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Preliminary investigation on the use of low current pulsed power Z-pinch plasma devices for the study of early stage plasma instabilities

Kaselouris Evangelos, Dimitriou Vasilis, Fitilis Ioannis, Skoulakis Alexandros, Koundourakis George, Clark Eugene L., Chatzakis John, Bakarezos Makis, Nikolos Ioannis, Papadogiannis Nektarios A., Tatarakis Michael K.

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Year 2018
Type of Item Peer-Reviewed Journal Publication
Bibliographic Citation E. Kaselouris, V. Dimitriou, I. Fitilis, A. Skoulakis, G. Koundourakis, E.L. Clark, J. Chatzakis, M. Bakarezos, I.K. Nikolos, N.A. Papadogiannis and M. Tatarakis, "Preliminary investigation on the use of low current pulsed power Z-pinch plasma devices for the study of early stage plasma instabilities," Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion, vol. 60, no. 1, Jan. 2018. doi: 10.1088/1361-6587/aa8ab0
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This article addresses key features for the implementation of low current pulsed power plasma devices for the study of matter dynamics from the solid to the plasma phase. The renewed interest in such low current plasma devices lies in the need to investigate methods for the mitigation of prompt seeding mechanisms for the generation of plasma instabilities. The low current when driven into thick wires (skin effect mode) allows for the simultaneous existence of all phases of matter from solid to plasma. Such studies are important for the concept of inertial confinement fusion where the mitigation of the instability seeding mechanisms arising from the very early moments within the target's heating is of crucial importance. Similarly, in the magnetized liner inertial fusion concept it is an open question as to how much surface non-uniformity correlates with the magneto-Rayleigh-Taylor instability, which develops during the implosion. This study presents experimental and simulation results, which demonstrate that the use of low current pulsed power devices in conjunction with appropriate diagnostics can be important for studying seeding mechanisms for the imminent generation of plasma instabilities in future research.