Construction of a Theta-Pinch for the generation of shock waves in a nitrogen plasma
Budzik, Dennis Michael.
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A Theta-Pinch device was constructed for the production of shock waves in a nitrogen plasma. The device consisted of six 7yF capacitors in parallel, and a one turn coil through which the capacitors were discharged. The rise time of the current in the coil is one microsecond, and the stored energy in the capacitors is 13 kJ at 25 kV. The large perturbation of the plasma is expected to produce large amplitude Alfven waves which would propagate up the plasma column.
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