Journal of Fusion Energy

, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 603–610 | Cite as

Current-Step Technique to Enhance Plasma Focus Compression and Neutron Yield

Original Research

Abstract

A current-step technique is applied to the plasma focus by modifying the Lee Model code, incorporating a current-step bank to add current to the focus pinch at the time of the current dip. For a 50 kV, 1 MJ, 6 μs rise-time bank, the current-step from a 200 kV, 0.4 MJ, 0.8 μs rise-time bank maintains the pinch current at 2.2 MA, enhances compression by 1.9 and increases the neutron yield from 2.5 × 1012 to 1.03 × 1013. The increase is attributed mainly to the step nature of the current which favorably shifts the end-point of compression; rather than to the scaling in terms of energy or current.

Keywords

Current-step plasma focus Plasma focus modeling Focus pinch compression enhancement Neutron enhancement technique Plasma focus new technology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.INTI International UniversityNilaiMalaysia
  2. 2.Institute for Plasma Focus StudiesChadstoneAustralia

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