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Adiabatic Compression of Plasma Vortex Structures

  • D. R. Wells
  • E. Nolting
  • F. CookeJr.
  • J. Tunstall
  • P. Jindra
  • J. Hirschberg

Abstract

Plasma vortex structures generated by conical theta pinch guns have been successfully compressed and amplified by secondary adiabatic compression. A pair of vortex rings meet at the center of a primary magnetic mirror. A secondary mirror starts to compress them as soon as the collision has occurred. Peak ion temperatures of 170 eV have been obtained at an nτ of 1012 sec/cm3 utilizing a capacitor bank that stores 250 kilojoules. As an aid to the understanding of the stability’of vortex structures, an outline of the theory of quasi-force-free collinear equilibria is given in the appendix.

Keywords

Gauge Symmetry Vortex Ring Capacitor Bank Adiabatic Compression Primary Mirror 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. R. Wells
    • 1
  • E. Nolting
    • 1
  • F. CookeJr.
    • 1
  • J. Tunstall
    • 1
  • P. Jindra
    • 1
  • J. Hirschberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

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