Penetration of plasma across a magnetic field
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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.
KeywordsPlasma penetration Strong magnetic field Laser plasma Laboratory astrophysics Instabilities Magnetic Rayleigh-Taylor instability Electromagnetic flute instability
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