 113

Abstract : An experimental investigation was conducted using a 34-kJ Dense Plasma Focus (DPF) in which the possible enhancement of the electron beam was addressed. Electron beams ejected from the DPF have been observed to exceed 30 kA with pulse durations of a few nanoseconds. Enhancement was considered to be either an increase in the probability that the peak beam current exceeded some lower limit, or an increase in the mean energy of the beam electrons. The investigation was divided into two parts, each addressing one of the aspects of enhancement.

Descriptors :   *Plasma accelerators, *Particle accelerators, *Electron beams, *Output, High energy, Charged particles, Energy conversion, Pinch effect, Experimental data, Electrodes, Pulse rate, Electromagnetic induction, Energy storage

Subject Categories : Particle Accelerators
      Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE