Original Article

Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 322, Issue 1, pp 195-199

Penetration of plasma across a magnetic field

  • C. PlechatyAffiliated withNevada Terawatt Facility, University of Nevada Email author 
  • , R. PresuraAffiliated withNevada Terawatt Facility, University of Nevada
  • , S. WrightAffiliated withNevada Terawatt Facility, University of Nevada
  • , S. NeffAffiliated withNevada Terawatt Facility, University of Nevada
  • , A. HaboubAffiliated withNevada Terawatt Facility, University of Nevada

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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 penetration Strong magnetic field Laser plasma Laboratory astrophysics Instabilities Magnetic Rayleigh-Taylor instability Electromagnetic flute instability