Vibration Simulation of a Space Probe Model Superconducting Energy Storage Coil

  • J. D. Rogers
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 18)


A space probe program to investigate the dynamic interaction of a high-energy plasma with the upper atmosphere and the earth’s geomagnetic field requires a compact energy source to create the plasma. The optically traceable plasma released into the ionosphere is excited neon injected at velocities greater than 107 cm/sec at altitudes of greater than 220 km (140 miles). The plasma is generated with a coaxial plasma gun powered by a high explosive current generator. The generator converts chemical and magnetic field energy into electrical energy; however, a fairly sizeable magnetic field is required initially. An explosive generator is essentially a fast-moving conductor in a magnetic field driven by an explosive charge and arranged in a geometry to act simultaneously as a variable inductance to sweep a trapped field to give a high current [1]. In previous experiments this field was furnished by discharge of a capacitor bank into the coil of the explosive generator.


Capacitor Bank Test Vibration Trap Field Rocket Launch Magnetic Field Energy 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. D. Rogers
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  1. 1.Los Alamos Scientific LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaLos AlamosUSA

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