Plechaty, C., Presura, R., Wright, S. et al. Astrophys Space Sci (2009) 322: 195. doi:10.1007/s10509-009-9997-6
Experiments were performed at the Nevada Terawatt Facility to investigate the plasma penetration across an externally applied magnetic field. In experiment, a short-pulse laser ablates a polyethylene laser target, producing a plasma which interacts with an external magnetic field. The mechanism which allows the plasma to penetrate the applied magnetic field in experiment will be discussed.
Plasma penetrationStrong magnetic fieldLaser plasmaLaboratory astrophysicsInstabilitiesMagnetic Rayleigh-Taylor instabilityElectromagnetic flute instability