Astrophysics and Space Science

, 322:195

Penetration of plasma across a magnetic field

  • C. Plechaty
  • R. Presura
  • S. Wright
  • S. Neff
  • A. Haboub
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10509-009-9997-6

Cite this article as:
Plechaty, C., Presura, R., Wright, S. et al. Astrophys Space Sci (2009) 322: 195. doi:10.1007/s10509-009-9997-6

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Plasma penetrationStrong magnetic fieldLaser plasmaLaboratory astrophysicsInstabilitiesMagnetic Rayleigh-Taylor instabilityElectromagnetic flute instability

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Plechaty
    • 1
  • R. Presura
    • 1
  • S. Wright
    • 1
  • S. Neff
    • 1
  • A. Haboub
    • 1
  1. 1.Nevada Terawatt FacilityUniversity of NevadaRenoUSA