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  1. Do waves carrying orbital angular momentum possess azimuthal linear momentum?

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    Speirits, Fiona C.; Barnett, Stephen M.

    2013-01-01

    All beams are a superposition of plane waves, which carry linear momentum in the direction of propagation with no net azimuthal component. However, plane waves incident on a hologram can produce a vortex beam carrying orbital angular momentum that seems to require an azimuthal linear momentum, which presents a paradox. We resolve this by showing that the azimuthal momentum is not a true linear momentum but the azimuthal momentum density is a true component of the linear momentum density.

  2. Rotational instability in a linear theta pinch

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    The m=1 ''wobble'' instability of the plasma column in a 5-m linear theta pinch has been studied using an axial array of orthogonally viewing position detectors to resolve the wavelength and frequency of the column motion. The experimental results are compared with recent theoretical predictions that include finite Larmor orbit effects. The frequency and wavelength characteristics at saturation agree with the predicted dispersion relation for a plasma rotating faster than the diamagnetic drift speed. Measurements of the magnetic fields at the ends of the pinch establish the existence of currents flowing in such a way that they short out the radial electric fields in the plasma column. The magnitude of rotation, the observed delay in the onset of m=1 motion, and the magnitude of end-shorting currents can all be understood in terms of the torsional Alfven waves that communicate to the central plasma column the information that the ends have been shorted. The same waves are responsible for the torque which rotates the plasma and leads to the observed m=1 instability. Observations of the plasma in the presence of solid end plugs indicate a stabilization of high-m number modes and a reduction of the m=1 amplitude

  3. End plugging of a linear theta pinch by pulsed mirrors

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    It is shown that by suitably pulsing a magnetic mirror end plug of a linear theta pinch, one can substantially reduce the end loss. A system consisting of a linear pinch with sequentially pulsed multimirror end plugs is proposed which shows promise of fusion feasibility. (author)

  4. Dense Z-pinches by carbon fiber pinch and by conductive thin film linear compression

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    Dense Z-pinch plasmas are created by two different ways and are examined experimentally. A stable plasma column existing for about 20 ns has been created in the carbon fiber pinch driven by a pulsed power generator. Any significant differences in emitted soft X-ray intensity from the plasma are not observed between fiber pinches of carbon fiber with nickel or copper coating and without any coating material. Techninal difficulties in handling thin foil metal liner for linear compression experiments are overcome by proposing a conductive thin film deposited on the surface of discharge tube wall as a compression liner. Uniform cyclindrical compression of the thin film liner has been confirmed

  5. STABILIZED PINCH MACHINE

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    Anderson, O.A.

    1962-04-24

    A device for heating and confining a high temperature gas or plasma utilizing the linear pinch effect is described. The pinch discharge produced is the form of an elongated cylinder. The electrical discharge current is returned in parallel along an axial and a concentric conductor whereby the magnetic field of the conductors compresses and stabilizes the pinch discharge against lateral instability. (AEC)

  6. On the kink stability of a linear extrap pinch

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    With the main purpose of identifying and illustrating the relevant stabilizing and destabilizing mechanisms in a linear Z-pinch of 'Extrap' type, an analysis has been made on the particular case of plane incompressible kink modes. In this pinch there is a superimposed transverse inhomogeneous magnetic field B sub V, produced by currents in a set of external conductor rods. A modified form of the energy principle has been used which takes explicit account of induced surface currents. The stabilizing mechanisms are found to be due to induced surface currents in presence of the transverse field B sub V, to induced colume currents in presence of B sub V, and to volume currents induced by inhomogeneous motion in the field B sub p generated by the pinch current. Further, a cross-effect between B sub V and B sub p leads to destabilizing or stabilizing contributions depending on the orientation of the kink plane. Finally, there is a main destabilizing effect from the conventional kink force. As compared to all other mechanisms, the stabilizing effect of induced surface currents on free-surface kink modes becomes very strong at long wave lengths Λ. There are certain optimal parameter values, such as for plasmas which extend almost out to the magnetic separatrix, for which stability can be achieved for all wave lengths Λ. A new non-MHD mechanism has been predicted which is based on deviations from constancy of the second adiabatic invariant, and which may secure stability at small and intermediate wave lengths Λ. (author)

  7. Recent developments in linear theta-pinch research: experiment and theory

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    McKenna, K.F.; Bartsch, R.R.; Commisso, R.J.

    1978-01-01

    High energy plasmas offusion interest can be generated in linear theta pinches. However, end losses present a fundamental limitation on the plasma containment time. This paper discusses recent progress in end-loss and end-stoppering experiments and in the theoretical understanding of linear theta-pinch physics.

  8. Non linear wave plugging of a theta-pinch plasma

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    A potencial possibility of confining theta-pinch plasma with high power laser beam is examined. The physical process involved is a laser plasma interaction, which can be modeled by non linear cubic polarizability. By means of solutions of wave equations and with the assumption of circular polarization we show that on plasma surface, there are eletromagnetic field gradient forces that can confine plasma, where the peaks of plasma density are in phase with the minimum of electric field (when efects of absorption by collisions are ignored). Also, we present a new formulation to generalize ponderomotive force, where adicional damping mechanism is considered. In this case, peaks of plasma density are in phase with the peaks of electric field. (Author)

  9. Pinched flow fractionation devices for detection of single nucleotide polymorphisms

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    Larsen, A.V.; Poulsen, L.; Birgens, H.;

    2008-01-01

    We demonstrate a new and flexible micro fluidic based method for genotyping single nucleotide polymorphisms ( SNPs). The method relies on size separation of selectively hybridized polystyrene microspheres in a micro fluidic pinched flow fractionation (PFF) device. The micro fluidic PFF devices with......, synthesized using human DNA samples from individuals with point mutations in the HBB gene. Following a stringent wash, the beads were separated in a PFF device and the fluorescent signal from the beads was analyzed. Patients being wildtypes, heterozygotes or mutated respectively for the investigated mutation...... could reliably be diagnosed in the PFF device. This indicates that the PFF technique can be used for accurate and fast genotyping of SNPs Udgivelsesdato: 2008...

  10. Design of magnetic mirrors for a linear theta pinch

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    The problem of generating optimum magnetic mirror fields at the ends of a 50-cm long theta-pinch experiment to study particle flow and loss effects has been investigated. A combination of active and passive mirrors was developed to produce 2-3:1 fields for a 23-kG pinch. Biot-Savart and potential field prediction solutions for the magnetic field distribution were compared with experimental measurements in 2-5-cm long coils for the 50-cm long pinch

  11. Non-azimuthal linear polarization in protoplanetary disks

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    Canovas, H; de Boer, J; Pinte, C; Avenhaus, H; Schreiber, M R

    2015-01-01

    Several studies discussing imaging polarimetry observations of protoplanetary disks use the so-called radial Stokes parameters Q_phi and U_phi to discuss the results. This approach has the advantage of providing a direct measure of the noise in the polarized images under the assumption that the polarization is azimuthal only, i.e., perpendicular to the direction towards the illuminating source. However, a detailed study of the validity of this assumption is currently missing. We aim to test whether departures from azimuthal polarization can naturally be produced by scattering processes in optically thick protoplanetary disks at near infrared wavelengths. We use the radiative transfer code MCFOST to create a generic model of a transition disk using different grain size distributions and dust masses. From these models we generate synthetic polarized images at 2.2\\mum. We find that even for moderate inclinations (e.g., i = 40degr), multiple scattering alone can produce significant (up to ~4.5% of the Q_phi image...

  12. Study of flow and loss processes at the ends of a linear theta pinch. Progress report for the period June 1, 1976--May 31, 1977

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    Experimental and analytical studies initiating and supporting research on flow and energy losses at the ends of a linear theta pinch have been carried out. A 25 cm linear pinch coil has been driven by a 515,000 A discharge with 10 μsec half-cycle time supplied by a 100 μF, 18 kV energy storage system. With reliable preionization generated up to 400 mT He, current sheath behavior has been identified with magnetic loop probes and double loop probes. Spectroscopic determination of preionization has been made. A ruby laser Thomson scattering diagnostic has been designed and is being procured. A study of transient plasma behavior in a 10 cm theta pinch has been carried out with a Twyman-Green interferometer using a 7 mW He--Ne CW laser. Pressure, electric field, and velocity probe diagnostics have received preliminary testing. Design work has been completed for the doubling of pinch length and energy storage system. Studies of particle loss scaling and reactor scaling of linear theta pinch devices have been reported. Detailed calculations of plasma properties at the end of the pinch coil following expansion from the central coil have been carried out. A O--D, time dependent computer code that includes conduction, convection, and magnetic field diffusion has been developed. Predicted plasma behavior is in good agreement with experimental data

  13. New model of calculating the energy transfer efficiency for the spherical theta-pinch device

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    Xu, G; Loisch, G; Xiao, G; Jacoby, J; Weyrich, K; Li, Y; Zhao, Y

    2015-01-01

    Ion-beam-plasma-interaction plays an important role in the field of Warm Dense Matter (WDM) and Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF). A spherical theta pinch is proposed to act as a plasma target in various applications including a plasma stripper cell. One key parameter for such applications is the free electron density. A linear dependency of this density to the amount of energy transferred into the plasma from an energy storage was found by C. Teske. Since the amount of stored energy is known, the energy transfer efficiency is a reliable parameter for the design of a spherical theta pinch device. The traditional two models of energy transfer efficiency are based on assumptions which comprise the risk of systematical errors. To obtain precise results, this paper proposes a new model without the necessity of any assumption to calculate the energy transfer efficiency for an inductively coupled plasma device. Further, a comparison of these three different models is given at a fixed operation voltage for the full ...

  14. Quasi-linear gyrokinetic predictions of the Coriolis momentum pinch in National Spherical Torus Experiment

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    Guttenfelder, W.; Kaye, S. M.; Ren, Y.; Solomon, W.; Bell, R. E.; Candy, J.; Gerhardt, S. P.; LeBlanc, B. P.; Yuh, H.

    2016-05-01

    This paper presents quasi-linear gyrokinetic predictions of the Coriolis momentum pinch for low aspect-ratio National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) H-modes where previous experimental measurements were focused. Local, linear calculations predict that in the region of interest (just outside the mid-radius) of these relatively high-beta plasmas, profiles are most unstable to microtearing modes that are only effective in transporting electron energy. However, sub-dominant electromagnetic and electrostatic ballooning modes are also unstable, which are effective at transporting energy, particles, and momentum. The quasi-linear prediction of transport from these weaker ballooning modes, assuming they contribute transport in addition to that from microtearing modes in a nonlinear turbulent state, leads to a very small or outward convection of momentum, inconsistent with the experimentally measured inward pinch, and opposite to predictions in conventional aspect ratio tokamaks. Additional predictions of a low beta L-mode plasma, unstable to more traditional electrostatic ion temperature gradient-trapped electron mode instability, show that the Coriolis pinch is inward but remains relatively weak and insensitive to many parameter variations. The weak or outward pinch predicted in NSTX plasmas appears to be at least partially correlated to changes in the parallel mode structure that occur at a finite beta and low aspect ratio, as discussed in previous theories. The only conditions identified where a stronger inward pinch is predicted occur either in the purely electrostatic limit or if the aspect ratio is increased. As the Coriolis pinch cannot explain the measured momentum pinch, additional theoretical momentum transport mechanisms are discussed that may be potentially important.

  15. Quasi-linear gyrokinetic predictions of the Coriolis momentum pinch in National Spherical Torus Experiment

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    Guttenfelder, W. [Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey 08543, USA; Kaye, S. M. [Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey 08543, USA; Ren, Y. [Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey 08543, USA; Solomon, W. [Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey 08543, USA; Bell, R. E. [Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey 08543, USA; Candy, J. [General Atomics, San Diego, California 92186, USA; Gerhardt, S. P. [Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey 08543, USA; LeBlanc, B. P. [Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey 08543, USA; Yuh, H. [Nova Photonics Inc., Princeton, New Jersey 08540, USA

    2016-05-01

    This paper presents quasi-linear gyrokinetic predictions of the Coriolis momentum pinch for low aspect-ratio National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) H-modes where previous experimental measurements were focused. Local, linear calculations predict that in the region of interest (just outside the mid-radius) of these relatively high-beta plasmas, profiles are most unstable to microtearing modes that are only effective in transporting electron energy. However, sub-dominant electromagnetic and electrostaticballooning modes are also unstable, which are effective at transporting energy, particles, and momentum. The quasi-linear prediction of transport from these weaker ballooning modes, assuming they contribute transport in addition to that from microtearing modes in a nonlinear turbulent state, leads to a very small or outward convection of momentum, inconsistent with the experimentally measured inward pinch, and opposite to predictions in conventional aspect ratio tokamaks. Additional predictions of a low beta L-mode plasma, unstable to more traditional electrostatic ion temperature gradient-trapped electron mode instability, show that the Coriolis pinch is inward but remains relatively weak and insensitive to many parameter variations. The weak or outward pinch predicted in NSTX plasmas appears to be at least partially correlated to changes in the parallel mode structure that occur at a finite beta and low aspect ratio, as discussed in previous theories. The only conditions identified where a stronger inward pinch is predicted occur either in the purely electrostatic limit or if the aspect ratio is increased. As the Coriolis pinch cannot explain the measured momentum pinch, additional theoretical momentum transport mechanisms are discussed that may be potentially important.

  16. Azimuthal inhomogeneity of turbulence structure and its impact on intermittent particle transport in linear magnetized plasmas

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    Kobayashi, T., E-mail: kobayashi.tatsuya@LHD.nifs.ac.jp [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki 509-5292 (Japan); Inagaki, S.; Sasaki, M.; Nagashima, Y.; Kasuya, N.; Fujisawa, A.; Itoh, S.-I. [Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University, Kasuga 816-8580 (Japan); Research Center for Plasma Turbulence, Kyushu University, Kasuga 816-8580 (Japan); Kosuga, Y. [Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University, Kasuga 816-8580 (Japan); Institute for Advanced Study, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 812-8581 (Japan); Arakawa, H. [Teikyo University, 6-22 Misakimachi, Omuta 836-8505 (Japan); Yamada, T. [Research Center for Plasma Turbulence, Kyushu University, Kasuga 816-8580 (Japan); Faculty of Arts and Science, Kyushu University, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Miwa, Y. [Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University, Kasuga 816-8580 (Japan); Itoh, K. [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki 509-5292 (Japan); Research Center for Plasma Turbulence, Kyushu University, Kasuga 816-8580 (Japan)

    2015-11-15

    Fluctuation component in the turbulence regime is found to be azimuthally localized at a phase of the global coherent modes in a linear magnetized plasma PANTA. Spatial distribution of squared bicoherence is given in the azimuthal cross section as an indicator of nonlinear energy transfer function from the global coherent mode to the turbulence. Squared bicoherence is strong at a phase where the turbulence amplitude is large. As a result of the turbulence localization, time evolution of radial particle flux becomes bursty. Statistical features such as skewness and kurtosis are strongly modified by the localized turbulence component, although contribution to mean particle flux profile is small.

  17. Linear capacity storage devices

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    The linearity of information storage in capacitor storage circuits is discussed. The paper describes two storage circuits whose operation is linear over a wide range of output-signal amplitudes. In one of the circuits the error signal is measured by a differential amplifier and, thanks to the high amplification factor of the amplifier, good linearity is obtained. The second circuit was designed for work in the nanosecond pulse-width range. Input pulses of standard width cut off a pentode, in the anode of which there is a memory capacitor. Since the capacitor is charged from the anode supply through a current generator, the charging current remains almost constant during measurement of the capacitor voltage. The pentode has a large internal resistance so that after the end of the input pulse the magnitude of the current through the pentode is almost equal to its initial value, and the charge stored by the capacitor is remembered. The width of the information memory is limited by the output resistance of the current generator and the internal resistance (Ri) of the pentode. To increase the memory width, a diode may be inserted before the capacitor. (author)

  18. New model of calculating the energy transfer efficiency for the spherical theta-pinch device

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    Ion-beam-plasma-interaction plays an important role in the field of warm dense matter and inertial confinement fusion. A spherical theta pinch is proposed to act as a plasma target in various applications including a plasma stripper cell. One key parameter for such applications is the free electron density. A linear dependency of this density to the amount of energy transferred into the plasma from an energy storage was found by Teske. Since the amount of stored energy is known, the energy transfer efficiency is a reliable parameter for the design of a spherical theta pinch device. As the main assumption of a constant reflected plasma resistance is contradictory by the measured data, the traditional two models of energy transfer efficiency will lead to wrong results. From measurements, the parasitic resistance is derived as constant. Based on this key parameter, a new model is proposed. Due to no assumption, the new model is considered as exact. Further, a comparison of these three different models is given at a fixed operation voltage for the full range of working gas pressures. Due to the inappropriate assumptions included in the traditional models, one owns a tendency to overestimate the energy transfer efficiency whereas the other leads to an underestimation. Applying our new model to a wide spread set of operation voltages and gas pressures, an overall picture of the energy transfer efficiency results

  19. Injection molded pinched flow fractionation device for enrichment of somatic cells in cow milk

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    Jensen, Marie Pødenphant; Marie, Rodolphe; Olesen, Tom;

    2014-01-01

    enrichment was performed using an all-polymer pinched flow fractionation device fabricated by injection molding. The polymer chips were bonded to a 500 lm polymer foil using UV assisted thermal bonding. The quality of the final devices was reproducible and the injection molding process combined with the use...

  20. A Pressure Controlled Pinched Flow Fractionation Device for Continuous Particle Separation

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    Christiansen, Thomas Lehrmann; Trosborg, Jacqueline; Tanzi, Simone;

    2012-01-01

    In this work the problem of separating small particles of di↵erent sizes is solved by developing a simple microfluidic device using pinched flow fractionation (PFF), a technique originally presented by Yamada et al. in 2004 [1]. The present work takes the concept of PFF to the next level by making...

  1. Piecewise Linear and Nonlinear Window Functions for Modelling of Nanostructured Memristor Device

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    T.D. Dongale

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The present paper reports two new window functions viz. piecewise linear window function and nonlinear window function for modelling of the nanostructured memristor device. The piecewise linear window function can be used for modelling of symmetric pinched hysteresis loop in I-V plane (for digital memory applications and the nonlinear window function can be used for modelling of nonlinear pinched hysteresis loop in I-V plane (for analog memory applications. Flexibility in the parameter selection is the main attractive feature of these window functions.

  2. Dense transient pinches and pulsed power technology: research and applications using medium and small devices

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    Soto, Leopoldo; Pavez, Cristian; Moreno, Jose; Cardenas, Miguel; Zambra, Marcelo [Comision Chilena de EnergIa Nuclear, Casilla 188-D, Santiago (Chile); Tarifeno, Ariel; Huerta, Luis; Tenreiro, Claudio; Giordano, Jose Luis; Lagos, Miguel; Escobar, Rodrigo; Ramos, Jorge; Altamirano, Luis [P4-Center for Research and Applications in Plasma Physics and Pulsed Power, Santiago and Curico (Chile); Retamal, Cesar [Facultad de IngenierIa de la Universidad de Talca, Curico (Chile); Silva, Patricio, E-mail: lsoto@cchen.cl

    2008-10-15

    The Plasma Physics and Plasma Technology Group of the Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission (CCHEN) has, since about ten years ago, used plasma production devices to study dense hot plasmas, particularly Z-pinches and plasma foci (PFs). In the case of Z-pinches, the studies include studies on the dynamics and stability of gas-embedded Z-pinches at currents of thermonuclear interest, and preliminary studies on wire arrays. For PF research, the aim of the work has been to characterize the physics of these plasmas and also to carry out the design and construction of smaller devices-in terms of both input energy and size-capable of providing dense hot plasmas. In addition, taking advantage of the experience in pulsed power technology obtained from experimental researches in dense transient plasmas, an exploratory line of pulsed power applications is being developed. In this paper, a brief review listing the most important results achieved by the Plasma Physics and Plasma Technology Group of the CCHEN is presented, including the scaling studies, PF miniaturization and diagnostics and research on Z-pinches at currents of thermonuclear interest. Then, exploratory applications of pulsed power are presented, including nanoflashes of radiation for radiography and substances detection, high pulsed magnetic fields generation and rock fragmentation.

  3. Dense transient pinches and pulsed power technology: research and applications using medium and small devices

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    The Plasma Physics and Plasma Technology Group of the Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission (CCHEN) has, since about ten years ago, used plasma production devices to study dense hot plasmas, particularly Z-pinches and plasma foci (PFs). In the case of Z-pinches, the studies include studies on the dynamics and stability of gas-embedded Z-pinches at currents of thermonuclear interest, and preliminary studies on wire arrays. For PF research, the aim of the work has been to characterize the physics of these plasmas and also to carry out the design and construction of smaller devices-in terms of both input energy and size-capable of providing dense hot plasmas. In addition, taking advantage of the experience in pulsed power technology obtained from experimental researches in dense transient plasmas, an exploratory line of pulsed power applications is being developed. In this paper, a brief review listing the most important results achieved by the Plasma Physics and Plasma Technology Group of the CCHEN is presented, including the scaling studies, PF miniaturization and diagnostics and research on Z-pinches at currents of thermonuclear interest. Then, exploratory applications of pulsed power are presented, including nanoflashes of radiation for radiography and substances detection, high pulsed magnetic fields generation and rock fragmentation.

  4. Experimental study of the initial plasma formation stage in a linear theta pinch of inverted field

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    The initial stage of the plasma formation was studied in a linear theta pinch. Experiments were made to determine the machine operating conditions for good shot-to-shot reproducibility. Spectroscopic measurements of electron density and of electron and ion temperature were made afterwards to characterize the plasma at different stages of its heating process. The results obtained indicate that shot-to-shot reproducibility is strongly influenced by the presence of impurities and by the plasma preionization technique used. Under proper operating conditions, excellent reproducibility was observed. The measured values of the plasma parameters are compatible with those determined for similar machines. (Author)

  5. Sheared flow stabilization experiments in the ZaP flow Z pinch

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    The stabilizing effect of a sheared axial flow on the m=1 kink instability in Z pinches has been studied numerically with a linearized ideal magnetohydrodynamic model to reveal that a sheared axial flow stabilizes the kink mode when the shear exceeds a threshold. The sheared flow stabilizing effect is investigated with the ZaP (Z-Pinch) Flow Z-pinch experiment at the University of Washington. An axially flowing Z pinch is generated with a 1 m coaxial accelerator coupled to a pinch assembly chamber. The plasma assembles into a pinch 50 cm long with a radius of approximately 1 cm. An azimuthal array of surface mounted magnetic probes located at the midplane of the pinch measures the fluctuation levels of the azimuthal modes m=1, 2, and 3. After the pinch assembles a quiescent period is found where the mode activity is significantly reduced. Optical images from a fast framing camera and a ruby holographic interferometer indicate a stable, discrete pinch plasma during this time. Multichord Doppler shift measurements of impurity lines show a large, sheared flow during the quiescent period and low, uniform flow profiles during periods of high mode activity. Z-pinch plasmas have been produced that are globally stable for over 700 times the theoretically predicted growth time for the kink mode of a static Z pinch. The plasma has a sheared axial flow that exceeds the theoretical threshold for stability during the quiescent period and is lower than the threshold during periods of high mode activity

  6. Recent developments in linear theta-pinch and laser-heated solenoid research

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    Experimental and theoretical investigations of end-loss, end-stoppering, stability and heating in linear theta pinches have been conducted. Efforts of groups at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (LASL), Mathematical Sciences Northwest (MSNW), and the University of Washington (UW) are reported. At LASL, the experimental results from the high-energy (Tsub(e)+Tsub(i)=3.3keV, nsub(e)=1.5x1016cm-3) 5-m Scylla IV-P theta pinch support the following: (1) Single-mode m=1 'wobble' instability rotation frequencies of approximately 180kHz are associated with axial wavelengths of 400-800cm. (2) Ion thermal conduction is an unimportant loss mechanism. (3) Evidence of rarefaction-like waves is seen. (4) The normalized end-loss time is independent of the plasma beta and collisionality regime. (5) Plasma flow from the ends remains collimated and convects magnetic fields. (6) LiD end plugs produce a three-fold increase in energy containment time over the open-ended configuration. Theoretical work at LASL has demonstrated the following: (1) An explanation of the m=1 'wobble' instability has been formulated. (2) A correct description of end-loss must include the magnetic curvature term in the axial momentum equation. Mirrors increase the lifetime of a collisional plasma less than guiding centre theory predicts. (3) Magnetic field gradient drift can reduce the growth rate of the universal drift instability. (4) Collisionless magnetoacoustic heating can be an effective heating mechanism in theta pinches. At MSNW-UW, CO2 laser heating of low-energy (Tsub(e) approximately equal to Tsub(i) approximately equal to 2eV; nsub(e) approximately equal to 2x1017cm-3) plasmas is accomplished over a 1-m column length. Maintenance of an on-axis density minimum is demonstrated. (author)

  7. Energy storage and transfer with homopolar machine for a linear theta-pinch hybrid reactor

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    This report describes the energy storage and transfer system for the compression coil system of a linear theta-pinch hybrid reactor (LTPHR). High efficiency and low cost are the principal requirements for the energy storage and transfer of 25 MJ/m or 25 GJ for a 1-km LTPHR. The circuit efficiency must be approximately 90 percent, and the cost for the circuit 5 to 6 cents/J. Scaling laws and simple relationships between circuit efficiency and cost per unit energy as a function of the half cycle time are presented. Capacitors and homopolor machines are considered as energy storage elements with both functioning basically as capacitors. The advantage of the homopolar machine in this application is its relatively low cost, whereas that of capacitors is better efficiency

  8. Asymmetries of azimuthal photon distributions in non-linear Compton scattering in ultra-short intense laser pulses

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    Seipt, D.; Kampfer, B.

    2013-01-01

    Non-linear Compton scattering in ultra-short intense laser pulses is discussed with the focus on angular distributions of the emitted photon energy. This is an observable which is accessible easily experimentally. Asymmetries of the azimuthal distributions are predicted for both linear and circular polarization. We present a systematic survey of the influence of the laser intensity, the carrier envelope phase and the laser polarization on the emission spectra for single-cycle and few-cycle la...

  9. Production of 'hot spot' image of a fast z-pinch by the linear Bragg-Fresnel lense

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    The application of linear Bragg-Fresnel lense for focusing radiation of a powerful x-ray pulse source on the basis of a fast z-pinch is announced for the first time. It is shown that the size of plasma 'hot spot' images does not exceed 20-30 μm which pinpoints to the presence of rather dense plasma regions with high gradients which seems to be illuminated by an electron beam generated during current brench off in the pinch at the second stage of compression

  10. Study of flow and loss processes at the ends of a linear theta pinch. Progress report, June 1, 1978--May 31, 1979

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    Experimental and analytical studies of end loss from a linear theta pinch have been carried out. Analysis of reduced data on loss from a 25 cm long theta pinch has indicated: rotation at the end of pinch collapse, which appears to persist; ejection of the plasma in two modes, the first of which includes reversed, trapped fields; unique patterns of radial and axial variation of electron density in the end loss flow; substantial inaccuracies in plasma properties indicated by spectroscopy as compared to Thomson scattering. Studies of loss in a 50 cm long pinch with 50 eV, 2 x 1016 cm-3 plasma are underway

  11. Electromagnetic device of linear displacement

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    The device moves a rod integral with a nuclear reactor control element. It has a grab for the rod operated by a mobil pole drive by a coil carried by a surrounding sealed casing, a second grab with fixed and mobile poles with facing surfaces shaped to limit the variation of magnetic force with distance between them, and a plunger driven by a coil to bear against another mobile pole moved by a coil. The invention proposes a device ensuring a displacement while the impact forces at the different level of the mechanism are reduced

  12. Detector to measure neutron pulses of low yield from plasma pinch devices

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    Neutron emission from pinch plasma focus devices has been found ranging from 107 neutrons per pulse with 1kJ driver up to 1012 neutrons per pulse with 1000kJ driver. The region corresponding to total neutron yield of less than 106 neutron per pulse, is unexplored. The consequence of this is that measurement of very low levels of fast neutron emission becomes very important to consider. A conventional technique is adapted to measure neutron emission produced by very short, low yield neutron pulses. This method uses a 3He proportional counter surrounded by a paraffin moderator, to measurement neutron yield (≤106 neutron/pulse) generated in a fast and very small plasma focus device designed to operate with energies of tens to hundred joules. Neutron yields as low as 5x104 neutrons per pulse were measured (author)

  13. An improved beam waist formula for ultrashort, tightly-focused linearly, radially, and azimuthally polarized laser pulses in free space

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    Wong, Liang Jie; Kaertner, Franz; Johnson, Steven G.

    2013-01-01

    We derive an asymptotically accurate formula for the beam waist of ultrashort, tightly focused fundamental linearly polarized, radially polarized, and azimuthally polarized modes in free space. We compute the exact beam waist via numerical cubature to ascertain the accuracy with which our formula approximates the exact beam waist over a broad range of parameters of practical interest. Based on this, we describe a method of choosing parameters in the model given the beam waist and pulse durati...

  14. All linear optical devices are mode converters

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    Miller, David A. B.

    2012-01-01

    We show that every linear optical component can be completely described as a device that converts one set of orthogonal input modes, one by one, to a matching set of orthogonal output modes. This result holds for any linear optical structure with any specific variation in space and/or time of its structure. There are therefore preferred orthogonal "mode converter" basis sets of input and output functions for describing any linear optical device, in terms of which the device can be described b...

  15. High-density Z-pinch research

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    The linear Z pinch is a plasma configuration which in its simplest form requires no auxiliary magnetic field; an axial current carried by the plasma produces an azimuthal confining field and provides ohmic (resistive) or implosion heating. The Lawson criterion (n tau > 1020 m-3s) and high temperatures (T > 10 keV) must be simultaneously satisfied in any reactor scheme. Early Z-pinch experiments concentrated on the sub-atmospheric fill pressure regime, with 1019 m-3 23 m-3 and a corresponding confinement time constraint of 101 s > tau > 10-4 s. In addition, these studies involved plasmas formed at the surface of an insulating wall; the plasmas were subsequently pinched inward by the radial j x B force. Following the implosion phase, gross MHD instabilities were invariably observed on a time scale short compared to the required confinement time

  16. Improved zero dimensional model of a reversed field pinch fusion device

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    A zero-dimensional model has been developed which accurately predicts conditions observed during several runs of the ZT-40M reversed field pinch fusion device at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The model is based on a physical model developed by E.H. Klevans at Penn State University. Improvements made to this model included the use of coronal non-equilibrium equations for predicting impurity effects, the inclusion of an exponentially decaying ion heating term, and the relaxation of the assumption that ion and electron densities are equal in the device. The model has been used to simulate ZT-40M in both flat-top and slowly ramped current modes. Using experimentally measured density and current evolutions, the model accurately predicts observed tau/sub E/, β/sub Θ/, T/sub e/, T/sub i/, Z/sub eff/, and radiated power. The continuing goal of this work is to predict conditions in the ZT-H device, which is under construction. 28 refs., 18 figs

  17. Scylla IV-P theta pinch

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    Scylla IV-P is a flexible, linear theta pinch designed to investigate high-density linear concepts, end-stoppering, alternate heating methods, and plasma injection techniques relevant to a pure fusion reactor and/or a fusion-fission hybrid system. The construction and experimental arrangement of the device are briefly described

  18. Design of a 5-MA 100-ns linear-transformer-driver accelerator for wire array Z-pinch experiments

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    Zhou, Lin; Li, Zhenghong; Wang, Zhen; Liang, Chuan; Li, Mingjia; Qi, Jianmin; Chu, Yanyun

    2016-03-01

    The linear-transformer-driver (LTD) is a recently developed pulsed-power technology that shows great promise for a number of applications. These include a Z -pinch-driven fission-fusion-hybrid reactor that is being developed by the Chinese Academy of Engineering Physics. In support of the reactor development effort, we are planning to build an LTD-based accelerator that is optimized for driving wire-array Z -pinch loads. The accelerator comprises six modules in parallel, each of which has eight series 0.8-MA LTD cavities in a voltage-adder configuration. Vacuum transmission lines are used from the interior of the adder to the central vacuum chamber where the load is placed. Thus the traditional stack-flashover problem is eliminated. The machine is 3.2 m tall and 12 m in outer diameter including supports. A prototype cavity was built and tested for more than 6000 shots intermittently at a repetition rate of 0.1 Hz. A novel trigger, in which only one input trigger pulse is needed by utilizing an internal trigger brick, was developed and successfully verified in these shots. A full circuit modeling was conducted for the accelerator. The simulation result shows that a current pulse rising to 5.2 MA in 91 ns (10%-90%) can be delivered to the wire-array load, which is 1.5 cm in height, 1.2 cm in initial radius, and 1 mg in mass. The maximum implosion velocity of the load is 32 cm /μ s when compressed to 0.1 of the initial radius. The maximum kinetic energy is 78 kJ, which is 11.7% of the electric energy stored in the capacitors. This accelerator is supposed to enable a radiation energy efficiency of 20%-30%, providing a high efficient facility for research on the fast Z pinch and technologies for repetition-rate-operated accelerators.

  19. Study of flow and loss processes at the ends of a linear theta pinch. Progress report, June 1, 1979-September 30, 1980

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    Experimental and analytical studies of particle and energy loss at the ends of a linear theta pinch have been carried out. A study of transients occurring in the formation of reversed trapped fields within the coil, and of transients in the end region of a 25 cm long device was completed. A 1-D code has proven to be highly accurate in describing loss events and defining transport mechanisms in different experiments and is described here. A study of loss along field lines in a 50 cm long device has generated new information on loss velocity, axial and radial temperature gradients, and has established an initial effort in understanding thermal loss to the walls. Rotation and parallel trapped fields have been added to the existing 0-D code. A new technique crowbar switch and magnetic field prediction code have been developed. Direct measurment of electron velocity with Thomson scattering was accomplished experimentally. A Nd-glass laser system, frequency doubled, is being developed for low density diagnostics. Theoretical results that accurately predict confinement in FRX devices are described

  20. Plasma compression optimization in the THETA-pinch system with a linear

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    The numerical problem of determination of plasma compression optimization process parameters is considered in one-dimensional statement in the Lagrange coordinate system for one- and two-temperature plasma model. The model takes into account basic physical factors of plasma compression process in the THETA-pinch system isolated of the liner by a magnetic field. The plasma compression process calculation is performed by a rotating liner. The ratios obtained can be used for evaluation of D-T mixture compression optimization process parameters

  1. Spherical pinch

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    This is essentially a review article covering several years of work on the spherical pinch (SP) concept of plasma formation and containment. Central to this concept is the creation of a hot plasma in the center of a sphere, plasma which is then compressed by strong imploding shock waves launched from the periphery of the vessel. The experimental program, which started with the classical cylindrical theta-pinch and continued with the inductive spherical pinch, has taken a turn, in recent times, with the discovery of the scaling laws governing spherical pinch experiments, which prescribe that high gas pressures are required for achieving fusion break-even conditions. As a consequence, energy deposition in present spherical pinch devices is done through resistive, rather than inductive, discharges. In a pilot experimental program of modest initial condenser bank energy (∼ 1 KJ), we find that the instantaneous energy deposition in the central plasma can lead to temperatures of the order of 2 KeV, in agreement with the prediction of the Braginskii resistivity for such a plasma, and with the relation to the velocity of the diverging shock wave generated by the sudden deposition of energy into this plasma. Moreover, when the imploding shock waves contain the central plasma, we find the containment time to be as long as 5.4 μsec and the plasma to be stable. In discharges in deuterium, neutrons are emitted close to 107 per shot. From the experimental parameters of the plasma, one can derive a particle density for the shocked gas equal to 3.21 x 1019 cm-3, a plasma temperature equal to 730 eV and a product ntau = 1.73 x 1014 cm-3 sec

  2. Divertor for a linear fusion device

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    Ryutov, D. D.; Yushmanov, P. N.; Barnes, D. C.; Putvinski, S. V.

    2016-03-01

    Linear fusion devices can use large magnetic flux flaring in the end tanks to reduce the heat load on the end structures. In order to reduce parallel electron heat loss, one has to create conditions where the neutral gas density in the end tanks is low, as otherwise cold electrons produced by the ionization of the neutrals would cool down the core plasma electrons. The processes determining the neutral gas formation and spatial distribution are analysed for the case where neutrals are formed by the surface recombination of the outflowing plasma. The conditions under which the cooling of the core plasma is negligible are formulated.

  3. Evidence of flow stabilization in the ZaP Z pinch experiment

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    The stabilizing effect of an axial flow on the m = 1 kink instability in Z pinches has been studied numerically with a linearized ideal MHD model to reveal that a sheared axial flow stabilizes the kink mode when the shear exceeds a threshold. The sheared flow stabilizing effect is investigated with the flow-through Z pinch experiment, ZaP. An azimuthal array of surface mounted magnetic probes located at the midplane of the 50 cm long pinch plasma measures the fluctuation levels of the azimuthal modes m=1, 2, and 3. After pinch formation a quiescent period is found where the mode activity is reduced to a few percent of the average field. Optical images from a fast framing camera and a HeNe interferometer also indicate a stable pinch plasma during this time. Doppler shift measurements of a C-III line correspond to an axial flow velocity of 9.6x104m/s internal to the pinch. During the time when the axial plasma flow is high, the plasma experiences a quiescent period which lasts approximately 800 exponential growth times predicted by linear theory for a static plasma. (author)

  4. Pinched Nerve

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  5. Impedance studies of 2D azimuthally symmetric devices of finite length

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    Biancacci, N; Métral, E; Salvant, B; Migliorati, M; Palumbo, L

    2014-01-01

    In particle accelerators, the beam quality can be strongly affected by the interaction with self-induced electromagnetic fields excited by the beam in the passage through the elements of the accelerator. The beam coupling impedance quantifies this interaction and allows predicting the stability of the dynamics of high intensity, high brilliance beams. The coupling impedance can be evaluated with finite element methods or using analytical approaches, such as field matching or mode matching. In this paper we present an application of the mode matching technique for an azimuthally uniform structure of finite length: a cylindrical cavity loaded with a toroidal slab of lossy dielectric, connected with cylindrical beam pipes. In order to take into account the finite length of the structure, with respect to the infinite length approximation, we decompose the fields in the cavity into a set of orthonormal modes. We obtain a complete set of equations using the magnetic field matching and the nonuniform convergence of ...

  6. A Stationary North-Finding Scheme for an Azimuth Rotational IMU Utilizing a Linear State Equality Constraint

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The Kalman filter (KF has always been used to improve north-finding performance under practical conditions. By analyzing the characteristics of the azimuth rotational inertial measurement unit (ARIMU on a stationary base, a linear state equality constraint for the conventional KF used in the fine north-finding filtering phase is derived. Then, a constrained KF using the state equality constraint is proposed and studied in depth. Estimation behaviors of the concerned navigation errors when implementing the conventional KF scheme and the constrained KF scheme during stationary north-finding are investigated analytically by the stochastic observability approach, which can provide explicit formulations of the navigation errors with influencing variables. Finally, multiple practical experimental tests at a fixed position are done on a postulate system to compare the stationary north-finding performance of the two filtering schemes. In conclusion, this study has successfully extended the utilization of the stochastic observability approach for analytic descriptions of estimation behaviors of the concerned navigation errors, and the constrained KF scheme has demonstrated its superiority over the conventional KF scheme for ARIMU stationary north-finding both theoretically and practically.

  7. Non-Linear Electrohydrodynamics in Microfluidic Devices

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    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Since the inception of microfluidics, the electric force has been exploited as one of the leading mechanisms for driving and controlling the movement of the operating fluid and the charged suspensions. Electric force has an intrinsic advantage in miniaturized devices. Because the electrodes are placed over a small distance, from sub-millimeter to a few microns, a very high electric field is easy to obtain. The electric force can be highly localized as its strength rapidly decays away from the peak. This makes the electric force an ideal candidate for precise spatial control. The geometry and placement of the electrodes can be used to design electric fields of varying distributions, which can be readily realized by Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS fabrication methods. In this paper, we examine several electrically driven liquid handling operations. The emphasis is given to non-linear electrohydrodynamic effects. We discuss the theoretical treatment and related numerical methods. Modeling and simulations are used to unveil the associated electrohydrodynamic phenomena. The modeling based investigation is interwoven with examples of microfluidic devices to illustrate the applications.

  8. Design of a 100 J Dense Plasma Focus Z-pinch Device as a Portable Neutron Source

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    Jiang, Sheng; Higginson, Drew; Link, Anthony; Liu, Jason; Schmidt, Andrea

    2015-11-01

    The dense plasma focus (DPF) Z-pinch devices are capable of accelerating ions to high energies through MV/mm-scale electric fields. When deuterium is used as the filling gas, neutrons are generated through beam-target fusion when fast D beams collide with the bulk plasma. The neutron yield on a DPF scales favorably with current, and could be used as portable sources for active interrogation. Past DPF experiments have been optimized empirically. Here we use the particle-in-cell (PIC) code LSP to optimize a portable DPF for high neutron yield prior to building it. In this work, we are designing a DPF device with about 100 J of energy which can generate 106 - 107 neutrons. The simulations are run in the fluid mode for the rundown phase and are switched to kinetic to capture the anomalous resistivity and beam acceleration process during the pinch. A scan of driver parameters, anode geometries and gas pressures are studied to maximize the neutron yield. The optimized design is currently under construction. This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344 and supported by the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program (15-ERD-034) at LLNL.

  9. Evolution of plasma flow shear and stability in the ZaP Flow Z-pinch

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    The stabilizing effect of an axial flow on the m=1 kink instability in Z-pinches has been studied numerically with a linearized ideal MHD model to reveal that a sheared axial flow stabilizes the kink mode when the shear exceeds a threshold. The sheared flow stabilizing effect is investigated with the ZaP Flow Z-pinch experiment. An azimuthal array of surface mounted magnetic probes measures the fluctuation levels of the azimuthal modes m=1, 2, and 3. After pinch assembly a quiescent period is found where the mode activity is significantly reduced. The quiescent period lasts for over 2000 times the expected instability growth time in a static Z-pinch. Optical images from a fast framing camera, a two-chord HeNe interferometer, and a ruby holographic interferometer indicate a stable, discrete pinch plasma during this time. Multichord Doppler shift measurements of impurity lines show a large, sheared flow during the quiescent period and low, uniform flow profiles during periods of high mode activity. The value of the velocity shear satisfies the theoretical threshold for stability during the quiescent period and does not satisfy the threshold during the high mode activity. Experiments are conducted with varying amounts of injected neutral gas to gain an understanding of the Z-pinch formation and lifetime. (author)

  10. Commutation of Laser Induced Magnetic Field by a Z-pinch Device

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    A central filament is assumed to be axially positioned inside a cylindrical shell collapsing by the Z-pinch effect. Generating a high magnetic field between the cylindrical shell and the filament induces the accumulation (i.e. concentration) process. The initial magnetic field (of order of few MegaGauss) is generated by a circular polarized laser light (CPLL). The inverse Faraday effect induces an axial magnetic field between the shell and the filament. Assuming a dissipations approach, it is shown that this problem is equivalent to two point particles moving in a potential

  11. Flow shear stabilization experiments in the ZaP flow Z-pinch

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    The stabilizing effect of an axial flow on the m = 1 kink instability in Z-pinches has been studied numerically with a linearized ideal MHD model to reveal that a sheared axial flow stabilizes the kink mode when the shear exceeds a threshold. The sheared flow stabilizing effect is investigated with the ZaP Flow Z- pinch experiment. An azimuthal array of surface mounted magnetic probes located at the midplane of the 50 cm plasma column measures the fluctuation levels of the azimuthal modes m = 1, 2, and 3. After pinch assembly a quiescent period is found where the mode activity is significantly reduced. The quiescent period lasts for over 700 times the expected instability growth time in a static Z-pinch. Optical images from a fast framing camera and a ruby holographic interferometer indicate a stable, discrete pinch plasma during this time. Multichord Doppler shift measurements of impurity lines show a large, sheared flow during the quiescent period and low, uniform flow profiles during periods of high mode activity. The value of the velocity shear satisfies the theoretical threshold for stability during the quiescent period and does not satisfy the threshold during the high mode activity. (author)

  12. Instability Suppression by Sheared Flow in Dense Z-Pinch Devices

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    The feasibility of stabilizing a Z-pinch by means of an axial shear flow has been studied theoretically, numerically and experimentally. Since the results of the MHD stability analysis can depend on the equilibria that are being considered, we start by analysing families of self-consistent equilibria with sheared flow, which could represent feasible starting points for the stability analysis. The electric field is determined by the generalised Ohm.s law. This leads to small deviations from local quasi-neutrality, as is found from Poisson.s equation. The self consistency of the flow is related to such deviations, which can be proposed as a function of the plasma density. It is found that for certain flows, self consistent equilibria can only be possible if the plasma is non-neutral. We also study the properties of a nozzle design that ejects a converging supersonic jet on the axis, which could be used as a target for the current sheath in plasma foci. A numerical simulation of this design is carried out, using an adaptive grid code that solves the gas-dynamics equations. (author)

  13. Z-Pinch Experiments with Shock Heating

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    Two z-pinch experiments are reported. The first is a linear pinch whose results have encouraged the authors to construct the second, a toroidal system. In these experiments, a shock produces plasma temperatures higher than have been produced by ohmic heating. Theory predicts that with the higher temperatures the drift instabilities can be avoided resulting in a reduction of the anomalous field diffusion. MHD calculations predict stable configurations for some diffuse z-pinch profiles with a reversed Bz field external to the pinch, and a conducting wall. The linear z-pinch experiment has a length of 30 cm, a diameter of 10 cm and the discharge current is ∼ 200 kA. Initial values of Bθ of 80 kG/μs produce the shock. A magnetic energy storage system generates the necessary high voltage ≲ 80 kV. Probes measure the initial shock structure and plasma pressure profiles. Together with holographic interferometric density measurements, they yield temperatures (Ti + Te) of 750 eV and peak densities of 1016/cm3 with initial pressure of 30 mTorr of deuterium. The limit of sensitivity of the holographic technique prevents data from being obtained at a lower filling pressure where higher plasma temperatures should be obtained. The plasma column exhibits gross stability for times of the order of the time scale of the experiment (∼8 μs). One-dimensional MHD calculations are performed both with classical and anomalous resistivities. The results, including density and magnetic field profiles, are compared with experiment. The toroidal experiment has a major diameter of 76 cm and a minor diameter of 10.25 cm. A 500 kj inductive energy storage system develops a peak voltage of ≤ 320 kV around the circumference of the torus with maximum plasma currents of about 200 kA. Iron cores couple the primary to the plasma secondary circuit. Toroidal equilibrium calculations have been made for diffuse plasma profiles. A numerical stability analysis of these toroidal equilibria, free

  14. Embolization of a PORT-A-CATH device in the main pulmonary artery and its percutaneous extraction in a patient with pinch-off syndrome.

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    Çilingiroğlu, Mehmet; Akkuş, Nuri lker

    2012-03-01

    Totally implanted port devices play an important role in acute and chronic medical care of patients with various conditions and are widely used for infusion of fluids, medications, blood or other blood products, and for monitoring hemodynamic parameters. Embolization of a part of port devices is a rare but potentially serious complication of port catheter placement. We report distal embolization of a catheter fragment of a PORT-A-CATH device into the main pulmonary artery and right ventricle and its successful percutaneous retrieval in a patient with metastatic lung cancer, who was also found to have thoracic inlet syndrome or pinch-off syndrome. PMID:22710588

  15. Technology of field reversed pinch

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    This paper presents a review of field-reversed pinch technology. It covers the basic design requirements for various components involved in a field-reversed pinch device, such as circuit, switch, triggering system, transmission line, load assembly and power supply. Precautions against electric interferences are also mentioned

  16. An electronic probe micro-analyser. A linear scan device

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    The Castaing electronic probe micro-analyser makes possible static analysis at successive points. For two years this apparatus has been equipped by its constructor with an automatic device for surface scanning. In order to increase the micro-analyser's efficiency a 'linear' scan device has been incorporated making it possible to obtain semi-quantitative analyses very rapidly. (authors)

  17. m=0 Z-Pinch stability reconsidered

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    The m=0 linear stability of the collisionless, small Larmor radius Z-pinch is examined. By using a generalized form of the energy principle it is shown that a finite pressure external gas can stabilize the pinch. Equilibrium skin currents are always destabilizing. Our results clarify why the gas-embedded pinch and Extrap are m=0 stable, whereas the fibre and compressional pinches are not

  18. Evolution of plasma flow shear and stability in the ZaP flow Z-pinch

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    Full text: The ZaP Flow Z-pinch experiment at the University of Washington investigates the concept of using sheared flows to stabilize an otherwise unstable plasma configuration. The stabilizing effect of a sheared axial flow on the m = 1 kink instability in Z-pinches has been studied using linearized, ideal MHD theory to reveal that a sheared axial flow stabilizes the kink mode when the shear exceeds a threshold. The ZaP experiment generates a Z-pinch plasma that is 1 m long with a 1 cm radius with an embedded axial flow. Time-resolved Doppler shifts of plasma impurity lines are measured along 20 chords to determine the plasma axial velocity profiles. An azimuthal array of magnetic probes measures the fluctuation levels of the azimuthal modes m = 1, 2, and 3. After pinch assembly a quiescent period is found where the mode activity is significantly reduced. The plasma axial velocity evolves from a uniform to a sheared and back to a uniform flow profile. The sheared flow profile is coincident with a plasma quiescent period where magnetic mode fluctuations are low. The value of the velocity shear satisfies the theoretical threshold for stability during the quiescent period and does not satisfy the threshold during high mode activity. (author)

  19. Flow shear stabilization experiments in the ZaP flow Z-pinch

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    The stabilizing effect of an axial flow on the m=1 kink instability in Z-pinches has been studied numerically with a linearized ideal MHD model to reveal that a sheared axial flow stabilizes the kink mode when the shear exceeds a threshold. The sheared flow stabilizing effect is investigated with the ZaP Flow Z-pinch experiment. An azimuthal array of surface mounted magnetic probes located at the midplane of the 50 cm plasma column measures the fluctuation levels of the azimuthal modes m=1, 2, and 3. After pinch assembly a quiescent period is found where the mode activity is significantly reduced. Optical images from a fast framing camera and a ruby holographic interferometer indicate a stable, discrete pinch plasma during this time. Multichord Doppler shift measurements of a C-III line show a large, sheared flow during the quiescent period and low, uniform flow profiles during periods of high mode activity. The value of the velocity shear satisfies the theoretical threshold for stability during the quiescent period and does not satisfy the threshold during the high mode activity. (author)

  20. Control of a powered prosthetic device via a pinch gesture interface

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    Yetkin, Oguz; Wallace, Kristi; Sanford, Joseph D.; Popa, Dan O.

    2015-06-01

    A novel system is presented to control a powered prosthetic device using a gesture tracking system worn on a user's sound hand in order to detect different grasp patterns. Experiments are presented with two different gesture tracking systems: one comprised of Conductive Thimbles worn on each finger (Conductive Thimble system), and another comprised of a glove which leaves the fingers free (Conductive Glove system). Timing tests were performed on the selection and execution of two grasp patterns using the Conductive Thimble system and the iPhone app provided by the manufacturer. A modified Box and Blocks test was performed using Conductive Glove system and the iPhone app provided by Touch Bionics. The best prosthetic device performance is reported with the developed Conductive Glove system in this test. Results show that these low encumbrance gesture-based wearable systems for selecting grasp patterns may provide a viable alternative to EMG and other prosthetic control modalities, especially for new prosthetic users who are not trained in using EMG signals.

  1. Proceedings of the international workshop on engineering design of next step reversed field pinch devices

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    1987-11-01

    These Proceedings contain the formal contributed papers, the workshop papers and workshop summaries presented at the International Workshop on Engineering Design of Next Step RFP Devices held at Los Alamos, July 13-17, 1987. Contributed papers were presented at formal sessions on the topics: (1) physics overview (3 papers); (2) general overview (3 papers); (3) front-end (9 papers); (4) computer control and data acquisition (1 paper); (5) magnetics (5 papers); and (6) electrical design (9 papers). Informal topical workshop sessions were held on the topics: (1) RFP physics (9 papers); (2) front-end (7 papers); (3) magnetics (3 papers); and (4) electrical design (1 paper). This volume contains the summaries written by the Chairmen of each of the informal topical workshop sessions. The papers in these Proceedings represent a significant review of the status of the technical base for the engineering design of the next step RFP devices being developed in the US, Europe, and Japan, as of this date.

  2. Proceedings of the international workshop on engineering design of next step reversed field pinch devices

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    These Proceedings contain the formal contributed papers, the workshop papers and workshop summaries presented at the International Workshop on Engineering Design of Next Step RFP Devices held at Los Alamos, July 13-17, 1987. Contributed papers were presented at formal sessions on the topics: (1) physics overview (3 papers); (2) general overview (3 papers); (3) front-end (9 papers); (4) computer control and data acquisition (1 paper); (5) magnetics (5 papers); and (6) electrical design (9 papers). Informal topical workshop sessions were held on the topics: (1) RFP physics (9 papers); (2) front-end (7 papers); (3) magnetics (3 papers); and (4) electrical design (1 paper). This volume contains the summaries written by the Chairmen of each of the informal topical workshop sessions. The papers in these Proceedings represent a significant review of the status of the technical base for the engineering design of the next step RFP devices being developed in the US, Europe, and Japan, as of this date

  3. Linear to radial/azimuthal polarization converter in transmission using form birefringence in a segmented silicon grating manufactured by high productivity microelectronic technologies

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    Kaempfe, T.; Sixt, P.; Renaud, D.; Lagrange, A.; Perrin, F.; Parriaux, O.

    2014-05-01

    A polarization rotation is realized by subwavelength binary gratings, where the TE and TM round trip phases of the smallest grating modes are fixed to the smallest possible integer numbers of 2π that allow a straight-through phase difference of π. This results in a subwavelength grating allowing to realize a half-wave element of almost 100% transmission. The principle is applied to a polarization transformation in the 1030-1064 nm wavelength range, using a segmented polarization rotating element converting a linearly polarized incidence to a radial or azimuthal polarization distribution. The elevated costs of such kind of polarization transformers based on assembled birefringent crystals are avoided by using mass-fabrication compatible silicon on insulator technology on a wafer scale. It shows the general potential of microelectronic technology, concerning the batch manufacturing of wavelength-scale diffractive, grating based elements for processing free space waves

  4. High reliability linear drive device for artificial hearts

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    Ji, Jinghua; Zhao, Wenxiang; Liu, Guohai; Shen, Yue; Wang, Fangqun

    2012-04-01

    In this paper, a new high reliability linear drive device, termed as stator-permanent-magnet tubular oscillating actuator (SPM-TOA), is proposed for artificial hearts (AHs). The key is to incorporate the concept of two independent phases into this linear AH device, hence achieving high reliability operation. The fault-tolerant teeth are employed to provide the desired decoupling phases in magnetic circuit. Also, as the magnets and the coils are located in the stator, the proposed SPM-TOA takes the definite advantages of robust mover and direct-drive capability. By using the time-stepping finite element method, the electromagnetic characteristics of the proposed SPM-TOA are analyzed, including magnetic field distributions, flux linkages, back- electromotive forces (back-EMFs) self- and mutual inductances, as well as cogging and thrust forces. The results confirm that the proposed SPM-TOA meets the dimension, weight, and force requirements of the AH drive device.

  5. Experimental investigation of energy loss and end loss physics in a linear theta pinch. Scientific report 81-3

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    The results of an experimental study of particle and thermal loss processes from a 50-cm long theta pinch are presented. The plasma was generated with a 40-mTorr fill of deuterium in a 3.81 cm radius discharge tube; 67% Z-preionization was followed by a main current discharge that produced a 23-kG peak magnetic field in 4.75 μsec. The electron density and temperature in the plasma column at the end of dynamic implosion were characterized by 1.0 x 1016 cm-3 and 20 eV, respectively. This was followed by adiabatic compression which occurred with the particle and energy loss of interest. The diagnostics employed in this experiment were Thomson scattering, continuum radiation spectroscopy, local magnetic-field probes, local pressure probes, and diamagnetic loops. Axial temperature and density profiles were mapped from the coil into the end region

  6. Reconstruction of the eddy current distribution on the vacuum vessel in a reversed field pinch device based on the external magnetic sensor signals

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    For the MHD equilibrium reconstruction of a reverse field pinch device, it is a big issue to identify accurately the strong eddy current flow on the shell. In the present work, boundary integrals of the eddy current along the shell are added to the conventional Cauchy-condition surface method formulation. The eddy current profile is unknown in advance but straightforwardly identified using only the signals from magnetic sensors located outside the plasma. Two ideas are introduced to overcome the numerical difficulties encountered in the problem. One is an accurate boundary integral scheme to damp out the near singularity occurring at the sensor position very close to the shell. The other is the modified truncated singular value decomposition technique to solve an ill-conditioned matrix equation when a large number of nodal points exist on the shell. The capability of the new method is demonstrated for a test problem modeling the RELAX device. (author)

  7. 小型X箍缩的初步实验研究%Preliminary experiments on a compact X-pinch device

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    张然; 朱鑫磊; 罗海云; 赵屾; 邹晓兵; 王新新

    2012-01-01

    Based on a compact (2 m× 1 m× 1. 5 m) pulsed current generator (-100 kA, 60 ns), a table-top X-pinch device ' was constructed and tested. The load current was almost unchanged for X-pinches made using different wires (5 μm, 8 μm, 10 μm and 13 μm Wu wires. 13 μm and 25 μm Mo wires), which means that the impedance of the wires is much lower than the total impedance of the load section. When the above mentioned wires were used as two-wire load, X-ray pulses from X-pinch were always observed. As the mass of the two-wire load increases, the time delay of the X-ray emission relative to the beginning of the load current increases. The X-ray pulse consists of single peak or two overlapping peaks of subnanosecond pulsewidth. Two X-ray pulses with a time interval on the order of 10 ns were often observed for a small mass load when the load current was high e-nough. The appearance of the second X-ray pulse is attributed to the second pinch of the plasma.%基于一台紧凑型脉冲电流发生器,对小型X箍缩进行了初步的实验研究.当改变X箍缩双细丝的直径和材料时,流过负载的总电流几乎不变,这表明双细丝阻抗远小于负载的总阻抗.使用这些细丝,X箍缩均能辐射X射线,但随着细丝质量的增大,X射线辐射时刻相对于电流起始时刻的延迟逐渐增大,X射线脉冲通常为亚纳秒脉宽的单峰或几乎重叠的双峰.对于小质量的细丝负载,若驱动电流足够大,时常观察到时间间隔较长的两个X射线脉冲,并被确认为二次箍缩所致.

  8. Plasma-wall interaction studies using linear plasma devices

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    Plasma-facing materials of DEMO reactor suffer continuously irradiation of deuterium, tritium, helium and energetic neutron fluxes at elevated temperature. Linear plasma devices have been operated in steady state to predict experimentally the structural change of plasma-facing materials and behaviors of hydrogen isotopes under severe circumstances of thermonuclear reactors. The authors have investigated the adsorption and desorption behavior of hydrogen isotopes on W and the effect of neutron and helium irradiation on it. In the present article, retention characteristics of W for hydrogen isotopes under irradiation of neutrons and the plasma including deuterium, helium and beryllium are explained. They have been obtained by experiments with TPE and PISCES-B linear machines, under the contract of Japan-US scientific and engineering cooperation. (author)

  9. Equilibrium evolution in the ZaP flow Z-pinch

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    The ZaP Flow Z-pinch experiment at the University of Washington investigates the innovative plasma confinement concept of using sheared flows to stabilize an otherwise unstable configuration. The stabilizing effect of a sheared axial flow on the m = 1 kink instability in Z-pinches has been studied using linearized, ideal MHD theory to reveal that a sheared axial flow stabilizes the kink mode when the shear exceeds a threshold. The ZaP experiment generates an axially flowing Z-pinch that is 1 m long with a 1 cm radius with a coaxial accelerator coupled to a pinch assembly chamber. Magnetic probes measure the fluctuation levels of the azimuthal modes m = 1, 2, and 3. After assembly the plasma is magnetically confined for an extended quiescent period where the mode activity is significantly reduced. Time-resolved Doppler shifts of plasma impurity lines are measured along 20 chords to determine the plasma axial velocity profiles showing a large, but sub-Alfvenic, sheared flow during the quiescent period and low shear profiles during periods of high mode activity. The plasma has a sheared axial flow that exceeds the theoretical threshold for stability during the quiescent period and is lower than the threshold during periods of high mode activity. The sheared flow profile is coincident with a plasma quiescent period where magnetic mode fluctuations are low. The value of the velocity shear satisfies the theoretical threshold for stability during the quiescent period and does not satisfy the threshold during high mode activity. Multichord and holographic interferometers measure a Z-pinch plasma with a peaked radial profile during the quiescent period. Internal magnetic fields have been recently determined by measuring the Zeeman splitting of impurity carbon emission. The measurements are consistent with a well-confined pinch plasma. (author)

  10. Wave dynamics of theta pinch implosions

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    A model based on two constraints is proposed for theta pinch implosions. The first constraint states that the external radial force per mass density is the same for both electron and ion fluids like in a newtonian system. The second constraint is the quasi-neutrality. In cylindrical geometry, this model claims different radial velocities for the two fluids, plasma rotation in the azimuthal direction, and a minimum two dimensional consistent description. The physics of electron beam current saturation is shown to be very relevant in reverse biased pinches. (author)

  11. MEMS Micro-Translation Device with Improved Linear Travel Capability

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    Abushagur, Mustafa A. G. (Inventor); Ferguson, Cynthia K. (Inventor); Nordin, Gregory P. (Inventor); English, Jennifer M. (Inventor)

    2007-01-01

    A microscopic translation device for a microelectromechanical system includes a pair of linear stator assemblies disposed in spaced relation to define an elongate channel. Each assembly is formed by a plurality of stators arranged in a row along the channel. A shuttle member is disposed between the stator assemblies for translating movement along the channel. The shuttle member includes a plurality of rotors extending outwardly from opposite sides. The shuttle is grounded through the stator assemblies and includes a mounting area for an object to be translated. Electrical lines are individually connected to alternate stators of a plurality of groups of the stators. A current supply sequentially supplies current through the electrical lines to the alternate stators so as to effect charging of the stators in a predetermined sequence. This produces a tangential capacitive force that causes translation of the shuttle.

  12. A plasma source driven predator-prey like mechanism as a potential cause of spiraling intermittencies in linear plasma devices

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    Reiser, D. [Research Center Jülich GmbH, Institute for Energy and Climate Research—Plasma Physics, D-52425 Jülich (Germany); Ohno, N. [Department of Energy Engineering and Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan); Tanaka, H. [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki 509-5292 (Japan); Vela, L. [Physics Department, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Avda de la Universidad 30, 28911-Leganés, Madrid (Spain)

    2014-03-15

    Three-dimensional global drift fluid simulations are carried out to analyze coherent plasma structures appearing in the NAGDIS-II linear device (nagoya divertor plasma Simulator-II). The numerical simulations reproduce several features of the intermittent spiraling structures observed, for instance, statistical properties, rotation frequency, and the frequency of plasma expulsion. The detailed inspection of the three-dimensional plasma dynamics allows to identify the key mechanism behind the formation of these intermittent events. The resistive coupling between electron pressure and parallel electric field in the plasma source region gives rise to a quasilinear predator-prey like dynamics where the axisymmetric mode represents the prey and the spiraling structure with low azimuthal mode number represents the predator. This interpretation is confirmed by a reduced one-dimensional quasilinear model derived on the basis of the findings in the full three-dimensional simulations. The dominant dynamics reveals certain similarities to the classical Lotka-Volterra cycle.

  13. A plasma source driven predator-prey like mechanism as a potential cause of spiraling intermittencies in linear plasma devices

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    Reiser, D.; Ohno, N.; Tanaka, H.; Vela, L.

    2014-03-01

    Three-dimensional global drift fluid simulations are carried out to analyze coherent plasma structures appearing in the NAGDIS-II linear device (nagoya divertor plasma Simulator-II). The numerical simulations reproduce several features of the intermittent spiraling structures observed, for instance, statistical properties, rotation frequency, and the frequency of plasma expulsion. The detailed inspection of the three-dimensional plasma dynamics allows to identify the key mechanism behind the formation of these intermittent events. The resistive coupling between electron pressure and parallel electric field in the plasma source region gives rise to a quasilinear predator-prey like dynamics where the axisymmetric mode represents the prey and the spiraling structure with low azimuthal mode number represents the predator. This interpretation is confirmed by a reduced one-dimensional quasilinear model derived on the basis of the findings in the full three-dimensional simulations. The dominant dynamics reveals certain similarities to the classical Lotka-Volterra cycle.

  14. A comparison between linear and toroidal Extrap systems

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    The Extrap scheme consists of a Z-pinch immersed in an octupole field generated by currents in a set of external conductors. A comparison between linear and toroidal Extrap geometry is made in this paper. As compared to toroidal systems, linear geometry has the advantages of relative simplicity and of a current drive by means of electrodes. Linear devices are convenient for basic studies of Extrap, at moderately high pinch currents and plasma temperatures. Within the parameter ranges of experiments at high pinch currents and plasma temperatures, linear systems have on the other hand some substantial disadvantages, on account of the plasma interaction with the end regions. This results in a limitation of the energy confinement time, and leads in the case of an ohmically heated plasma to excessively high plasma densities and small pinch radii which also complicate the introduction of the external conductors. (author)

  15. Recyclable transmission line (RTL) and linear transformer driver (LTD) development for Z-pinch inertial fusion energy (Z-IFE) and high yield.

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    Sharpe, Robin Arthur; Kingsep, Alexander S. (Kurchatov Institute, Moscow, Russia); Smith, David Lewis; Olson, Craig Lee; Ottinger, Paul F. (Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC); Schumer, Joseph Wade (Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC); Welch, Dale Robert (Voss Scientific, Albuquerque, NM); Kim, Alexander (High Currents Institute, Tomsk, Russia); Kulcinski, Gerald L. (University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI); Kammer, Daniel C. (University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI); Rose, David Vincent (Voss Scientific, Albuquerque, NM); Nedoseev, Sergei L. (Kurchatov Institute, Moscow, Russia); Pointon, Timothy David; Smirnov, Valentin P. (Kurchatov Institute, Moscow, Russia); Turgeon, Matthew C.; Kalinin, Yuri G. (Kurchatov Institute, Moscow, Russia); Bruner, Nichelle " Nicki" (Voss Scientific, Albuquerque, NM); Barkey, Mark E. (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL); Guthrie, Michael (University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI); Thoma, Carsten (Voss Scientific, Albuquerque, NM); Genoni, Tom C. (Voss Scientific, Albuquerque, NM); Langston, William L.; Fowler, William E.; Mazarakis, Michael Gerrassimos

    2007-01-01

    Z-Pinch Inertial Fusion Energy (Z-IFE) complements and extends the single-shot z-pinch fusion program on Z to a repetitive, high-yield, power plant scenario that can be used for the production of electricity, transmutation of nuclear waste, and hydrogen production, all with no CO{sub 2} production and no long-lived radioactive nuclear waste. The Z-IFE concept uses a Linear Transformer Driver (LTD) accelerator, and a Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL) to connect the LTD driver to a high-yield fusion target inside a thick-liquid-wall power plant chamber. Results of RTL and LTD research are reported here, that include: (1) The key physics issues for RTLs involve the power flow at the high linear current densities that occur near the target (up to 5 MA/cm). These issues include surface heating, melting, ablation, plasma formation, electron flow, magnetic insulation, conductivity changes, magnetic field diffusion changes, possible ion flow, and RTL mass motion. These issues are studied theoretically, computationally (with the ALEGRA and LSP codes), and will work at 5 MA/cm or higher, with anode-cathode gaps as small as 2 mm. (2) An RTL misalignment sensitivity study has been performed using a 3D circuit model. Results show very small load current variations for significant RTL misalignments. (3) The key structural issues for RTLs involve optimizing the RTL strength (varying shape, ribs, etc.) while minimizing the RTL mass. Optimization studies show RTL mass reductions by factors of three or more. (4) Fabrication and pressure testing of Z-PoP (Proof-of-Principle) size RTLs are successfully reported here. (5) Modeling of the effect of initial RTL imperfections on the buckling pressure has been performed. Results show that the curved RTL offers a much greater buckling pressure as well as less sensitivity to imperfections than three other RTL designs. (6) Repetitive operation of a 0.5 MA, 100 kV, 100 ns, LTD cavity with gas purging between shots and automated operation is

  16. Recyclable transmission line (RTL) and linear transformer driver (LTD) development for Z-pinch inertial fusion energy (Z-IFE) and high yield

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    Z-Pinch Inertial Fusion Energy (Z-IFE) complements and extends the single-shot z-pinch fusion program on Z to a repetitive, high-yield, power plant scenario that can be used for the production of electricity, transmutation of nuclear waste, and hydrogen production, all with no CO2 production and no long-lived radioactive nuclear waste. The Z-IFE concept uses a Linear Transformer Driver (LTD) accelerator, and a Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL) to connect the LTD driver to a high-yield fusion target inside a thick-liquid-wall power plant chamber. Results of RTL and LTD research are reported here, that include: (1) The key physics issues for RTLs involve the power flow at the high linear current densities that occur near the target (up to 5 MA/cm). These issues include surface heating, melting, ablation, plasma formation, electron flow, magnetic insulation, conductivity changes, magnetic field diffusion changes, possible ion flow, and RTL mass motion. These issues are studied theoretically, computationally (with the ALEGRA and LSP codes), and will work at 5 MA/cm or higher, with anode-cathode gaps as small as 2 mm. (2) An RTL misalignment sensitivity study has been performed using a 3D circuit model. Results show very small load current variations for significant RTL misalignments. (3) The key structural issues for RTLs involve optimizing the RTL strength (varying shape, ribs, etc.) while minimizing the RTL mass. Optimization studies show RTL mass reductions by factors of three or more. (4) Fabrication and pressure testing of Z-PoP (Proof-of-Principle) size RTLs are successfully reported here. (5) Modeling of the effect of initial RTL imperfections on the buckling pressure has been performed. Results show that the curved RTL offers a much greater buckling pressure as well as less sensitivity to imperfections than three other RTL designs. (6) Repetitive operation of a 0.5 MA, 100 kV, 100 ns, LTD cavity with gas purging between shots and automated operation is

  17. ELECTROSTATIC MODE ASSOCIATED WITH PINCH VELOCITY IN RFPS

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    DELZANNO, GIAN LUCA [Los Alamos National Laboratory; FINN, JOHN M. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; CHACON, LUIS [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2007-02-08

    The existence of a new electrostatic instability is shown for RFP (reversed field pinch) equilibria. This mode arises due to the non-zero equilibrium radial flow (pinch flow). In RFP simulations with no-stress boundary conditions on the tangential velocity at the radial wall, this electrostatic mode is unstable and dominates the nonlinear dynamics, even in the presence of the MHD modes typically responsible for the reversal of the axial magnetic field at edge. Nonlinearly, this mode leads to two beams moving azimuthally towards each other, which eventually collide. The electrostatic mode can be controlled by using Dirichlet (no-slip) boundary conditions on the azimuthal velocity at the radial wall.

  18. Newly developed ventricular assist device with linear oscillatory actuator.

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    Fukunaga, Kazuyoshi; Funakubo, Akio; Fukui, Yasuhiro

    2003-01-01

    The goal of this study was to develop a new direct electromagnetic left ventricular assist device (DEM-LVAD) with a linear oscillatory actuator (LOA). The DEM-LVAD is a pulsatile pump with a pusher plate. The pusher plate is driven directly by the mover of the LOA. The LOA provides reciprocating motion without using any movement converter such as a roller screw or a hydraulic system. It consists of a stator with a single winding excitation coil and a mover with two permanent magnets. The simple structure of the LOA is based on fewer parts to bring about high reliability and smaller size. The mover moves back and forth when forward and backward electric current is supplied to the excitation coil. The pump housings have been designed using three-dimensional computer aided design software and fabricated with the aid of computer aided manufacturing technology. Monostrut valves (Bjork-Shiley #21) were used for the prototype. The DEM-LVAD dimension is 96 mm in diameter and 50 mm thick with a mass of 0.62 kg and a volume of 280 ml. An in vitro test (afterload 100 mm Hg; preload 10 mm Hg; input power 10 W) demonstrated more than 6 L/minute maximum output and 15% maximum efficiency at 130 beats per minute (bpm). Dynamic stroke volume ranged between 40 and 60 ml. The feasibility of the DEM-LVAD was confirmed. PMID:12790386

  19. Study of flow and loss processes at the ends of a linear theta pinch. Progress report, June 1, 1977--May 31, 1978

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    Experimental and analytical studies of end loss from a theta pinch have been carried out. Detailed diagnostic studies of a 25 cm long theta pinch operating with reversed trapped fields have been completed; spectroscopic studies, magnetic probe, pressure probe, double diamagnetic loop, luminosity studies and Thomson scattering studies of the plasma have been carried out over the 8 μsec duration of the transient loss. Two new diagnostic techniques have been developed based on the available Thomson scattering laser source. A study of plasma loss from a 10.5 long theta pinch with an axial Twyman-Green interferometer has been completed and reported. The basic studies needed for subsequent experimental work on heat conduction loss being diagnosed by Thomson scattering data in the end region, with and without mirror coil, has been completed as a part of the mirror field studies

  20. Study of flow and loss processes at the ends of a linear theta pinch. Progress report, June 1, 1977--May 31, 1978

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    York, T.M.; Klevans, E.H.

    1978-02-01

    Experimental and analytical studies of end loss from a theta pinch have been carried out. Detailed diagnostic studies of a 25 cm long theta pinch operating with reversed trapped fields have been completed; spectroscopic studies, magnetic probe, pressure probe, double diamagnetic loop, luminosity studies and Thomson scattering studies of the plasma have been carried out over the 8 ..mu..sec duration of the transient loss. Two new diagnostic techniques have been developed based on the available Thomson scattering laser source. A study of plasma loss from a 10.5 long theta pinch with an axial Twyman-Green interferometer has been completed and reported. The basic studies needed for subsequent experimental work on heat conduction loss being diagnosed by Thomson scattering data in the end region, with and without mirror coil, has been completed as a part of the mirror field studies.

  1. The study of pinch regimes based on radiation-enhanced compression and anomalous resistivity phenomena and their effects on hard x-ray emission in a Mather type dense plasma focus device (SABALAN2)

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    In this study, by using argon and nitrogen as the filling gases in a Mather type dense plasma focus device at different values of pressure and charging voltage, two different kinds of pinch regimes were observed for each of the gases. The physics of the pinch regimes could be explained by using the two versions of the Lee's computational model which predicted each of the scenarios and clarified their differences between the two gases according to the radiation-enhanced compression and, additionally, predicted the pinch regimes through the anomalous resistivity effect during the pinch time. This was accomplished through the fitting process (simulation) on the current signal. Moreover, the characteristic amplitude and time scales of the anomalous resistances were obtained. The correlations between the features of the plasma current dip and the emitted hard x-ray pulses were observed. The starting time, intensity, duration, and the multiple or single feature of the emitted hard x-ray strongly correlated to the same respective features of the current dip

  2. The study of pinch regimes based on radiation-enhanced compression and anomalous resistivity phenomena and their effects on hard x-ray emission in a Mather type dense plasma focus device (SABALAN2)

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    Piriaei, D.; Javadi, S.; Ghoranneviss, M. [Plasma Physics Research Center, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran 1477893855 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mahabadi, T. D., E-mail: tadavari@gmail.com [Department of Physics and Biophysics, Tehran Medical Sciences Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran 1916893813 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Saw, S. H. [INTI International University, Nilai 71800 (Malaysia); Institute for Plasma Focus Studies, 32 Oak Park Drive, Victoria 3148 (Australia); Lee, S. [INTI International University, Nilai 71800 (Malaysia); Institute for Plasma Focus Studies, 32 Oak Park Drive, Victoria 3148 (Australia); Universty of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603 (Malaysia)

    2015-12-15

    In this study, by using argon and nitrogen as the filling gases in a Mather type dense plasma focus device at different values of pressure and charging voltage, two different kinds of pinch regimes were observed for each of the gases. The physics of the pinch regimes could be explained by using the two versions of the Lee's computational model which predicted each of the scenarios and clarified their differences between the two gases according to the radiation-enhanced compression and, additionally, predicted the pinch regimes through the anomalous resistivity effect during the pinch time. This was accomplished through the fitting process (simulation) on the current signal. Moreover, the characteristic amplitude and time scales of the anomalous resistances were obtained. The correlations between the features of the plasma current dip and the emitted hard x-ray pulses were observed. The starting time, intensity, duration, and the multiple or single feature of the emitted hard x-ray strongly correlated to the same respective features of the current dip.

  3. The study of pinch regimes based on radiation-enhanced compression and anomalous resistivity phenomena and their effects on hard x-ray emission in a Mather type dense plasma focus device (SABALAN2)

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    Piriaei, D.; Mahabadi, T. D.; Javadi, S.; Ghoranneviss, M.; Saw, S. H.; Lee, S.

    2015-12-01

    In this study, by using argon and nitrogen as the filling gases in a Mather type dense plasma focus device at different values of pressure and charging voltage, two different kinds of pinch regimes were observed for each of the gases. The physics of the pinch regimes could be explained by using the two versions of the Lee's computational model which predicted each of the scenarios and clarified their differences between the two gases according to the radiation-enhanced compression and, additionally, predicted the pinch regimes through the anomalous resistivity effect during the pinch time. This was accomplished through the fitting process (simulation) on the current signal. Moreover, the characteristic amplitude and time scales of the anomalous resistances were obtained. The correlations between the features of the plasma current dip and the emitted hard x-ray pulses were observed. The starting time, intensity, duration, and the multiple or single feature of the emitted hard x-ray strongly correlated to the same respective features of the current dip.

  4. Dense-Pinch Photocathode

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    Asmus, John F.; Lovberg, Ralph H.

    1988-05-01

    A promising approach to the generation of low-emittance e-beams for particle beam and FEL application employs a photoelectron cathode. IF such an e-beam source is to be viable at high power, a high-performance hard-UV illuminator is needed. Toward this end, experiments have been performed by illuminating a metal photocathode with the VUV radiation from a laser-guided gas-embedded high-density high-Z pinch. Such a VUV source is interesting because the plasma is created at high density and is optically thick. Thus, it is both a stable and an efficient radiator. Coupled with a copper photocathode it has generated a-beam current densities up to 60 A/sq-cm. The test device has been modified to utilize a pinch formed from a liquid jet in vacuum, rather than the laser-guided discharge in high-pressure gas. This is more suitable for rep-rate operation as it dispenses with the VUV-absorbing interposed gas, the channel-forming laser, and gas transport at high average power. A decane-jet device has been tested at 10 Hz with a peak pulse VUV power of 100 MW.

  5. Efficient Implementation of Solvers for Linear Model Predictive Control on Embedded Devices

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    Frison, Gianluca; Kwame Minde Kufoalor, D.; Imsland, Lars;

    2014-01-01

    This paper proposes a novel approach for the efficient implementation of solvers for linear MPC on embedded devices. The main focus is to explain in detail the approach used to optimize the linear algebra for selected low-power embedded devices, and to show how the high-performance implementation...

  6. Nanophotonic Devices for Linear and Nonlinear Optical Signal Processing

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    KOOS, Christian

    2007-01-01

    High index-contrast nanophotonic devices are key components for future board-to-board and chip-to-chip optical interconnects: The strong confinement of light enables dense integration, and nonlinear effects can be exploited at low power levels. Cheap large-scale production is possible by using highly parallel microfabrication techniques, and semiconductor-based nanophotonic devices can be integrated together with electronic circuitry on a common chip. Particularly intense research is carried ...

  7. Linear analysis and 3D hybrid simulation study of Z-pinch instabilities in the presence of non - ideal MHD effects

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    Sotnikov, V. I.; Wanex, L.; Bauer, B. S.; Paraschiv, I.; LeBoeuf, J. N.; Hellinger, Petr; Trávníček, Pavel; Fiala, Vladimír

    New Jersey : Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc, 2003 - (Giesselmann, M.; Neuber, A.), s. 66-69 ISBN 0-7803-7915-2. [IEEE international pulsed power conference /14./. Dallas (US), 15.06.2003-18.06.2003] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAB3042106 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z3042911 Keywords : Z-pinch plasmas * instabilities Subject RIV: DG - Athmosphere Sciences, Meteorology

  8. Azimuthal Sisyphus effect for atoms in a toroidal all-optical trap

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    Lembessis, V. E. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Ellinas, D. [Technical University of Crete, Department of Sciences M PHI Q Research Unit GR-731 00 Chania, Crete (Greece); Babiker, M. [Department of Physics, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD, England (United Kingdom)

    2011-10-15

    It is shown that an optical arrangement in which two identical counterpropagating Laguerre-Gaussian doughnut beams LG(l,0) and LG(-l,0) with orthogonal linear polarizations e {sub x} and e {sub y} can lead to azimuthal polarization gradients and an as yet undiscovered azimuthal Sisyphus effect. It is demonstrated that this effect can be utilized in the creation and control of a persistent current of superfluid atoms circulating in a toroidal trap. Such a physical system has recently been highlighted as the basis for an atomic superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and ultimately for the realization of atom circuits.

  9. Orthogonally linear polarized lasers(Ⅰ)--principle and devices

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    ZHANG Shulian; XU Ting

    2005-01-01

    Two kinds of orthogonally polarized lasers, i.e. Zeeman dual-frequency lasers and four-frequency ring lasers (laser gyros) have been developed since the invention of lasers, in which circularly polarized lights oscillate. This paper summarizes recent progress of the study on orthogonally linear polarized lasers with the standing wave cavity. Firstly, the expression of producing orthogonally linear polarized lights in standing wave cavity, i.e. laser frequency splitting, is given. Almost all the birefringence effects made in laser cavity are used to produce orthogonally linear polarized lights. The effect includes quartz crystal birefringence effect, calcite birefringence effect,stress (photo-elastic) birefringence effect and electro-optical birefringence effect. Secondly, several physical phenomena of orthogonally linear polarized lasers are discovered such as aberrance of frequency splitting curves caused by optical activity of quartz crystal, order-passing of longitudinal modes with frequency splitting and strong modes competition. Finally, because the traditional Zeeman dual frequency laser cannot output frequency difference larger than 3 MHz, the approaches of obtaining larger frequency difference are studied. The sequential results, several kinds of orthogonally polarized lasers, are described, such as birefringence dual frequency lasers outputting a frequency difference from 40 MHz to hundreds of megahertz, birefringence-Zeeman dual frequency lasers outputting a frequency difference from 1 MHz to hundreds of megahertz, the LD pumped YAG birefringence dual frequency laser outputting frequency difference of several gigahertz, and the lasers whose longitudinal mode spacing is c/4L instead of c/2L.

  10. Dynamics of a non-uniform hollow gas puff Z-pinch

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    The paper presents results from a Hollow Gas Z-Pinch (HGP) with non-uniform linear density distribution together with a numerical simulation of the discharge. The calculation is performed from immediately after the formulation of the discharge until the minimum radius ('pinch') is reached. It's used a two-dimensional (2D), time dependent, two fluid (ions and electrons), two-temperature model that includes, besides the magneto-hydrodynamics, diffusive processes such as thermal diffusion, magnetic diffusion and ion viscosity. The paper tries to discriminate upon the influence of different processes upon the formation of 'mushroom'-type structures, experimentally observed using optical measurements in the Z-pinch at the University of Mar del Plata (NOVA). Due to the fact that this Z-pinch works as a 'gas puff', that is with gas injection from the cathode, the initial distribution of the gas is not uniform in space. Besides the non-uniform radial distribution, there is a density gradient along the axis of the device. Using the 2D code it has been studied the influence of the initial distribution on the dynamics of the collapse. The main observation is that in most cases the initial linear density distribution determines the dynamics. Another important parameter is the variation of the initial thickness as a function of the axial coordinate. Other effects (for example, the cooling of the plasma in contact with the metal electrodes or the diffusion of the magnetic field) have little or negligible influence on the converging dynamics

  11. Linear devices in combined high-level radiation environments

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    The design of precision analog integrated circuits for use in combined high-level radiation environments has traditionally been on a full-custom basis. The use of semicustom design methods has become prevalent in digital devices, with standard cell libraries and gate arrays readily available from multiple vendors. This paper addresses the application of semicustom design techniques to analog parts. In all cases the emphasis is on bipolar technology, since this provides an optimal combination of precision and radiation hardness. A mixed mode analog/digital (A/D) cell family for implementing semicustom designs is described, together with the fabrication process used. Specific processing and design methods are used to provide circuit hardness against neutron, total gamma dose, and transient gamma environments. Semicustom mixed analog/digital design is seen as an appropriate methodology for implementation of medium-performance mixed mode functions for radiation-hardened applications. This leads to trade-offs in process complexity and performance. Full custom design remains necessary for demanding applications such as high-speed A/D conversion and associated sample/hold functions. An A/D cell family optimized for hardness is described, together with the bipolar process used to implement it

  12. Spontaneous azimuthal breakout and instability at the circular hydraulic jump

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    Ray, Arnab K; Basu, Abhik; Bhattacharjee, Jayanta K

    2015-01-01

    We consider a shallow, two-dimensional flow of a liquid in which the radial and the azimuthal dynamics are coupled to each other. The steady and radial background flow of this system creates an axially symmetric circular hydraulic jump. On this background we apply time-dependent perturbations of the matter flow rate and the azimuthal flow velocity, with the latter strongly localized at the hydraulic jump. The perturbed variables depend spatially on both the radial and azimuthal coordinates. Linearization of the perturbations gives a coupled system of wave equations. The characteristic equations extracted from these wave equations show that under a marginally stable condition a spontaneous breaking of axial symmetry occurs at the position of the hydraulic jump. Departure from the marginal stability shows further that a linear instability develops in the azimuthal direction, resulting in an azimuthal transport of liquid at the hydraulic jump. The time for the growth of azimuthal instability is scaled by viscosi...

  13. Laser microprocessing of steel with radially and azimuthally polarized femtosecond vortex pulses

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    O J Allegre, W Perrie, S P Edwardson, G Dearden and K G Watkins

    2012-01-01

    The use of a liquid-crystal spatial light modulator (SLM) device to convert a linearly polarized femtosecond laser beam into a radially or azimuthally polarized vortex beam is demonstrated. In order to verify the state of polarization at the focal plane, laser induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) are produced on stainless steel, imprinting the complex vectorial polarization structures and confirming the efficacy of the SLM in producing the desired polarization modes. Stain...

  14. Development of a sub-nanometer positioning device: combining a new linear motor with linear motion ball guide ways

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    A new type of linear motor described in this note has some advantages compared with conventional motors. The attractive magnetic force between the stator (permanent magnets) and mover (armature) is diminished almost to zero. The efficiency is better because the magnetic flux leakage is very small, the size of motor is smaller and detent (force ripple) is smaller than for conventional motors. Therefore, we think that this motor is greatly suitable for ultra-precision positioning as an actuator. An ultra-precision positioning device using this motor and linear motion ball guide ways is newly developed by making the device very rigid and using a suitable control method. Moreover, the positioning performance is evaluated by a positioning resolution, and deviation and dispersion errors. As a result of repeated step response tests, the positioning resolution is 0.3 nm, with the deviation error and dispersion error (3σ) being sub-nanometer. Consequently, the positioning device achieves sub-nanometer positioning. (technical design note)

  15. The preparation and optical characterisation of novel organic crystals with applications in non linear devices

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    Wilkie, S

    2000-01-01

    In recent years, novel non-linear organic materials have generated great interest in the development of all-optical non-linear devices. Such materials have been optically characterised, mainly for the purposes of second harmonic generation and electro-optic modulation, within the Chemistry department of Strathclyde University since the mid-1980's. This thesis documents the continued development and enhancement of this core research speciality in the growth, preparation and optical characterisation of two such novel organic non-linear materials, namely NMU and MBANP. A literature search that reviewed the linear and non-linear optical properties of a select number of novel organic non-linear materials was conducted. All too often sample crystal quality was not detailed and hence the quality of crystals upon which the material characterisation was based remained unknown. Surprisingly, the availability of reliable, accurate data was found to be scarce. The optical investigation of NMU represented the first ever e...

  16. Development Path for Z-Pinch IFE

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    The long-range goal of the Z-Pinch IFE program is to produce an economically-attractive power plant using high-yield z-pinch-driven targets (∼3GJ) with low rep-rate per chamber (∼0.1 Hz). The present mainline choice for a Z-Pinch IFE power plant uses an LTD (Linear Transformer Driver) repetitive pulsed power driver, a Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL), a dynamic hohlraum z-pinch-driven target, and a thick-liquid wall chamber. The RTL connects the pulsed power driver directly to the z-pinch-driven target, and is made from frozen coolant or a material that is easily separable from the coolant (such as carbon steel). The RTL is destroyed by the fusion explosion, but the RTL materials are recycled, and a new RTL is inserted on each shot.A development path for Z-Pinch IFE has been created that complements and leverages the NNSA DP ICF program. Funding by a U.S. Congressional initiative of $4M for FY04 through NNSA DP is supporting assessment and initial research on (1) RTLs, (2) repetitive pulsed power drivers, (3) shock mitigation [because of the high yield targets], (4) planning for a proof-of-principle full RTL cycle demonstration [with a 1 MA, 1 MV, 100 ns, 0.1 Hz driver], (5) IFE target studies for multi-GJ yield targets, and (6) z-pinch IFE power plant engineering and technology development. Initial results from all areas of this research are discussed

  17. Present status of linear plasma devices and issues on DEMO divertor design

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    Construction of ITER has inspired discussion on the design of DEMO reactor. In the country, a team for constructing technological base of the fusion prototype reactor (a joint core team) has been organized in the nuclear science and technology committee thermonuclear-research working group of MEXT. In IAEA, the DEMO program workshop has been held. With these situations, we consider design issues of divertor in DEMO reactor and the role of linear plasma devices. First, the status of researches in linear plasma devices is reviewed. Next we explain R and D issues in the design of DEMO divertors and in the modeling and numerical simulation of divertors. (author)

  18. Key components for nano-assembled plasmon-excited single molecule non-linear devices

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    Kewes, Günter; Schoengen, Max; Mazzamuto, Giacomo; Neitzke, Oliver; Schönfeld, Rolf-Simon; Schell, Andreas W.; Probst, Jürgen; Wolters, Janik; Löchel, Bernd; Toninelli, Costanza; Benson, Oliver

    2015-01-01

    Tremendous enhancement of light-matter interaction in plasmon-excited molecular hybrid devices allows for non-linearities on the level of single emitters and few photons. This promises a plethora of novel applications like single photon transistors. Nevertheless, building the components of such devices is technologically extremely challenging. We tackle this task by lithographically fabricating on-chip plasmonic waveguides, efficiently connected to far-field in- and out-coupling ports via low...

  19. Gas-puff Z-pinch experiment

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    The fast linear Z-pinch was experimentally investigatedusing a pulse high-current generator (10.8 μF, 5 to 10 kJ. 150 to 250 kA) and a pulse injectionof argon and neon. Measured electrical characteristics of the discharge (current shape and risetime, inductance) and calculated dynamic parameters of plasma implosion (accelerated mass, radial plasma velocity) are presented. X-ray diagnostics with temporal resolution (vacuum X-ray diodes, semiconductor detectors) were utilized. The temperature and the density of pinch plasma (Te ≅ 50 eV, ne ≅ 1.4x1026 m-3) and its size and lifetime were estimated. Total energy emitted by pinch in ultra-soft X-ray region (hν<1 keV) during ∼ 200 ns pulse achieves 125 J/4π. (author). 5 figs., 1 tab., 16 refs

  20. Production of high transient heat and particle fluxes in a linear plasma device

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    De Temmerman, G.; Zielinski, J. J.; van der Meiden, H.; Melissen, W.; Rapp, J.

    2010-01-01

    We report on the generation of high transient heat and particle fluxes in a linear plasma device by pulsed operation of the plasma source. A capacitor bank is discharged into the source to transiently increase the discharge current up to 1.7 kA, allowing peak densities and temperature of 70x10(20) m

  1. Electron linear accelerator with synchronous power supply of a HF device and an electron gun

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    The paper presents synchronous pulse power supply circuits of HF-generator and of the cathode of an electron gun of LUE-8/5 electron linear accelerator. Application of the given circuit of pulse power supply enables to reduce accelerator device dimensions. 1 fig

  2. Producing the event ready two photon polarization EPR state with linear optics devices

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    Xiang-Bin, Wang

    2002-01-01

    We propose a scheme to produce the maximally two photon polarization entangled state(EPR state) with single photon sources and the linear optics devices. In particular, our scheme requires the photon detectors only to distinguish the vacuum and non-vacuum Fock number states. A sophisticated photon detector distinguishing one or two photon states is unnecessary.

  3. Generating Radially and Azimuthally Polarized Beams by Using a Pair of Lateral Displacement Beamsplitters

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    Chien-Yuan Han

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes a modified polarization converter for generating radially and azimuthally polarized beams. Based on a Mach–Zehnder-like interferometric structure, the device consists of a pair of lateral displacement beamsplitters (LDBs and two half-wave plates that manipulate the states of polarization of incident linearly polarized light. Through the coherent superposition of two orthogonal Hermite–Gaussian modes in the far field, radially and azimuthally polarized beams can be obtained simultaneously. A prototype was assembled to demonstrate the feasibility of the design. The proposed design has the advantage of having a simple, symmetric, compact, and robust structure. In addition, the introduction of LDBs substantially reduces the cost of this device. Moreover, the design can be applied to a broadband pulsed laser with considerable potential in high-power applications.

  4. Multiparticle azimuthal correlations

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    N Borghini; P M Dinh; J-Y Ollitrault

    2003-04-01

    First observations of elliptic flow in Au–Au collisions at RHIC have been interpreted as evidence that the colliding system reaches thermal equilibrium. We discuss some of the arguments leading to this conclusion and show that a more accurate analysis is needed, which the standard flow analysis may not provide. We then present a new method of flow analysis, based on a systematic study of multiparticle azimuthal correlations. This method allows one to test quantitatively the collective behaviour of the interacting system. It has recently been applied by the STAR Collaboration at RHIC.

  5. Azimuthal Spoke Propagation in Hall Effect Thrusters

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    Sekerak, Michael J.; Longmier, Benjamin W.; Gallimore, Alec D.; Brown, Daniel L.; Hofer, Richard R.; Polk, James E.

    2013-01-01

    Spokes are azimuthally propagating perturbations in the plasma discharge of Hall Effect Thrusters (HETs) that travel in the E x B direction and have been observed in many different systems. The propagation of azimuthal spokes are investigated in a 6 kW HET known as the H6 using ultra-fast imaging and azimuthally spaced probes. A spoke surface is a 2-D plot of azimuthal light intensity evolution over time calculated from 87,500 frames/s videos. The spoke velocity has been determined using three methods with similar results: manual fitting of diagonal lines on the spoke surface, linear cross-correlation between azimuthal locations and an approximated dispersion relation. The spoke velocity for three discharge voltages (300, 400 and 450 V) and three anode mass flow rates (14.7, 19.5 and 25.2 mg/s) yielded spoke velocities between 1500 and 2200 m/s across a range of normalized magnetic field settings. The spoke velocity was inversely dependent on magnetic field strength for low B-field settings and asymptoted at B-field higher values. The velocities and frequencies are compared to standard drifts and plasma waves such as E x B drift, electrostatic ion cyclotron, magnetosonic and various drift waves. The empirically approximated dispersion relation yielded a characteristic velocity that matched the ion acoustic speed for 5 eV electrons that exist in the near-anode and near-field plume regions of the discharge channel based on internal measurements. Thruster performance has been linked to operating mode where thrust-to-power is maximized when azimuthal spokes are present so investigating the underlying mechanism of spokes will benefit thruster operation.

  6. Design changes of device to investigation of alloys linear contraction and shrinkage stresses

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    J. Mutwil

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Some design changes in device elaborated by author to examination of linear contraction and shrinkage stresses progress of metals and alloys during– and after solidification have been described. The introduced changes have been focused on design of closing of shrinkage test rod mould. The introduced changes have been allowed to simplify a mounting procedure of thermocouples measuring a temperature of the shrinkage rod casting (in 6 points. Exemplary investigation results of linear contraction and shrinkage stresses development in Al-Si13.5% alloy have been presented.

  7. Introduction to Pinch Technology

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    Rokni, Masoud

    efficient as it should be? How can new projects be evaluated with respect to their energy requirements? What changes can be made to increase the energy efficiency without incurring any cost? What investments can be made to improve energy efficiency? What is the most appropriate utility mix for the process......? How to put energy efficiency and other targets like reducing emissions, increasing plant capacities, improve product qualities etc, into a one coherent strategic plan for the overall site? All these questions and more can be answered with a full understanding of Pinch Technology and an awareness of...... the available tools for applying it in a practical way. The aim here is to provide the basic knowledge of pinch technology concept and how it can be applied across a wide range of process industries. The pinch technology was proposed firstly for optimization of heat exchangers and therefore it is...

  8. Linear motion device and method for inserting and withdrawing control rods

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    Smith, J.E.

    Disclosed is a linear motion device and more specifically a control rod drive mechanism (CRDM) for inserting and withdrawing control rods into a reactor core. The CRDM and method disclosed is capable of independently and sequentially positioning two sets of control rods with a single motor stator and rotor. The CRDM disclosed can control more than one control rod lead screw without incurring a substantial increase in the size of the mechanism.

  9. Azimuthal Correlations in Photon-Photon Collisions

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    Arteaga, N.; Carimalo, C.; Kessler, P.; Ong, S.; Panella, O.

    1995-01-01

    Using the general helicity formula for $\\gamma^* \\gamma^*$ collisions, we are showing that it should be possible to determine a number of independent ``structure functions'', i.e. linear combinations of elements of the two-photon helicity tensor, through azimuthal correlations in two-body or quasi two-body reactions induced by the photon-photon interaction, provided certain experimental conditions are satisfied. Numerical results of our computations are presented for some particular processes...

  10. Experiments on screw-pinch plasmas with elongated cross section

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    In this thesis experiments are described carried out with SPICA II, a toroidal screw-pinch plasma device. this device is the last one in a series of plasma machines of the toroidal screw-pinch differing from its predecessor in its race-track shaped section. In devices of the type toroidal screw-pinch stable confinement is possible of plasmas with larger β values than in a tokamak discharge. In a pinch the plasma is screwed up, during the formation, in such a way that in a relatively small volume a plasma is formated with a high pressure. During the screwing up the plasma is heated by shock heating as well as adiabatic compression. With the modified snowplow model the density and temperature after the formation can be calculated, starting from the initial conditions. When all ions arrive into the plasma column, the density in the column is determined by the volume compression. First purpose of the experiments was to find a stable discharge. Subsequently discharges have been made with a high as possible β in order to investigate at which maximum β it is possible to confine screw-pinch plasmas stably. When these had been found, the nature and importance could be investigated of the processes following which the screw-pinch plasma looses its energy. (author), 75 res.; 95 figs.; 8 tabs

  11. Loss of energy dissipation capacity from the deadzone in linear and nonlinear viscous damping devices

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    Mai Tong; Thomas Liebner

    2007-01-01

    In a viscous damping device under cyclic loading, after the piston reaches a peak stroke, the reserve movement that follows may sometimes experience a short period of delayed or significantly reduced device force output. A similar delay or reduced device force output may also occur at the damper's initial stroke as it moves away from its neutral position.This phenomenon is referred to as the effect of "deadzone". The deadzone can cause a loss of energy dissipation capacity and less efficient vibration control. It is prominent in small amplitude vibrations. Although there are many potential causes of deadzone such as environmental factors, construction, material aging, and manufacture quality, in this paper, its general effect in linear and nonlinear viscous damping devices is analyzed. Based on classical dynamics and damping theory, a simple model is developed to capture the effect of deadzone in terms of the loss of energy dissipation capacity. The model provides several methods to estimate the loss of energy dissipation within the deadzone in linear and sublinear viscous fluid dampers.An empirical equation of loss of energy dissipation capacity versus deadzone size is formulated, and the equivalent reduction of effective damping in SDOF systems has been obtained. A laboratory experimental evaluation is carried out to verify the effect of deadzone and its numerical approximation. Based on the analysis, a modification is suggested to the corresponding formulas in FEMA 356 for calculation of equivalent damping ifa deadzone is to be considered.

  12. Organic Light Emitting Devices with Linearly-Graded Mixed Host Architecture

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    Lee, Sang Min

    Organic Light Emitting Devices (OLEDs) with a linearly-graded mixed (LGM) host architecture in the emissive layer (EML) were studied by the application of a newly-developed thermal deposition boat. A new thermal deposition boat, featuring indirect deposition control and fast rate response, was developed in order to make an evaporation coater of high space utilization and to achieve a real time linearly-graded rate control during the device fabrication process. A new design of dual-hole boat, based on the reduced wall resistance of the side hole toward the vapor flow, enabled the indirect deposition rate control with sufficient control accuracy by using the feature of the stable ratio of rates from top and side holes. Minimizing the thermal mass of the body and designing a direct heat transfer with a coil placed inside the boat resulted in the realization of the linearly-graded deposition rate within acceptable deviation range. Thanks to the feature of fast rate response, it was possible to control the linearly-graded rate of each host material during the process and to apply the architecture to some of the fluorescent and phosphorescent OLED devices. The reported efficiency improvement of a fluorescent OLED, based on step-graded junction in the literature, was well reproduced in an OLED with a LGM architecture, demonstrating that charge balance in the emissive layer can be further improved using the LGM architecture. By minimizing the internal energy barrier in the LGM device, a higher EL efficiency was well demonstrated over the uniformly-mixed (UM) host device, where residual internal interfaces were present as additional quenching sites in the EML. Similar effects were observed in blue phosphorescent OLED devices, where the mobility of the hole transport material (HTM) was usually much higher than that of the electron transport material (ETM) such that the recombination zone was more localized at the EML/ETL interface. It was found that the main effect of the

  13. Optimum pinch grips in the handling of dies.

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    Heffernan, C; Freivalds, A

    2000-08-01

    Handling roller-press dies has caused numerous work-related musculoskeletal disorders in the leather industry. The dies are quite large (0.61 x 0.30 m), heavy (3.5 kg) and are difficult to handle because of the large pinch span requirements (up to 16 cm). The purpose of this study was to determine the optimum pinch span and optimum crossbar angulation to minimize die handling forces. Five-finger pulp-pinch forces were measured on five males and five females with a force-sensitive-resistor instrumented glove while handling a simulated adjustable die. Maximum pinch forces occurred at pinch spans between 1.27 and 3.81 cm, with average female strengths being 57% of average male pinch strengths. Minimum pinch forces to hold the die occurred at a 45 degrees angulation and increased linearly as the angle approached 90 degrees or the normal vertical orientation. The simplest solution to redesigning the dies is to: (1) decrease the distance between the braces to less than 4 cm and (2) slant the braces at 45 degrees. PMID:10975667

  14. Application of X-Pinch Plasma as X Ray Source for Backlighting High Density Z-Pinch Plasma

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    The characteristics of X ray emission from an X-pinch powered by pulsed power generator PPG-1 (400kA, 100 ns) were investigated with photoconducting detectors (PCDs) and pinhole camera. It was shown that the X-pinch is an intensive and subnanosecond-pulse X ray point source that is very suitable to be used as X ray source for backlighting of wire-array Z- pinch plasma. The evolution of two-wire Z-pinch plasma in its initial stage was ''viewed'' by X ray backlighting method using PPG-1 X-pinch as X ray source. The backlighting images show clearly that all the processes are similar to those occurring in the initial stages of a cylindrical wire-array Z-pinch, including the electric explosion of single wires characterized by the dense wire cores surrounded by the low-density coronal plasma, the expansion of the exploding wire, the sausage instability (m=0) in the coronal plasma around each wire, the motion of the coronal plasma as well as the wire core toward to the symmetrical axis, the formation of the precursor plasma column with a twist structure something like that of higher mode instability, especially the kink instability (m=1). The quantitative measurement of mass density in the plasma around Z-pinch wires was performed based on a step-wedges having known thickness. The mass ablation rate and expansion rate of wire core were obtained. For the purpose of using X-pinch as X ray source for phase-contrast imaging of small and soft biological object, a movable table-top X-pinch device (2m x 1m x 1.5m) was constructed and tested. It was shown that the X ray emission from the X-pinch was observed even with a current as low as 60 kA when thinner wires were used as X-pinch load. The characteristics of the X ray emission from the table-top X-pinch are similar to those from PPG-1 X-pinch. (author)

  15. Theoretical and Numerical Stability Analysis of the Liquid Metal Pinch Using the Shallow Water Approximation

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    2008-01-01

    The pinch instability for a cylindrical jet of liquid metal passed through by an axial electrical current is investigated. Besides the pinch effect originating from surface tension, the Lorentz force, created by the axial current density and the corresponding azimuthal magnetic field, causes an electromagnetic pinch effect. This effect has drawn attention in electrical engineering, because it can be used in the construction of liquid metal current limiters with self-healing properties. In this paper a simple model is derived using the shallow water approximation:the equations describing the full system are reduced to two one-dimensional evolution equations for the axial velocity and the radius of the jet. A stability analysis for this reduced system is carried out yielding critical current density and the growth rate for the instability. To investigate the nonlinear behaviour of the pinch instability for finite perturbations simulations, the shallow water model are performed.

  16. Thin silicon layer SOI power device with linearly-distance fixed charge islands

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    A new high-voltage LDMOS with linearly-distanced fixed charge islands is proposed (LFI LDMOS). A lot of linearly-distanced fixed charge islands are introduced by implanting the Cs or I ion into the buried oxide layer and dynamic holes are attracted and accumulated, which is crucial to enhance the electric field of the buried oxide and the vertical breakdown voltage. The surface electric field is improved by increasing the distance between two adjacent fixed charge islands from source to drain, which lead to the higher concentration of the drift region and a lower on-resistance. The numerical results indicate that the breakdown voltage of 500 V with Ld = 45 μm is obtained in the proposed device in comparison to 209 V of conventional LDMOS, while maintaining low on-resistance. (paper)

  17. Descriptions of a linear device developed for research on advanced plasma imaging and dynamics

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    The research on advanced plasma imaging and dynamics (RAPID) device is a newly developed linear electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma device. It has a variety of axial magnetic field profiles provided by eight water-cooled magnetic coils and two dc power supplies. The positions of the magnetic coils are freely adjustable along the axial direction and the power supplies can be operated with many combinations of electrical wiring to the coils. A 6 kW 2.45 GHz magnetron is used to produce steady-state ECR plasmas with central magnetic fields of 875 and/or 437.5 G (second harmonic). The cylindrical stainless steel vacuum chamber is 300 mm in diameter and 750 mm in length and has eight radial and ten axial ports including 6-in. and 8-in. viewing windows for heating and diagnostics. Experimental observation of ECR plasma heating has been recently carried out during the initial plasma operation. The main diagnostic systems including a 94 GHz heterodyne interferometer, a high-resolution 25 channel one-dimensional array spectrometer, a single channel survey spectrometer, and an electric probe have been also prepared. The RAPID device is a flexible simulator for the understanding of tokamak edge plasma physics and new diagnostic system development. In this work, we describe the RAPID device and initial operation results.

  18. Compensation of the linear effect of insertion devices for the storage ring INDUS-2

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    A method to correct the distortion of betatron functions and linear tunes caused by insertion devices is discussed. In this method the strengths of several quadrupole magnets are varied such that the tunes are fully corrected and distortions of betatron functions are minimised. Based on this method a computer code name BURHANI has ben developed and used for simulating the effect of wigglers and undulators in the storage ring INDUS-2, a 2.5 GeV synchrotron radiation source, under construction at the Centre for Advanced Technology. The results of the simulation studies for INDUS-2 are presented

  19. Method for linearizing deflection of a MEMS device using binary electrodes and voltage modulation

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    Horenstein, Mark N [West Roxbury, MA

    2008-06-10

    A micromechanical device comprising one or more electronically movable structure sets comprising for each set a first electrode supported on a substrate and a second electrode supported substantially parallel from said first electrode. Said second electrode is movable with respect to said first electrode whereby an electric potential applied between said first and second electrodes causing said second electrode to move relative to said first electrode a distance X, (X), where X is a nonlinear function of said potential, (V). Means are provided for linearizing the relationship between V and X.

  20. Analysis of Dynamic Linear and Non-linear Memristor Device Models for Emerging Neuromorphic Computing Hardware Design

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    McDonald, Nathan R.; Pino, Robinson E.; Rozwood, Peter J.; Wysocki, Bryant T.

    2010-01-01

    The value memristor devices offer to the neuromorphic computing hardware design community rests on the ability to provide effective device models that can enable large scale integrated computing architecture application simulations. Therefore, it is imperative to develop practical, functional device models of minimum mathematical complexity for fast, reliable, and accurate computing architecture technology design and simulation. To this end, various device models have been proposed in the lit...

  1. Staged theta pinch experiments

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    Two implosion heating circuits are being experimentally tested. The principal experiment in the program is the 4.5-m-long Staged Theta Pinch (STP). It uses two relatively low energy (50kJ and 100 kJ), high voltage (125 kV) capacitor banks to produce the theta pinch plasma inside the 20 cm i.d. quartz discharge tube. A lower voltage (50 kV), higher energy (750 kJ) capacitor bank is used to contain the plasma and provide a variable amount of adiabatic compression. Because the experiment produces a higher ratio of implosion heating to compressional heating than conventional theta pinches, it should be capable of producing high temperature plasmas with a much larger ratio of plasma radius to discharge tube radius than has been possible in the past. The Resonant Heating Experiment (RHX) in its initial configuration is the same as a 0.9-m-long section of the high voltage part of the STP experiment and all the plasma results here were obtained with the experiment in that configuration. Part of the implosion bank will be removed and a low inductance crowbar added to convert it to the resonant heating configuration. (U.K.)

  2. Modeling the Parker instability in a rotating plasma screw pinch

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    Khalzov, I V; Katz, N; Forest, C B; 10.1063/1.3684240

    2012-01-01

    We analytically and numerically study the analogue of the Parker (magnetic buoyancy) instability in a uniformly rotating plasma screw pinch confined in a cylinder. Uniform plasma rotation is imposed to create a centrifugal acceleration, which mimics the gravity required for the classical Parker instability. The goal of this study is to determine how the Parker instability could be unambiguously identified in a weakly magnetized, rapidly rotating screw pinch, in which the rotation provides an effective gravity and a radially varying azimuthal field is controlled to give conditions for which the plasma is magnetically buoyant to inward motion. We show that an axial magnetic field is also required to circumvent conventional current driven magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) instabilities such as the sausage and kink modes that would obscure the Parker instability. These conditions can be realized in the Madison Plasma Couette Experiment (MPCX). Simulations are performed using the extended MHD code NIMROD for an isothermal...

  3. Z-Pinch Fusion Propulsion

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    Miernik, Janie

    2011-01-01

    Fusion-based nuclear propulsion has the potential to enable fast interplanetary transportation. Shorter trips are better for humans in the harmful radiation environment of deep space. Nuclear propulsion and power plants can enable high Ispand payload mass fractions because they require less fuel mass. Fusion energy research has characterized the Z-Pinch dense plasma focus method. (1) Lightning is form of pinched plasma electrical discharge phenomena. (2) Wire array Z-Pinch experiments are commonly studied and nuclear power plant configurations have been proposed. (3) Used in the field of Nuclear Weapons Effects (NWE) testing in the defense industry, nuclear weapon x-rays are simulated through Z-Pinch phenomena.

  4. Step-response of a torsional device with multiple discontinuous non-linearities: Formulation of a vibratory experiment

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    Krak, Michael D.; Dreyer, Jason T.; Singh, Rajendra

    2016-03-01

    A vehicle clutch damper is intentionally designed to contain multiple discontinuous non-linearities, such as multi-staged springs, clearances, pre-loads, and multi-staged friction elements. The main purpose of this practical torsional device is to transmit a wide range of torque while isolating torsional vibration between an engine and transmission. Improved understanding of the dynamic behavior of the device could be facilitated by laboratory measurement, and thus a refined vibratory experiment is proposed. The experiment is conceptually described as a single degree of freedom non-linear torsional system that is excited by an external step torque. The single torsional inertia (consisting of a shaft and torsion arm) is coupled to ground through parallel production clutch dampers, which are characterized by quasi-static measurements provided by the manufacturer. Other experimental objectives address physical dimensions, system actuation, flexural modes, instrumentation, and signal processing issues. Typical measurements show that the step response of the device is characterized by three distinct non-linear regimes (double-sided impact, single-sided impact, and no-impact). Each regime is directly related to the non-linear features of the device and can be described by peak angular acceleration values. Predictions of a simplified single degree of freedom non-linear model verify that the experiment performs well and as designed. Accordingly, the benchmark measurements could be utilized to validate non-linear models and simulation codes, as well as characterize dynamic parameters of the device including its dissipative properties.

  5. Simulation for double shell pinch

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    Wang Gang-Hua; Hu Xi-Jing; Sun Cheng-Wei

    2004-01-01

    Basic shock phenomena are presented in a composite pinch, a hybrid of the Z-pinch. The successive transfer of current within the plasma structure is demonstrated by our calculations. Properties of the shock wave are described.The current distribution between the two shells after the outer shell hitting the inner shell is also discussed.

  6. Plasma flow in peripheral region of detached plasma in linear plasma device

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    Hayashi, Y., E-mail: hayashi-yuki13@ees.nagoya-u.ac.jp; Ohno, N. [Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8603 (Japan); Kajita, S. [EcoTopia Science Institute, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8603 (Japan); Tanaka, H. [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan)

    2016-01-15

    A plasma flow structure is investigated using a Mach probe under detached plasma condition in a linear plasma device NAGDIS-II. A reverse flow along the magnetic field is observed in a steady-state at far-peripheral region of the plasma column in the upstream side from the recombination front. These experimental results indicate that plasma near the recombination front should strongly diffuse across the magnetic field, and it should be transported along the magnetic field in the reverse flow direction. Furthermore, bursty plasma density fluctuations associated with intermittent convective plasma transport are observed in the far-peripheral region of the plasma column in both upstream and downstream sides from the recombination front. Such a nondiffusive transport can contribute to the intermittent reverse plasma flow, and the experimental results indicate that intermittent transports are frequently produced near the recombination front.

  7. Plasma flow in peripheral region of detached plasma in linear plasma device

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    A plasma flow structure is investigated using a Mach probe under detached plasma condition in a linear plasma device NAGDIS-II. A reverse flow along the magnetic field is observed in a steady-state at far-peripheral region of the plasma column in the upstream side from the recombination front. These experimental results indicate that plasma near the recombination front should strongly diffuse across the magnetic field, and it should be transported along the magnetic field in the reverse flow direction. Furthermore, bursty plasma density fluctuations associated with intermittent convective plasma transport are observed in the far-peripheral region of the plasma column in both upstream and downstream sides from the recombination front. Such a nondiffusive transport can contribute to the intermittent reverse plasma flow, and the experimental results indicate that intermittent transports are frequently produced near the recombination front

  8. Research on the control systems of a precision linear motor drive device

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    YAN Han; WANG Xian-kui; DUAN Guang-hong

    2006-01-01

    The model of a precision linear motor drive device (PLMDD) and its control requirements are analyzed.In order to enhance the tracking and anti-disturbance performance of the system,its third-order model is established,and disturbance-observer based input revising feedforward error compensation robust control algorithm,combined with integral-separated proportional integral derivative (PID) control algorithm is proposed.This includes feedback control algorithm and feedforward control algorithm.The feedback controller improves system tracking performance and suppresses load and mechanical disturbance while the feedforward controller compensates phase hysteresis introduced by feedback control.Theoretical analyses,simulations and experiments show that this control method increases the tracking precision of PLMDD from ±5 μm to ±2 μm and dramatically improves its anti-disturbance ability.

  9. Plasma flow in peripheral region of detached plasma in linear plasma device

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    Hayashi, Y.; Ohno, N.; Kajita, S.; Tanaka, H.

    2016-01-01

    A plasma flow structure is investigated using a Mach probe under detached plasma condition in a linear plasma device NAGDIS-II. A reverse flow along the magnetic field is observed in a steady-state at far-peripheral region of the plasma column in the upstream side from the recombination front. These experimental results indicate that plasma near the recombination front should strongly diffuse across the magnetic field, and it should be transported along the magnetic field in the reverse flow direction. Furthermore, bursty plasma density fluctuations associated with intermittent convective plasma transport are observed in the far-peripheral region of the plasma column in both upstream and downstream sides from the recombination front. Such a nondiffusive transport can contribute to the intermittent reverse plasma flow, and the experimental results indicate that intermittent transports are frequently produced near the recombination front.

  10. Experimental studies of an Extrap Z-Pinch

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    Experimental studies of the formation, equilibrium and stability of a linear Extrap Z-pinch are reported on. The Z-pinch discharge is generated between electrodes along the Z-axis of a linear octupole field produced by currents in four Z-directed rods. The combined discharge current and rod currents produce a magnetic field having a separatrix with four null X-points which define the corners of a square shaped region where the high beta plasma discharge is contained. Bounding the pinch discharge with a separatrix produces equilibria which are stable against global kink modes for the 50-μsec duration of the discharge which corresponds to about 100 Alfven transit times. The equilibria, with line densities of about 3 x 1018m-1, are consistent in magnitude and scaling with the Bennet relation. (Author)

  11. Staged Z-pinch for Fusion

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    Wessel, Frank; Rahman, Hafiz; Ney, Paul; Darling, Tim; McKee, Erik; Covington, Aaron; Beg, Farhat; Valenzuela, Julio; Narkis, Jeff; Presura, Radu

    2015-11-01

    The Staged Z-pinch (SZP) is configured as a plasma shell imploding onto an uniform, plasma fill (50:50 Deuterium:Tritium); the pinch is pre-magnetized, with an axial Bz field. Gas-puff experiments, at the University of California, Irvine, 1.25 MA, 1.25 μs, and 50 kJ, demonstrated that the implosion was stable, as primary (DD) and secondary (DT) neutrons were produced at peak compression. Subsequent analysis accounts for the stability and neutron yield, indicating that the SZP implosion is magneto-inertial, shock-driven, with magneto-sonic shocks in the liner and ordinary (sonic) shocks in the target. The shock waves preheat the target, as a stable, current-carrying, shock front forms at the interface. Near-term, the SZP team will test pinch loads on the 1 MA, 130 ns, 100 kJ University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada Terawatt, Zebra Facility. This paper details the context and our specific plans for the upcoming experiments, as well as our recent simulations predicting breakeven fusion on existing devices. Funded by the US Department of Energy, ARPA-E, Control Number 1184-1527.

  12. Laser microprocessing of steel with radially and azimuthally polarized femtosecond vortex pulses

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    Allegre, O. J.; Perrie, W.; Edwardson, S. P.; Dearden, G.; Watkins, K. G.

    2012-08-01

    The use of a liquid-crystal spatial light modulator (SLM) device to convert a linearly polarized femtosecond laser beam into a radially or azimuthally polarized vortex beam is demonstrated. In order to verify the state of polarization at the focal plane, laser induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) are produced on stainless steel, imprinting the complex vectorial polarization structures and confirming the efficacy of the SLM in producing the desired polarization modes. Stainless steel plates of various thicknesses are micromachined with the radially and azimuthally polarized vortex beams and the resulting cut-outs are analysed. The process efficiency and quality of each mode are compared with those of circular polarization. Radial polarization is confirmed to be the most efficient mode for machining high-aspect-ratio (depth/width > 3) channels thanks to its relatively higher absorptivity. Following our microprocessing tests, liquid-crystal SLMs emerged as a flexible off-the-shelf tool for producing radially and azimuthally polarized beams in existing ultrashort-pulse laser microprocessing systems.

  13. First-Order Adaptive Azimuthal Null-Steering for the Suppression of Two Directional Interferers

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    Derkx RenéMM

    2010-01-01

    Abstract An azimuth steerable first-order superdirectional microphone response can be constructed by a linear combination of three eigenbeams: a monopole and two orthogonal dipoles. Although the response of a (rotation symmetric) first-order response can only exhibit a single null, we will look at a slice through this beampattern lying in the azimuthal plane. In this way, we can define maximally two nulls in the azimuthal plane which are symmetric with respect to the main-lobe axis. By placin...

  14. Azimuthal field instability in a confined ferrofluid.

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    Dias, Eduardo O; Miranda, José A

    2015-02-01

    We report the development of interfacial ferrohydrodynamic instabilities when an initially circular bubble of a nonmagnetic inviscid fluid is surrounded by a viscous ferrofluid in the confined geometry of a Hele-Shaw cell. The fluid-fluid interface becomes unstable due to the action of magnetic forces induced by an azimuthal field produced by a straight current-carrying wire that is normal to the cell plates. In this framework, a pattern formation process takes place through the interplay between magnetic and surface tension forces. By employing a perturbative mode-coupling approach we investigate analytically both linear and intermediate nonlinear regimes of the interface evolution. As a result, useful analytical information can be extracted regarding the destabilizing role of the azimuthal field at the linear level, as well as its influence on the interfacial pattern morphology at the onset of nonlinear effects. Finally, a vortex sheet formalism is used to access fully nonlinear stationary solutions for the two-fluid interface shapes. PMID:25768610

  15. Azimuthal field instability in a confined ferrofluid

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    Dias, Eduardo O.; Miranda, José A.

    2015-02-01

    We report the development of interfacial ferrohydrodynamic instabilities when an initially circular bubble of a nonmagnetic inviscid fluid is surrounded by a viscous ferrofluid in the confined geometry of a Hele-Shaw cell. The fluid-fluid interface becomes unstable due to the action of magnetic forces induced by an azimuthal field produced by a straight current-carrying wire that is normal to the cell plates. In this framework, a pattern formation process takes place through the interplay between magnetic and surface tension forces. By employing a perturbative mode-coupling approach we investigate analytically both linear and intermediate nonlinear regimes of the interface evolution. As a result, useful analytical information can be extracted regarding the destabilizing role of the azimuthal field at the linear level, as well as its influence on the interfacial pattern morphology at the onset of nonlinear effects. Finally, a vortex sheet formalism is used to access fully nonlinear stationary solutions for the two-fluid interface shapes.

  16. What is a Reversed Field Pinch?

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    Escande, D. F.

    2015-12-01

    The following sections are included: * Introduction * Short description * Usefulness of the RFP configuration for fusion science and dynamo physics * Attractivity of the RFP configuration for a reactor * Challenges ahead * Lawson criterion * Intuitive model of magnetic self-reversal * Intuitive description of the dynamo * Necessity of a helical deformation * MHD simulations * From single to multiple helicity * Single helicity * Multiple helicity * Quasi single helicity * Experimental results * Multiple helicity * Quasi single helicity * Upgrade of the RFX device * From double to single magnetic axis * Analytical description of the single helicity RFP * Helical Grad-Shafranov equation * Parallel Ohm's law * Pinch-stellarator equation * Single helicity ohmic RFP states * Calculation of the dynamo * Conclusion * Acknowledgments * References

  17. Hot spots in fiber pinches

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    Results are presented on the behavior of ''bright spots'' in carbon and deuterium fiber Z-pinches using the MAGPIE generator at the I MA current level. The experimental diagnosis was carried out using optical and X-ray framing and streak images, along with Schlieren and shadowgraphy laser probing. After a short (∼4 ns) duration formation phase, these bright spots exhibit highly dynamic behavior. Bifurcation of the bright spots gives rise to rapid axial motion at 1-3x105 m/sec. The post-bifurcation bright spots persist for up to 40 ns. The important features of bright spot evolution can be reproduced using a 2-D MHD code incorporating LTE ionization dynamics and cold start conditions. Construction of ''artificial'' diagnostic images from the simulation data allows direct comparison to experiment. From the close agreement between experiment and 2-D simulation we infer that the observed bright spot behavior can be explained entirely in terms of the non-linear evolution of the m=0 instability

  18. Observations of azimuthal asymmetry for certain FRC operating regimes

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    The FRX-C/LSM experiment has been operated with additional diagnostics for studies of FRC structure in the θ-pinch source. Data were taken over ranges of fill pressure and bias field that lead to the formation of FRCs with confinement properties that are consistently good (e.g., at 3 mtorr at 0.7 kG bias) and consistently poor (e.g., at 5 mtorr at any bias). The pertinent diagnostics were end-on soft x-ray imaging, arrays of external Bθ and Br probes, and five chords of interferometry. The data show that easily observed departures from azimuthal (θ) symmetry occur in some cases and that further research into the cause and nature of these asymmetries would benefit our studies of FRC stability and confinement. 4 refs

  19. Silicon Photonics: All-Optical Devices for Linear and Nonlinear Applications

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    Driscoll, Jeffrey B.

    Silicon photonics has grown rapidly since the first Si electro-optic switch was demonstrated in 1987, and the field has never grown more quickly than it has over the past decade, fueled by milestone achievements in semiconductor processing technologies for low loss waveguides, high-speed Si modulators, Si lasers, Si detectors, and an enormous toolbox of passive and active integrated devices. Silicon photonics is now on the verge of major commercialization breakthroughs, and optical communication links remain the force driving integrated and Si photonics towards the first commercial telecom and datacom transceivers; however other potential and future applications are becoming uncovered and refined as researchers reveal the benefits of manipulating photons on the nanoscale. This thesis documents an exploration into the unique guided-wave and nonlinear properties of deeply-scaled high-index-contrast sub-wavelength Si waveguides. It is found that the tight confinement inherent to single-mode channel waveguides on the silicon-on-insulator platform lead to a rich physics, which can be leveraged for new devices extending well beyond simple passive interconnects and electro-optic devices. The following chapters will concentrate, in detail, on a number of unique physical features of Si waveguides and extend these attributes towards new and interesting devices. Linear optical properties and nonlinear optical properties are investigated, both of which are strongly affected by tight optical confinement of the guided waveguide modes. As will be shown, tight optical confinement directly results in strongly vectoral modal components, where the electric and magnetic fields of the guided modes extend into all spatial dimensions, even along the axis of propagation. In fact, the longitudinal electric and magnetic field components can be just as strong as the transverse fields, directly affecting the modal group velocity and energy transport properties since the longitudinal fields

  20. Dynamic Stabilization of the m = 1 Mode on a Screw Pinch

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    Dynamic stabilization of the helical m = 1 instability characteristic for the high-β screw pinch was studied in the linear device Isar-III(Ti = 50 to 200 eV; β 0.5). The growth rates ωi and wave-lengths of these modes were found to be very similar in the toroidal and linear ''Isar'' screw pinches for adequate plasma parameters. Mainly two methods of dynamic stabilization were investigated: 1. Superimposing an axially uniform h.f. Bz-field Bz on the quasi-steady Bz0; 2. Superimposing an h.f. axial current Iz on the screw pinch. Preliminary experiments were done with the magnetic field configuration of a standing wave. The stabilizing effect of the axially uniform Bz is very probably caused by inertial forces in the oscillating plasma column. If one works with two stabilizing frequencies us, a stabilizing condition ϵ > Cωi/ωs holds (ϵ = Bz0/Bz0). The experimentally determined C values were about 1.5 to 2.5. It is further demonstrated that the fulfilment of this condition is facilitated when working in resonance with the natural plasma oscillation. The application of the Bz-method is limited by wall breakdown. Oscillating currents Iz = Iz0 sin ωs t with ωs = 4.8 and 8 x 106 s-'1 were added to the quasi-stationary Iz0 to study the stabilization by dynamic shear. Magnetic-probe measurements revealed that for both ωs the Iz (after initial transients) do not penetrate into the dense plasma column. Nevertheless, a reduction of the m = 1 growth rate occurred for Iz0 ≈ Iz0 which was the higher the greater the Iz-flow close to the plasma core. The skin depths observed for the Iz were larger than those expected from classical theory in accordance with a measured high anomalous resistivity. (author)

  1. Characterization of a linear device developed for research on advanced plasma imaging and dynamics

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    Within the scope of long term research on imaging diagnostics for steady-state plasmas and understanding of edge plasma physics through diagnostics with conventional spectroscopic methods, we have constructed a linear electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma device named Research on Advanced Plasma Imaging and Dynamics (RAPID). It has a variety of axial magnetic field profiles provided by eight water-cooled magnetic coils and two dc power supplies. The positions of the magnetic coils are freely adjustable along the axial direction and the power supplies can be operated with many combinations of electrical wiring to the coils. Here, a 6 kW 2.45 GHz magnetron is used to produce steady-state hydrogen, helium, and argon plasmas with central magnetic fields of 875 and/or 437.5 G (second harmonic). In order to achieve the highest possible plasma performance within the limited input parameters, wall conditioning experiments were carried out. Chamber bake-out was achieved with heating coils that were wound covering the vessel, and long-pulse electron cyclotron heating discharge cleaning was also followed after 4 days of bake-out. A uniform bake-out temperature (150 deg. C) was achieved by wrapping the vessel in high temperature thermal insulation textile and by controlling the heating coil current using a digital control system. The partial pressure changes were observed using a residual gas analyzer, and a total system pressure of 5x10-8 Torr was finally reached. Diagnostic systems including a millimeter-wave interferometer, a high resolution survey spectrometer, a Langmuir probe, and an ultrasoft x-ray detector were used to provide the evidence that the plasma performance was improved as we desired. In this work, we present characterization of the RAPID device for various system conditions and configurations.

  2. Progress on Z-pinch inertial fusion energy

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    The long-range goal of the Z-Pinch IFE programme is to produce an economically attractive power plant using high-yield z-pinch-driven targets (∼3 G J) with low rep-rate per chamber (∼0.1 Hz). The present mainline choice for a Z-Pinch IFE power plant uses an LTD (Linear Transformer Driver) repetitive pulsed power driver, a Recyclable Transmission Line (Rl), a dynamic hohlraum z-pinch-driven target, and a thick-liquid wall chamber. The RTL connects the pulsed power driver directly to the z-pinch-driven target, and is made from frozen coolant or a material that is easily separable from the coolant (such as carbon steel). The RTL is destroyed by the fusion explosion, but the RTL materials are recycled, and a new RTL is inserted on each shot. The RTL concept eliminates the problems of a final optic, high-speed target injection, and pointing and tracking N beams (N∼100). Instead, the RTL concept must be shown to be feasible and economically attractive. Results of z-pinch IFE studies over the last three years are discussed, including RTL experiments at the 10 MA level on Saturn, RTL structural studies, RTL manufacturing/cost studies, RTL activation analysis, power plant studies, high-yield IFE target studies, etc. Recent funding by a U.S. Congressional initiative of 4 million dollars for FY04 is supporting research on (1) RTLs, (2) repetitive pulsed power drivers, (3) shock mitigation [because of the high yield targets], (4) planning for a proof-of-principle full RTL cycle demonstration [with a 1 MA, 1 MV, 100 ns, 0.1 Hz driver], (5) IFE target studies for multi-GJ yield targets, and (6) z-pinch IFE power plant engineering and technology development. (author)

  3. Radiating Shock Properties in the Z-pinch Dynamic Hohlraum

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    The Z-pinch dynamic hohlraum is a high-power x-ray source used for a variety of high energy-density physics applications including high temperature opacity measurements and inertial confinement fusion (ICF). The system consists of a tungsten wire-array Z pinch that implodes onto a low-density CH2 foam launching a radiating shock that heats the hohlraum to radiation temperatures >200 eV. The temperature and density evolution of this shock have been inferred through the measurement of time- and space-resolved line emission from Si atoms locally doped in the CH2 foam. The observed emission spectra are analyzed through comparison to collisional-radiative calculations that include a detailed treatment of line-shapes and the effect of non-local radiation on the atomic level populations. As a complement to the detailed spectral data, the radial and azimuthal distribution of the axially directed shock emission is recorded with time-gated x-ray pinhole images that provide information on the spatial profile of the shock conditions. Together with broadband x-ray power measurements, these data provide a comprehensive suite of information to determine the shock dynamics and associated energetics of the Z-pinch dynamic hohlraum.

  4. Studies of radiation hardness of MOS devices for application in a linear collider vertex detector

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    The proposed International Linear Collider (ILC) together with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN serve as a combined tool to explore the mysteries of the universe: the former is a precision machine and the latter can be considered as a finding machine. The key component of the ILC is the vertex detector that should be placed as close as possible to the Interaction Point (IP) and has better radiation tolerance against the dominant electron-positron pair production background from beam-beam interactions. A new generation of MOS-type Depleted-Field-Effect Transistor (MOSDEPFET) active pixel detectors has been proposed and developed by Semiconductor Labor Munich for Physics and for extraterrestrial Physics in order to meet the requirements of the vertex detector at the ILC. Since all MOS devices are susceptible to ionizing radiation, the main topic is focused on the radiation hardness of detectors, by which a series of physical processes are analyzed: e.g. surface damage due to ionizing radiation as well as damage mechanisms and their associated radiation effects. As a consequence, the main part of this thesis consists of a large number of irradiation experiments and the corresponding discussions. Finally, radiation hardness of the detectors should be improved through a set of concluded experiences that are based on a series of analysis of the characteristic parameters using different measurement techniques. The feasibility of the MOSDEPFET-based vertex detector is, therefore, predicted at ILC. (orig.)

  5. Studies of radiation hardness of MOS devices for application in a linear collider vertex detector

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    Wei, Qingyu

    2008-10-17

    The proposed International Linear Collider (ILC) together with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN serve as a combined tool to explore the mysteries of the universe: the former is a precision machine and the latter can be considered as a finding machine. The key component of the ILC is the vertex detector that should be placed as close as possible to the Interaction Point (IP) and has better radiation tolerance against the dominant electron-positron pair production background from beam-beam interactions. A new generation of MOS-type Depleted-Field-Effect Transistor (MOSDEPFET) active pixel detectors has been proposed and developed by Semiconductor Labor Munich for Physics and for extraterrestrial Physics in order to meet the requirements of the vertex detector at the ILC. Since all MOS devices are susceptible to ionizing radiation, the main topic is focused on the radiation hardness of detectors, by which a series of physical processes are analyzed: e.g. surface damage due to ionizing radiation as well as damage mechanisms and their associated radiation effects. As a consequence, the main part of this thesis consists of a large number of irradiation experiments and the corresponding discussions. Finally, radiation hardness of the detectors should be improved through a set of concluded experiences that are based on a series of analysis of the characteristic parameters using different measurement techniques. The feasibility of the MOSDEPFET-based vertex detector is, therefore, predicted at ILC. (orig.)

  6. Diagnostics of low energy carbon fibre Z-pinch

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    Time-resolved pinhole x-ray cameras, soft and hard x-ray detectors, electron and ion collectors, and optical schlieren method have been used at investigations of a carbon z pinch. The z pinch discharge was produced by exploding an ultrathin carbon fiber (6 m in diameter) located between the tips of conical electrodes of a small (0.5 kJ) z-pinch device. Several pulses of soft x-ray radiation with energy of 0.5-1.5 keV were observed near the current maximum. Also the observed ion and electron signals demonstrate appearance of 2 - 3 separate pulses with a mean energy differing by about two orders of magnitude. Short (10-20 ns) strongly asymmetric XUV radiation pulses, with the axial intensity more than 100 times higher than the radial intensity, were observed during 100-300 ns after the breakdown. (J.U.). 5 figs., 2 refs

  7. Sausage instability of the z-pinch in InSb

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    A differential equation for the perturbations of a stationary equilibrium, which takes into account the effects of extrinsic carriers, degeneration, induction of electric field, generation and recombination of carriers is used to study the z-pinch in n-InSb at 77 K. The calculations for the azimuthal wave number m = 0 lead to three oscillating modes, one of which is unstable above a certain threshold of the axial wavelength. This instability is caused by the nonconservation of plasma carriers. (orig.)

  8. Turbulent corona in a dense Z-pinch

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    In this paper the author considers the convection which arises due to the MHD interchange instability of a superheated skin layer in a Z-pinch. The increase in size of the Z-pinch corona resulting from this process is a likely explanation for several unexpected results reported from experiments on Angara-5. This high-voltage high-current device has in recent experiments revealed intense evaporation of plasma from the surface of a Z-pinch, probably giving rise to recapture of the current of this low-density plasma. In these experiments an electric current of magnitude J ∼ 3 MA passed through a polyethylene rod of diameter OE 0 = 2 mm and height h ∼ 5 mm for a time ∼ 80 ns. After a time ∼ 50 ns the discharge gap was filled with plasma with a density ne ≥ 1019 cm-3 out to distances of 5-10 mm from the discharge axis. These experiments were partly aimed at verifying the basic hypotheses of the proposal for producing ignition of thermonuclear field in the constrictions of Z-pinches in already existing devices, with a resulting energy yield greater than breakeven. The phenomenon observed, according to Sasorov, can interfere with the high compression in the constrictions of a Z-pinch which is necessary to implement the ideas of Yan'kov. In the present work he discusses the mechanism for turbulent spreading of the superheated skin layer of a Z-pinch, which enables one to understand some of the unexpected results of these experiments

  9. Classical scaling laws of a Z-pinch with a cold-mantle

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    Classical scaling laws are deduced for the equilibrium relations between pinch current J, pinch radius a, axial density n0 and temperature T0 of linear Z-pinches having a finite length L, as well as for toroidal Z-pinches having a large aspect ratio. In both cases the radius a is found to increase almost linearly with the current J at a fixed density n0, and the temperature T0 to increase with J at fixed values of the radius a. In principle, anomalous transport can be simulated in a first approximation by multiplying the transport coefficients by corresponding numerical factors. At a fixed density n0 and a fixed external conductor current of an Extrap pinch, the radius a is found to increase more rapidly with J than the radius of the magnetic separatrix. Within the range of increasing pinch currents there are therefore three regimes of an Extrap system. For small J the system becomes unstable in the conventional way of unstabilized Z-pinches. For intermediate values of J, the magnetic surfaces become deformed by the external conductor field, and the constraints of this field combine with FLR and cold-mantle effects to provide a macroscopically stable state. Finally, for sufficiently large currents J, i.e. when the pinch radius a approaches and even tends to exceed the separatrix radius, the system is expected to become ballooning unstable in regions of -bad- field line curvature. The present analysis thus provides relations between the basic pinch parameters which can be tested by experiments, and it also contributes to the understanding of Extrap stability in terms of increasing pinch currents. (author)

  10. Method for plasma formation for extreme ultraviolet lithography-theta pinch

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    Hassanein, Ahmed; Konkashbaev, Isak; Rice, Bryan

    2007-02-20

    A device and method for generating extremely short-wave ultraviolet electromagnetic wave, utilizing a theta pinch plasma generator to produce electromagnetic radiation in the range of 10 to 20 nm. The device comprises an axially aligned open-ended pinch chamber defining a plasma zone adapted to contain a plasma generating gas within the plasma zone; a means for generating a magnetic field radially outward of the open-ended pinch chamber to produce a discharge plasma from the plasma generating gas, thereby producing a electromagnetic wave in the extreme ultraviolet range; a collecting means in optical communication with the pinch chamber to collect the electromagnetic radiation; and focusing means in optical communication with the collecting means to concentrate the electromagnetic radiation.

  11. The importance of EBIT data for Z-pinch plasma diagnostics

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    Safronova, A S; Kantsyrev, V L; Neill, P; Safronova, U I; Fedin, D A; Ouart, N D; Yilmaz, M F; Osborne, G; Shrestha, I; Williamson, K; Hoppe, T; Harris, C; Beiersdorfer, P; Hansen, S

    2007-04-04

    The results from the last six years of x-ray spectroscopy and spectropolarimetry of high energy density Z-pinch plasmas complemented by experiments with the electron beam ion trap (EBIT) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) are presented. The two topics discussed are the development of M-shell x-ray W spectroscopic diagnostics and K-shell Ti spectropolarimetry of Z-pinch plasmas. The main focus is on radiation from a specific load configuration called an 'X-pinch'. X-pinches are excellent sources for testing new spectral diagnostics and for atomic modelling because of the high density and temperature of the pinch plasmas, which scale from a few {micro}m to several mm in size. They offer a variety of load configurations, which differ in wire connections, number of wires, and wire materials. In this work the study of X-pinches with tungsten wires combined with wires from other, lower-Z materials is reported. Utilizing data produced with the LLNL EBIT at different energies of the electron beam the theoretical prediction of line positions and intensity of M-shell W spectra were tested and calibrated. Polarization-sensitive X-pinch experiments at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) provide experimental evidence for the existence of strong electron beams in Ti and Mo X-pinch plasmas and motivate the development of x-ray spectropolarimetry of Z-pinch plasmas. This diagnostic is based on the measurement of spectra recorded simultaneously by two spectrometers with different sensitivity to the linear polarization of the observed lines and compared with theoretical models of polarization-dependent spectra. Polarization-dependent K-shell spectra from Ti X-pinches are presented and compared with model calculations and with spectra generated by a quasi-Maxwellian electron beam at the LLNL EBIT-II electron beam ion trap.

  12. Two-dimensional radiation-magnetohydrodynamic simulations of SATURN imploding Z pinches

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    Z-pinch implosions driven by the SATURN device [D. D. Bloomquist et al., Proceedings of the 6th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Pulsed Power Conference, Arlington, VA, edited by P. J. Turchi and B. H. Bernstein (IEEE, New York, 1987), p. 310] at Sandia National Laboratory are modeled with a two-dimensional radiation magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) code, showing strong growth of the magneto-Rayleigh endash Taylor (MRT) instability. Modeling of the linear and nonlinear development of MRT modes predicts growth of bubble-spike structures that increase the time span of stagnation and the resulting x-ray pulse width. Radiation is important in the pinch dynamics, keeping the sheath relatively cool during the run-in and releasing most of the stagnation energy. The calculations give x-ray pulse widths and magnitudes in reasonable agreement with experiments, but predict a radiating region that is too dense and radially localized at stagnation. We also consider peaked initial density profiles with constant imploding sheath velocity that should reduce MRT instability and improve performance. Krypton simulations show an output x-ray power approx-gt 80 TW for the peaked profile. copyright 1996 American Institute of Physics

  13. Linearized potential flow analysis of a 40 chamber, oscillating water column wave energy device

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    Bingham, Harry B.; Read, Robert

    This abstract presents an analysis of an attenuator-type Wave Energy Converter (WEC) with 40 Os- cillating Water Column (OWC) chambers for the extraction of wave energy. Linearized potential flow calculations are made in the frequency-domain using WAMIT [8]. An equivalent linearized damping...

  14. Standard Test Method for Determining the Linearity of a Photovoltaic Device Parameter with Respect To a Test Parameter

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    2005-01-01

    1.1 This test method determines the degree of linearity of a photovoltaic device parameter with respect to a test parameter, for example, short-circuit current with respect to irradiance. 1.2 The linearity determined by this test method applies only at the time of testing, and implies no past or future performance level. 1.3 This test method applies only to non-concentrator terrestrial photovoltaic devices. 1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard. 1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

  15. Magnetic Spring Device

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    Hassam, A. B.; Rodgers, J. C.

    2009-01-01

    A cylindrical system is proposed that will store magnetic energy in a localized azimuthal field that can then be quickly released on Alfvenic timescales, accompanied by the formation of a flowing Z-pinch plasma. The magnetized plasma is MHD in character and will have unilateral axial momentum with Alfvenic speeds. Conventional plasma gun injectors (Marshall type) have a limited parameter space of operation. The "magnetic spring" momentum injector differs from Marshall guns in that it has an a...

  16. Auxiliary heating of a theta-pinch plasma by radial magnetoacoustic standing waves

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    Auxiliary heating of a linear theta-pinch plasma column by an externally driven radial magnetoacoustic oscillation has been experimentally investigated. The axial field of the theta pinch was modulated in time at the frequency of the plasma's fundamental radial magnetoacoustic oscillation. The dissipation in the plasma column was sufficient to transfer into the plasma at least 9% of the energy stored in the auxiliary capacitor bank used to drive the oscillation

  17. Giant bubble pinch-off

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    Bergmann, Raymond; Meer, Van Der; Stijnman, Mark; Sandtke, Marijn; Prosperetti, Andrea; Lohse, Detlef

    2006-01-01

    Self-similarity has been the paradigmatic picture for the pinch-off of a drop. Here we will show through high-speed imaging and boundary integral simulations that the inverse problem, the pinch-off of an air bubble in water, is not self-similar in a strict sense: A disk is quickly pulled through a water surface, leading to a giant, cylindrical void which after collapse creates an upward and a downward jet. Only in the limiting case of large Froude numbers does the purely inertial scaling h(-l...

  18. Scaling the Shear-flow Stabilized Z-pinch to Reactor Conditions

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    McLean, H. S.; Schmidt, A.; Shumlak, U.; Nelson, B. A.; Golingo, R. P.; Cleveau, E.

    2015-11-01

    We present a conceptual design along with scaling calculations for a pulsed fusion reactor based on the shear-flow-stabilized Z-pinch device. Experiments performed on the ZaP device, at the University of Washington, have demonstrated stable operation for durations of 20 usec at ~100kA discharge current for pinches that are ~1 cm in diameter and 100 cm long. The inverse of the pinch diameter and plasma energy density scale strongly with pinch current and calculations show that maintaining stabilization durations of ~7 usec for increased discharge current (~15x) in a shortened pinch (10 cm) results in a pinch diameter of ~200 um and plasma conditions that approach those needed to support significant fusion burn and energy gain (Ti ~ 30keV, density ~ 3e26/m3, ntau ~1.4e20 sec/m3). Compelling features of the concept include operation at modest discharge current (1.5 MA) and voltage (40kV) along with direct adoption of liquid metals for at least one electrode--technological capabilities that have been proven in existing, commercial, pulse power devices such as large ignitrons. LLNL-ABS-674920. This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy ARPAe ALPHA Program by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  19. Dense Z-pinch research - Experiment and theory

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    Dense Z-pinch research at Imperial College is currently dominated by the design and construction of the MAGPIE generator which can deliver up to 2 MA at 2.4 MV for 200 ns into a Z-pinch load. It will be operational in 1993 and allow an investigation into radiative collapse at currents above the Pease-Braginskii current, as well as the attainment of Z-Pinch under thermonuclear conditions. In a joint experiment at the Ecole polytechnique, enhanced stability has recently been found by collapsing a current carrying plasma jet on to a fibre. In theoretical work a general class of non-stationary Z-pinch equilibria has been studied, distinguishing between cases of rising and falling current. A stability analysis of the m = 0 mode using the Chew, Goldberger and Low (CGL) model (valid in the small Larmor radius limit) with an anisotropic equilibrium shows that somewhat enhanced stability can be achieved if P perpendicular0 > Pparallel0. However, CGL absolute stability to the m = 0 mode can only be achieved in the gas embedded pinch. For stability with finite or large ion Larmor radius effects, two methods based on the Vlasov fluid mode are being studied; the first is a linear initial value code, FIGARO, and the second uses a variational formulation of the eigenvalue equation. For a parabolic pressure profile the growth rate falls sharply to a minimum value as the ion Larmor radius is increased. Non-linear MHD evolution of m = 1 kink is studied with a simplified model. Finally, Ettinghausen and Nernst effects are shown to remove a surface thermal instability and cause a slight central peaking of the temperature. (author). 25 refs, 7 figs

  20. Diffusion-driven currents in a Z-pinch

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    A model of a Z-pinch and related systems such as Extrap is considered where there is a hot fully ionized plasma core which is impermeable to neutral gas and being surrounded by a partially ionized cool boundary layer. The pinch is driven by an imposed toroidal (axial) electric field. The model should apply both to linear geometry at sufficiently long axial lengths and to toroidal geometry at large aspect ratios. The recirculation of matter in the boundary layer generates diffusion-driven 'bootstrap-like' currents, both in the toroidal and the poloidal (transverse) directions. The largest toroidal bootstrap currents arise at relatively low plasma densities, high temperatures of the core edge and weak toroidal magnetic fields. There is a low-density limit at which the core becomes 'permeable' to neutral gas and where the bootstrap currents and plasma-neutral gas interaction are distributed all over the plasma body. The toroidal bootstrap current reinforces the externally driven pinch current, and the poloidal bootstrap current produces a diamagnetic effect. The diffusion-driven current system is expected to become disturbed when the pinch radius approaches its upper limit, as defined by a magnetic separatrix or a metal limiter

  1. Kinetic theory of sausage instability of z-pinch

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    The linear problem of the development of the sausage instability of a z-pinch is analyzed. Kinetic effects are taken into account for the case of a current with an ideal skin effect. The electrons of the plasma are assumed to be cold, and the ions collisionless. It is also assumed that the magnetic field in the pinch does not affect the motion of the ions. The ions are reflected specularly from the potential jump which arises at the plasma boundary. In the case of long-wave perturbations, with ka much-lt 1 (a is the pinch radius, and k is the wave number), the instability growth rate differs from the hydrodynamic growth rate only by a numerial factor. For short-wave perturbations, ka much-gt 1, kinetic effects lead to a substantial decrease in the growth rate [by a factor of (ka)1/2] from that in the hydrodynamic description. It thus becomes possible to explain the improved stability of z-pinches which is observed experimentally

  2. End shorting induced rotation in a theta pinch

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    A possible explanation for the observed rotation in open ended theta-pinch devices is shown to result from the shorting out of electric field components at the insulating boundary. The propagation of rotation into the plasma is primarily via torsional Alfven waves preceded by dispersive precursors. The precursors have spatially and temporally modulated amplitudes. They are due to gyrofrequency oscillations of the plasma and are seen throughout the plasma immediately following the shorting out of the electric field components at the insulators

  3. Necessary stability condition for field-reversed theta pinches

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    Toroidal systems of arbitrary cross section without toroidal magnetic field are analyzed via the double adiabatic fluid equations. Such systems are shown to be unstable if there exists one closed field line on which the average of kapparB2 is positive, where kappa is the curvature. A similar criterion is derived for linear systems and is applied to a noncircular z-pinch

  4. Necessary stability condition for field-reversed theta pinches

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    Cary, J. R.

    1981-03-01

    Toroidal systems of arbitrary cross section without toroidal magnetic field are analyzed via the double adiabatic fluid equations. Such systems are shown to be unstable if there exists one closed field line on which the average of kapparB/sup 2/ is positive, where kappa is the curvature. A similar criterion is derived for linear systems and is applied to a noncircular z-pinch.

  5. Pinch-off voltage modeling for CMOS image pixels with a pinned photodiode structure

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    A novel analytical model of pinch-off voltage for CMOS image pixels with a pinned photodiode structure is proposed. The derived model takes account of the gradient doping distributions in the N buried layer due to the impurity compensation formed by manufacturing processes; the impurity distribution characteristics of two boundary PN junctions located in the region for particular spectrum response of a pinned photodiode are quantitative analyzed. By solving Poisson's equation in vertical barrier regions, the relationships between the pinch-off voltage and the corresponding process parameters such as peak doping concentration, N type width and doping concentration gradient of the N buried layer are established. Test results have shown that the derived model features the variations of the pinch-off voltage versus the process implant conditions more accurately than the traditional model. The research conclusions in this paper provide theoretical evidence for evaluating the pinch-off voltage design. (semiconductor devices)

  6. Optical diagnostics on dense Z-pinch plasmas

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    Riley, R.A. Jr.; Lovberg, R.H.; Shlachter, J.S.; Scudder, D.W.

    1992-05-01

    A novel ``point-diffraction`` interferometer has been implemented on the Los Alamos Solid Fiber Z-Pinch experiment. The laser beam is split into two legs after passing through the plasma. The reference leg is filtered with a pin-hole aperture and recombined with the other leg to form an interferogram. This allows compact mounting of the optics and relative ease of alignment. The Z-Pinch experiment employs a pulsed-power generator that delivers up to 700 KA with a 100ns rise-time through a fiber of deuterium or deuterated polyethylene (CD{sub s}) that is 5-cm long and initially solid with radius r{approx}15{mu}m. The interferometer, using a {triangle}t{approx}200ps pulse from a Nd:YAG laser frequency doubled to {lambda}=532nm, measures the electron line density and, assuming azimuthal symmetry, the density as a function of radial and axial position. Calculations predict Faraday rotations of order {pi}/2 for plasma and current densities that this experiment was designed to produce. The resulting periodic loss of fringes would provide the current density distribution.

  7. Power of the pinch: pinch lower lid blepharoplasty.

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    Kim, Elizabeth M; Bucky, Louis P

    2008-05-01

    Lower lid blepharoplasty is performed with great variation in technique. Conventional lower lid blepharoplasty with anterior fat removal via the orbital septum has a potential lower lid malposition rate of 15% to 20%. Lower lid malposition and the stigma of obvious lower lid surgery have led plastic surgeons to continue to change their approach to lower lid rejuvenation. In recent years, some surgeons have come to rely on alternative procedures like laser resurfacing alone or in conjunction with transconjunctival fat removal and canthopexy in an effort to avoid such complications. The pinch blepharoplasty technique removes redundant skin without undermining. This allows for more controlled wound healing, predictable recovery, and potential for simultaneous laser resurfacing. The combination of pinch blepharoplasty with transconjunctival fat removal leaves the middle lamella intact and reduces the chance of scleral show or ectropion. The purpose of this series is to demonstrate that pinch excision of redundant lower eyelid skin can be safely performed and that it can be used with laser resurfacing and/or transconjunctival fat removal for optimal treatment of the aging eye. A retrospective review of 46 consecutive patients who underwent pinch blepharoplasty, either in isolation or with other periorbital procedures was performed. Follow-up was at least 4 months (range of 4-24 months). In addition, we performed a prospective study of 25 consecutive patients to quantify the amount of skin removed and evaluate results and complications. An average of 8 mm of skin was resected (range of 4-12 mm) with the pinch blepharoplasty technique. Of these patients, 5.6% also underwent transconjunctival blepharoplasty, laser resurfacing, and/or fat grafting of the nasojugal groove. Despite the addition of simultaneous laser resurfacing, we did not see an increase in lower lid malposition. Three of the 71 patients had temporary scleral show that resolved with lower lid massage. In

  8. A Detailed Analytical Study of Non-Linear Semiconductor Device Modelling

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    1995-01-01

    junction diode have been developed. The results of computer simulated examples have been presented in each case. The non-linear lumped model for Gunn is a unified model as it describes the diffusion effects as the-domain traves from cathode to anode. An additional feature of this model is that it describes the domain extinction and nucleation phenomena in Gunn dioder with the help of a simple timing circuit. The non-linear lumped model for SCR is general and is valid under any mode of operation in any circuit environment. The memristive circuit model for p-n junction diodes is capable of simulating realistically the diode’s dynamic behavior under reverse, forward and sinusiodal operating modes. The model uses memristor, the charge-controlled resistor to mimic various second-order effects due to conductivity modulation. It is found that both storage time and fall time of the diode can be accurately predicted.

  9. On-line monitoring system for roller wear with axes shift compensation based on laser-linear charge coupled device

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    Wei, Liansuo; Guo, Yuan

    2013-04-01

    Based on the principle of laser-linear array charge-coupled device (CCD) detection technology, a high accuracy nontouch on-line system for monitoring roller wear is brought forward. The principle and composition of the laser-linear array CCD detection system and the operation process were expatiated. Aiming at the errors of the roller's axes shifting during the detection process, compensating steps were adopted from the vertical and the parallel direction to the detection surface. This effectively enhanced the accuracy of the detection system. Experiments proved that the accuracy of the system could reach the demand of the practical production process. It provides a new method for high speed, accuracy, and automatic on-line monitoring of roller wear. r shapegear array CCD detection. A simulation-software program is also compiled based on this principle. By using this program, the I/O signals's data for this system is gained and the detection curves can be drawn automatically.

  10. A new highly adaptable design of shear-flow device for orientation of macromolecules for Linear Dichroism (LD) measurement

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    Lundahl, P. Johan

    2011-01-01

    This article presents a new design of flow-orientation device for the study of bio-macromolecules, including DNA and protein complexes, as well as aggregates such as amyloid fibrils and liposome membranes, using Linear Dichroism (LD) spectroscopy. The design provides a number of technical advantages that should make the device inexpensive to manufacture, easier to use and more reliable than existing techniques. The degree of orientation achieved is of the same order of magnitude as that of the commonly used concentric cylinders Couette flow cell, however, since the device exploits a set of flat strain-free quartz plates, a number of problems associated with refraction and birefringence of light are eliminated, increasing the sensitivity and accuracy of measurement. The device provides similar shear rates to those of the Couette cell but is superior in that the shear rate is constant across the gap. Other major advantages of the design is the possibility to change parts and vary sample volume and path length easily and at a low cost. © 2011 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  11. A linear 180 nm SOI CMOS antenna switch module using integrated passive device filters for cellular applications

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    A broadband monolithic linear single pole, eight throw (SP8T) switch has been fabricated in 180 nm thin film silicon-on-insulator (SOI) CMOS technology with a quad-band GSM harmonic filter in integrated passive devices (IPD) technology, which is developed for cellular applications. The antenna switch module (ASM) features 1.2 dB insertion loss with filter on 2G bands and 0.4 dB insertion loss in 3G bands, less than −45 dB isolation and maximum −103 dB intermodulation distortion for mobile front ends by applying distributed architecture and adaptive supply voltage generator. (semiconductor integrated circuits)

  12. Design of the PST: A Diagnostic for 1-D Imaging of Fast Z-Pinch Power Emissions

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    Fast Z-pinch technology developed on the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories can produce up to 230 TW of thermal x-ray power for applications in inertial confinement fusion (ICF) and weapons physics experiments. During implosion, these Z-pinches develop Rayleigh-Taylor (R-T) instabilities which are very difficult to diagnose and which functionally diminish the overall pinch quality. The Power-Space-Time (PST) instrument is a newly configured diagnostic for measuring the pinch power as a function of both space and time in a Z-pinch. Placing the diagnostic at 90 degrees from the Z-pinch axis, the PST provides a new capability in collecting experimental data on R-T characteristics for making meaningful comparisons to magneto-hydrodynamic computer models. This paper is a summary of the PST diagnostic design. By slit-imaging the Z-pinch x-ray emissions onto a linear scintillator/fiber-optic array coupled to a streak camera system, the PST can achieve ∼100 microm spatial resolution and ∼1.3 ns time resolution. Calculations indicate that a 20 microm thick scintillating detection element filtered by 1,000 angstrom of Al is theoretically linear in response to Plankian x-ray distributions corresponding to plasma temperatures from 40 eV to 150 eV, By calibrating this detection element to x-ray energies up to 5,000 eV, the PST can provide pinch power as a function of height and time in a Z-pinch for temperatures ranging from ∼40 eV to ∼400 eV. With these system pm-meters, the PST can provide data for an experimental determination of the R-T mode number, amplitude, and growth rate during the late-time pinch implosion

  13. Dynamic analysis of a linear motion guide having rolling elements for precision positioning devices

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    Linear motion (LM) guides supported by rolling elements can be used to ultra-accurately position precision machines. For accurate positioning, the micro and macro dynamic behavior of the LM guide must be understood, but the research on this subject is rather limited. In this investigation, experiments to reveal the dynamic characteristics of the LM guide were performed and a simplified model to predict the observed dynamics of the LM guide was developed. Several experiments conducted in the present research demonstrated the hysteretic behavior as well as frequency- and force-dependent phenomena of the LM guide. The validity of the proposed modeling method was checked with theoretical and numerical analyses

  14. Z-Pinch Fusion for Energy Applications

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    SPIELMAN,RICK B.

    2000-01-01

    Z pinches, the oldest fusion concept, have recently been revisited in light of significant advances in the fields of plasma physics and pulsed power engineering. The possibility exists for z-pinch fusion to play a role in commercial energy applications. We report on work to develop z-pinch fusion concepts, the result of an extensive literature search, and the output for a congressionally-mandated workshop on fusion energy held in Snowmass, Co July 11-23,1999.

  15. Z-Pinch Fusion for Energy Applications

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    Z pinches, the oldest fusion concept, have recently been revisited in light of significant advances in the fields of plasma physics and pulsed power engineering. The possibility exists for z-pinch fusion to play a role in commercial energy applications. We report on work to develop z-pinch fusion concepts, the result of an extensive literature search, and the output for a congressionally-mandated workshop on fusion energy held in Snowmass, Co July 11-23,1999

  16. Microdrilling in steel using ultrashort pulsed laser beams with radial and azimuthal polarization.

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    Kraus, Martin; Ahmed, Marwan Abdou; Michalowski, Andreas; Voss, Andreas; Weber, Rudolf; Graf, Thomas

    2010-10-11

    A linear to radial and/or azimuthal polarization converter (LRAC) has been inserted into the beam delivery of a micromachining station equipped with a picosecond laser system. Percussion drilling and helical drilling in steel have been performed using radially as well as azimuthally polarized infrared radiation at 1030 nm. The presented machining results are discussed on the basis of numerical simulations of the polarization-dependent beam propagation inside the fabricated capillaries. PMID:20941131

  17. Giant bubble pinch-off

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    Bergmann, R; Prosperetti, A; Sandtke, M; Stijnman, M; Van der Meer, D; Bergmann, Raymond; Lohse, Detlef; Meer, Devaraj van der; Prosperetti, Andrea; Sandtke, Marijn; Stijnman, Mark

    2006-01-01

    Self-similarity has been the paradigmatic picture for the pinch-off of a drop. Here we will show through high-speed imaging and boundary integral simulations that the inverse problem, the pinch-off of an air bubble in water, is not self-similar in a strict sense: A disk is quickly pulled through a water surface, leading to a giant, cylindrical void which after collapse creates an upward and a downward jet. Only in the limiting case of large Froude number the neck radius $h$ scales as $h(-\\log h)^{1/4} \\propto \\tau^{1/2}$, the purely inertial scaling. For any finite Froude number the collapse is slower, and a second length-scale, the curvature of the void, comes into play. Both length-scales are found to exhibit power-law scaling in time, but with different exponents depending on the Froude number, signaling the non-universality of the bubble pinch-off.

  18. Nano-scale ultra-dense Z-pinches formation from laser-irradiated nanowire arrays

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    Kaymak, Vural; Shlyaptsev, Vyacheslav N; Rocca, Jorge J

    2016-01-01

    We show that ulta-dense Z-pinches with nanoscale dimensions can be generated by irradiating aligned nanowires with femtosecond laser pulses of relativistic intensity. Using fully three-dimensional relativistic particle-in-cell simulations we demonstrate that the laser pulse drives a forward electron current in the area around the wires. This forward current induces return current densities of $\\sim$ 0.1 Giga-Amperes per $\\mu$m\\textsuperscript{2} through the wires. The resulting strong, quasi-static, self-generated azimuthal magnetic field pinches the nanowires into hot plasmas with a peak electron density of $> 9\\cdot 10^{24}$ cm\\textsuperscript{-3}, exceeding 1000 times the critical density. Arrays of these new ultra-dense nanopinches can be expected to lead to efficient micro-fusion and other applications.

  19. D-D fusion experiments using fast Z pinches

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    The development of high current (I > 10 MA) drivers provides the authors with a new tool for the study of neutron-producing plasmas in the thermal regime. The imploded deuterium mass (or collisionality) increases as I2 and the ability of the driver to heat the plasma to relevant fusion temperatures improves as the power of the driver increases. Additionally, fast (2 fiber arrays were imploded in a fast z-pinch configuration on Sandia's Saturn facility generating up to 3 x 1012 D-D neutrons. These experiments were designed to explore the physics of neutron-generating plasmas in a z-pinch geometry. Specifically, the authors intended to produce neutrons from a nearly thermal plasma where the electrons and ions have a nearly Maxwellian distribution. This is to be clearly differentiated from the more usual D-D beam-target neutrons generated in many dense plasma focus (DPF) devices

  20. A theta-pinch as a spectroscopic light source

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    Luna, F.R.T.; Trigueiros, A.G. [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica; Cavalcanti, G.H. [Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica

    1998-12-31

    The aim of this work is to describe a theta-pinch for spectroscopic studies. This machine is different in some aspects from its equivalent for fusion studies. Here, in a single experiment, 1000 shots are used normally. The capacitor bank stores 14 kJ of electrical energy at 60 kV, but only 1 kJ is necessary to obtain an electron peak temperature of 150 eV, which is enough to produce a good emission spectrum in the VUV range of 300 to 2000 A. With this device it is possible to obtain intermediate ionization states of many elements (ionized six or seven times). Similarly to tokamaks, the theta-pinch spectrum contains spectral lines due to forbidden transitions, where the {delta}S = 0 rule for dipole electric transition is violated. (author) 8 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  1. Ulnar Nerve Tendon Transfers for Pinch.

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    Cook, Shane; Gaston, R Glenn; Lourie, Gary M

    2016-08-01

    Power and tip pinch are an integral part of intrinsic hand function that can be significantly compromised with dysfunction of the ulnar nerve. Loss of power pinch is one component that can significantly affect an individual's ability to perform simple daily tasks. Tip pinch is less affected, as this task has significant contributions from the median nerve. To restore power pinch, the primary focus must be on restoring the action of the adductor pollicis primarily, and if indicated the first dorsal interosseous muscle and flexor pollicis brevis. PMID:27387080

  2. 2D turbulence structure observed by a fast framing camera system in linear magnetized device PANTA

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    Mesoscale structure, such as the zonal flow and the streamer plays important role in the drift-wave turbulence. The interaction of the mesoscale structure and the turbulence is not only interesting phenomena but also a key to understand the turbulence driven transport in the magnetically confined plasmas. In the cylindrical magnetized device, PANTA, the interaction of the streamer and the drift wave has been found by the bi-spectrum analysis of the turbulence. In order to study the mesoscale physics directly, the 2D turbulence is studied by a fast-framing visible camera system view from a window located at the end plate of the device. The parameters of the plasma is the following; Te∼3eV, n ∼ 1x1019 m-3, Ti∼0.3eV, B=900G, Neutral pressure Pn=0.8 mTorr, a∼ 6cm, L=4m, Helicon source (7MHz, 3kW). Fluctuating component of the visible image is decomposed by the Fourier-Bessel expansion method. Several rotating mode is observed simultaneously. From the images, m = 1 (f∼0.7 kHz) and m = 2, 3 (f∼-3.4 kHz) components which rotate in the opposite direction can be easily distinguished. Though the modes rotate constantly in most time, there appear periods where the radially complicated node structure is formed (for example, m=3 component, t = 142.5∼6 in the figure) and coherent mode structures are disturbed. Then, a new rotating period is started again with different phase of the initial rotation until the next event happens. The typical time interval of the event is 0.5 to 1.0 times of the one rotation of the slow m = 1 mode. The wave-wave interaction might be interrupted occasionally. Detailed analysis of the turbulence using imaging technique will be discussed. (author)

  3. Dynamics of flows, fluctuations, and global instability under electrode biasing in a linear plasma device

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    Desjardins, T. R.; Gilmore, M.

    2016-05-01

    Grid biasing is utilized in a large-scale helicon plasma to modify an existing instability. It is shown both experimentally and with a linear stability analysis to be a hybrid drift-Kelvin-Helmholtz mode. At low magnetic field strengths, coherent fluctuations are present, while at high magnetic field strengths, the plasma is broad-band turbulent. Grid biasing is used to drive the once-coherent fluctuations to a broad-band turbulent state, as well as to suppress them. There is a corresponding change in the flow shear. When a high positive bias (10Te) is applied to the grid electrode, a large-scale ( n ˜/n ≈50 % ) is excited. This mode has been identified as the potential relaxation instability.

  4. Design of a non-linear power take-off simulator for model testing of rotating wave energy devices

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    Lopes, M.F.P.; Henriques, J.C.C.; Lopes, Miguel C.; Gato, L.M.C. [IDMEC - Instituto de Engenharia Mecanica, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, Lisboa (Portugal); Dente Antonio [CIE3 - Center for Innovation in Electrical and Energy Engineering, Lisboa (Portugal)

    2009-07-01

    Eddy current brakes provide a versatile way of simulating the power take-off system (PTO) in the model testing of wave energy converters at small scale. These are based on the principle that a conductive material moving perpendicularly to a magnetic field generates a braking force proportional to its velocity. This was applied in the design of the PTO simulator of a bottom-hinged flap wave energy converter model, at 1/16 scale. The efforts put into the accurate dynamic simulation of the device led to the development of a controllable PTO simulator, which can be applied to other small scale rotating wave energy device models. A special power source was built to provide the required controllable current intensity to feed the magnetic field generating coils. Different non-linear damping PTO characteristic curves can be simulated by basing the current control on real-time velocity measurement. The calibration of the system was done by connecting the device to a constant rotating speed motor and measuring the resistent torque produced by the PTO with a torquemeter for different values of current intensity through the coils.

  5. Implementations of quantum and classical gates with linear optical devices and photon number quantum non-demolition measurement for polarization encoded qubits

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    Silva, Joao Batista Rosa; Ramos, Rubens Viana

    2006-01-01

    Aiming the construction of quantum computers and quantum communication systems based on optical devices, in this work we present possible implementations of quantum and classical CNOTs gates, as well an optical setup for generation and distribution of bipartite entangled states, using linear optical devices and photon number quantum non-demolition measurement.

  6. Three-dimensional linear peeling-ballooning theory in magnetic fusion devices

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    Ideal magnetohydrodynamics theory is extended to fully 3D magnetic configurations to investigate the linear stability of intermediate to high n peeling-ballooning modes, with n the toroidal mode number. These are thought to be important for the behavior of edge localized modes and for the limit of the size of the pedestal that governs the high confinement H-mode. The end point of the derivation is a set of coupled second order ordinary differential equations with appropriate boundary conditions that minimize the perturbed energy and that can be solved to find the growth rate of the perturbations. This theory allows of the evaluation of 3D effects on edge plasma stability in tokamaks such as those associated with the toroidal ripple due to the finite number of toroidal field coils, the application of external 3D fields for elm control, local modification of the magnetic field in the vicinity of ferromagnetic components such as the test blanket modules in ITER, etc

  7. A vertically integrated pixel readout device for the Vertex Detector at the International Linear Collider

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    Deptuch, Grzegorz; Christian, David; Hoff, James; Lipton, Ronald; Shenai, Alpana; Trimpl, Marcel; Yarema, Raymond; Zimmerman, Tom; /Fermilab

    2008-12-01

    3D-Integrated Circuit technology enables higher densities of electronic circuitry per unit area without the use of nanoscale processes. It is advantageous for mixed mode design with precise analog circuitry because processes with conservative feature sizes typically present lower process dispersions and tolerate higher power supply voltages, resulting in larger separation of a signal from the noise floor. Heterogeneous wafers (different foundries or different process families) may be combined with some 3D integration methods, leading to the optimization of each tier in the 3D stack. Tracking and vertexing in future High-Energy Physics (HEP) experiments involves construction of detectors composed of up to a few billions of channels. Readout electronics must record the position and time of each measurement with the highest achievable precision. This paper reviews a prototype of the first 3D readout chip for HEP, designed for a vertex detector at the International Linear Collider. The prototype features 20 x 20 {micro}m{sup 2} pixels, laid out in an array of 64 x 64 elements and was fabricated in a 3-tier 0.18 {micro}m Fully Depleted SOI CMOS process at MIT-Lincoln Laboratory. The tests showed correct functional operation of the structure. The chip performs a zero-suppressed readout. Successive submissions are planned in a commercial 3D bulk 0.13 {micro}m CMOS process to overcome some of the disadvantages of an FDSOI process.

  8. Single-photon device requirements for operating linear optics quantum computing outside the post-selection basis

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    Jennewein, Thomas; White, Andrew G

    2010-01-01

    Photonics is a promising architecture for the realisation of quantum information processing, since the two-photon interaction, or non-linearity, necessary to build logical gates can efficiently be realised by the use of interference with ancillary photons and detection. Although single-photon sources and detectors are pivotal in realisations of such systems, clear guidelines for the required performance of realistic systems are yet to be defined. We present our detailed numerical simulation of several quantum optics circuits including sources and detectors all represented in multi-dimensional Fockspaces, which allows to obtain experimentally realistic performance bounds for for these devices. In addition, the single-photon source based on switched parametric down-conversion is studied, which in principle could reach the required performance. Three approaches for implementing the switching hierarchy of the photons are simulated, and their anticipated performance is obtained. Our results define the bar for the ...

  9. Lower pinch radius limit in EXTRAP

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    In an Extrap pinch there is a superimposed magnetic octupole field which forms a magnetic separatrix with the field generated by the pinch current. Earlier experiments have shown that the octupole field has a stabilizing influence on the plasma. Regardless of the details of this stabilizing mechanism, it is expected that the influence of the octupole field should become negligible for a sufficiently small ratio between the characteristic pinch and separatrix radii. In other words, there should exist a lower limit of this ratio below which the system approaches the state of an ordinary unstabilized Z-pinch. The present paper presents an extended version of an earlier theoretical model of this lower limit, and its relation to the corresponding critical ratio between the external conductor and pinch currents. This ratio is found to vary substantially with the plasma parameters. (authors)

  10. The quest for a z-pinch based fusion energy source--a historical perspective

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    Ever since 1958, when Oscar Anderson observed copious neutrons emanating from a 'magnetically self-constricted column of deuterium plasma', scientists have attempted to develop the simple linear pinch into a fusion power source. After all, simple calculations show that if one can pass a current of slightly less than 2 million amperes through a stable D-T plasma, then one could achieve not just thermonuclear break-even, but thermonuclear gain. Moreover, several reactor studies have shown that a simple linear pinch could be the basis for a very attractive fusion system. The problem is, of course, that the seemingly simple act of passing 2 MA through a stable pinch has proven to be quite difficult to accomplish. The pinch tends to disrupt due to instabilities, either by the m=0 (sausage) or m=1 (kink) modes. Curtailing the growth of these instabilities has been the primary thrust of z-pinch fusion research, and over the years a wide variety of formation techniques have been tried. The early pinches were driven by relatively slow capacitive discharges and were formed by imploding a plasma column. The advent of fast pulsed power technology brought on a whole new repertoire of formation techniques, including: fast implosions, laser or field-enhanced breakdown in a uniform volume of gas, a discharge inside a small capillary, a frozen deuterium fiber isolated by vacuum, and staged concepts in which one pinch implodes upon another. And although none of these have yet to be successful, some have come tantalizingly close. This paper will review the history of this four-decade long quest for fusion power

  11. The quest for a z-pinch based fusion energy source emdash a historical perspective

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    Ever since 1958, when Oscar Anderson observed copious neutrons emanating from a open-quotes magnetically self-constricted column of deuterium plasma,close quotes scientists have attempted to develop the simple linear pinch into a fusion power source. After all, simple calculations show that if one can pass a current of slightly less than 2 million amperes through a stable D-T plasma, then one could achieve not just thermonuclear break-even, but thermonuclear gain. Moreover, several reactor studies have shown that a simple linear pinch could be the basis for a very attractive fusion system. The problem is, of course, that the seemingly simple act of passing 2 MA through a stable pinch has proven to be quite difficult to accomplish. The pinch tends to disrupt due to instabilities, either by the m=0 (sausage) or m=1 (kink) modes. Curtailing the growth of these instabilities has been the primary thrust of z-pinch fusion research, and over the years a wide variety of formation techniques have been tried. The early pinches were driven by relatively slow capacitive discharges and were formed by imploding a plasma column. The advent of fast pulsed power technology brought on a whole new repertoire of formation techniques, including: fast implosions, laser or field-enhanced breakdown in a uniform volume of gas, a discharge inside a small capillary, a frozen deuterium fiber isolated by vacuum, and staged concepts in which one pinch implodes upon another. And although none of these have yet to be successful, some have come tantalizingly close. This paper will review the history of this four-decade long quest for fusion power. copyright 1997 American Institute of Physics

  12. Effect of operating gas on the x-ray radiation from a gas-puff z-pinch

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    Gas-puff z-pinch plasma using Ne, Ar and Kr as pinch materials have been produced in the SHOTGUN device. The hardening of x-ray radiation with z of the operating gas was confirmed. The magnetic energy converted into the kinetic energy of the plasma increased with z of the gas. It is attributed to strong compression due to radiation cooling in the contraction phase. (author)

  13. Range and azimuth resolution enhancement for 94 GHz real-beam radar

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    Liu, Guoqing; Yang, Ken; Sykora, Brian; Salha, Imad

    2008-04-01

    In this paper, two-dimensional (2D) (range and azimuth) resolution enhancement is investigated for millimeter wave (mmW) real-beam radar (RBR) with linear or non-linear antenna scan in the azimuth dimension. We design a new architecture of super resolution processing, in which a dual-mode approach is used for defining region of interest for 2D resolution enhancement and a combined approach is deployed for obtaining accurate location and amplitude estimations of targets within the region of interest. To achieve 2D resolution enhancement, we first adopt the Capon Beamformer (CB) approach (also known as the minimum variance method (MVM)) to enhance range resolution. A generalized CB (GCB) approach is then applied to azimuth dimension for azimuth resolution enhancement. The GCB approach does not rely on whether the azimuth sampling is even or not and thus can be used in both linear and non-linear antenna scanning modes. The effectiveness of the resolution enhancement is demonstrated by using both simulation and test data. The results of using a 94 GHz real-beam frequency modulation continuous wave (FMCW) radar data show that the overall image quality is significantly improved per visual evaluation and comparison with respect to the original real-beam radar image.

  14. Autocatalytic plume pinch-off

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    Rogers, Michael C; Morris, Stephen W

    2010-01-01

    A localized source of buoyancy flux in a non-reactive fluid medium creates a plume. The flux can be provided by either heat, a compositional difference between the fluid comprising the plume and its surroundings, or a combination of both. For autocatalytic plumes produced by the iodate-arsenous acid reaction, however, buoyancy is produced along the entire reacting interface between the plume and its surroundings. Buoyancy production at the moving interface drives fluid motion, which in turn generates flow that advects the reaction front. As a consequence of this interplay between fluid flow and chemical reaction, autocatalytic plumes exhibit a rich dynamics during their ascent through the reactant medium. One of the more interesting dynamical features is the production of an accelerating vortical plume head that in certain cases pinches-off and detaches from the upwelling conduit. After pinch-off, a new plume head forms in the conduit below, and this can lead to multiple generations of plume heads for a singl...

  15. Upper pinch radius limit in EXTRAP

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    A simple static equilibrium model of the Z-pinch is considered where a hot plasma core is surrounded by a cold-mantle (gas blanket). The pinch radius, defined as the radial extension of the fully ionized plasma core, is uniquely determined by the plasma particle. momentum and heat balance equations. In Extrap configurations an octupole field is introduced which imposes a magnetic separatrix on Z-pinch geometry. This makes the conditions for Extrap equilibrium 'overdetermined' when the characteristic pinch radium given by the plasma parameters tends to exceed the characteristic radius of the magnetic separatrix. In this case no conventional pinch equilibrium can exist, and part of the current which is forced into the plasma discharge by external sources must be channelled outside of the separatrix, i.e. into the surrounding support structure of the Extrap conductors and the vessel walls. A possibly existing bootstrap current in the plasma boundary layer is further expected to be 'scraped off' in this case. The present paper gives some illustrations of the marginal case of this upper pinch radius limit, in a state where the pinch current is antiparallel to the external rod currents which generate the octupole field. (authors)

  16. Investigation of table top X-pinches

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    The X-pinch is created by passing a large current through two or more wires crossed and touching at a single point. The X-pinch has been found to be an excellent source of high intensity, short duration X-rays, which has led to a wide range of applications in areas such as lithography, radiography, biomedicine, and materials science. An investigation was carried out relating to how the characteristics of the X-rays emissions and plasma dynamics of X-pinches change with the number of wires utilized. The pinches were created by passing a 58 ns, 38 kA current pulse through tungsten wires. Wire configurations using 2,3,4, and 6 wires were used. The main diagnostic tools consisted of a CCD camera for time-integrated optical images, a pinhole camera to record time-integrated images of the X-ray emissions and X-ray diodes to determine the pinch time. X-pinches with a greater number of wires were found to result in an increase in size and intensity of the vertical plasma jets, as well as an increase in the time taken before the pinch would occur.

  17. Experimental investigation of plasma topological properties in the reversed field pinch

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    A description of some topological properties of the Reversed Field Pinch (RFP) equilibrium during Quasi Single Helicity (QSH) states is presented. From experimental measurement of the soft X-ray emissivity in the RFX device, maps information on the presence and absence of a magnetic separatrix is obtained. Correlations with the level of magnetic chaos within the plasma are discussed. (authors)

  18. Recent advances in theoretical and numerical studies of wire array Z-pinch in the IAPCM

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    Fast Z-pinch has produced the most powerful X-ray radiation source in laboratory and also shows the possibility to drive inertial confinement fusion (ICF). Recent advances in wire-array Z-pinch researches at the Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics are presented in this paper. A typical wire array Z-pinch process has three phases: wire plasma formation and ablation, implosion and the MRT instability development, stagnation and radiation. A mass injection model with azimuthal modulation coefficient is used to describe the wire initiation, and the dynamics of ablated plasmas of wire-array Z-pinches in (r, θ) geometry is numerically studied. In the implosion phase, a two-dimensional(r, z) three temperature radiation MHD code MARED has been developed to investigate the development of the Magneto-Rayleigh-Taylor(MRT) instability. We also analyze the implosion modes of nested wire-array and find that the inner wire-array is hardly affected before the impaction of the outer wire-array. While the plasma accelerated to high speed in the implosion stage stagnates on the axis, abundant x-ray radiation is produced. The energy spectrum of the radiation and the production mechanism are investigated. The computational x-ray pulse shows a reasonable agreement with the experimental result. We also suggest that using alloyed wire-arrays can increase multi-keV K-shell yield by decreasing the opacity of K-shell lines. In addition, we use a detailed circuit model to study the energy coupling between the generator and the Z-pinch implosion. Recently, we are concentrating on the problems of Z-pinch driven ICF, such as dynamic hohlraum and capsule implosions. Our numerical investigations on the interaction of wire-array Z-pinches on foam convertors show qualitative agreements with experimental results on the “Qiangguang I” facility. An integrated two-dimensional simulation of dynamic hohlraum driven capsule implosion provides us the physical insights of wire

  19. 3-dimensional simulation of dynamo effect of reversed field pinch

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    A non-linear numerical simulation of the dynamo effect of a reversed field pinch (RFP) with finite beta is presented. It is shown that the m=-1, n=(9,10,11,....,19) modes cause the dynamo effect and sustain the field reversed configuration. The role of the m=0 modes on the dynamo effect is carefully examined. Our simulation shows that the magnetic field fluctuation level scales as S-0.2 or S-0.3 in the range of 103 5, while Nebel, Caramana and Schnack obtained the fluctuation level is independent of S for a pressureless RFP plasma. (author)

  20. Two Fluid Dynamo in Reversed Field Pinch

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    Mirnov, V. V.; Hegna, C. C.; Prager, S. C.; Sovinec, C. R.

    2006-10-01

    In the Madison Symmetric Torus reversed field pinch experiments, tearing instabilities are observed to generate magnetic field, flow velocity and current density fluctuations that follow a temporally cyclic sawtooth behavior. One of the consequences of these instabilities is the production of dynamos, fluctuation-induced mean electromotive forces in the generalized Ohm's law, that surge during sawtooth crashes. In two-fluid theories, the dynamo is produced from the combination of the MHD (vxB) and Hall (jxB) contributions to Ohm's law. We report new results on the physics of two-fluid dynamos with particular focus on edge-resonant m=0 tearing modes. The two fluid quasilinear theory that was originally derived for a sheared slab [1] is generalized to cylindrical geometry and illuminates the effects of current gradient and field line curvature. The key results are: (1) two fluid effects are important for dynamo through their influence on the phase between the fluctuations; (2) two-fluid theory yields a non-zero flux surface averaged Hall dynamo that is absent in resistive MHD; (3) the two fluid version of the NIMROD code confirms analytic results during the linear stage of the instability but exhibits significant broadening of the Hall dynamo profile on the longer time scales of nonlinear evolution. *Work supported by the USDoE and NSF. [1]V.V.Mirnov, C.C.Hegna, and S.C.Prager, Plasma Physics Report 29, 612 (2003)

  1. Nitrogen laser system for diagnosing z-pinch and x-pinch plasmas

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    A nitrogen laser system built to probe dense z-pinch and x-pinch plasmas is described. This low-cost system consists of an atmospheric pressure oscillator and a low pressure amplifier. It generates a 1-cm-diam 3371 Angstrom laser beam with approximately 0.33 mJ in a approx-lt 1 ns pulse, and with a coherence length of at least 5 cm. This laser has been used in several modes of operation, such as for simultaneous schlieren and interferometry imaging of dense z-pinch and x-pinch plasmas. Example results are presented. copyright 1997 American Institute of Physics

  2. Pinch analysis of evaporation systems

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    Westphalen D.L.

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Evaporation systems are separation processes widely used in chemical industries. Some guidelines can be found in the literature for the process integration of multiple effect evaporators. In the published methodologies some aspects are neglected as boiling point rise, effect of pressure on latent heat of water, sensible heat of liquid streams, heat of mixing, effects configuration and inclusion of accessories. In this work, a new graphical representation for the integration of multiple effect evaporators was developed, using rigorous physical properties. From this representation, an algorithm for optimization of bleed streams was conceived using the concepts of Pinch Analysis. As a case study, a crystal glucose plant was optimized using this new methodology. The optimization of bleed streams showed as result a steam consumption 16% smaller than a similar previous study. From energy and capital costs, it is shown that the integrated evaporator exhibits a total cost 14% smaller than the non-integrated configuration.

  3. Warm dense matter study and pulsed-power developments for X-pinch equipment in Nagaoka University of Technology

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    Sasaki, Toru; Miki, Yasutoshi; Tachinami, Fumitaka; Saito, Hirotaka; Takahashi, Takuya; Anzai, Nobuyuki; Kikuchi, Takashi; Aso, Tsukasa; Harada, Nob.

    2014-01-01

    In order to explore high energy density physics, we have performed WDM experiment by using several pulsed-power devices. To generate well-defined warm dense state for evaluating electrical conductivity and its properties, we have proposed an isochoric heating of foamed metal by using pulsed-power discharge. The proposed technique yields the electrical conductivity of warm dense matter with a well-defined temperature. To observe the warm dense matter, a pulsed-power generator based on a pulse-forming-network (PFN) was studied toward generating an intense point-spot-like X-ray source from X-pinch technique. From comparison of the designing and the actual inductances of the X-pinch system, the actual inductance of X-pinch system is 3.5 times higher than the designing inductance. To reduce the total inductance of X-pinch system, we will modify the gap switch system such as multi spake gap.

  4. Field simulation of axisymmetric plasma screw pinches by alternating-direction-implicit methods

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    An axisymmetric plasma screw pinch is an axisymmetric column of ionized gaseous plasma radially confined by forces from axial and azimuthal currents driven in the plasma and its surroundings. This dissertation is a contribution to detailed, high resolution computer simulation of dynamic plasma screw pinches in 2-d rz-coordinates. The simulation algorithm combines electron fluid and particle-in-cell (PIC) ion models to represent the plasma in a hybrid fashion. The plasma is assumed to be quasineutral; along with the Darwin approximation to the Maxwell equations, this implies application of Ampere's law without displacement current. Electron inertia is assumed negligible so that advective terms in the electron momentum equation are ignored. Electrons and ions have separate scalar temperatures, and a scalar plasma electrical resistivity is assumed. Altemating-direction-implicit (ADI) methods are used to advance the electron fluid drift velocity and the magnetic fields in the simulation. The ADI methods allow time steps larger than allowed by explicit methods. Spatial regions where vacuum field equations have validity are determined by a cutoff density that invokes the quasineutral vacuum Maxwell equations (Darwin approximation). In this dissertation, the algorithm was first checked against ideal MM stability theory, and agreement was nicely demonstrated. However, such agreement is not a new contribution to the research field. Contributions to the research field include new treatments of the fields in vacuum regions of the pinch simulation. The new treatments predict a level of magnetohydrodynamic turbulence near the bulk plasma surface that is higher than predicted by other methods

  5. Finite-Larmor-radius stabilization in a sharp-boundary Vlasov-fluid screw pinch

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    Starting from the basic equations of the Vlasov-fluid model, assuming small ion Larmor radii, and assuming unstable, long-wavelength perturbations in a sharp-boundary screw pinch whose equilibrium distribution of ion velocities is isotropic, a derivation is presented of the dependence upon xi/sub perpendicular/(r) and its derivatives of the dominant terms in perturbations of the ion distribution, the ion number density, the ion fluid velocity, the pressure tensor, and the heat flux vector. A differential equation governing xi/sub perpendicular/(r) is derived and solved. A dispersion relation for a perturbation with arbitrary azimuthal mode number is derived by application of boundary conditions appropriate for a sharp-boundary screw pinch. It is found that ideal magnetohydrodynamics and the Vlasov-fluid model yield identical dispersion relations only for an m=1 mode. For m> or =2, the Vlasov-fluid model yields a damping of the ideal magnetohydrodynamic growth rate with increasing ion temperature. The m=2 instability is extinguished at an ion temperature equal to one-fourth of that given by Freidberg's analysis. This result allows greater leeway for wall stabilization of m=1 modes while maintaining finite-Larmor-radius stabilization of m=2 modes in theta-pinch machines, such as scyllac

  6. Polycrystalline diamond based detector for Z-pinch diagnosis

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    Full text of publication follows: Z-pinch is a self-constricted plasma configuration, as well as a high efficient X-ray simulator with energy transfer coefficient in the range of 0.8% - 23% [1-4]. Characteristics of the X-ray from Z-pinch are very important for researches focusing on the physical processes of plasma [5-6]. A chemical vapour deposition (CVD) derived polycrystalline diamond film detector has been developed as the X-ray detector on Z-pinch at a high powerful pulsed electron beam accelerator named Qiangguang-I (current 1.4-2.1 MA, rising time 80-100 ns) in Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology in P. R. China. This detector is 16 mm in diameter and 300 μm in thickness with gold electrodes on both sides. The dark current of the detector is lower than 60 pA with the electric field intensity of 3 V/μm. The charge collection efficiency is 60.8% with the electric field intensity of 1.67 V/μm. The energy response and the time response have been studied by both experiments and theoretical calculation. The spectral response to X-ray is flat over the range of 3-5 keV. The rising time of response pulse is 2-3 ns. This diamond detector acquires good experimental data which are in good agreement with the results got from the X-ray Diodes (XRDs) [7] on Z-pinch diagnosis at Qiangguang-I facility. These results show that the device we developed offers a good choice for Z-pinch diagnosis at high power electron beam accelerator. References: [1] R. B. Spielman, C. Deeney and G. A. Chandler, Phys of Plasmas 5, 5 (1998); [2] Proceedings of 10. IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference 1995, 1-2; [3] Proceedings of 11. IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference 1997, 23-36; [4] A. Qiu, Engineering Science 2, 9(2000); [5] A. Qiu, B. Kuai and Z. Zeng, Acta Physica Sinica 55, 11 (2006); [6] W. Wang, D. He and A. Qiu, High Power Laser and Particle Beams 15, 184(2003); [7] G. A. Chandler, C. Deeney and M. Cuneo, Review of Scientific Instruments 70, 1(1999). (authors)

  7. Magnetic Spring Device

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    Hassam, A B

    2009-01-01

    A cylindrical system is proposed that will store magnetic energy in a localized azimuthal field that can then be quickly released on Alfvenic timescales, accompanied by the formation of a flowing Z-pinch plasma. The magnetized plasma is MHD in character and will have unilateral axial momentum with Alfvenic speeds. Conventional plasma gun injectors (Marshall type) have a limited parameter space of operation. The "magnetic spring" momentum injector differs from Marshall guns in that it has an already stored strong magnetic field before release. The resulting parameter space is much broader. There are possible applications to momentum injectors for fusion and to plasma and rail guns.

  8. High energy density Z-pinch plasmas using flow stabilization

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    The ZaP Flow Z-Pinch research project[1] at the University of Washington investigates the effect of sheared flows on MHD instabilities. Axially flowing Z-pinch plasmas are produced that are 100 cm long with a 1 cm radius. The plasma remains quiescent for many radial Alfvén times and axial flow times. The quiescent periods are characterized by low magnetic mode activity measured at several locations along the plasma column and by stationary visible plasma emission. Plasma evolution is modeled with high-resolution simulation codes – Mach2, WARPX, NIMROD, and HiFi. Plasma flow profiles are experimentally measured with a multi-chord ion Doppler spectrometer. A sheared flow profile is observed to be coincident with the quiescent period, and is consistent with classical plasma viscosity. Equilibrium is determined by diagnostic measurements: interferometry for density; spectroscopy for ion temperature, plasma flow, and density[2]; Thomson scattering for electron temperature; Zeeman splitting for internal magnetic field measurements[3]; and fast framing photography for global structure. Wall stabilization has been investigated computationally and experimentally by removing 70% of the surrounding conducting wall to demonstrate no change in stability behavior.[4] Experimental evidence suggests that the plasma lifetime is only limited by plasma supply and current waveform. The flow Z-pinch concept provides an approach to achieve high energy density plasmas,[5] which are large, easy to diagnose, and persist for extended durations. A new experiment, ZaP-HD, has been built to investigate this approach by separating the flow Z-pinch formation from the radial compression using a triaxial-electrode configuration. This innovation allows more detailed investigations of the sheared flow stabilizing effect, and it allows compression to much higher densities than previously achieved on ZaP by reducing the linear density and increasing the pinch current. Experimental results and

  9. High energy density Z-pinch plasmas using flow stabilization

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    Shumlak, U., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Golingo, R. P., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Nelson, B. A., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Bowers, C. A., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Doty, S. A., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Forbes, E. G., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Hughes, M. C., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Kim, B., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Knecht, S. D., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Lambert, K. K., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Lowrie, W., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Ross, M. P., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu; Weed, J. R., E-mail: shumlak@uw.edu [Aerospace and Energetics Research Program, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 98195-2250 (United States)

    2014-12-15

    The ZaP Flow Z-Pinch research project[1] at the University of Washington investigates the effect of sheared flows on MHD instabilities. Axially flowing Z-pinch plasmas are produced that are 100 cm long with a 1 cm radius. The plasma remains quiescent for many radial Alfvén times and axial flow times. The quiescent periods are characterized by low magnetic mode activity measured at several locations along the plasma column and by stationary visible plasma emission. Plasma evolution is modeled with high-resolution simulation codes – Mach2, WARPX, NIMROD, and HiFi. Plasma flow profiles are experimentally measured with a multi-chord ion Doppler spectrometer. A sheared flow profile is observed to be coincident with the quiescent period, and is consistent with classical plasma viscosity. Equilibrium is determined by diagnostic measurements: interferometry for density; spectroscopy for ion temperature, plasma flow, and density[2]; Thomson scattering for electron temperature; Zeeman splitting for internal magnetic field measurements[3]; and fast framing photography for global structure. Wall stabilization has been investigated computationally and experimentally by removing 70% of the surrounding conducting wall to demonstrate no change in stability behavior.[4] Experimental evidence suggests that the plasma lifetime is only limited by plasma supply and current waveform. The flow Z-pinch concept provides an approach to achieve high energy density plasmas,[5] which are large, easy to diagnose, and persist for extended durations. A new experiment, ZaP-HD, has been built to investigate this approach by separating the flow Z-pinch formation from the radial compression using a triaxial-electrode configuration. This innovation allows more detailed investigations of the sheared flow stabilizing effect, and it allows compression to much higher densities than previously achieved on ZaP by reducing the linear density and increasing the pinch current. Experimental results and

  10. Theory of coupled whistler-electron temperature gradient mode in high beta plasma: Application to linear plasma device

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    Singh, S. K.; Awasthi, L. M.; Singh, R.; Kaw, P. K.; Jha, R.; Mattoo, S. K. [Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar 382 428 (India)

    2011-10-15

    This paper presents a theory of coupled whistler (W) and electron temperature gradient (ETG) mode using two-fluid model in high beta plasma. Non-adiabatic ion response, parallel magnetic field perturbation ({delta}B{sub z}), perpendicular magnetic flutter ({delta}B{sub perpendicular}), and electron collisions are included in the treatment of theory. A linear dispersion relation for whistler-electron temperature gradient (W-ETG) mode is derived. The numerical results obtained from this relation are compared with the experimental results observed in large volume plasma device (LVPD) [Awasthi et al., Phys. Plasma 17, 42109 (2010)]. The theory predicts that the instability grows only where the temperature gradient is finite and the density gradient flat. For the parameters of the experiment, theoretically estimated frequency and wave number of W-ETG mode match with the values corresponding to the peak in the power spectrum observed in LVPD. By using simple mixing length argument, estimated level of fluctuations of W-ETG mode is in the range of fluctuation level observed in LVPD.

  11. Ammonia formation and W coatings interaction with deuterium/nitrogen plasmas in the linear device GyM

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    Laguardia, L., E-mail: laguardia@ifp.cnr.it [CNR, Istituto di Fisica del Plasma“P. Caldirola”, Milan (Italy); Caniello, R.; Cremona, A. [CNR, Istituto di Fisica del Plasma“P. Caldirola”, Milan (Italy); Dellasega, D. [CNR, Istituto di Fisica del Plasma“P. Caldirola”, Milan (Italy); Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Energia, Milan (Italy); Dell’Era, F.; Ghezzi, F.; Gittini, G.; Granucci, G.; Mellera, V.; Minelli, D.; Pallotta, F. [CNR, Istituto di Fisica del Plasma“P. Caldirola”, Milan (Italy); Passoni, M. [CNR, Istituto di Fisica del Plasma“P. Caldirola”, Milan (Italy); Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Energia, Milan (Italy); Ricci, D.; Vassallo, E. [CNR, Istituto di Fisica del Plasma“P. Caldirola”, Milan (Italy)

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    In this work results of the first D{sub 2}/N{sub 2} experiments in GyM, a linear device able to produce plasmas of interest for the ITER divertor (n{sub e} 5 ⋅ 10{sup 10} cm{sup −3}, Te 5 eV, ion flux 3–5 ⋅ 10{sup 20} m{sup −2}s{sup −1}) are presented. Plasmas simulating a N-seeding scenario have been performed to evaluate ammonia formation and its effect on exposed W coatings. The presence of ND emission lines in the plasma can be correlated with the formation of ammonia, further directly detected and quantified by chromatography analysis of the exhaust. Four different W specimens were exposed in GyM to a plasma fluence of 8.78 ⋅ 10{sup 23} m{sup −2}. XPS analysis evidenced the formation of W{sub x}N{sub y} layers with nitrogen concentration in the range of 1–10% depending on the initial morphology and structure of the W samples. In all analyzed cases, nitrogen was bound and retained within the first 6 nm below the surface and no further diffusion of N into the bulk was observed.

  12. Ammonia formation and W coatings interaction with deuterium/nitrogen plasmas in the linear device GyM

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    In this work results of the first D2/N2 experiments in GyM, a linear device able to produce plasmas of interest for the ITER divertor (ne 5 ⋅ 1010 cm−3, Te 5 eV, ion flux 3–5 ⋅ 1020 m−2s−1) are presented. Plasmas simulating a N-seeding scenario have been performed to evaluate ammonia formation and its effect on exposed W coatings. The presence of ND emission lines in the plasma can be correlated with the formation of ammonia, further directly detected and quantified by chromatography analysis of the exhaust. Four different W specimens were exposed in GyM to a plasma fluence of 8.78 ⋅ 1023 m−2. XPS analysis evidenced the formation of WxNy layers with nitrogen concentration in the range of 1–10% depending on the initial morphology and structure of the W samples. In all analyzed cases, nitrogen was bound and retained within the first 6 nm below the surface and no further diffusion of N into the bulk was observed

  13. Separation enhancement in pinched flow fractionation

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    Vig, Asger Laurberg; Kristensen, Anders

    2008-01-01

    A method for enhancing the separation in the microfluidic size separation technique called pinched flow fractionation (PFF) is demonstrated experimentally and analyzed by numerical calculations. The enhancement is caused by a geometrical modification of the original PFF design. Seven different...

  14. Kinetic theory of the sausage instability of a z-pinch

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    A linear problem of z-pinch sausage development is considered taking into account the influence of kinetic effects for ideal scanning current. Plasma electrons are considered to be cold and ions - collisionless. It is also supposed that the magnetic field inside a pinch doesn't affect the motion of ions, which are reflected like in a mirror from a jump of an electric potential arising on the plasma boundary. In case of long-wave perturbations ka>1 the acount of kinetics leads to considerable decrease of the increment [(ka)1/2 times] in comparison with the hydrodynamic description, that permits to explain the increased instability of z-pinches observed in experiments

  15. Identification of the ubiquitous Coriolis momentum pinch in JET tokamak plasmas

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    A broad survey of the experimental database of neutral beam heated plasmas in the JET tokamak has established the theoretically expected ubiquity, in rotating plasmas, of a convective transport mechanism which has its origin in the vertical particle drift resulting from the Coriolis force. This inward convection, or pinch, leads to inward transport of toroidal angular momentum and is characterized by pinch numbers RV/χφ, which rise from near unity at r/a ≈ 0.25 to around 5 at r/a ≈ 0.85. Linear gyrokinetic calculations of the Coriolis pinch number and the Prandtl number χφ/χi are in good agreement with the experimental observations, with similar dependences on plasma parameters. The data, however, do not rule out contributions from different processes, such as residual stresses. (letter)

  16. Mitigation Effect of Finite Larmor Radius on Rayleigh-Taylor Instability in Z-Pinch Implosions

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    邱孝明; 黄林; 简广德

    2002-01-01

    Based on the framework of magnetohydrodynamic theory, a simple model is proposed to study the mitigation effect of finite Larmor radius on the Rayleigh-Taylor instability in Z-pinch implosions. In this model, taking account of Ti ≥ Te in Z-pinch implosions we believe that the magnetohydrodynamic plasma responds to a perturbation (~ exp [i (k. x - ωt)]) at frequency (ω + ik2⊥ρ2iΩi) instead of frequency ω, where k2⊥ρ2i is due to the finite Larmor radius effects expressed from the generalkinetic theory of magnetized plasma. Therefore the linearized continuity and momentum equations for the perturbed mass-density and velocity include the finite Larmor radius effects. The calculations indicate that, in the wavenumber region of interest, the finite Larmor radius effects can mitigate the Rayleigh-Taylor instability in Z-pinch implosions.

  17. Spatial-Frequency Azimuthally Stable Cartography of Biological Polycrystalline Networks

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    V. A. Ushenko

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A new azimuthally stable polarimetric technique processing microscopic images of optically anisotropic structures of biological tissues histological sections is proposed. It has been used as a generalized model of phase anisotropy definition of biological tissues by using superposition of Mueller matrices of linear birefringence and optical activity. The matrix element M44 has been chosen as the main information parameter, whose value is independent of the rotation angle of both sample and probing beam polarization plane. For the first time, the technique of concerted spatial-frequency filtration has been used in order to separate the manifestation of linear birefringence and optical activity. Thereupon, the method of azimuthally stable spatial-frequency cartography of biological tissues histological sections has been elaborated. As the analyzing tool, complex statistic, correlation, and fractal analysis of coordinate distributions of M44 element has been performed. The possibility of using the biopsy of the uterine wall tissue in order to differentiate benign (fibromyoma and malignant (adenocarcinoma conditions has been estimated.

  18. Axial behaviors of a theta pinch plasma with an antiparallel trapped magnetic field

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    Fundamental plasma behavior has been almost revealed for theta pinch method in the researches for realizing controlled fusion reactions. Interest is also being taken in the axial behavior of plasma under such condition that the direction of the line of magnetic force confined in a pinched plasma column is reversed in relation to external magnetic field. The authors examined the axial behavior of linear theta pinch plasma with a high speed camera using the image converter tube RCA-4449A and the magnetic probe, and succeeded in photographing the details of plasma shape and its change with time. The experimental results and examinations are described in detail with the outline of experimental apparatuses, and summarized as follows. Area waves in compressional wave mode were observed during a second half cycle of discharge current, and the measured value of their propagation speed coincided with the calculated value. Collision of area waves at the center of the coil did not give the effect to annihilate the antiparallel field. Antiparalllel field arrangement, in which the location of zero magnetic field exists in pinch plasma, presents interesting problems such as heating and the stability in torus system in addition to the phenomena of area waves. The study with toroidal pinch will be a future research subject. (Wakatsuki, Y.)

  19. Superfast Z-pinch-produced plasmas

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    The superfast z-pinch has been investigated as a possible means of producing an ultra-high (approx. 100 keV) temperature plasma. An ion Vlasov fluid electron code is shown to simulate the experimental behavior of a pinch. Dependence of the temperature on wall generated impurity, initial density profile, and generator parameters are indicated. Extrapolation of the code using state of the art pulse generators indicate feasibility of an ultra-high temperature plasma

  20. A Novel Azimuth Super-Resolution Method by Synthesizing Azimuth Bandwidth of Multiple Tracks of Airborne Stripmap SAR Data

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    Yan Wang; Jingwen Li; Bing Sun; Jian Yang

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    Azimuth resolution of airborne stripmap synthetic aperture radar (SAR) is restricted by the azimuth antenna size. Conventionally, a higher azimuth resolution should be achieved by employing alternate modes that steer the beam in azimuth to enlarge the synthetic antenna aperture. However, if a data set of a certain region, consisting of multiple tracks of airborne stripmap SAR data, is available, the azimuth resolution of specific small region of interest (ROI) can be conveniently improved by ...

  1. The Physics of Fast Z Pinches

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    RYUTOV,D.D.; DERZON,MARK S.; MATZEN,M. KEITH

    1999-10-25

    The spectacular progress made during the last few years in reaching high energy densities in fast implosions of annular current sheaths (fast Z pinches) opens new possibilities for a broad spectrum of experiments, from x-ray generation to controlled thermonuclear fusion and astrophysics. Presently Z pinches are the most intense laboratory X ray sources (1.8 MJ in 5 ns from a volume 2 mm in diameter and 2 cm tall). Powers in excess of 200 TW have been obtained. This warrants summarizing the present knowledge of physics that governs the behavior of radiating current-carrying plasma in fast Z pinches. This survey covers essentially all aspects of the physics of fast Z pinches: initiation, instabilities of the early stage, magnetic Rayleigh-Taylor instability in the implosion phase, formation of a transient quasi-equilibrium near the stagnation point, and rebound. Considerable attention is paid to the analysis of hydrodynamic instabilities governing the implosion symmetry. Possible ways of mitigating these instabilities are discussed. Non-magnetohydrodynamic effects (anomalous resistivity, generation of particle beams, etc.) are summarized. Various applications of fast Z pinches are briefly described. Scaling laws governing development of more powerful Z pinches are presented. The survey contains 36 figures and more than 300 references.

  2. The physics of fast Z pinches

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    Ryutov, D.D. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States); Derzon, M.S.; Matzen, M.K. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1998-07-01

    The spectacular progress made during the last few years in reaching high energy densities in fast implosions of annular current sheaths (fast Z pinches) opens new possibilities for a broad spectrum of experiments, from x-ray generation to controlled thermonuclear fusion and astrophysics. Presently Z pinches are the most intense laboratory X ray sources (1.8 MJ in 5 ns from a volume 2 mm in diameter and 2 cm tall). Powers in excess of 200 TW have been obtained. This warrants summarizes the present knowledge of physics that governs the behavior of radiating current-carrying plasma in fast Z-pinches. This survey covers essentially all aspects of the physics of fast Z pinches: initiation, instabilities of the early stage, magnetic Rayleigh-Taylor instability in the implosion phase, formation of a transient quasi-equilibrium near the stagnation point, and rebound. Considerable attention is paid to the analysis of hydrodynamic instabilities governing the implosion symmetry. Possible ways of mitigating these instabilities are discussed. Non-magnetohydrodynamic effects (anomalous resistivity, generation of particle beams, etc.) are summarized. Various applications of fast Z pinches are briefly described. Scaling laws governing development of more powerful Z pinches are presented. The survey contains 52 figures and nearly 300 references.

  3. The physics of fast Z pinches

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    The spectacular progress made during the last few years in reaching high energy densities in fast implosions of annular current sheaths (fast Z pinches) opens new possibilities for a broad spectrum of experiments, from x-ray generation to controlled thermonuclear fusion and astrophysics. Presently Z pinches are the most intense laboratory X ray sources (1.8 MJ in 5 ns from a volume 2 mm in diameter and 2 cm tall). Powers in excess of 200 TW have been obtained. This warrants summarizes the present knowledge of physics that governs the behavior of radiating current-carrying plasma in fast Z-pinches. This survey covers essentially all aspects of the physics of fast Z pinches: initiation, instabilities of the early stage, magnetic Rayleigh-Taylor instability in the implosion phase, formation of a transient quasi-equilibrium near the stagnation point, and rebound. Considerable attention is paid to the analysis of hydrodynamic instabilities governing the implosion symmetry. Possible ways of mitigating these instabilities are discussed. Non-magnetohydrodynamic effects (anomalous resistivity, generation of particle beams, etc.) are summarized. Various applications of fast Z pinches are briefly described. Scaling laws governing development of more powerful Z pinches are presented. The survey contains 52 figures and nearly 300 references

  4. Experimental investigation of the pre-implosion stages of an annular puff-gas Z-pinch

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    The stages of an argon annular puff-gas z-pinch prior to implosion were experimentally investigated. A fast responding conical pressure probe was developed as an accurate supersonic gas flow diagnostic for evaluating the transient gas jet formed by the puff valve and nozzle. Neutral gas density profiles for two different nozzles show radial expansion of the annular gas jets. Radial and axial profiles at two different azimuthal positions of the azimuthal magnetic field at 20 ns into the main current pulse show that the current flows in the outer 1 cm of the shell, and is returned by posts supporting the wire mesh anode at initially low axial positions, which increase with time. Image converter and streak photographs show luminosity peaked azimuthally at the post positions, radially outside the positions of the neutral gas peaks, and axially near the cathode. The photography shows that the plasma is initially tapered but that it is swept into more of a right cylinder as the implosion begins, although strong axial and azimuthal dependencies are retained. Streak interferometry yields electron line density and average volume densities in particular regions of the plasma as functions of time. These results show that the early plasma is fully ionized only at high radial positions, and that it is strongly dependent on both axial and azimuthal position

  5. Interfacial patterns in magnetorheological fluids: Azimuthal field-induced structures

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    Dias, Eduardo O.; Lira, Sérgio A.; Miranda, José A.

    2015-08-01

    Despite their practical and academic relevance, studies of interfacial pattern formation in confined magnetorheological (MR) fluids have been largely overlooked in the literature. In this work, we present a contribution to this soft matter research topic and investigate the emergence of interfacial instabilities when an inviscid, initially circular bubble of a Newtonian fluid is surrounded by a MR fluid in a Hele-Shaw cell apparatus. An externally applied, in-plane azimuthal magnetic field produced by a current-carrying wire induces interfacial disturbances at the two-fluid interface, and pattern-forming structures arise. Linear stability analysis, weakly nonlinear theory, and a vortex sheet approach are used to access early linear and intermediate nonlinear time regimes, as well as to determine stationary interfacial shapes at fully nonlinear stages.

  6. Break up of the azimuthal symmetry of higher order fiber modes

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    Israelsen, Stine Møller; Rishøj, Lars Søgaard; Rottwitt, Karsten

    2014-01-01

    We investigate Bessel-like modes guided in a double cladding fiber where the outer cladding is an aircladding. For very high order LP0 X-modes, the azimuthal symmetry is broken and the mode is no longer linearly polarized. This is observed experimentally and confirmed numerically. The effect is...

  7. Azimuthal anisotropy of jet quenching at LHC

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    I P Lokhtin; S V Petrushanko; L I Sarycheva; A M Snigirev

    2003-05-01

    We analyze the azimuthal anisotropy of jet spectra due to energy loss of hard partons in quark–gluon plasma, created initially in nuclear overlap zone in collisions with non-zero impact parameter. The calculations are performed for semi-central Pb–Pb collisions at LHC energy.

  8. Azimuthally forced flames in an annular combustor

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    Worth, Nicholas; Dawson, James; Mastorakos, Epaminondas

    2015-11-01

    Thermoacoustic instabilities are more likely to occur in lean burn combustion systems, making their adoption both difficult and costly. At present, our knowledge of such phenomena is insufficient to produce an inherently stable combustor by design, and therefore an improved understanding of these instabilities has become the focus of a significant research effort. Recent experimental and numerical studies have demonstrated that the symmetry of annular chambers permit a range of self-excited azimuthal modes to be generated in annular geometry, which can make the study of isolated modes difficult. While acoustic forcing is common in single flame experiments, no equivalent for forced azimuthal modes in an annular chamber have been demonstrated. The present investigation focuses on the novel application of acoustic forcing to a laboratory scale annular combustor, in order to generate azimuthal standing wave modes at a prescribed frequency and amplitude. The results focus on the ability of the method to isolate the mode of oscillation using experimental pressure and high speed OH* measurements. The successful excitation of azimuthal modes demonstrated represents an important step towards improving our fundamental understanding of this phenomena in practically relevant geometry.

  9. Back azimuth relocation of monitoring arrays

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    Eisner, L.; Boušková, Alena; Le Calvez, J. H.

    Houten : EAGE, 2008, s. 21-25. ISBN 978-90-73781-53-5. [EAGE conference & exhibition incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2008 /70./. Rome (IT), 09.06.2008-12.06.2008] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30120515 Keywords : microseismic monitoring * back-azimuth * hydraulic fracturing Subject RIV: DC - Siesmology, Volcanology, Earth Structure

  10. Linear MHD equilibria

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    The linear Grad-Shafranov equation for a toroidal, axisymmetric plasma is solved analytically. Exact solutions are given in terms of confluent hyper-geometric functions. As an alternative, simple and accurate WKBJ solutions are presented. With parabolic pressure profiles, both hollow and peaked toroidal current density profiles are obtained. As an example the equilibrium of a z-pinch with a square-shaped cross section is derived.(author)

  11. High yield fusion in a Staged Z-pinch

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    Rahman, H U; Rostoker, N; Ney, P

    2008-01-01

    We simulate fusion in a Z-pinch; where the load is a xenon-plasma liner imploding onto a deuterium-tritium plasma target and the driver is a 2 MJ, 17 MA, 95 ns risetime pulser. The implosion system is modeled using the dynamic, 2-1/2 D, radiation-MHD code, MACH2. During implosion a shock forms in the Xe liner, transporting current and energy radially inward. After collision with the DT, a secondary shock forms pre-heating the DT to several hundred eV. Adiabatic compression leads subsequently to a fusion burn, as the target is surrounded by a flux-compressed, intense, azimuthal-magnetic field. The intense-magnetic field confines fusion $\\alpha$-particles, providing an additional source of ion heating that leads to target ignition. The target remains stable up to the time of ignition. Predictions are for a neutron yield of $3.0\\times 10^{19}$ and a thermonuclear energy of 84 MJ, that is, 42 times greater than the initial, capacitor-stored energy.

  12. Anomalous particle pinch in Tokamaks

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    The diffusion coefficient in phase space usually varies with the particle energy. A consequence is the dependence of the fluid particle flux on the temperature gradient. If the diffusion coefficient in phase space decreases with the energy in the bulk of the thermal distribution function, the particle thermodiffusion coefficient which links the particle flux to the temperature gradient is negative. This is a possible explanation for the inward particle pinch that is observed in tokamaks. A quasilinear theory shows that such a thermodiffusion is generic for a tokamak electrostatic turbulence at low frequency. This effect adds to the particle flux associated with the radial gradient of magnetic field. This behavior is illustrated with a perturbed electric potential, for which the trajectories of charged particle guiding centers are calculated. The diffusion coefficient of particles is computed and compared to the quasilinear theory, which predicts a divergence at low velocity. It is shown that at low velocity, the actual diffusion coefficient increases, but remains lower than the quasilinear value. Nevertheless, this differential diffusion between cold and fast particles leads to an inward flux of particles. (author)

  13. Hydrogen plasma dynamics in the spherical theta pinch plasma target for heavy ion stripping

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    Due to the superior ability of dense and highly ionised plasmas to ionise penetrating heavy ion beams to degrees beyond those reachable by common gas strippers, many experiments have been performed to find suitable plasma generators for this application. In the field of gas discharges, mainly z-pinch devices have been investigated so far, which are known to be limited by the nonlinear focusing effects of the plasma columns sustaining current and by electrode erosion. The spherical theta pinch has therefore been proposed as a substitution for the z-pinch, promising progress by inductive rather than capacitive coupling and displacement of the outer magnetic field by the dense, diamagnetic discharge plasma. As yet mainly experiments with argon/hydrogen mixture gas have been performed, which is not suitable for the application as a plasma stripper, this paper describes the first detailed analysis of the plasma parameters and dynamics of a hydrogen plasma created by the spherical theta pinch. These include the time integrated and time resolved electron density, the dynamics of the plasma in the discharge vessel, the comparison with the argon dominated plasma, and an outlook to reachable characteristics with similar devices

  14. Hydrogen plasma dynamics in the spherical theta pinch plasma target for heavy ion stripping

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    Loisch, G.; Xu, G.; Blazevic, A.; Cihodariu-Ionita, B.; Jacoby, J.

    2015-05-01

    Due to the superior ability of dense and highly ionised plasmas to ionise penetrating heavy ion beams to degrees beyond those reachable by common gas strippers, many experiments have been performed to find suitable plasma generators for this application. In the field of gas discharges, mainly z-pinch devices have been investigated so far, which are known to be limited by the nonlinear focusing effects of the plasma columns sustaining current and by electrode erosion. The spherical theta pinch has therefore been proposed as a substitution for the z-pinch, promising progress by inductive rather than capacitive coupling and displacement of the outer magnetic field by the dense, diamagnetic discharge plasma. As yet mainly experiments with argon/hydrogen mixture gas have been performed, which is not suitable for the application as a plasma stripper, this paper describes the first detailed analysis of the plasma parameters and dynamics of a hydrogen plasma created by the spherical theta pinch. These include the time integrated and time resolved electron density, the dynamics of the plasma in the discharge vessel, the comparison with the argon dominated plasma, and an outlook to reachable characteristics with similar devices.

  15. Investigation of azimuthal staging concepts in annular gas turbines

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    Noiray, Nicolas; Bothien, Mirko; Schuermans, Bruno

    2011-10-01

    In this work, the influence of azimuthal staging concepts on the thermoacoustic behavior of annular combustion chambers is assessed theoretically and numerically. Staging is a well-known and effective method to abate thermoacoustic pulsations in combustion chambers. However, in the case of, for example, fuel staging the associated inhomogeneity of equivalence ratio may result in increased levels of NOx emissions. In order to minimize this unwanted effect a staging concept is required in which the transfer functions of the burners are changed while affecting the equivalence ratio as little as possible. In order to achieve this goal, a theoretical framework for predicting the influence of staging concepts on pulsations has been developed. Both linear and nonlinear analytical approaches are presented and it is shown that the dynamics of azimuthal modes can be described by coupled Van der Pol oscillators. A criterion based on the thermoacoustic coupling strength and on the asymmetry degree provides the modal behavior in the annular combustor, i.e. standing or traveling waves. The model predictions have been verified by numerical simulations of a heavy-duty gas turbine using an in-house thermoacoustic network-modeling tool. The interaction between the heat release of the flame and the acoustic field was modeled using measured transfer functions and source terms. These numerical simulations confirmed the original theoretical considerations.

  16. A polarization converter array using a twisted-azimuthal liquid crystal in cylindrical polymer cavities.

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    Wang, Xiahui; Xu, Miao; Ren, Hongwen; Wang, Qionghua

    2013-07-01

    We report a simple method to prepare an array of polarization converters using a twisted-azimuthal nematic liquid crystal (NLC) in cylindrical polymer cavities. When a NLC is filled in a cylindrical polymer cavity, LC in the cavity presents concentrically circular orientations. By treating LC on one side of the cavity with homogeneous alignment, a twisted-azimuthal texture is formed. Such a LC texture can convert a linear polarization light to either radial or azimuthal polarization light depending on the polarization direction of the incident light. The LC surface on the other side of the cavity is convex, so the light after passing through the cavity can be focused as well. The LC texture can be fixed firmly using polymer network. In comparison with previous polarization converters, our polarization converter has the merits of individually miniature size, array of pattern, and lens character. Our polarization converter array has potential applications in tight focusing, imaging, and material processing. PMID:23842407

  17. Radiative signatures of Z-pinch plasmas at UNR: from X-pinches to wire arrays

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    University-scale Z-pinch generators are able to produce High Energy Density (HED) plasmas in a broad range of plasma parameters under well-controlled and monitored experimental conditions suitable for radiation studies. The implosion of X-pinch and wire array loads at a 1 MA generator yields short (1-20 nsec) x-ray bursts from one or several bright plasma spots near the wire cross point (for X-pinches) or along and near Z-pinch axis (for wire arrays). Such X- and Z-pinch HED plasma with scales from a few µm to several mm in size emits radiation in a broad range of energies from 10 eV to 0.5 MeV and is subject of our studies during the last ten years. In particular, the substantial number of experiments with very different wire loads was performed on the 1 MA Zebra generator and analyzed: X-pinch, cylindrical, nested, and various types of the novel load, Planar Wire Arrays (PWA). Also, the experiments at an enhanced current of 1.5-1.7 MA on Zebra using Load Current Multiplier (LCM) were performed. This paper highlights radiative signatures of X-pinches and Single and Double PWAs which are illustrated using the new results with combined wire loads from two different materials. (author)

  18. Axial x-ray backlighting of wire-array Z-pinches using X pinches

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    For the first time, a geometry has been developed to allow for an axial imaging system for wire-array Z-pinch experiments that produce high-resolution x-ray images. The new geometry required a significant redesign of the electrode hardware. Calibrated areal density measurements of the Z-pinch plasma including wire cores, coronal plasma, streaming plasma, and the precursor were obtained. The system used eight-wire molybdenum (Mo) X pinches in series with and directly below the Z-pinch axis to provide micron-scale x-rays sources for point-projection radiography. The images formed on the x-ray sensitive film had a 15 mm diameter field of view at the center height of the array and a magnification of about 7.5:1. Titanium (Ti) filters in front of the film transmitted radiation in the spectral range of 3-5 keV. For calibration, a separate film with the same thickness Ti filter was placed the same distance from the X pinch. This film had an unobstructed path that bypasses the Z-pinch but included step wedges for calibration of the Z-pinch plasma. The step wedges had thicknesses of tungsten (W) ranging from 0.015 to 1.1 μm to obtain areal density measurements of the W plasma from the wire-array. Images had subnanosecond temporal resolution and about 10 μm spatial resolution.

  19. Axial x-ray backlighting of wire-array Z-pinches using X pinches

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    Blesener, I. C.; Greenly, J. B.; Pikuz, S. A.; Shelkovenko, T. A.; Vishniakou, S.; Hammer, D. A.; Kusse, B. R.

    2009-12-01

    For the first time, a geometry has been developed to allow for an axial imaging system for wire-array Z-pinch experiments that produce high-resolution x-ray images. The new geometry required a significant redesign of the electrode hardware. Calibrated areal density measurements of the Z-pinch plasma including wire cores, coronal plasma, streaming plasma, and the precursor were obtained. The system used eight-wire molybdenum (Mo) X pinches in series with and directly below the Z-pinch axis to provide micron-scale x-rays sources for point-projection radiography. The images formed on the x-ray sensitive film had a 15 mm diameter field of view at the center height of the array and a magnification of about 7.5:1. Titanium (Ti) filters in front of the film transmitted radiation in the spectral range of 3-5 keV. For calibration, a separate film with the same thickness Ti filter was placed the same distance from the X pinch. This film had an unobstructed path that bypasses the Z-pinch but included step wedges for calibration of the Z-pinch plasma. The step wedges had thicknesses of tungsten (W) ranging from 0.015 to 1.1 μm to obtain areal density measurements of the W plasma from the wire-array. Images had subnanosecond temporal resolution and about 10 μm spatial resolution.

  20. Azimuthal Doppler Effect in Optical Vortex Spectroscopy

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    Aramaki, Mitsutoshi; Yoshimura, Shinji; Toda, Yasunori; Morisaki, Tomohiro; Terasaka, Kenichiro; Tanaka, Masayoshi

    2015-11-01

    Optical vortices (OV) are a set of solutions of the paraxial Helmholtz equation in the cylindrical coordinates, and its wave front has a spiral shape. Since the Doppler shift is caused by the phase change by the movement in a wave field, the observer in the OV, which has the three-dimensional structured wave front, feels a three-dimensional Doppler effect. Since the multi-dimensional Doppler components are mixed into a single Doppler spectrum, development of a decomposition method is required. We performed a modified saturated absorption spectroscopy to separate the components. The OV and plane wave are used as a probe beam and pump beam, respectively. Although the plane-wave pump laser cancels the z-direction Doppler shift, the azimuthal Doppler shift remains in the saturated dip. The spatial variation of the dip width gives the information of the azimuthal Doppler shift. The some results of optical vortex spectroscopy will be presented.

  1. Plasma focus - dense Z pinch and their applications

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    ''Workshop on the possibility of Z-pinch as a intense pulse light source'' in 1983 and ''Research meeting on plasma focus and Z-pinch'' in 1984 were held at Institute of Plasma Physics, Nagoya University under a collaborating research program. Research activities reported at the meetings on plasma focus, dense Z-pinch, and related phenomena are summerized. (author)

  2. Pinch and exergy based thermosolar integration in a dairy process

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    Solar thermal is a promising renewable energy supplying technology that is being introduced slowly in industrial activities. Integration of solar thermal energy in a complex process, in combination with other energy provision devices, must be evaluated carefully, in order to obtain its maximum capacity and performance. This study tackles the integration of the thermosolar technology in a dairy process, sited in a climatic zone where diffuse irradiation is the meaningful one, based on two well developed thermodynamic tools: pinch and exergy analysis. Both tools have been utilized in the context of a low and middle temperature for the production of hot water for the steps of the dairy process. A combined implementation of both methodologies, helped by economical estimation, provides a powerful tool that allows finding the best integration of thermosolar and, by this, taking substantial design decisions. - Highlights: ► Integration of solar thermal energy in an industrial process was assessed. ► Pinch and exergy analysis were used to determine the optimal energy supply configuration. ► Solar thermal energy reduces the fossil energy demand with a moderate investment.

  3. Numerical Study of Pinching Liquid Filament Using VOF Method

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    2003-01-01

    Study on pinching liquid filament in literature was reviewed. The breakup of liquid filaments under surface tension is governed by incompressible, two-dimensional (2-D), Navier-Stokes Equations. Surface tension was expressed via a CSF (continuous surface force) model that ensures robustness and accuracy. A new surface reconstruction scheme, alternative phase integration (API) scheme was proposed to solve the kinematic equation,and was compared with other three referential schemes. A general-purpose computer program has been developed for simulating transient, 2-D, incompressible fluid flows with free surface of complex topology. The transient behavior of breaking Newtonian liquid filaments under surface tension was simulated successfully using the developed program.The initial wave growth predicted using API-VOF (volume of fluid) scheme was in good agreement with Rayleigh''s linear theory and one-dimensional (l-D) long-wave theory. Both long wave theory and two-dimensional (2-D) API-VOF model on fine meshes show that as time goes on, these waves pinch off large droplets separated by smaller satellite ones that decrease in size with decreasing wavelength. Self-similar structure during the breakup was found using 1-D and 2-D models, and three breakups were predicted for a typical case. The criterion of filament breaking predicted by the 2-D model is that the wavelength is longer than the circumference of a filament. The predicted sizes of main and satellite droplets were compared with published experimental measurements.

  4. A high-repetition rate edge localised mode replication system for the Magnum-PSI and Pilot-PSI linear devices

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    Morgan, T W; de Kruif, T. M.; Van Der Meiden, H. J.; van den Berg, M.A.; Scholten, J.; Melissen, W.; Krijger, B. J. M.; Bardin, S; De Temmerman, G.

    2014-01-01

    A high-power edge-localized mode (ELM) striking onto divertor components presents one of the strongest lifetime and performance challenges for plasma facing components in future fusion reactors. A high-repetition-rate ELM replication system has been constructed and was commissioned at the Magnum-PSI linear device to investigate the synergy between steady state plasma exposure and the large increase in heat and particle flux to the plasma facing surface during repeated ELM transients in condit...

  5. Fusion in a staged Z-pinch

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    Wessel, F. J.; Rahman, H. U.; Ney, P.; Valenzuela, J.; Beg, F.; McKee, E.; Darling, T.

    2016-03-01

    This paper is dedicated to Norman Rostoker, our (FJW and HUR) mentor and long-term collaborator, who will always be remembered for the incredible inspiration that he has provided us. Norman's illustrious career dealt with a broad range of fundamental-physics problems and we were fortunate to have worked with him on many important topics: intense-charged-particle beams, field-reversed configurations, and Z-pinches. Rostoker 's group at the University of CA, Irvine was well known for having implemented many refinements to the Z-pinch, that make it more stable, scalable, and efficient, including the development of: the gas-puff Z-pinch [1], which provides for the use of an expanded range of pinch-load materials; the gas-mixture Z-pinch [2], which enhances the pinch stability and increases its radiation efficiency; e-beam pre-ionization [3], which enhances the uniformity of the initial-breakdown process in a gas pinch; magnetic-flux-compression [4, 5], which allows for the amplification of an axial-magnetic field Bz; the Z-θ pinch [6], which predicts fusion in a pinch-on-fiber configuration; the Staged Z-pinch (SZP) [7], which allows for the amplification of the pinch self-magnetic field, Bθ , in addition to a Bz, and leads to a stable implosion and high-gain fusion [8, 9, 10]. This paper describes the physical basis for a magneto-inertial compression in a liner-on-target SZP [11]. Initially a high-atomic-number liner implodes under the action of the J →×B → , Lorentz Force. As the implosion becomes super Alfvénic, magnetosonic waves form, transporting current and magnetic field through the liner toward the interface of the low-atomic-number target. The target implosion remains subsonic with its surface bounded by a stable-shock front. Shock waves that pass into the target provide a source of target plasma pre-heat. At peak compression the assembly is compressed by liner inertia, with flux compression producing an intense-magnetic field near the target

  6. If it’s pinched it’s a memristor

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    Chua, Leon

    2014-10-01

    This paper presents an in-depth review of the memristor from a rigorous circuit-theoretic perspective, independent of the material the device is made of. From an experimental perspective, a memristor is best defined as any two-terminal device that exhibits a pinched hysteresis loop in the voltage-current plane when driven by any periodic voltage or current signal that elicits a periodic response of the same frequency. This definition greatly broadens the scope of memristive devices to encompass even non-semiconductor devices, both organic and inorganic, from many unrelated disciplines, including biology, botany, brain science, etc. For pedagogical reasons, the broad terrain of memristors is partitioned into three classes of increasing generality, dubbed Ideal Memristors, Generic Memristors, and Extended Memristors. Each class is distinguished from the others via unique fingerprints and signatures. This paper clarifies many confusing issues, such as non-volatility, dc V-I curves, high-frequency v-i curves, local activity, as well as nonlinear dynamical and bifurcation phenomena that are the hallmarks of memristive devices. Above all, this paper addresses several fundamental issues and questions that many memristor researchers do not comprehend but are afraid to ask.

  7. If it’s pinched it’s a memristor

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    This paper presents an in-depth review of the memristor from a rigorous circuit-theoretic perspective, independent of the material the device is made of. From an experimental perspective, a memristor is best defined as any two-terminal device that exhibits a pinched hysteresis loop in the voltage–current plane when driven by any periodic voltage or current signal that elicits a periodic response of the same frequency. This definition greatly broadens the scope of memristive devices to encompass even non-semiconductor devices, both organic and inorganic, from many unrelated disciplines, including biology, botany, brain science, etc. For pedagogical reasons, the broad terrain of memristors is partitioned into three classes of increasing generality, dubbed Ideal Memristors, Generic Memristors, and Extended Memristors. Each class is distinguished from the others via unique fingerprints and signatures. This paper clarifies many confusing issues, such as non-volatility, dc V–I curves, high-frequency v–i curves, local activity, as well as nonlinear dynamical and bifurcation phenomena that are the hallmarks of memristive devices. Above all, this paper addresses several fundamental issues and questions that many memristor researchers do not comprehend but are afraid to ask. (tutorial)

  8. Pinch-off of rods by bulk diffusion

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    Aagesen, L.K.; Johnson, A.E.; Fife, J.L.;

    2011-01-01

    pinching. The theory is compared to experiments that employ in situ four-dimensional X-ray tomographic microscopy for rods of liquid or solid pinching by solute diffusion in the high-diffusivity liquid phase. The excellent agreement between experiment and theory confirms that the interfacial morphology......The morphology of a rod embedded in a matrix undergoing pinching by interfacial-energy-driven bulk diffusion is determined near the point of pinching. We find a self-similar solution that gives a unique temporal power law and interfacial shape prior to pinching and self-similar solutions after...

  9. A new calibration model for pointing a radio telescope that considers nonlinear errors in the azimuth axis

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    A new calibration model of a radio telescope that includes pointing error is presented, which considers nonlinear errors in the azimuth axis. For a large radio telescope, in particular for a telescope with a turntable, it is difficult to correct pointing errors using a traditional linear calibration model, because errors produced by the wheel-on-rail or center bearing structures are generally nonlinear. Fourier expansion is made for the oblique error and parameters describing the inclination direction along the azimuth axis based on the linear calibration model, and a new calibration model for pointing is derived. The new pointing model is applied to the 40m radio telescope administered by Yunnan Observatories, which is a telescope that uses a turntable. The results show that this model can significantly reduce the residual systematic errors due to nonlinearity in the azimuth axis compared with the linear model

  10. Radiation emission characteristics in the x-ray/EUV from spherically pinched and vacuum spark sources

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    Extensive research and development have been pursued worldwide on various schemes of plasma radiation sources, such as the laser-plasma X-ray source, the dense plasma focus, and the spherical pinch. At Advanced Laser and Fusion Technology (ALFT), a prototype spherical pinch X-ray source, SPX II, and a commercial machine, SPX III, have been developed as broadband radiation sources. More recently, an alternative and complementary X-ray device, the vacuum spark VSX I, has been developed The spherical pinch is a novel concept based on the principle of strong spherically convergent shock waves compressing a performed plasma in the center of a spherical vessel. The vacuum spark is essentially a capacitor discharge through two properly shaped electrodes in a high vacuum environment (pressure around 1 x 10-5 Torr). During the discharge minute spots of high temperature plasmas are formed in the vicinity of the anode and strong line radiation, characteristic of the electrode material, can be generated in the soft X-ray region. The work on the spherical pinch sources, SPX II and SPX III, are described in terms of their specifications and radiation output, and on the vacuum spark source, VSX I, is presented in terms of its setup and experimental results

  11. Simulation of high-energy particle production through sausage and kink instabilities in pinched plasma discharges

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    In an experimental plasma, high-energy particles were observed by using a plasma focus device, to obtain energies of a few hundred keV for electrons, up to MeV for ions. In order to study the mechanism of high-energy particle production in pinched plasma discharges, a numerical simulation was introduced. By use of a three-dimensional relativistic and fully electromagnetic particle-in-cell code, the dynamics of a Z-pinch plasma, thought to be unstable against sausage and kink instabilities, are investigated. In this work, the development of sausage and kink instabilities and subsequent high-energy particle production are shown. In the model used here, cylindrically distributed electrons and ions are driven by an external electric field. The driven particles spontaneously produce a current, which begins to pinch by the Lorentz force. Initially the pinched current is unstable against a sausage instability, and then becomes unstable against a kink instability. As a result high-energy particles are observed

  12. Ion probe beam experiments and kinetic modeling in a dense plasma focus Z-pinch

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    Schmidt, A.; Ellsworth, J.; Falabella, S.; Link, A.; McLean, H.; Rusnak, B.; Sears, J.; Tang, V.; Welch, D.

    2014-12-01

    The Z-pinch phase of a dense plasma focus (DPF) emits multiple-MeV ions in a ˜cm length. The mechanisms through which these physically simple devices generate such high energy beams in a relatively short distance are not fully understood. We are exploring the origins of these large gradients using measurements of an ion probe beam injected into a DPF during the pinch phase and the first kinetic simulations of a DPF Z-pinch. To probe the accelerating fields in our table top experiment, we inject a 4 MeV deuteron beam along the z-axis and then sample the beam energy distribution after it passes through the pinch region. Using this technique, we have directly measured for the first time the acceleration of an injected ion beam. Our particle-in-cell simulations have been benchmarked on both a kJ-scale DPF and a MJ-scale DPF. They have reproduced experimentally measured neutron yields as well as ion beams and EM oscillations which fluid simulations do not exhibit. Direct comparisons between the experiment and simulations enhance our understanding of these plasmas and provide predictive design capability for accelerator and neutron source applications.

  13. Ion probe beam experiments and kinetic modeling in a dense plasma focus Z-pinch

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    The Z-pinch phase of a dense plasma focus (DPF) emits multiple-MeV ions in a ∼cm length. The mechanisms through which these physically simple devices generate such high energy beams in a relatively short distance are not fully understood. We are exploring the origins of these large gradients using measurements of an ion probe beam injected into a DPF during the pinch phase and the first kinetic simulations of a DPF Z-pinch. To probe the accelerating fields in our table top experiment, we inject a 4 MeV deuteron beam along the z-axis and then sample the beam energy distribution after it passes through the pinch region. Using this technique, we have directly measured for the first time the acceleration of an injected ion beam. Our particle-in-cell simulations have been benchmarked on both a kJ-scale DPF and a MJ-scale DPF. They have reproduced experimentally measured neutron yields as well as ion beams and EM oscillations which fluid simulations do not exhibit. Direct comparisons between the experiment and simulations enhance our understanding of these plasmas and provide predictive design capability for accelerator and neutron source applications

  14. Hybrid simulations of Z-pinches

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    Sotnikov, V. I.; Bauer, B. S.; LeBoeuf, J. N.; Hellinger, Petr; Trávníček, Pavel; Fiala, Vladimír

    2004-01-01

    Roč. 164, č. 1-3 (2004), s. 150-155. ISSN 0010-4655 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAB3042106 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z3042911 Keywords : Z-pinch * Instability * Hall term * Kinetic ions Subject RIV: DG - Athmosphere Sciences, Meteorology Impact factor: 1.515, year: 2004

  15. Bootstrap states of the Z-pinch

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    Steady bootstrap states of a Z-pinch are investigated both in absence and in presence of an imposed axial magnetic field, in terms of MHD theory with classical resistivity. The results indicate that bootstrap operation should become possible for certain classes of plasma profiles and that such operation can lead to higher bootstrap currents in a Z-pinch without axial magnetic field than in a tokamak-like case under similar plasma conditions. The ratio between the latter and the former currents is of the order of the square root of the beta value in the tokamak-like case. A simple numerical example is given on boot-strap operation in the Z-pinch. Neoclassical or anomalous diffusion will increase the diffusion velocity of the plasma but are not expected to affect the main physical features of the present results. This applies also to the kinetic effects in the weak-field region near the axis of the Z-pinch, because these effects can largely be described by MHD-like equations for a steady equilibrium. Bootstrap operation and the technical difficulty in realizing a volume distribution of particle sinks introduce certain constraints on the plasma and current profiles. This has to be taken into account in a stability analysis. The latter cannot only be performed in terms of MHD-like theory but has to be based on kinetic theory including large Larmor radius (LLR) effects. (author)

  16. Dynamics of hybrid X-pinches

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    Shelkovenko, T. A.; Tilikin, I. N.; Ivanenkov, G. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Lebedev Physical Institute (Russian Federation); Stepniewski, W. [Institute of Plasma Physics and Laser Microfusion (Poland); Mingaleev, A. R.; Romanova, V. M.; Agafonov, A. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Lebedev Physical Institute (Russian Federation); Cahill, A. D.; Hoyt, C. L.; Gourdain, P. A.; Hammer, D. A. [Cornell University (United States); Pikuz, S. A., E-mail: pikuz@mail.ru [Russian Academy of Sciences, Lebedev Physical Institute (Russian Federation)

    2015-01-15

    The dynamics of a new type of pinches—hybrid X-pinches (HXPs)—has been studied experimentally and numerically. The initial configuration of an HXP consists of a high-current diode with conical tungsten electrodes separated by a 1- to 3-mm-long gap and shunted with a 20- to 100-μm diameter wire. It was shown earlier that a hot spot (HS) with high plasma parameters also formed in the HXP, although its initial configuration is simpler than that of a standard X-pinch. Although details of the HXP dynamics still remain insufficiently studied, the main factors governing the HXP formation were investigated both experimentally and using magnetohydrodynamic simulations. The formation of a specific pressure profile in the electrode plasma after the wire explosion was investigated both experimentally and theoretically. It is shown that the effect of the pressure profile on the expanding wire plasma is similar for both standard X-pinches and HXPs, which allows one to assign them to the same class of loads of pulsed facilities. It is also established that the final stages of HS formation and the parameters of the HS plasma in standard X-pinches and HXPs are practically identical.

  17. Pinched Flow Fractionation – Teknologi and Applikation

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    Vig, Asger Laurberg

    biologiske og kemiske systemer, er en mikrofluid størrelsessorteringsteknik ved navn pinched flow fractionation (PFF) valgt som modelsystem. En høj-volumen fabrikations teknik, baseret på rulleaftryk til polymer-baseret LOC komponenter, er udviklet og demonstreret ved fabrikation af funktionsdygtige PFF...

  18. Pinch Strengths in Healthy Iranian Children and Young Adult Population

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: Data on the physical strength capabilities are essential for design-ing safe and usable products and are useful in a wide range of clinical settings especially during treatment of disease affecting the function of the hand. The purpose of this study was to determine peak lateral pinch strength, key pinch strength, tip-to-tip pinch strength and three-jaw pinch strength exertions in a healthy Iranian children and young adult population.Methods: The study was conducted among 511 participants (242 males and 269 females aged 7-30 years. Measurements were carried out with both dominant and non-dominant hands in standard sitting posture using a B&L pinch gauge. Two repetitions of each strength measurement were recorded for each condition and the average value of the two trials was used in the subsequent analysis.Results: The results showed significant differences in the pinch strength data in terms of the age, gender and hand dominance. The lateral pinch strength, key pinch strength, tip-to-tip pinch strength and three-jaw pinch strength exertions by females were 68.4%, 68.8%, 78.8% and 81.8% of those exerted by males, respectively. Strength exertions with the non-dominant hand were 6.4%, 5.2%, 6.6% and 5.1% lower than strength exertions of the dominant hand for the lat-eral pinch strength, key pinch strength, tip-to-tip pinch strength and three-jaw pinch strength exertions, respectively.Conclusion: These findings can be used to fill the gaps in strength data for Iranian population.

  19. Dynamic behavior of a gas-puff z-pinch plasma and x-ray radiation

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    A gas-puff z-pinch plasma was produced in the SHOTGUN device, in which a hollow initial gas is injected through an annular nozzle on the anode. The contracting plasma showed nonuniformity along the column axis. As the rippling develops, the plasma column is separate into sections, which shrinks by turns from the gas nozzle. The spot images in the x-ray photograph corresponds to the nodes of the rippling. (author)

  20. Apparent resistivity of azimuthal anisotropy layered media

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    阮爱国; 毛桐恩; 李清河; 葛双成

    2002-01-01

    The electric field, equations of boundary conditions and calculation formula of apparent resistivity are derived for azimuthal anisotropy layered media with DC method based on anisotropic Ohm(s law. Taking Schlumberger symmetric system as an example and using recurrence formula of nuclear function, the paper theoretically simulates a model of four layers with the same anisotropy coefficient for each layer. The deep sounding curves of resistivity and the pattern of contours are obtained for the model. The results shows the theoretical formula of this paper is correct, the deep sounding curves not only exhibit the difference of resistivity among layers but also indicate the anisotropy characteristics of layers.

  1. Azimuth orientation of the dragonfly (Sympetrum)

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    Hisada, M.

    1972-01-01

    Evidence is presented of directional orientation by an alighting dragonfly relative to the azimuth of the sun. The effects of wind direction on this orientation are analyzed. It was concluded that wind does not play a major role in orientation but may have some secondary function in helping greater numbers of dragonflies face windward more often than leeward. A search was made to find the principle sensory receptor for orientation. Two possibilities, the large compound eye and the frontal ocelli, were noted; however, no conclusive evidence could be found.

  2. Time-dependent electron temperature diagnostics for high-power, aluminum z-pinch plasmas

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    Time-resolved x-ray pinhole photographs and time-integrated radially-resolved x-ray crystal spectrometer measurements of azimuthally-symmetric aluminum-wire implosions suggest that the final pinch is composed of a hot dense plasma core surrounded by a cooler plasma halo. The slope of the free-bound x-ray continuum measured using filtered photoconducting diodes, provides a time-resolved, model-independent diagnostic of the core electron temperature. A simultaneous measurement of the time-resolved K-shell line spectra provides a diagnostic to indirectly measure the electron temperature of the plasma halo. Together, measurements from the two diagnostics lend support to a picture that also emerges from a 1-D Rad-Hydro model; namely, that of a plasma whose thermalization on axis produces steep radial gradients in temperature, where the temperatures are substantially in excess of a kilovolt in the core and below a kilovolt in the surrounding plasma halo

  3. Time-dependent electron temperature diagnostics for high-power aluminum z-pinch plasmas

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    Time-resolved x-ray pinhole photographs and time-integrated radially-resolved x-ray crystal-spectrometer measurements of azimuthally-symmetric aluminum-wire implosions suggest that the densest phase of the pinch is composed of a hot plasma core surrounded by a cooler plasma halo. The slope of the free-bound x-ray continuum, provides a time-resolved, model-independent diagnostic of the core electron temperature. A simultaneous measurement of the time-resolved K-shell line spectra provides the electron temperature of the spatially averaged plasma. Together, the two diagnostics support a 1-D Radiation-Hydrodynamic model prediction of a plasma whose thermalization on axis produces steep radial gradients in temperature, from temperatures in excess of a kilovolt in the core to below a kilovolt in the surrounding plasma halo

  4. Advanced-fuel reversed-field pinch reactor (RFPR)

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    The utilization of deuterium-based fuels offers the potential advantages of greater flexibility in blanket design, significantly reduced tritium inventory, potential reduction in radioactivity level, and utilization of an inexhaustible fuel supply. The conventional DT-fueled Reversed-Field Pinch Reactor (RFPR) designs are reviewed, and the recent extension of these devices to advanced-fuel (catalyzed-DD) operation is presented. Attractive and economically competitive DD/RFPR systems are identified having power densities and plasma parameters comparable to the DT systems. Converting an RFP reactor from DT to DD primarily requires increasing the magnetic field levels a factor of two, still requiring only modest magnet coil fields (less than or equal to 4 T). When compared to the mainline tokamak, the unique advantages of the RFP (e.g., high beta, low fields at the coils, high ohmic-heating power densities, unrestricted aspect ratio) are particularly apparent for the utilization of advanced fuels

  5. Improved confinement of screw pinch plasma in SPICA 2

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    SPICA II is a toroidal screw-pinch device, built to study the confinement and stability properties of plasmas having a highly elongated minor cross-section and a current density profile that is much broader than the pressure profile. This particular configuration is produced by applying a fast-rising toroidal fiels B-T to, and inducing simultaneously a toroidal plasma current I-P-L in, a partially ionized gas. After the shock formation, B-T and I-p-l- are (actively) crowbarred to study the evolution of the plasma. Scince the first report onm SPICA II results the main circuits and the preheating system have been modified in such a way that now each discharge can be routinely passively crowbarred, with a decay time of 0.35 ms, leading to reduced plasma-wall interaction prior to and during the main discharges. (author). 4 refs.; 4 figs

  6. The stability of the high-density z-pinch

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    Fiber-initiated High Density Z-Pinches at Los Alamos, NRL, and Karlsruhe have shown anomalously good stability. Kink modes are never seen, and sausage modes are at least delayed until late in the discharge. The success of these devices in reaching fusion conditions may depend on maintaining and understanding this anomalous stability. We have developed two numerical methods to study the stability in the regime where fluid theory is valid. While our methods are applicable to all modes, we will describe them only for the m=0 sausage mode. The appearance of sausage modes late in the discharge and the total absence of kink modes suggest that an understanding of sausage modes is more urgent, and it is also simpler

  7. The stability of the High-Density Z-Pinch

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    Fiber-initiated High Density Z-Pinches at Los Alamos, NRL, and Karlsruhe have shown anomalously good stability. Kink modes are never seen, and sausage modes are at least delayed until late in the discharge. The success of these devices in reaching fusion conditions may depend on maintaining and understanding this anomalous stability. We have developed two numerical methods to study the stability in the regime where fluid theory is valid. While our methods are applicable to all modes, we will describe them only for the m = 0 sausage mode. The appearance of sausage modes late in the discharge and the total absence of kink modes suggest that an understanding of sausage modes is more urgent, and it is also simpler. 14 refs., 8 figs

  8. Ohmic heating of the reversed-field pinch

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    Simple analytic expressions are found for the global heating rate and the time needed to achieve global power balance with radiation and other losses, in useful agreement with large RFP transport codes. A simple condition is noted, which insures that the heating can be accomplished before appreciable resistive evolution occurs in the pinch profile. The product of poloidal beta, β/sub theta/, and toroidal current, I, that characterizes a condition of global power balance is derived subject to the above-mentioned condition without making key assumptions used by earlier investigators. First, a perfectly steady state (with local power balance) is not assumed, nor is it appropriate to do so. Secondly, the cross-field resistivity is not required to be classical. Since the value of (β/sub theta/ I) plays a fundamental role in determining the kind of device one requires, the foundations of this value are important

  9. Tessellation and Lyubich-Minsky laminations associated with quadratic maps I: Pinching semiconjugacies

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    2006-01-01

    We introduce tessellation of the filled Julia sets for hyperbolic and parabolic quadratic maps. Then the dynamics inside their Julia sets are organized by tiles which work like external rays outside. We also construct continuous families of pinching semiconjugacies associated with hyperblic-to-parabolic degenerations without using quasiconformal deformation. Instead we use tessellation and investigation on the hyperbolic-to-parabolic degeneration of linearizing coordinates inside the Julia set.

  10. Conceptual Design of a Z-Pinch Fusion Propulsion System

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    Adams, Robert; Polsgrove, Tara; Fincher, Sharon; Fabinski, Leo; Maples, Charlotte; Miernik, Janie; Stratham, Geoffrey; Cassibry, Jason; Cortez, Ross; Turner, Matthew; Santarius, John; Percy, Thomas

    2010-01-01

    This slide presentation reviews a project that aims to develop a conceptual design for a Z-pinch thruster, that could be applied to develop advanced thruster designs which promise high thrust/high specific impulse propulsion. Overviews shows the concept of the design, which use annular nozzles with deuterium-tritium (D-T) fuel and a Lithium mixture as a cathode, Charts show the engine performance as a function of linear mass, nozzle performance (i.e., plasma segment trajectories), and mission analysis for possible Mars and Jupiter missions using this concept for propulsion. Slides show views of the concepts for the vehicle configuration, thrust coil configuration, the power management system, the structural analysis of the magnetic nozzle, the thermal management system, and the avionics suite,

  11. Finite wavelength stability of the bumpy theta pinch

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    The stability of the bumpy theta pinch is of importance, not only because of its relevance to the Scyllac experiment but also because in any magnetic confinement scheme the use of (discrete) magnetic coils necessarily introduces bumpiness in the applied field. The long wavelength stability has been considered by Weitzner who performed a double perturbation expansion on the linearized equations of ideal MHD: first in epsilon (characterizing the long wave-length or the modes) then in delta (characterizing the bumpiness of the field lines). The stability of the finite wave-length modes by expanding (only) in the small bumpiness parameter delta is examined. Currents flow only in the ignorable theta direction. (U.K.)

  12. Linear Accelerator (LINAC)

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    ... News Physician Resources Professions Site Index A-Z Linear Accelerator A linear accelerator (LINAC) customizes high energy x-rays to ... ensured? What is this equipment used for? A linear accelerator (LINAC) is the device most commonly used ...

  13. Azimuthal dynamo wave in spherical shell convection

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    Cole, Elizabeth; Mantere, Maarit J; Brandenburg, Axel

    2013-01-01

    We report the finding of an azimuthal dynamo wave of a low-order (m=1) mode in direct numerical simulations (DNS) of turbulent convection in spherical shells. Such waves are predicted by mean field dynamo theory and have been obtained previously in mean-field models. Observational results both from photometry and Doppler imaging have revealed persistent drifts of spots for several rapidly rotating stars, but, although an azimuthal dynamo wave has been proposed as a possible mechanism responsible for this behavior, it has been judged as unlikely, as practical evidence for such waves from DNS has been lacking. The large-scale magnetic field in our DNS, which is due to self-consistent dynamo action, is dominated by a retrograde m=1 mode. Its pattern speed is nearly independent of latitude and does not reflect the speed of the differential rotation at any depth. The extrema of magnetic m=1 structures coincide reasonably with the maxima of m=2 structures of the temperature. These results provide direct support for...

  14. Field simulation of axisymmetric plasma screw pinches by alternating-direction-implicit methods

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    Lambert, M.A.

    1996-06-01

    An axisymmetric plasma screw pinch is an axisymmetric column of ionized gaseous plasma radially confined by forces from axial and azimuthal currents driven in the plasma and its surroundings. This dissertation is a contribution to detailed, high resolution computer simulation of dynamic plasma screw pinches in 2-d {ital rz}-coordinates. The simulation algorithm combines electron fluid and particle-in-cell (PIC) ion models to represent the plasma in a hybrid fashion. The plasma is assumed to be quasineutral; along with the Darwin approximation to the Maxwell equations, this implies application of Ampere`s law without displacement current. Electron inertia is assumed negligible so that advective terms in the electron momentum equation are ignored. Electrons and ions have separate scalar temperatures, and a scalar plasma electrical resistivity is assumed. Altemating-direction-implicit (ADI) methods are used to advance the electron fluid drift velocity and the magnetic fields in the simulation. The ADI methods allow time steps larger than allowed by explicit methods. Spatial regions where vacuum field equations have validity are determined by a cutoff density that invokes the quasineutral vacuum Maxwell equations (Darwin approximation). In this dissertation, the algorithm was first checked against ideal MM stability theory, and agreement was nicely demonstrated. However, such agreement is not a new contribution to the research field. Contributions to the research field include new treatments of the fields in vacuum regions of the pinch simulation. The new treatments predict a level of magnetohydrodynamic turbulence near the bulk plasma surface that is higher than predicted by other methods.

  15. X-ray emission from a high-atomic-number z-pinch plasma created from compact wire arrays

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    Thermal and nonthermal x-ray emission from the implosion of compact tungsten wire arrays in 5-MA Saturn discharges is reported. The timing of multiple implosions and the thermal x-ray spectra (1 to 10 keV) agree with 2D radiation-hydrocode simulations. Nonthermal x-ray emission (10 to 100 keV) correlates with pinch spots distributed along the z-axis. The similarities of the measured nonthermal spectrum, yield, and pinch-spot emission with those of 0.8-MA, single-exploded-wire discharges on Gamble-II suggest a common nonthermal-production mechanism. Nonthermal x-ray yields are lower than expected from current scaling of Gamble II results, suggesting that implosion geometries are not as efficient as single-wire geometries for nonthermal x-ray production. The instabilities, azimuthal asymmetries, and inferred multiple implosions that accompany the implosion geometry lead to larger, more irregular pinch spots, a likely reason for reduced nonthermal efficiency. A model for nonthermal-electron acceleration across magnetic fields in highly-collisional, high-atomic-number plasmas combined with 1D hydrocode simulations of Saturn compact loads predicts weak nonthermal x-ray emission. (author). 3 figs., 10 refs

  16. X-ray emission from a high-atomic-number z-pinch plasma created from compact wire arrays

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    Thermal and nonthermal x-ray emission from the implosion of compact tungsten wire arrays in 5-MA Saturn discharges is reported. The timing of multiple implosions and the thermal x-ray spectra (1 to 10 keV) agree with 2D radiation-hydrocode simulations. Nonthermal x-ray emission (10 to 100 keV) correlates with pinch spots distributed along the z-axis. The similarities of the measured nonthermal spectrum, yield, and pinch-spot emission with those of 0.8-MA, single- exploded-wire discharges on Gamble-II suggest a common nonthermal- production mechanism. Nonthermal x-ray yields are lower than expected from current scaling of Gamble II results, suggesting that implosion geometries are not as efficient as single-wire geometries for nonthermal x-ray production. The instabilities, azimuthal asymmetries, and inferred multiple implosions that accompany the implosion geometry lead to larger, more irregular pinch spots, a likely reason for reduced nonthermal efficiency. A model for nonthermal-electron acceleration across magnetic fields in highly- collisional, high-atomic-number plasmas combined with 1D hydrocode simulations of Saturn compact loads predicts weak nonthermal x-ray emission

  17. Analysis of sawtooth relaxations by soft X-ray tomography on TPE-2M reversed field pinch

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    The sawtooth relaxation process of a reversed field pinch plasma was investigated by using the soft X-ray tomography technique on the TPE-2M device which is equipped with a thick conducting shell. Reconstructed two-dimensional images of the X-ray emissivity have revealed that an m=1 global kink instability deforms an initially circular hot center to a crescent shape with radial invasion of a cold region, resulting in a sawtooth collapse in a low pinch-parameter regime. This feature is similar to 'the driven-type relaxation', rather than 'the Kadomtsev-type relaxation' in terms of topology, while the latter is more likely in terms of time scales. Behavior of soft X-ray fluctuations in a higher pinch-parameter operation is also described. (author)

  18. Influence of the external magnetic field on pinch evolution and neutron production in plasma-focus discharge

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    In this paper, the results of the study of the influence of the applied external axial magnetic field on the dynamics of pinch and neutron production are presented, following from measurements using x-ray, interferometry and neutron diagnostics performed on the plasma-focus PF-1000 device with deuterium as the filling gas at the current of 2 MA and neutron yield above 1010. The permanent magnets with a magnetic field of a few hundredths of tesla were used both inside the anode body and in front of the end of the dense column. This magnetic field decreases the neutron yield, depresses the implosion velocity and the velocity of the transformations of internal structures, stabilizes the pinch column, increases its axial symmetry and indirectly confirms the existence of internal closed currents inside the pinch structures. (paper)

  19. Large linear magnetoresistance in a GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure

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    Aamir, Mohammed Ali, E-mail: aamir@physics.iisc.ernet.in; Goswami, Srijit, E-mail: aamir@physics.iisc.ernet.in; Ghosh, Arindam [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012 (India); Baenninger, Matthias; Farrer, Ian; Ritchie, David A. [Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, J.J. Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Tripathi, Vikram [Department of Theoretical Physics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Mumbai 400005 (India); Pepper, Michael [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University College, London WC1E 7JE (United Kingdom)

    2013-12-04

    We report non-saturating linear magnetoresistance (MR) in a two-dimensional electron system (2DES) at a GaAs/AlGaAs heterointerface in the strongly insulating regime. We achieve this by driving the gate voltage below the pinch-off point of the device and operating it in the non-equilibrium regime with high source-drain bias. Remarkably, the magnitude of MR is as large as 500% per Tesla with respect to resistance at zero magnetic field, thus dwarfing most non-magnetic materials which exhibit this linearity. Its primary advantage over most other materials is that both linearity and the enormous magnitude are retained over a broad temperature range (0.3 K to 10 K), thus making it an attractive candidate for cryogenic sensor applications.

  20. Large linear magnetoresistance in a GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure

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    We report non-saturating linear magnetoresistance (MR) in a two-dimensional electron system (2DES) at a GaAs/AlGaAs heterointerface in the strongly insulating regime. We achieve this by driving the gate voltage below the pinch-off point of the device and operating it in the non-equilibrium regime with high source-drain bias. Remarkably, the magnitude of MR is as large as 500% per Tesla with respect to resistance at zero magnetic field, thus dwarfing most non-magnetic materials which exhibit this linearity. Its primary advantage over most other materials is that both linearity and the enormous magnitude are retained over a broad temperature range (0.3 K to 10 K), thus making it an attractive candidate for cryogenic sensor applications

  1. Properties of a Toroidal Screw Pinch Surrounded by a Constant-Pitch Magnetic Field

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    In the screw pinch a toroidal plasma is produced by a fast-rising helical magnetic field. Experimentally this plasma is found to be in equilibrium, showing complete reproducibility during the 7 μs that the confining field is present (C. Bobeldijk et a l., Plasma Physics 9 (1967) 13). The behaviour of the screw pinch is strongly influenced by force-free currents flowing in the low-density plasma outside the central column. If the conductivity of this plasma is high enough and if near the wall field lines of constant pitch are applied, a constant pitch will result throughout the outside region. Experimentally, this constancy has been observed. The plasma column is in equilibrium because the outward drift is counteracted by the compression of the Bθ-field against metal shells surrounding the torus. Calculations on the equilibrium position show that a pinch surrounded by a constant-pitch magnetic field is more easily kept in equilibrium than a pinch surrounded by vacuum. Also the stability is markedly improved by the presence of the constant-pitch region; a normal mode analysis shows that a β = 0 screw pinch is stable for all m and k. For high β unstable modes with k-numbers around the interchange value appear; the growth rates may be limited by a proper choice of the pitch and of the circumference of the torus. Apart from the arrangement mentioned above, a small device (R = 16 cm, r = 4 cm) is in operation. A combination of capacitor banks applies initially a fast-rising and then a low-frequency clamped field. This allows a study at higher temperatures and during longer confinement times. In a third experiment a torus of the same size as in the first assembly (R = 36 cm, r = 6 cm) and a 75 kj clamped capacitor bank are used. Our diagnostics include holographic plasma interferometry and miniaturized dielectric-filled waveguide probes. (author)

  2. Collisionless flow and end loss from a high-energy theta-pinch plasma

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    End-loss experiments on the high-energy (T/sub e/+T/sub i/=3.3 keV, n/sub e/=1.5 x 1016 cm-3) 5 m Scylla IV-P theta pinch are reported. The evolution of the theta-pinch plasma parameters in the presence of axial losses and the behavior of the exhausting plasma near the ends of the device have been investigated. The measured decay of the theta-pinch plasma electron temperature agrees with code predictions based on classical axial thermal conduction losses. However, the axial ion heat flux is found to be unmeasurably small in the collisionless ion plasma. Energy-line-density measurements at the coil midplane also agree with code predictions and provide evidence of inward traveling rarefaction-like waves. At the theta-pinch ends, the exhausting plasma is comprised of a collimated plasma core which remains radially confined for tens of centimeters, strongly convects magnetic fields, and contains the bulk of the ejected plasma. This collimated core is surrounded by a plasma annulus that expands rapidly to the walls after leaving the theta-pinch coil. The radially confined exhaust plasma is successfully modeled as one-dimensional flow through a converging-diverging nozzle. The new results obtained in Scylla IV-P have led to a re-analysis of the particle end-loss data obtained in previous experiments. The subsequent comparison of experiments and theory shows that the normalized particle end-loss time is independent of both the plasma beta and collisionality regime

  3. A Novel Azimuth Super-Resolution Method by Synthesizing Azimuth Bandwidth of Multiple Tracks of Airborne Stripmap SAR Data

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    Yan Wang

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Azimuth resolution of airborne stripmap synthetic aperture radar (SAR is restricted by the azimuth antenna size. Conventionally, a higher azimuth resolution should be achieved by employing alternate modes that steer the beam in azimuth to enlarge the synthetic antenna aperture. However, if a data set of a certain region, consisting of multiple tracks of airborne stripmap SAR data, is available, the azimuth resolution of specific small region of interest (ROI can be conveniently improved by a novel azimuth super-resolution method as introduced by this paper. The proposed azimuth super-resolution method synthesize the azimuth bandwidth of the data selected from multiple discontinuous tracks and contributes to a magnifier-like function with which the ROI can be further zoomed in with a higher azimuth resolution than that of the original stripmap images. Detailed derivation of the azimuth super-resolution method, including the steps of two-dimensional dechirping, residual video phase (RVP removal, data stitching and data correction, is provided. The restrictions of the proposed method are also discussed. Lastly, the presented approach is evaluated via both the single- and multi-target computer simulations.

  4. A Novel Azimuth Super-Resolution Method by Synthesizing Azimuth Bandwidth of Multiple Tracks of Airborne Stripmap SAR Data

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    Wang, Yan; Li, Jingwen; Sun, Bing; Yang, Jian

    2016-01-01

    Azimuth resolution of airborne stripmap synthetic aperture radar (SAR) is restricted by the azimuth antenna size. Conventionally, a higher azimuth resolution should be achieved by employing alternate modes that steer the beam in azimuth to enlarge the synthetic antenna aperture. However, if a data set of a certain region, consisting of multiple tracks of airborne stripmap SAR data, is available, the azimuth resolution of specific small region of interest (ROI) can be conveniently improved by a novel azimuth super-resolution method as introduced by this paper. The proposed azimuth super-resolution method synthesize the azimuth bandwidth of the data selected from multiple discontinuous tracks and contributes to a magnifier-like function with which the ROI can be further zoomed in with a higher azimuth resolution than that of the original stripmap images. Detailed derivation of the azimuth super-resolution method, including the steps of two-dimensional dechirping, residual video phase (RVP) removal, data stitching and data correction, is provided. The restrictions of the proposed method are also discussed. Lastly, the presented approach is evaluated via both the single- and multi-target computer simulations. PMID:27304959

  5. A Novel Azimuth Super-Resolution Method by Synthesizing Azimuth Bandwidth of Multiple Tracks of Airborne Stripmap SAR Data.

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    Wang, Yan; Li, Jingwen; Sun, Bing; Yang, Jian

    2016-01-01

    Azimuth resolution of airborne stripmap synthetic aperture radar (SAR) is restricted by the azimuth antenna size. Conventionally, a higher azimuth resolution should be achieved by employing alternate modes that steer the beam in azimuth to enlarge the synthetic antenna aperture. However, if a data set of a certain region, consisting of multiple tracks of airborne stripmap SAR data, is available, the azimuth resolution of specific small region of interest (ROI) can be conveniently improved by a novel azimuth super-resolution method as introduced by this paper. The proposed azimuth super-resolution method synthesize the azimuth bandwidth of the data selected from multiple discontinuous tracks and contributes to a magnifier-like function with which the ROI can be further zoomed in with a higher azimuth resolution than that of the original stripmap images. Detailed derivation of the azimuth super-resolution method, including the steps of two-dimensional dechirping, residual video phase (RVP) removal, data stitching and data correction, is provided. The restrictions of the proposed method are also discussed. Lastly, the presented approach is evaluated via both the single- and multi-target computer simulations. PMID:27304959

  6. 直线电机在立体车库横移装置中的应用%Linear motor in the stereo garage traverse device

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    陈婵娟; 任晓锋

    2014-01-01

    本文通过分析现有塔式立体车库横移装置存在的问题,设计由直线电机代替原旋转电机的新横移装置布局,采用Pro/Engineer Wildfire 5.0进行三维模型设计、Workbench对重要零件进行力学仿真验证.利用直线电机可直接输出直线运动,通过初级滑块上安装的垂直立柱结构将驱动力传递至负载,设计尺寸使各部件位置无干涉现象以保障横移正确.该研究使塔式立体车库横移装置结构更紧凑,制动精度更高,降低了对进口部件的依赖程度.%This paper analyzed for the tower parking garage traverse device .Original prototype device ,instead of the original linear motor by the rotation of the motor .Determine the layout of the new device .Using Pro /Engineer Wildfire 5 .0 for three-dimensional model design , workbench to important parts for mechanical imitation .Linear motion can be output by linear motor directly .Transfer driving force to the load by the pillar that installing primary slider . Design size without interference in the position of parts for transverse right .The study made the tower parking garage make more compact sliding .Accuracy is improved braking .Reduc-ing the need to import key components of dependence .

  7. Device for operating a trackbound electric-drive vehicle with a synchronous linear motor. Anordnung zum Betrieb eines fahrweggebundenen elektrischen Triebfahrzeuges mit einem synchronen Linearmotor

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    Tippner, F.

    1983-06-30

    In order to detect the polarity of a synchronous linear motor on a stopped vehicle or one which has dropped out of step, a device is provided that introduces the switching off or return of the power fed in by a three-phase supply from the underground system with less than 1/10 of the rated current and a frequency between zero and the maximum working frequency. A device for measuring the reduced stator current for determining the polarity contains several magnetic-field-measuring sensors distributed by pole division over a common magnetic return, in particular several Hall generators. Each magnetic-field-measuring sensor has a stator widening out towards the pole shoe, whose greatest width is approximately the width of the stator laminations.

  8. Modelling of impurity transport in the linear plasma devices PISCES-B and pilot-PSI using the Monte-Carlo code ERO

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    The simulations for linear devices using the 3D Monte-Carlo code ERO have a number of particularities of both physical and technical nature. Many physical effects introduced and tested for these simulations (elastic collisions, population of metastable states, etc.) can be relevant for tokamaks as well. The current status of these activities is summarized. As an example some simulations reproducing the experimental observations at PISCES-B and Pilot-PSI are presented. Main deviations and ideas for their origins are discussed (copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  9. Comparison of the reference mark azimuth determination methods

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    Danijel Šugar; Mario Brkić; Drago Špoljarić

    2013-01-01

    The knowledge of the azimuth of the reference mark is of crucial importance in the determination of the declination which is defined as the ellipsoidal (geodetic) azimuth of the geomagnetic meridian. The accuracy of the azimuth determination has direct impact on the accuracy of the declination. The orientation of the Declination-Inclination Magnetometer is usually carried out by sighting the reference mark in two telescope faces in order to improve the reliability of the observations and elim...

  10. Wide-azimuth angle-domain imaging for anisotropic reverse-time migration

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    Sava, Paul C.

    2011-01-01

    Extended common-image-point gathers (CIP) constructed by wide-azimuth TI wave-equation migration contain all the necessary information for angle decomposition as a function of the reflection and azimuth angles at selected locations in the subsurface. The reflection and azimuth angles are derived from the extended images using analytic relations between the space-lag and time-lag extensions. This post-imaging decomposition requires only information which is already available at the time of migration, i.e. the model parameters and the tilt angles of the TI medium. The transformation amounts to a linear Radon transform applied to the CIPs obtained after the application of the extended imaging condition. If information about the reflector dip is available at the CIP locations, then only two components of the space-lag vectors are required, thus reducing computational cost and increasing the affordability of the method. This efficient angle decomposition method is suitable for wide-azimuth imaging in anisotropic media with arbitrary orientation of the symmetry plane. © 2011 Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

  11. Low frequency azimuthal stability of the ionization region of the Hall thruster discharge. II. Global analysis

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    Escobar, D.; Ahedo, E.

    2015-10-01

    The linear stability of the Hall thruster discharge is analysed against axial-azimuthal perturbations in the low frequency range using a time-dependent 2D code of the discharge. This azimuthal stability analysis is spatially global, as opposed to the more common local stability analyses, already afforded previously (D. Escobar and E. Ahedo, Phys. Plasmas 21(4), 043505 (2014)). The study covers both axial and axial-azimuthal oscillations, known as breathing mode and spoke, respectively. The influence on the spoke instability of different operation parameters such as discharge voltage, mass flow, and thruster size is assessed by means of different parametric variations and compared against experimental results. Additionally, simplified models are used to unveil and characterize the mechanisms driving the spoke. The results indicate that the spoke is linked to azimuthal oscillations of the ionization process and to the Bohm condition in the transition to the anode sheath. Finally, results obtained from local and global stability analyses are compared in order to explain the discrepancies between both methods.

  12. First-Order Adaptive Azimuthal Null-Steering for the Suppression of Two Directional Interferers

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    Derkx RenéMM

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract An azimuth steerable first-order superdirectional microphone response can be constructed by a linear combination of three eigenbeams: a monopole and two orthogonal dipoles. Although the response of a (rotation symmetric first-order response can only exhibit a single null, we will look at a slice through this beampattern lying in the azimuthal plane. In this way, we can define maximally two nulls in the azimuthal plane which are symmetric with respect to the main-lobe axis. By placing these two nulls on maximally two directional sources to be rejected and compensating for the drop in level for the desired direction, we can effectively reject these directional sources without attenuating the desired source. We present an adaptive null-steering scheme for adjusting the beampattern so as to obtain this suppression of the two directional interferers automatically. Closed-form expressions for this optimal null-steering are derived, enabling the computation of the azimuthal angles of the interferers. It is shown that the proposed technique has a good directivity index when the angular difference between the desired source and each directional interferer is at least 90 degrees.

  13. First-Order Adaptive Azimuthal Null-Steering for the Suppression of Two Directional Interferers

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    Derkx, René M. M.

    2010-12-01

    An azimuth steerable first-order superdirectional microphone response can be constructed by a linear combination of three eigenbeams: a monopole and two orthogonal dipoles. Although the response of a (rotation symmetric) first-order response can only exhibit a single null, we will look at a slice through this beampattern lying in the azimuthal plane. In this way, we can define maximally two nulls in the azimuthal plane which are symmetric with respect to the main-lobe axis. By placing these two nulls on maximally two directional sources to be rejected and compensating for the drop in level for the desired direction, we can effectively reject these directional sources without attenuating the desired source. We present an adaptive null-steering scheme for adjusting the beampattern so as to obtain this suppression of the two directional interferers automatically. Closed-form expressions for this optimal null-steering are derived, enabling the computation of the azimuthal angles of the interferers. It is shown that the proposed technique has a good directivity index when the angular difference between the desired source and each directional interferer is at least 90 degrees.

  14. Low frequency azimuthal stability of the ionization region of the Hall thruster discharge. II. Global analysis

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    Escobar, D. [Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Ahedo, E., E-mail: eduardo.ahedo@uc3m.es [Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganés (Spain)

    2015-10-15

    The linear stability of the Hall thruster discharge is analysed against axial-azimuthal perturbations in the low frequency range using a time-dependent 2D code of the discharge. This azimuthal stability analysis is spatially global, as opposed to the more common local stability analyses, already afforded previously (D. Escobar and E. Ahedo, Phys. Plasmas 21(4), 043505 (2014)). The study covers both axial and axial-azimuthal oscillations, known as breathing mode and spoke, respectively. The influence on the spoke instability of different operation parameters such as discharge voltage, mass flow, and thruster size is assessed by means of different parametric variations and compared against experimental results. Additionally, simplified models are used to unveil and characterize the mechanisms driving the spoke. The results indicate that the spoke is linked to azimuthal oscillations of the ionization process and to the Bohm condition in the transition to the anode sheath. Finally, results obtained from local and global stability analyses are compared in order to explain the discrepancies between both methods.

  15. Low frequency azimuthal stability of the ionization region of the Hall thruster discharge. II. Global analysis

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    The linear stability of the Hall thruster discharge is analysed against axial-azimuthal perturbations in the low frequency range using a time-dependent 2D code of the discharge. This azimuthal stability analysis is spatially global, as opposed to the more common local stability analyses, already afforded previously (D. Escobar and E. Ahedo, Phys. Plasmas 21(4), 043505 (2014)). The study covers both axial and axial-azimuthal oscillations, known as breathing mode and spoke, respectively. The influence on the spoke instability of different operation parameters such as discharge voltage, mass flow, and thruster size is assessed by means of different parametric variations and compared against experimental results. Additionally, simplified models are used to unveil and characterize the mechanisms driving the spoke. The results indicate that the spoke is linked to azimuthal oscillations of the ionization process and to the Bohm condition in the transition to the anode sheath. Finally, results obtained from local and global stability analyses are compared in order to explain the discrepancies between both methods

  16. Gyroscopic Inertial Micro-Balance Azimuth Locator (GIMBAL) Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Research Support Instruments, Inc. (RSI) proposes the Gyroscopic Inertial Micro-Balance Azimuth Locator (GIMBAL) program to use an innovative encapsulated spinning...

  17. Comparison of the reference mark azimuth determination methods

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    Danijel Šugar

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The knowledge of the azimuth of the reference mark is of crucial importance in the determination of the declination which is defined as the ellipsoidal (geodetic azimuth of the geomagnetic meridian. The accuracy of the azimuth determination has direct impact on the accuracy of the declination. The orientation of the Declination-Inclination Magnetometer is usually carried out by sighting the reference mark in two telescope faces in order to improve the reliability of the observations and eliminate some instrumental errors. In this paper, different coordinate as well as azimuth determination methods using GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System observation techniques within VPPS (High-Precision Positioning Service and GPPS (Geodetic-Precision Positioning Service services of the CROPOS (CROatian POsitioning System system were explained. The azimuth determination by the observation of the Polaris was exposed and it was subsequently compared with the observation of the Sun using hour-angle and zenith-distance method. The procedure of the calculation of the geodetic azimuth from the astronomic azimuth was explained. The azimuth results obtained by different methods were compared and the recommendations on the minimal distance between repeat station and azimuth mark were given. The results shown in this paper were based on the observations taken on the POKU_SV repeat station.

  18. TOPSAR data focusing based on azimuth scaling preprocessing

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    Xu, Wei; Huang, Pingping; Deng, Yunkai

    2011-07-01

    Both Doppler spectral aliasing and azimuth output time folding simultaneously exist in TOPSAR (Terrain Observation by Progressive Scans) raw data. Resampling in both Doppler frequency and azimuth time domain can resolve the azimuth aliasing problem but with the seriously increased computational complexity and memory consumption. According to the special characteristics of TOPSAR raw data support in the slow time/frequency domain (TFD), the presented azimuth scaling preprocessing step is introduced to not only resolve the Doppler spectral aliasing problem but also reduce the increased azimuth samples. Furthermore, the correction of sawtoothed azimuth antenna pattern (AAP) becomes easy to be implemented. The following conventional stripmap processor can be adopted to focus the residual TOPSAR raw data but with the result of azimuth aliased TOPSAR image. The mosaic approach, which has been presented to unfold azimuth aliased ScanSAR image, is exploited to resolve the problem of azimuth output folding in TOPSAR mode. Simulation results and pulse response parameters are given to validate the presented imaging approach.

  19. Super Fast and Quality Azimuth Disambiguation

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    Rudenko, G V

    2011-01-01

    The paper presents the possibility of fast and quality azimuth disambiguation of vector magnetogram data regardless of location on the solar disc. The new Super Fast and Quality (SFQ) code of disambiguation is tried out on well-known models of Metcalf et al. (2006), Leka et al. (2009) and artificial model of fixed configuration AR 10930 (Rudenko et al., 2010). We make comparison of Hinode SOT SP vector magnetograms of AR 10930 disambiguated with three codes: SFQ, NPFC (Georgoulis, 2005), and SME (Rudenko et al., 2010). We exemplify the SFQ disambiguation of SDO/HMI measurements of the full disc. The preliminary examination indicates that the SFQ algorithm provides better quality than NPFC and is comparable to SME. In contrast to other codes, SFQ supports relatively high quality of results regardless of the magnetogram proximity to the limb (when being very close to the limb, it is efficient unlike all other algorithms).

  20. Azimuthal jet tomography at RHIC and LHC

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    A generic jet-energy loss model that is coupled to state-of-the-art hydrodynamic fields and interpolates between a wide class of running coupling pQCD-based and AdS/CFT-inspired models is compared to recent data on the azimuthal and transverse momentum dependence of high-pT pion nuclear modification factors and high-pT elliptic flow measured at RHIC and LHC. We find that RHIC data are surprisingly consistent with various scenarios considered. However, extrapolations to LHC energies favor running coupling pQCD-based models of jet-energy loss. While conformal holographic models are shown to be inconsistent with data, recent non-conformal generalizations of AdS holography may provide an alternative description

  1. Interrupted z-pinch in argon

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    The pinch effect in a low-pressure discharge in air between two cone-shaped copper electrodes was investigated. The paraxial dense part of the z-pinch became interrupted due to the barrel shape of the magnetic and electric fields, and two relatively stable plasma jets, connected with the electrode tips, were formed in the discharge shortly after the breakdown. Later a high-density ellipsoidal structure with a sharp boundary formed. Michelson interferometry and the Schlieren method, respectively, were used in measurements of the plasma density in the discharge channel and in the small inhomogeneity regions. A distinct filamentary structure of the plasma jets was well seen in the Schlieren pictures. The electron temperature was calculated from the intensities of spectral lines and of continuum radiation in the visible region. (J.U.) 1 fig., 3 refs

  2. Field mapping of the KATRIN pinch magnet

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    The Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino experiment aims to probe the effective mass of the electron antineutrino in a model-independent way with an unsurpassed sensitivity of 200 meV/c2 (90% C.L.). The energy spectrum of the electrons from Tritium β-decay is analyzed by an electrostatic spectrometer which is based on the MAC-E filter principle. The so-called PINCH magnet - a superconducting solenoid located at the end of the spectrometer - is a crucial part of the MAC-E filter and its field strength of 6 T is directly related to the sensitivity of the experiment. Thus, a clear understanding of its field stability and field map is indispensable for the success of KATRIN. Along with an overview of the KATRIN experiment and the MAC-E filter principle this poster presents the results of a detailed study of the PINCH magnet's field map obtained with a 3-axis Hall probe.

  3. Evolution of the MHD sheet pinch

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    A magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) problem of recurrent interest for both astrophysical and laboratory plasmas is the evolution of the unstable sheet pinch, a current sheet across which a dc magnetic field reverses sign. The evolution of such a sheet pinch is followed with a spectral-method, incompressible, two-dimensional, MHD turbulence code. Spectral diagnostics are employed, as are contour plots of vector potential (magnetic field lines), electric current density, and velocity stream function (velocity streamlines). The nonlinear effect which seems most important is seen to be current filamentation: the concentration of the current density onto sets of small measure near a mgnetic X point. A great deal of turbulence is apparent in the current distribution, which, for high Reynolds numbers, requires large spatial grids (greater than or equal to (64)2). 11 figures, 1 table

  4. Quark-hadron duality: pinched kernel approch

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    Dominguez, C A; Schilcher, K; Spiesberger, H

    2016-01-01

    Hadronic spectral functions measured by the ALEPH collaboration in the vector and axial-vector channels are used to study potential quark-hadron duality violations (DV). This is done entirely in the framework of pinched kernel finite energy sum rules (FESR), i.e. in a model independent fashion. The kinematical range of the ALEPH data is effectively extended up to $s = 10\\; {\\mbox{GeV}^2}$ by using an appropriate kernel, and assuming that in this region the spectral functions are given by perturbative QCD. Support for this assumption is obtained by using $e^+ e^-$ annihilation data in the vector channel. Results in both channels show a good saturation of the pinched FESR, without further need of explicit models of DV.

  5. LASL toroidal reversed-field pinch programme

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    The determination of the absolute energy loss due to radiation from impurities in the LASL toroidal reversed-field pinch experiment ZT-S is reported. The measurements show that over half the energy loss is accounted for by this mechanism. Thomson-scattering electron density measurements indicate only a gradual increase in temperature as the filling pressure is reduced, indicating an increased energy loss at lower pressures. Cylindrical and toroidal simulations of the experiment indicate either that a highly radiative pinch boundary or anomalous transport is needed to match the experimental results. New effects on the equilibrium due to plasma flows induced by the toroidal geometry are predicted by the toroidal simulations. The preliminary results on the low-temperature discharge cleaning of the ZT-S torus are reported. A description of the upgrade of the ZT-S experiment and the objectives, construction and theoretical predictions for the new ZT-40 experiment are given. (author)

  6. A study in blood at pinch

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    Kar, Shantimoy; Chaudhury, Kaustav; Maiti, Tapas Kumar; Chakraborty, Suman

    2016-01-01

    The complex fluidic nature of blood, though necessary to serve different physiological purposes, gives rise to daunting challenges in developing unified conceptual paradigm describing the underlying physics of blood at pinch, which may otherwise be essential for understanding various bio-technological processes demanding precise and efficient handling of blood samples. Intuitively, a blood-drop may be formed simply by dripping. However, the pinch-off dynamics leading to blood-drop-breakup is elusively more complex than what may be portrayed by any unique model depicting the underlying morpho-dynamics, as our study reveals. With blood samples, here we observe two distinctive modes of the breakup process. One mode corresponds to incessant collapsing of a liquid-neck, while in other mode formation and thinning of an extended long thread leads to the breakup and drop formation. We further show that these modes are respectively described by power law and exponential law based universal scaling dynamics, depicting ...

  7. High-intensity-laser-driven Z pinches

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    Experiments were performed in which ultrahigh intensity laser pulses (I>5x1019 W cm-2) were used to irradiate thin wire targets. It was observed that such interactions generate a large number of relativistic electrons which escape the target and induce multimega ampere return currents within the wire. MHD instabilities can subsequently be observed in the pinching plasma along with field emission of electrons from nearby objects. Coherent optical transition radiation from adjacent objects was also observed

  8. Singularities in droplet pinching without viscosity

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    Eggers, J

    1997-01-01

    A model for the pinching of an inviscid liquid column, originally developed by Lee, is considered. We find that Lee's model has a singularity in the curvature at a finite thread radius, and therefore does not describe breakup. However, the observed steepening of the profile corresponds to experiments with fluids at low viscosity. The singularity has similarity form, which we compute analytically. The result agrees well with numerical simulations of Lee's model.

  9. Persistence of a pinch in a pipe

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    Mahadevan, L.; Vaziri, A.; Das, Moumita

    2006-01-01

    The response of low-dimensional solid objects combines geometry and physics in unusual ways, exemplified in structures of great utility such as a thin-walled tube that is ubiquitous in nature and technology. Here we provide a particularly surprising consequence of this confluence of geometry and physics in tubular structures: the anomalously large persistence of a localized pinch in an elastic pipe whose effect decays very slowly as an oscillatory exponential with a persistence length that di...

  10. Electroweak pinch technique to all orders

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    The generalization of the pinch technique to all orders in the electroweak sector of the Standard Model within the class of the renormalizable 't Hooft gauges, is presented. In particular, both the all-order PT gauge-boson- and scalar-fermion vertices, as well as the diagonal and mixed gauge-boson and scalar self-energies are explicitly constructed. This is achieved through the generalization to the Standard Model of the procedure recently applied to the QCD case, which consists of two steps: (i) the identification of special Green's functions, which serve as a common kernel to all self-energy and vertex diagrams and (ii) the study of the (on-shell) Slavnov-Taylor identities they satisfy. It is then shown that the ghost, scalar and scalar-gauge-boson Green's functions appearing in these identities capture precisely the result of the pinching action at arbitrary order. It turns out that the aforementioned Green's functions play a crucial role, their net effect being the non-trivial modification of the ghost, scalar and scalar-gauge-boson diagrams of the gauge-boson- or scalar-fermion vertex we have started from, in such a way as to dynamically generate the characteristic ghost and scalar sector of the background field method. The pinch technique gauge-boson and scalar self-energies are also explicitly constructed by resorting to the method of the background-quantum identities

  11. ''Turbulent Equipartition'' Theory of Toroidal Momentum Pinch

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    The mode-independent part of magnetic curvature driven turbulent convective (TuroCo) pinch of the angular momentum density (Hahm et al., Phys. Plasmas 14,072302 (2007)) which was originally derived from the gyrokinetic equation, can be interpreted in terms of the turbulent equipartition (TEP) theory. It is shown that the previous results can be obtained from the local conservation of 'magnetically weighted angular momentum density', nmi U#parallel# R/B2, and its homogenization due to turbulent flows. It is also demonstrated that the magnetic curvature modification of the parallel acceleration in the nonlinear gyrokinetic equation in the laboratory frame, which was shown to be responsible for the TEP part of the TurCo pinch of angular momentum density in the previous work, is closely related to the Coriolis drift coupling to the perturbed electric field. In addition, the origin of the diffusive flux in the rotating frame is highlighted. Finally, it is illustrated that there should be a difference in scalings between the momentum pinch originated from inherently toroidal effects and that coming from other mechanisms which exist in a simpler geometry.

  12. Turbulent Equipartition Theory of Toroidal Momentum Pinch

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    T.S. Hahm, P.H. Diamond, O.D. Gurcan, and G. Rewaldt

    2008-01-31

    The mode-independet part of magnetic curvature driven turbulent convective (TuroCo) pinch of the angular momentum density [Hahm et al., Phys. Plasmas 14,072302 (2007)] which was originally derived from the gyrokinetic equation, can be interpreted in terms of the turbulent equipartition (TEP) theory. It is shown that the previous results can be obtained from the local conservation of "magnetically weighted angular momentum density," nmi U|| R/B2, and its homogenization due to turbulent flows. It is also demonstrated that the magnetic curvature modification of the parallel acceleration in the nonlinear gyrokinetic equation in the laboratory frame, which was shown to be responsible for the TEP part of the TurCo pinch of angular momentum density in the previous work, is closely related to the Coriolis drift coupling to the perturbed electric field. In addition, the origin of the diffusive flux in the rotating frame is highlighted. Finally, it is illustratd that there should be a difference in scalings between the momentum pinch originated from inherently toroidal effects and that coming from other mechanisms which exist in a simpler geometry.

  13. Breakdown voltage model and structure realization of a thin silicon layer with linear variable doping on a silicon on insulator high voltage device with multiple step field plates

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    Qiao Ming; Zhuang Xiang; Wu Li-Juan; Zhang Wen-Tong; Wen Heng-Juan; Zhang Bo; Li Zhao-Ji

    2012-01-01

    Based on the theoretical and experimental investigation of a thin silicon layer (TSL) with linear variable doping (LVD) and further research on the TSL LVD with a multiple step field plate (MSFP),a breakdown voltage (BV) model is proposed and experimentally verified in this paper.With the two-dimensional Poisson equation of the silicon on insulator (SOI) device,the lateral electric field in drift region of the thin silicon layer is assumed to be constant.For the SOI device with LVD in the thin silicon layer,the dependence of the BV on impurity concentration under the drain is investigated by an enhanced dielectric layer field (ENDIF),from which the reduced surface field (RESURF) condition is deduced.The drain in the centre of the device has a good self-isolation effect but the problem of the high voltage interconnection (HVI) line will become serious.The two step field plates including the source field plate and gate field plate can be adopted to shield the HVI adverse effect on the device.Based on this model,the TSL LVD SOI n-channel lateral double-diffused MOSFET (nLDMOS) with MSFP is realized.The experimental breakdown voltage (BV) and specific on-resistance (Ron,sp) of the TSL LVD SOI device are 694 V and 21.3 Ω.mm2 with a drift region length of 60 μm,buried oxide layer of 3 μm,and silicon layer of 0.15 μm,respectively.

  14. Study of Pinching Capillary Discharge for Nitrogen H-like Recombination Laser

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    A computer model of EUV nitrogen laser pumped by pinching capillary discharge is presented. The model consists of magneto-hydrodynamics plasma description and subsequent ion kinetic evaluation. Quick changes of electron temperature during the pinch decay lead to ionisation and excitation non-equilibrium and result in inversion population on Balmer alpha transition. Validity of our model was proved via comparison of measured and evaluated spectra of our device with 15.5 kA peak current. High gain lasing system is predicted for 2 mm diam. capillary filled by 0.2 kPa nitrogen if 80 kA peak current and 30 ns pulse duration are taken into account

  15. High-density fusion and the Z-pinch

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    The formation of a Z-pinch in dense gas is investigated using numerical modeling in one and two dimensions. Hot, dense Z-pinches are calculated with n approximately 2 x 1021cm3 and T = 10 keV. Relaxation by sausage instability of an unstable pinch profile to a marginally stable one is calculated along with end losses in 2 dimensions to show that, if plasma is confined for N = 50 to 200 sound transits across the radius a, pinches with length L = Na are of interest for fusion power. A conceptual, ''no-wall'' fusion reactor is discussed. (author)

  16. Thermonuclear Fusion with the Sheared Flow Stabilized Z-Pinch

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    Winterberg, F

    2008-01-01

    Two basic approaches to producing thermonuclear fusion with a sheared flow stabilized z-pinch are considered. One consists of heating the entire length of the z-pinch column to the required temperatures. The other basic approach considered here involves the concept of fast ignition. A localized "hot-spot" is produced under the proper conditions to ignite a thermonuclear burn wave in the z-pinch plasma. Here we demonstrate that sheared flow stabilization is more efficient in the fast-ignition method with isentropic compression then in a z-pinch where the entire plasma column is heated.

  17. Velocity-space particle loss in field-reversed theta pinches

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    A field-reversed theta pinch (FRTP) is a compact device for magnetic fusion. It has attracted much attention in recent years since encouraging experimental results have been obtained. However, the definite causes for the observed particle loss rate and plasma rotation are not well known. In this work, we study the velocity-space particle loss (VSPL), i.e., particle loss due to the existence of a loss region in velocity space, in FRTP's in order to have a better understanding about the characteristics of this device

  18. Magnetoacoustic heating and FCT-equilibria in the belt pinch

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    In the HECTOR belt pinch of high β plasma is produced by magnetic compression in a Tokamak geometry. After compresseion the initial β value can be varied between 0.2 and 0.8. During 5 μs the plasma is further heated by a fast magnetoacoustic wave with a frequency near the first harmonic of the ion cyclotronfrequency. For the first time the β-value of a pinch plasma could be increased further from 0.34 after compression to 0.46 at the end of the rf-heating cycle. By proper selection of the final β-value the region for resonance absorption of the heating wave can be shifted. Strong heating (200 MW) has been observed in the cases, where the resonance region has been located in the center of the plasma. In deuterium discharges an increase in ion temperature is observed during the heating process, whereas the electrons are energetically decoupled, showing no temperature increase. Strong plasma losses are found in the 200 MW range after the rf-heating process. The dominant mechanisms are charge exchange collisions with neutral gas atoms. During rf-heating and the subsequent cooling phase the magnetic flux is frozen due to the high conductivity of the plasma. The observed equilibria could be identified as flux conserving Tokamak (FCT) equilibria. Based on a two-dimensional code the time-evolution of the equilibria has been calculated. The q-profiles are time-independent, with increasing β the magnetic axis of the plasma is shifted towards the outer boundary of the torus, and finally the linear relation between β and βsub(pol), which is characteristic for low-β-equilibria, is no longer valid. Thus for the first time the existence of FCT-equilibria at high β has been demonstrated experimentally together with a qualitative agreement with FCT-theory. (orig./AH)

  19. On the stability limits of the Pinch-conductor current ratio in Extrap

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    A first attempt is made to take the special stability features of the Extrap confinement scheme into account, thereby including kinetic large Larmor radius (LLR) effects. This approach predicts Extrap to be unstable outside a domain defined by a lower and an upper ratio a-/ax is related to the ratio Jp/Jv between the pinch current Jp and the conductor current Jv. Stability within the predicted domain seems to agree with so far performed linear and toroidal experiments, and can explain the observed increase in Jp/Jv and in the plasma temperature, in terms of an increased ratio a-/ax. According to present analysis, an optimum value of the conductor current Jv should further exist with respect to pinch equilibrium and stability, as given by the condition a- approx = ax. (author)

  20. Microturbulence studies of pulsed poloidal current drive discharges in the reversed field pinch

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    Carmody, D., E-mail: dcarmody@wisc.edu; Pueschel, M. J.; Anderson, J. K.; Terry, P. W. [University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (United States)

    2015-01-15

    Experimental discharges with pulsed poloidal current drive (PPCD) in the Madison Symmetric Torus reversed field pinch are investigated using a semi-analytic equilibrium model in the gyrokinetic turbulence code GENE. PPCD cases, with plasma currents of 500 kA and 200 kA, exhibit a density-gradient-driven trapped electron mode (TEM) and an ion temperature gradient mode, respectively. Relative to expectations of tokamak core plasmas, the critical gradients for the onset of these instabilities are found to be greater by roughly a factor of the aspect ratio. A significant upshift in the nonlinear TEM transport threshold, previously found for tokamaks, is confirmed in nonlinear reversed field pinch simulations and is roughly three times the threshold for linear instability. The simulated heat fluxes can be brought in agreement with measured diffusivities by introducing a small, resonant magnetic perturbation, thus modeling the residual fluctuations from tearing modes. These fluctuations significantly enhance transport.

  1. Pulsed high power source for screw pinch device

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    Design and construction of a pulsed high power capacitor bank system for a thermonuclear fusion plasma experimental machine are described. The mission of TPE-2 is to produce a plasma of more than 100 eV in temperature and 10% in beta value, and to confine it for several hundreds microsec. The designed coil current is 1-5 MA in peak value, a few microsec in rising time and 1 ms in pulse length. In order to satisfy the above requirement, the energy of the capacitor bank exceeds 1 MJ and the inductance for bank system must be minimized. A high voltage capacitor bank of low inductance and a new idea of power crowbar system must be developed. A low inductance and high energy density capacitor unit, and a start gap switch with low jitter time were successfully developed after some trial manufacturing procedures. While, to maintain the reliability and reproducibility in operating the bank system, a monitoring system was newly developed. After the installation of switch monitoring system, the ratio of abnormally operated switches decreased to 1/5 owing to the effect of fast detection of miss operated switches. Also a new protection system against an accidental short-circuiting of bank system was developed. These two systems enabled to operate the bank system very stably and safely. The capacitor bank system was constructed and connected to load assembly of TPE-2. TPE-2 has been operated stably for over ten years and for more than 18,000 shots, which is the designed life time of the bank system. A plasma of 400 eV in maximum temperature and 14% in maximum beta value are produced and sustained for 800 microsec. These values are mainly due to the successful development of the pulsed high power capacitor bank system. (J.P.N.). 113 refs

  2. Pinched flow fractionation devices for detection of single nucleotide polymorphisms

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    Larsen, Asger Vig; Poulsen, Lena; Birgens, Henrik; Dufva, Hans Martin; Kristensen, Anders

    2008-01-01

    and 5.6 mu m were functionalized with biotin-labeled oligonucleotides for the detection of a mutant (Mt) or wild-type (Wt) DNA sequence in the HBB gene, respectively. Hybridization to functionalized beads was performed with fluorescent targets comprising synthetic DNA oligonucleotides or amplified RNA...

  3. The quantum pinch effect in semiconducting quantum wires: A bird’s-eye view

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    Kushwaha, Manvir S.

    2016-01-01

    Those who measure success with culmination do not seem to be aware that life is a journey not a destination. This spirit is best reflected in the unceasing failures in efforts for solving the problem of controlled thermonuclear fusion for even the simplest pinches for over decades; and the nature keeps us challenging with examples. However, these efforts have permitted researchers the obtention of a dense plasma with a lifetime that, albeit short, is sufficient to study the physics of the pinch effect, to create methods of plasma diagnostics, and to develop a modern theory of plasma processes. Most importantly, they have impregnated the solid state plasmas, particularly the electron-hole plasmas in semiconductors, which do not suffer from the issues related with the confinement and which have demonstrated their potential not only for the fundamental physics but also for the device physics. Here, we report on a two-component, cylindrical, quasi-one-dimensional quantum plasma subjected to a radial confining harmonic potential and an applied magnetic field in the symmetric gauge. It is demonstrated that such a system, as can be realized in semiconducting quantum wires, offers an excellent medium for observing the quantum pinch effect at low temperatures. An exact analytical solution of the problem allows us to make significant observations: Surprisingly, in contrast to the classical pinch effect, the particle density as well as the current density display a determinable maximum before attaining a minimum at the surface of the quantum wire. The effect will persist as long as the equilibrium pair density is sustained. Therefore, the technological promise that emerges is the route to the precise electronic devices that will control the particle beams at the nanoscale.

  4. 14 CFR 171.313 - Azimuth performance requirements.

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    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 3 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Azimuth performance requirements. 171.313....313 Azimuth performance requirements. This section prescribes the performance requirements for the... the runway centerline extended, and the cost of the land fill or a tall tower antenna support...

  5. Linear array measurements of enhanced dynamic wedge and treatment planning system (TPS) calculation for 15 MV photon beam and comparison with electronic portal imaging device (EPID) measurements

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    Enhanced dynamic wedges (EDW) are known to increase drastically the radiation therapy treatment efficiency. This paper has the aim to compare linear array measurements of EDW with the calculations of treatment planning system (TPS) and the electronic portal imaging device (EPID) for 15 MV photon energy. The range of different field sizes and wedge angles (for 15 MV photon beam) were measured by the linear chamber array CA 24 in Blue water phantom. The measurement conditions were applied to the calculations of the commercial treatment planning system XIO CMS v.4.2.0 using convolution algorithm. EPID measurements were done on EPID-focus distance of 100 cm, and beam parameters being the same as for CA24 measurements. Both depth doses and profiles were measured. EDW linear array measurements of profiles to XIO CMS TPS calculation differ around 0.5%. Profiles in non-wedged direction and open field profiles practically do not differ. Percentage depth doses (PDDs) for all EDW measurements show the difference of not more than 0.2%, while the open field PDD is almost the same as EDW PDD. Wedge factors for 60 deg wedge angle were also examined, and the difference is up to 4%. EPID to linear array differs up to 5%. The implementation of EDW in radiation therapy treatments provides clinicians with an effective tool for the conformal radiotherapy treatment planning. If modelling of EDW beam in TPS is done correctly, a very good agreement between measurements and calculation is obtained, but EPID cannot be used for reference measurements

  6. The Braginskii fluid stability of reversed field pinches

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    Numerical results are presented concerning the linear stability of the current and future generations of RFP's (reversed field pinches). Resistive MHD (magnetohydrodynamics) indicates that finite beta RFP equilibria are unstable to resistive-g modes, and therefore indicates that these may be responsible for confinement degradation. However, as RFP's become more collisionless, terms that are neglected in resistive MHD become significant and should be included in any stability analysis. In this paper, a linear initial value-code has been used to examine the effect of additional terms in the Braginskii equations on the stability of a tearing mode stable equilibrium. In order to make contact with analytical work the additional physics is introduced term by term. The Hall terms alone are shown to stabilise resistive-g modes, but also to destabilise a variant of the ηi-mode. When electron thermal conductivities are also included the ηi-mode remains largely unaffected but the resistive-g mode is no longer stabilised, instead it evolves into a drift-tearing mode that is driven by the electron temperature gradient. Thus in the cold ion limit there are two identifiable branches of instability. The growth-rate of the drift tearing mode is slowed by finite Larmor radius effects, but both it and the ηi-mode remain unstable throughout the collisional ion regime for which the fluid equations are valid. (author)

  7. A turbulently heated high-voltage theta pinch

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    The heating of a plasma in a fast theta pinch is described in experiment and numerical simulation. The initial plasma parameters are n0=3x1012-3x1013 cm-3, T00=+-175 G. A shock-like disturbance created by a fast current pulse heats and compresses the plasma. Heating is attributed principally to drift instabilities, namely the Buneman two-stream, the modified two-stream and the ion sound instabilities. Experimental evidence is presented for heating of electrons to approximately 10 keV and ions to temperatures from 3 to tens of keV, depending upon initial conditions. Strongest heating and compression is seen at the lowest densities with antiparallel orientation of bias and pulse magnetic fields. Evidence of turbulent fields is seen, as well as indication of rapid heat loss out the ends of the tube. A numerical model describes the implosion using a two-fluid code with transport modified by local turbulent fields. These are in turn computed from linear and quasi-linear theory. Model and experiment show agreement in overall dynamical behaviour but fail to agree in details of electron and ion heating and sheath thickness. (author)

  8. Experiments on linear high beta helical axis stellarators to study simulated toroidal effects and Alfven-Wave heating

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    This report discusses the following topics: Nonaxisymmetric radio- frequency heating in an l = 1 stellarator and in a linear plasma column; measurement of induced current in a hardcore theta pinch; externally driven tilt mode study on an FRC; elimination of induced plasma current in a hardcore theta pinch; and simulated toroidicity studies

  9. Characteristic Differences Between Wire and Foil X-pinches

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    Collins, Gilbert; Valenzuela, Julio; Krasheninnikov, Igor; Beg, Farhat; Wei, Mingsheng

    2015-11-01

    We conducted X-pinch experiments using laser-cut Ni and Cu foils on the 250kA GenASIS current driver at UC San Diego. General Atomics' Laser Micro-Machining (LMM) Center manufactured the X's. To characterize the foil X-pinches, we measured and compared the evolution, emission spectra, yield, and source size of these new arrays to that of comparably massed wire X-pinches on the same driver. Diagnostics included Si PN diodes and diamond PCDs, optical probing, X-ray spectroscopy, an XUV framing camera, a slit-wire camera, and current probes. We used novel structures machined into the crosspoint in an effort to better understand the effects of the initial geometry on the final pinch and to spatially confine the source location. Some designs entirely prohibited pinching. In other designs, when pinching occurred, the sources were comparable to ideal wire shots on GenASIS both in size (at or less than five microns) and X-ray flux (5-10 MW @ 1-10 keV). The data collected here also show considerable differences between successful foil and wire pinches. The X-ray spectra are not identical, and we find that the foil X's produce a single >2.5 keV emission pulse with none of the additional later and longer-lasting hard emission pulses found in wire X-pinches.

  10. Investigation on the pinch point position in heat exchangers

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    Pan, Lisheng; Shi, Weixiu

    2016-06-01

    The pinch point is important for analyzing heat transfer in thermodynamic cycles. With the aim to reveal the importance of determining the accurate pinch point, the research on the pinch point position is carried out by theoretical method. The results show that the pinch point position depends on the parameters of the heat transfer fluids and the major fluid properties. In most cases, the pinch point locates at the bubble point for the evaporator and the dew point for the condenser. However, the pinch point shifts to the supercooled liquid state in the near critical conditions for the evaporator. Similarly, it shifts to the superheated vapor state with the condensing temperature approaching the critical temperature for the condenser. It even can shift to the working fluid entrance of the evaporator or the supercritical heater when the heat source fluid temperature is very high compared with the absorbing heat temperature. A wrong position for the pinch point may generate serious mistake. In brief, the pinch point should be founded by the iterative method in all conditions rather than taking for granted.

  11. Investigation on the Pinch Point Position in Heat Exchangers

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    PAN Lisheng; SHI Weixiu

    2016-01-01

    The pinch point is important for analyzing heat transfer in thermodynamic cycles.With the aim to reveal the importance of determining the accurate pinch point,the research on the pinch point position is carried out by theoretical method.The results show that the pinch point position depends on the parameters of the heat transfer fluids and the major fluid properties.In most cases,the pinch point locates at the bubble point for the evaporator and the dew point for the condenser.However,the pinch point shifts to the supercooled liquid state in the near critical conditions for the evaporator.Similarly,it shifts to the superheated vapor state with the condensing temperature approaching the critical temperature for the condenser.It even can shift to the working fluid entrance of the evaporator or the supercritical heater when the heat source fluid temperature is very high compared with the absorbing heat temperature.A wrong position for the pinch point may generate serious mistake.In brief,the pinch point should be founded by the iterative method in all conditions rather than taking for granted.

  12. Numerical method to obtain the optimum configuration of external magnetic field coils in a tokamak device by non-linear programming

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    In large tokamak devices in the next phase of fusion research, it seems that equilibrium of the toroidal plasma is maintained essentially by the external control loops and an air-core transformer is used instead of a conventional iron-core transformer. Under this situation the method based on the optimization process using the algorithm of a non-linear programming has been applied in determination of the optimum design of the external magnetic field coils including the control loops for maintaining magnetic field and primary windings of the air-core transformer. It is found that the method is useful for design of the control loops and primary windings in a practical tokamak. The results obtained so far are presented and the procedure of optimization is given in detail and comprehensively. (author)

  13. Plasma Flow in a Theta Pinch

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    In the absence of instabilities, the loss of plasma in a theta pinch is almost wholly due to flow along the magnetic field to the ends of the coil. Thus, in order to understand the containment of the plasma, it is necessary to study the transient axial flow of the plasma. This is done in the present work by setting up a simple model of the plasma in which the problem is reduced to that of studying a one-dimensional flow. Initially a similarity area-wave is propagated from the open ends. The properties of this wave and the resulting loss are calculated. For high-β plasmas the plasma is lost rapidly behind the wave-front. However, the wave-front itself propagates very slowly and the resulting loss is consequently small. In these conditions the loss is approximately equal to that of the corresponding steady flow. For lower values of β the loss is much less than in the steady flow. When the rarefaction waves from the two ends reach the centre of the pinch they are reflected. The trajectory of the reflected wave is determined as a function of β and wave profiles calculated by numerical integration of the equations are presented. The flow may be reduced by applying increased fields at the ends of the pinch. In this case a rarefaction wave is propagated from these ''mirrors'', but behind the wave there is a region of uniform flow. This flow pattern is described and the resulting loss rate calculated. (author)

  14. Nonlocal Transport in the Reversed Field Pinch

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    Several heuristic models for nonlocal transport in plasmas have been developed, but they have had a limited possibility of detailed comparison with experimental data. Nonlocal aspects introduced by the existence of a known spectrum of relatively stable saturated tearing modes in a low current reversed field pinch offers a unique possibility for such a study. A numerical modeling of the magnetic structure and associated particle transport is carried out for the reversed-field pinch experiment at the Consorzio RFX, Padova, Italy. A reproduction of the tearing mode spectrum with a guiding center code1 reliably reproduces the observed soft X-ray tomography. Following particle trajectories in the stochastic magnetic field shows the transport across the unperturbed flux surfaces to be due to a spectrum of Levy flights, with the details of the spectrum position dependent. The resulting transport is subdiffusive, and cannot be described by Rechester-Rosenbluth diffusion, which depends on a random phase approximation. If one attempts to fit the local transport phenomenologically, the subdiffusion can be fit with a combination of diffusion and inward pinch. It is found that whereas passing particles explore the stochastic field and hence participate in Levy flights, the trapped particles experience normal neoclassical diffusion. A two fluid nonlocal Montroll equation is used to model this transport, with a Levy flight defined as the motion of an ion during the period that the pitch has one sign. The necessary input to the Montroll equation consists of a time distribution for the Levy flights, given by the pitch angle scattering operator, and a distribution of the flight distances, determined numerically using a guiding center code. Results are compared to experiment. The relation of this formulation to fractional kinetics is also described.

  15. Interchange stability of noncircular reversed field pinches

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    Interchange (Mercier) stability of toroidal reversed-field-pinch plasmas with noncircular cross-section is evaluated numerically. Marginally stable pressure profiles and beta values are produced. Most shapes, such as indented or vertically elongated, reduce stability by making the net magnetic curvature of the poloidal-field-dominated plasmas yet worse than that of the circle. Horizontally elongated plasmas slightly enhance stability beyond that of the circle as a result of increased shear produced by toroidicity. Such shear enhancement by the toroidal shift of magnetic surfaces might be exploited for future, more comprehensive studies

  16. XUV Radiation Emitted by Capillary Pinching Discharge

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    Vrbová, M.; Jančárek, A.; Vrba, Pavel; Nevrkla, M.; Kolař, P.

    Vol. 136. Dordrecht: Springer Proceedings in Physics , 2010 - (Lee, J.; Nam, C.; Janulewicz, K.), s. 257-262. (Springer Proceedings in Physics . 136). ISBN 978-94-007-1185-3. ISSN 0930-8989. [International Conference on X-Ray Laser s 2010/12th./. Gwangju (KR), 30.05.2010-04.06.2010] R&D Projects: GA MŠk LA08024 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : Capillary Z-pinch * water window radiation source * RHMD Z engine Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Laser s http://www.springer.com/series/361

  17. Reversed field pinch experiments on HIT-1

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    HIT-1 (Hiroshima Torus-1) is constructed to elucidate the basic physical phenomena in the reversed field pinch (RFP) plasma. Design of HIT-1 system started in April 1983 and construction of its major parts finished in December 1983. Computational analyses are performed to calculate the magnetic field distributions in the torus, the load current and voltage on the poloidal and toroidal circuits of HIT-1. The analytic methods and calculated results for the magnetic fields and the poloidal and toroidal circuits are described in detail. (author)

  18. A solvable self-similar model of the sausage instability in a resistive Z pinch

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    A solvable model is developed for the linearized sausage mode within the context of resistive magnetohydrodynamics. The model is based on the assumption that the fluid motion of the plasma is self-similar, as well as several assumptions pertinent to the limit of wavelength long compared to the pinch radius. The perturbations to the magnetic field are not assumed to be self-similar, but rather are calculated. Effects arising from time dependences of the z-independent perturbed state, e.g., current rising as tα, Ohmic heating, and time variation of the pinch radius, are included in the analysis. The formalism appears to provide a good representation of ''global'' modes that involve coherent sausage distortion of the entire cross section of the pinch, but excludes modes that are localized radially, and higher radial eigenmodes. For this and other reasons, it is expected that the model underestimates the maximum instability growth rates, but is reasonable for global sausage modes. The net effect of resistivity and time variation of the unperturbed state is to decrease the growth rate if α approx-lt 1, but never by more than a factor of about 2. The effect is to increase the growth rate if α approx-gt 1

  19. Synthetic aperture radar images with composite azimuth resolution

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    Bielek, Timothy P; Bickel, Douglas L

    2015-03-31

    A synthetic aperture radar (SAR) image is produced by using all phase histories of a set of phase histories to produce a first pixel array having a first azimuth resolution, and using less than all phase histories of the set to produce a second pixel array having a second azimuth resolution that is coarser than the first azimuth resolution. The first and second pixel arrays are combined to produce a third pixel array defining a desired SAR image that shows distinct shadows of moving objects while preserving detail in stationary background clutter.

  20. Comprehensive behavioral model of dual-gate high voltage JFET and pinch resistor

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    Banáš, Stanislav; Paňko, Václav; Dobeš, Josef; Hanyš, Petr; Divín, Jan

    2016-09-01

    Many analog technologies operate in large voltage range and therefore include at least one or more high voltage devices built from low doped layers. Such devices exhibit effects not covered by standard compact models, namely pinching (depletion) effects, in high voltage FETs often called quasisaturation. For example, the conventional compact JFET model is insufficient and oversimplified. Its scalability is controlled by the area factor, which only multiplies currents and capacitances but does not take into account existing 3-D effects. Also the optional second independent gate is missing. Therefore, the customized four terminal (4T) model written in Verilog-A (FitzPatrick and Miller, 2007; Sagdeo, 2007) was developed. It converges very well, its simulation speed is comparable with conventional compact models, and contains all required phenomena, including parasitic effects as, for example, impact ionization. This model has universal usage for many types of devices in various high voltage technologies such as stand-alone voltage dependent resistor, pinch resistor, drift area of power FET, part of special high side or start-up devices, and dual-gate JFET.

  1. Fusion Propulsion Z-Pinch Engine Concept

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    Miernik, J.; Statham, G.; Fabisinski, L.; Maples, C. D.; Adams, R.; Polsgrove, T.; Fincher, S.; Cassibry, J.; Cortez, R.; Turner, M.; Percy, T.

    2011-01-01

    Fusion-based nuclear propulsion has the potential to enable fast interplanetary transportation. Due to the great distances between the planets of our solar system and the harmful radiation environment of interplanetary space, high specific impulse (Isp) propulsion in vehicles with high payload mass fractions must be developed to provide practical and safe vehicles for human spaceflight missions. The Z-Pinch dense plasma focus method is a Magneto-Inertial Fusion (MIF) approach that may potentially lead to a small, low cost fusion reactor/engine assembly1. Recent advancements in experimental and theoretical understanding of this concept suggest favorable scaling of fusion power output yield 2. The magnetic field resulting from the large current compresses the plasma to fusion conditions, and this process can be pulsed over short timescales (10(exp -6 sec). This type of plasma formation is widely used in the field of Nuclear Weapons Effects testing in the defense industry, as well as in fusion energy research. A Decade Module 2 (DM2), approx.500 KJ pulsed-power is coming to the RSA Aerophysics Lab managed by UAHuntsville in January, 2012. A Z-Pinch propulsion concept was designed for a vehicle based on a previous fusion vehicle study called "Human Outer Planet Exploration" (HOPE), which used Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) 3 propulsion. The reference mission is the transport of crew and cargo to Mars and back, with a reusable vehicle.

  2. Processes governing pinch formation in diodes

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    The process of pinch formation in large aspect ratio diodes has been studied by means of streak photography and time-resolved x-ray detectors. A tight pinch is formed at the anode center by a collapsing thin hollow electron beam. The collapse velocity depends, among other things, on the type of material in the top 1 μm layer of the anode. In a tentative model it is assumed that an anode plasma is at least partially created from gases released from the surface layer of the anode by the heating action of the beam. These gases are ionized by primary, backscattered, and secondary electrons. Ions emitted from this plasma modify the electron trajectories in the diode leading to a radial collapse of the hollow electron beam. The observed monotonic dependence of the collapse velocity on the atomic number of the anode material can be explained by the smooth dependence on Z of both the specific heat and the electron backscatter coefficient. In the case of high-Z anodes the ion expansion time appears to be the factor limiting the collapse velocity. Detailed experimental data are presented

  3. SLAC linear collider conceptual design report

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    The linear collider system is described in detail, including the transport system, the collider lattice, final focusing system, positron production, beam damping and compression, high current electron source, instrumentation and control, and the beam luminosity. The experimental facilities and the experimental uses are discussed along with the construction schedule and estimated costs. Appendices include a discussion of space charge effects in the linear accelerator, emittance growth in the collider, the final focus system, beam-beam instabilities and pinch effects, and detector backgrounds

  4. The correlation of x-ray emission with pinch energy in a 1.5 kJ plasma focus

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    Correlation of x-ray emission with pinch energy from a 1.5 kJ Mather-type plasma focus device for Ag and Sn inserts at the Cu tapered anode tip is reported. The space and time resolved x-ray emission characteristics are investigated by using a simple pinhole camera with appropriate filters and a multichannel pin-diode spectrometer. High voltage probe and Rogowski coil signals are used to estimate the pinch energy. At optimum conditions, the maximum x-ray yield in 4π-geometry is found to be 9 and 8 J/shot with efficiency of 0.6% and 0.5% for Sn and Ag inserted anodes. This is despite the fact that input energy converted to pinch energy is lower at 8% for Sn insert compared with 15% for the Ag insert. An increase in x-ray yield with an increase in pinch energy is observed for Sn as well as Ag. Pinhole images reveal that x-rays of energy less than 5 keV are emitted from the focus region and the high-energy x-rays are emanated from the anode tip

  5. The correlation of x-ray emission with pinch energy in a 1.5 kJ plasma focus

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    Hussain, S. S.; Ahmad, S.; Lee, S.; Zakaullah, M.

    2007-08-01

    Correlation of x-ray emission with pinch energy from a 1.5 kJ Mather-type plasma focus device for Ag and Sn inserts at the Cu tapered anode tip is reported. The space and time resolved x-ray emission characteristics are investigated by using a simple pinhole camera with appropriate filters and a multichannel pin-diode spectrometer. High voltage probe and Rogowski coil signals are used to estimate the pinch energy. At optimum conditions, the maximum x-ray yield in 4π-geometry is found to be 9 and 8 J/shot with efficiency of 0.6% and 0.5% for Sn and Ag inserted anodes. This is despite the fact that input energy converted to pinch energy is lower at 8% for Sn insert compared with 15% for the Ag insert. An increase in x-ray yield with an increase in pinch energy is observed for Sn as well as Ag. Pinhole images reveal that x-rays of energy less than 5 keV are emitted from the focus region and the high-energy x-rays are emanated from the anode tip.

  6. Azimuthal asymmetry of hadrons produced in antineutrino reactions

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    Preliminary results on an azimuthal asymmetry of the hadrons about the current direction in ν-barNe interactions for π- distributions are reported. The distributions of γ show a bremstrahlung effect from the muon. (author)

  7. Azimuthal Correlation of Collective Motion in Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions

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    HUO Lei; ZHANG Wei-Ning; CHEN Xiang-Jun; TANG Gui-Xin; ZHANG Jing-Bo

    2001-01-01

    The out-of-plane squeeze-out effect in relativistic heavy ion collisions is used to estimate the reaction plane by performing a modified transverse momentum analysis. A technique for investigating the azimuthal correlation between the out-of-plane squeeze-out and directed in-plane flow is described. A clear signature of the azimuthal correlation is evidenced in the 600 A MeV Au + Au reaction from the quantum molecular dynamic model calculations.

  8. Numerical analysis of ice impacts on azimuth propeller

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    Kim, Gary G.

    2013-01-01

    Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited Incorporating an azimuth/podded propulsion into an ice-capable ship brings concern in the propellers durability and lifecycle. An ice impact model was constructed to have a better understanding of collisions occurring between ice and azimuth/podded propeller for ice operation ships. A typical propeller profile was created using MATLAB and modeled in SolidWorks using realistic material properties. The ANSYS Explicit Dynamics solver was ...

  9. Exact analysis of the azimuth resolution characters of squint SAR

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    李树; 王鹰; 赵亦工

    2004-01-01

    Based on the motion of platform and the scanning rules of the squint SAR, this paper constructs an exact slant range model between a point target and APC, then presents a novel analysis method of the high resolution characters in azimuth of squint SAR. By deeply researching the length of synthetic aperture and the azimuth resolution, we give the application conditions of various formulae about the two important parameters, which is vital to the exact imaging and brief but reasonable processing.

  10. Pinch-off of rods by bulk diffusion

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    The morphology of a rod embedded in a matrix undergoing pinching by interfacial-energy-driven bulk diffusion is determined near the point of pinching. We find a self-similar solution that gives a unique temporal power law and interfacial shape prior to pinching and self-similar solutions after pinching. The theory is compared to experiments that employ in situ four-dimensional X-ray tomographic microscopy for rods of liquid or solid pinching by solute diffusion in the high-diffusivity liquid phase. The excellent agreement between experiment and theory confirms that the interfacial morphology near the singularity is universal both before and after pinching; the shape holds regardless of the material system and initial condition. This also implies that the predictions of the time-dependence of the process can be used to determine the time to pinching for a wide variety of physical systems, and thus provide estimates of the time required for capillarity-driven break-up of microstructures from the detachment of secondary dendrite arms to polymer blends.

  11. Progress on z-pinch inertial fusion energy

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    The goal of z-pinch inertial fusion energy (IFE) is to extend the single-shot z-pinch inertial confinement fusion (ICF) results on Z to a repetitive-shot z-pinch power plant concept for the economical production of electricity. Z produces up to 1.8 MJ of x-rays at powers as high as 230 TW. Recent target experiments on Z have demonstrated capsule implosion convergence ratios of 14-21 with a double-pinch driven target, and DD neutron yields up to 8x10exp10 with a dynamic hohlraum target. For z-pinch IFE, a power plant concept is discussed that uses high-yield IFE targets (3 GJ) with a low rep-rate per chamber (0.1 Hz). The concept includes a repetitive driver at 0.1 Hz, a Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL) to connect the driver to the target, high-yield targets, and a thick-liquid wall chamber. Recent funding by a U.S. Congressional initiative for $4M for FY04 is supporting research on RTLs, repetitive pulsed power drivers, shock mitigation, full RTL cycle planned experiments, high-yield IFE targets, and z-pinch power plant technologies. Recent results of research in all of these areas are discussed, and a Road Map for Z-Pinch IFE is presented. (author)

  12. Progress on Z-pinch inertial fusion energy

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    Full text: The goal of z-pinch IFE is to extend the single-shot z-pinch ICF results on Z to a repetitive shot z-pinch power plant concept for energy. Z produces up to 1.8 MJ of x-rays at powers as high as 230 TW. Results of recent target experiments on Z are discussed, including capsule implosion convergence ratios of 14-21 with a double-pinch driven target, and DD neutron yields up to 8 x 1010 with a dynamic hohlraum target. For z-pinch IFE, a power plant concept is discussed that uses high-yield targets (3 GJ) with a low rep-rate per chamber (0.1 Hz). The concept includes a repetitive driver at 0.1 Hz, a Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL) to connect the driver to the target, high-yield targets, and a thick-liquid wall chamber. Recent results on z-pinch IFE research on RTLs, repetitive drivers, shock mitigation, full RTL cycle planned experiments, high-yield IFE targets, and z-pinch power plant technologies are discussed. (author)

  13. Progress in Z-pinch inertial fusion energy.

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    Weed, John Woodruff

    2010-03-01

    The goal of z-pinch inertial fusion energy (IFE) is to extend the single-shot z-pinch inertial confinement fusion (ICF) results on Z to a repetitive-shot z-pinch power plant concept for the economical production of electricity. Z produces up to 1.8 MJ of x-rays at powers as high as 230 TW. Recent target experiments on Z have demonstrated capsule implosion convergence ratios of 14-21 with a double-pinch driven target, and DD neutron yields up to 8x10exp10 with a dynamic hohlraum target. For z-pinch IFE, a power plant concept is discussed that uses high-yield IFE targets (3 GJ) with a low rep-rate per chamber (0.1 Hz). The concept includes a repetitive driver at 0.1 Hz, a Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL) to connect the driver to the target, high-yield targets, and a thick-liquid wall chamber. Recent funding by a U.S. Congressional initiative for $4M for FY04 is supporting research on RTLs, repetitive pulsed power drivers, shock mitigation, full RTL cycle planned experiments, high-yield IFE targets, and z-pinch power plant technologies. Recent results of research in all of these areas are discussed, and a Road Map for Z-Pinch IFE is presented.

  14. Progress on Z-pinch inertial fusion energy.

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    Olson, Craig Lee

    2004-09-01

    The goal of z-pinch inertial fusion energy (IFE) is to extend the single-shot z-pinch inertial confinement fusion (ICF) results on Z to a repetitive-shot z-pinch power plant concept for the economical production of electricity. Z produces up to 1.8 MJ of x-rays at powers as high as 230 TW. Recent target experiments on Z have demonstrated capsule implosion convergence ratios of 14-21 with a double-pinch driven target, and DD neutron yields up to 8x10exp10 with a dynamic hohlraum target. For z-pinch IFE, a power plant concept is discussed that uses high-yield IFE targets (3 GJ) with a low rep-rate per chamber (0.1 Hz). The concept includes a repetitive driver at 0.1 Hz, a Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL) to connect the driver to the target, high-yield targets, and a thick-liquid wall chamber. Recent funding by a U.S. Congressional initiative for $4M for FY04 is supporting research on RTLs, repetitive pulsed power drivers, shock mitigation, full RTL cycle planned experiments, high-yield IFE targets, and z-pinch power plant technologies. Recent results of research in all of these areas are discussed, and a Road Map for Z-Pinch IFE is presented.

  15. Theoretical z -pinch scaling relations for thermonuclear-fusion experiments.

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    Stygar, W A; Cuneo, M E; Vesey, R A; Ives, H C; Mazarakis, M G; Chandler, G A; Fehl, D L; Leeper, R J; Matzen, M K; McDaniel, D H; McGurn, J S; McKenney, J L; Muron, D J; Olson, C L; Porter, J L; Ramirez, J J; Seamen, J F; Speas, C S; Spielman, R B; Struve, K W; Torres, J A; Waisman, E M; Wagoner, T C; Gilliland, T L

    2005-08-01

    We have developed wire-array z -pinch scaling relations for plasma-physics and inertial-confinement-fusion (ICF) experiments. The relations can be applied to the design of z -pinch accelerators for high-fusion-yield (approximately 0.4 GJ/shot) and inertial-fusion-energy (approximately 3 GJ/shot) research. We find that (delta(a)/delta(RT)) proportional (m/l)1/4 (Rgamma)(-1/2), where delta(a) is the imploding-sheath thickness of a wire-ablation-dominated pinch, delta(RT) is the sheath thickness of a Rayleigh-Taylor-dominated pinch, m is the total wire-array mass, l is the axial length of the array, R is the initial array radius, and gamma is a dimensionless functional of the shape of the current pulse that drives the pinch implosion. When the product Rgamma is held constant the sheath thickness is, at sufficiently large values of m/l, determined primarily by wire ablation. For an ablation-dominated pinch, we estimate that the peak radiated x-ray power P(r) proportional (I/tau(i))(3/2)Rlphigamma, where I is the peak pinch current, tau(i) is the pinch implosion time, and phi is a dimensionless functional of the current-pulse shape. This scaling relation is consistent with experiment when 13 MA fusion scale as tau(i)0.36 and tau(i)1.36, respectively. Thus the accelerator requirements decrease as the implosion time is decreased. However, the x-ray-power and thermonuclear-yield efficiencies of such a coupled system increase with tau(i). We also find that increasing the anode-cathode gap of the pinch from 2 to 4 mm increases the requisite values of P(a) and E(a) by as much as a factor of 2. PMID:16196715

  16. Multichannel spark-gap technology for staged theta-pinch machines

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    Triggered multichannel switches operating at voltages up to 180 kV with inductances of 10 to 15 nH have been developed for the staged theta-pinch machines at LASL. These multichannel devices, depending upon their design, can switch up to 30 kJ per switch with peak currents up to 1 MA. The designs of the various spark-gap configurations are discussed from a mechanical and an electrical viewpoint. The switching modes including crowbar, high-voltage start, and high-voltage holdoff low-voltage start, as well as the experimentally determined triggering characteristics, are also discussed

  17. Simulation study of toroidal phase-locking mechanism in reversed-field pinch plasma

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    The toroidal phase locking process of kink modes in the reversed-field pinch (RFP) plasma is investigated in detail by means of the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulation. The physical mechanism of phase locking is clarified. The most dominant two linearly unstable kink modes rule over the evolution of other kink modes whereby phase locking takes place. It is confirmed that the phase locking process is not a special phenomenon subject to the resistive boundary condition, but a common feature of the MHD relaxation process in the RFP. The relation between the phase locking and MHD relaxation processes is briefly discussed. (author)

  18. Stability of an RFP [reversed-field pinch] with resistive and distant boundaries

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    The linear MHD stability of current-driven modes is evaluated for a reversed field pinch in which the plasma is bounded by a thin resistive shell which is surrounded by a vacuum region out to a radius at which a perfectly conducting wall is situated. The effects of variation of the shell resistivity and wall proximity are investigated. Growth rates of tearing modes and kink modes are calculated by analytical solution based on the modified Bessel function model for the equilibrium. Relevence to experiments is discussed. 23 refs., 18 figs., 11 tabs

  19. Murakami density limit in tokamaks and reversed-field pinches

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    A theoretical upper limit for the density in an ohmically heated tokamak discharge follows from the requirement that the ohmic heating power deposited in the central current-carrying channel exceed the impurity radiative cooling in this critical region. A compact summary of our results gives this limit n/sub M/ for the central density as n/sub M/ = [Z/sub e//(Z/sub e/-1]/sup 1/2/n/sub eo/ (B/sub T//1T)(1m/R) where n/sub eo/ depends strongly on the impurity species and is remarkably independent of the central electron temperature T/sub e/(0). For T/sub e/(0) approx. 1 keV, we have n/sub eo/ = 1.5 x 1014 cm-3 for beryllium, n/sub eo/ = 5 x 1013 cm-3 for oxygen, n/sub eo/ = 1.0 x 1013 cm-3 for iron, and n/sub eo/ = 0.5 x 1013 cm-3 for tungsten. The results agree quantitatively with Murakami's original observations. A similar density limit, known as the I/N limit, exists for reversed-field pinch devices and this limit has also been evaluated for a variety of impurity species

  20. Hydraulic anisotropy characterization of pneumatic-fractured sediments using azimuthal self potential gradient

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    Wishart, D.N.; Slater, L.D.; Schnell, D.L.; Herman, G.C.

    2009-01-01

    The pneumatic fracturing technique is used to enhance the permeability and porosity of tight unconsolidated soils (e.g. clays), thereby improving the effectiveness of remediation treatments. Azimuthal self potential gradient (ASPG) surveys were performed on a compacted, unconsolidated clay block in order to evaluate their potential to delineate contaminant migration pathways in a mechanically-induced fracture network. Azimuthal resistivity (ARS) measurements were also made for comparative purposes. Following similar procedures to those used in the field, compressed kaolinite sediments were pneumatically fractured and the resulting fracture geometry characterized from strike analysis of visible fractures combined with strike data from optical borehole televiewer (BHTV) imaging. We subsequently injected a simulated treatment (electrolyte/dye) into the fractures. Both ASPG and ARS data exhibit anisotropic geoelectric signatures resulting from the fracturing. Self potentials observed during injection of electrolyte are consistent with electrokinetic theory and previous laboratory results on a fracture block model. Visual (polar plot) analysis and linear regression of cross plots show ASPG lobes are correlated with azimuths of high fracture strike density, evidence that the ASPG anisotropy is a proxy measure of hydraulic anisotropy created by the pneumatic fracturing. However, ARS data are uncorrelated with fracture strike maxima and resistivity anisotropy is probably dominated by enhanced surface conduction along azimuths of weak 'starter paths' formed from pulverization of the clay and increases in interfacial surface area. We find the magnitude of electrokinetic SP scales with the applied N2 gas pressure gradient (??PN2) for any particular hydraulically-active fracture set and that the positive lobe of the ASPG anomaly indicates the flow direction within the fracture network. These findings demonstrate the use of ASPG in characterizing the effectiveness of (1

  1. Hydraulic anisotropy characterization of pneumatic-fractured sediments using azimuthal self potential gradient

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    Wishart, DeBonne N.; Slater, Lee D.; Schnell, Deborah L.; Herman, Gregory C.

    2009-01-01

    The pneumatic fracturing technique is used to enhance the permeability and porosity of tight unconsolidated soils (e.g. clays), thereby improving the effectiveness of remediation treatments. Azimuthal self potential gradient (ASPG) surveys were performed on a compacted, unconsolidated clay block in order to evaluate their potential to delineate contaminant migration pathways in a mechanically-induced fracture network. Azimuthal resistivity (ARS) measurements were also made for comparative purposes. Following similar procedures to those used in the field, compressed kaolinite sediments were pneumatically fractured and the resulting fracture geometry characterized from strike analysis of visible fractures combined with strike data from optical borehole televiewer (BHTV) imaging. We subsequently injected a simulated treatment (electrolyte/dye) into the fractures. Both ASPG and ARS data exhibit anisotropic geoelectric signatures resulting from the fracturing. Self potentials observed during injection of electrolyte are consistent with electrokinetic theory and previous laboratory results on a fracture block model. Visual (polar plot) analysis and linear regression of cross plots show ASPG lobes are correlated with azimuths of high fracture strike density, evidence that the ASPG anisotropy is a proxy measure of hydraulic anisotropy created by the pneumatic fracturing. However, ARS data are uncorrelated with fracture strike maxima and resistivity anisotropy is probably dominated by enhanced surface conduction along azimuths of weak 'starter paths' formed from pulverization of the clay and increases in interfacial surface area. We find the magnitude of electrokinetic SP scales with the applied N 2 gas pressure gradient (Δ PN2) for any particular hydraulically-active fracture set and that the positive lobe of the ASPG anomaly indicates the flow direction within the fracture network. These findings demonstrate the use of ASPG in characterizing the effectiveness of (1

  2. Experiments with a fully toroidal Extrap Z-pinch

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    In the Extrap plasma confinement scheme, a Z-pinch is produced along the null of an octupole field generated by currents in external conductors. In the paper, studies of the discharge startup process in a fully toroidal configuration are described. Startup involves first breaking down a toroidal discharge and then driving up the current in order to reach the pinch parameter regime. Current densities of 2x106 A·m-2 have been achieved. The estimated plasma density is 6x1020m-3, and the temperature is about 4 eV. These parameters correspond to pinch conditions. (author)

  3. Thermonuclear Fusion with the Sheared Flow Stabilized Z-Pinch

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    Winterberg, F.; Wanex, L. F.

    2008-01-01

    Two basic approaches to producing thermonuclear fusion with a sheared flow stabilized z-pinch are considered. One consists of heating the entire length of the z-pinch column to the required temperatures. The other basic approach considered here involves the concept of fast ignition. A localized "hot-spot" is produced under the proper conditions to ignite a thermonuclear burn wave in the z-pinch plasma. Here we demonstrate that sheared flow stabilization is more efficient in the fast-ignition ...

  4. Laser beam plasma pinch x-ray system

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    A system is provided for producing plasma pinch X-rays usable in X-ray lithography. Ionized heated plasma vapor is repeatably generated directly from solid material by impingement of a plurality of circumferentially spaced laser beams to generate an annulus of plasma. X-rays are generated by passing high current through the annular plasma in an axial gap between the solid material target electrode and another electrode, causing magnetic field radial inward plasma pinching to a central constricted area further heating the plasma and emitting X-rays. A central axially directed laser may further heat the plasma in the pinched area

  5. Radio frequency wave experiments on the MST reversed field pinch

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    Experiments, simulations, and theory all indicate that the magnetic fluctuations responsible for the poor confinement in the reversed field pinch (RFP) can be controlled by altering the radial profile of the current density. The magnetic fluctuations in the RFP are due to resistive MHD instabilities caused by current profile peaking; thus confinement in the RFP is ultimately the result of a misalignment between inductively driven current profiles and the stable current profiles characteristic of the Taylor state. If a technique such as rf current drive can be developed to non-inductively sustain a Taylor state (a current profile linearly stable to all tearing modes), the confinement of the RFP and its potential as a reactor concept are likely to increase. Whether there is a self-consistent path from poor confinement to greatly improved confinement through current profile modification is an issue for future experiments to address if and only if near term experiments can demonstrate: (1) coupling to and the propagation of rf waves in RFP plasmas, (2) efficient current drive, and (3) control of the power deposition which will make it possible to control the current profile. In this paper, modeling results and experimental plans are presented for two rf experiments which have the potential of satisfying these three goals: high-nparallel lower hybrid (LH) waves and electron Bernstein waves (EBWs)

  6. Breaking symmetry in propagation of radially and azimuthally polarized high power laser pulses in underdense plasma

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    Pathak, Naveen; Nakanii, Nobuhiko; Masuda, Shinichi; Hosokai, Tomonao; Kodama, R

    2015-01-01

    Propagation of relativistically intense azimuthally or radially polarized laser pulses (RPP) in underdense plasmas is demonstrated to be unstable, via 3D particle-in-cell simulation and disregarding the Kerr non-linearity. Strong pulse filamentation occurs for RPP in transversely uniform plasma with an increment, $\\Gamma$, close to the well-known one depending on acceleration, $\\alpha$, and modulated density gradient length, $L$, as $\\Gamma \\approx (\\alpha/L)^{1/2}$. In deep plasma channels the instability vanishes. Electron self-injection and acceleration by the resulting laser pulse wake is explored.

  7. Compression Models for Plasma Focus Devices

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    Using a numerical model that calculates the dynamics of Plasma Focus devices, we compared the results of three different compression models of the plasma pinch.One of the main objectives in this area is to develop a simplified model to calculate the neutron production of Plasma Focus devices, to study the influence of the main parameters in this neutron yield.The dynamics is thoroughly studied, and the model predicts fairly well values such as maximum currents and times for pinch collapse.Therefore, we evaluate here different models of pinch compression, to try to predict the neutron production with good agreement with the rest of the variables involved.To fulfill this requirement, we have experimental results of neutron production as a function of deuterium filling pressure in the chamber, and typical values of other main variables in the dynamics of the current sheet

  8. Design of a medical non-linear drilling device: the influence of twist and wear on the fatigue behaviour of NiTi wires subjected to bending rotation

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    Wagner, M.; Frenzel, J.; Eggeler, G. [Lehrstuhl Werkstoffwissenschaften, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, 44780 Bochum (Germany); Richter, J.; Groenemeyer, D. [Institut fuer Mikrotherapie, Universitaet Witten/ Herdecke (Germany)

    2004-05-01

    This paper considers fundamental and experimental aspects associated with the engineering design of a medical, non-linear drilling device which exploits shape memory pseudoelasticity of NiTi wires. For this application it is important that the NiTi wires have a good fatigue resistance. This is why the present authors have previously determined the influence of various parameters on cyclic life, crack growth and stress state of pseudoelastic wires subjected to bending rotation fatigue. The actual drilling device has to withstand twist in addition to bending rotation because the free rotation is constrained by friction between the drill head and the bone material. In addition, friction between the wire and a NiTi guiding tube results in wear and this may well promote fatigue crack nucleation. In this paper, we explain the function of the medical drill. We then report results on the effect of the additional parameters (1) twist and (2) wear on the fatigue life of thin pseudoelastic NiTi wires. We finally discuss the implications of our experimental results for the design process of the medical drilling device. (Abstract Copyright [2004], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.) [German] Dieser Artikel behandelt Voruntersuchungen fuer die Entwicklung eines medizinischen nicht-linearen Bohrsystems. Aus materialwissenschaftlicher Sicht spielt die Ermuedung der mechanischen Komponenten aus NiTi eine wichtige Rolle. Die Autoren haben in bisherigen Studien den Einfluss verschiedener Parameter auf Lebensdauer, Risswachstum und Spannungszustand in pseudoelastischen Draehten waehrend Umlaufbiegung ermittelt. Der Draht im eigentlichen Bohrsystem wird jedoch nicht ausschliesslich durch reine Umlaufbiegung, sondern zusaetzlich durch eine Verdrillung aufgrund der Reibung zwischen Bohrkopf und Knochengewebe, belastet. Ausserdem bewirkt die Reibung zwischen dem Draht und einem Fuehrungsrohr aus NiTi Verschleiss; diese Materialschaedigung stellt einen weiteren Mechanismus zur Risseinleitung dar. In

  9. Alfven wave heating of a theta pinch

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    The process of shear Alfven wave resonant absorption for plasma heating has been applied to a theta pinch. The m=1 mode is excited by means of a helical launching structure with a given wavelength, at a number of different frequencies. When the frequency lies in the continuous Alfven spectrum the kink energy is transferred to the Alfven wave and then is rapidly thermalized. The heating power is measured by a diamagnetic probe. It is shown that the probe signal can be treated as a thermodynamic variable permitting an exact energy balance to be deduced. The measured resonance curve of the heating power is in agreement with the predicted behaviour. A 50% efficiency is achieved and the coupling between the plasma and the external circuit is strong, in spite of the high compression ratio. (author)

  10. The interrupted Z-pinch dynamics modeling

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    The Z-pinch has been formed in the discharge between two cone-shaped copper electrodes (top angle 90o and diameter 10 mm each, interelectrode distance 10 mm) placed in a glass vacuum chamber filled with the air under the pressure 5kPa. The used energy source - 3 μF condenser battery - was charged to a voltage of 18 kV and the discharge current reached its maximum 50 kA at a time 1 μs after the breakdown. The discharge was studied by the Michelson interferometry and Schlieren methods. The Michelson interferometry enabled to average the electron density calculations under the assumption of Z-pinch cylindrical geometry. The Schlieren method with variable diameter of the focal point disk screen was used to study the small scale concentration gradients in the filaments of the discharge. Both methods, the Michelson interferometry and the Schlieren method, comprise a ruby laser switched in the Q-regime as the light source. The laser light pulse duration was 0.04 μs. Due to the synchronization and the delay of the light pulse from the discharge ignition, there was a possibility to get a series of experiments. The experiments were carried out every 0.1 μs during the 1 μs time interval after the discharge ignition, the results were registered with a camera. During every discharge there was taken one snap only, but the sequence of measurements was very well acceptable for the discharge evolution study due to the discharge good repeatability (25% variance about a mean). (author) 2 refs., 5 figs

  11. Nonlocal transport in the reversed field pinch

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    Several heuristic models for nonlocal transport in plasmas have been developed, but they have had a limited possibility of detailed comparison with experimental data. Nonlocal aspects introduced by the existence of a known spectrum of relatively stable saturated tearing modes in a low current reversed field pinch (RFP) offers a unique possibility for such a study. A numerical modeling of the magnetic structure and associated particle transport is carried out for the RFP experiment at the Consorzio RFX, Padova, Italy. A reproduction of the tearing mode spectrum with a guiding center code (White and Chance 1984 Phys. Fluids 27 2455) reliably reproduces the observed soft x-ray tomography. Following particle trajectories in the stochastic magnetic field shows the transport across the unperturbed flux surfaces to be due to a spectrum of Levy flights, with the details of the spectrum position dependent. The resulting transport is subdiffusive, and cannot be described by Rechester-Rosenbluth diffusion, which depends on a random phase approximation. If one attempts to fit the local transport phenomenologically, the subdiffusion can be fit with a combination of diffusion and inward pinch (Spizzo et al 2007 Phys. Plasmas 14 102310). It is found that whereas passing particles explore the stochastic field and hence participate in Levy flights, the trapped particles experience normal neoclassical diffusion. A two fluid nonlocal Montroll equation is used to model this transport, with a Levy flight defined as the motion of an ion during the period that the pitch has one sign. The necessary input to the Montroll equation consists of a time distribution for the Levy flights, given by the pitch angle scattering operator, and a distribution of the flight distances, determined numerically using a guiding center code. Results are compared with the experiment. The relation of this formulation to fractional kinetics is also described.

  12. Z-pinch driven fusion energy

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    The Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) is the most powerful multi-module synchronized pulsed-power accelerator in the world. Rapid development of z-pinch loads on Z has led to outstanding progress in the last few years, resulting in radiative powers of up to 280 TW in 4 ns and a total radiated x-ray energy of 1.8 MJ. The present goal is to demonstrate single-shot, high-yield fusion capsules. Pulsed power is a robust and inexpensive technology, which should be well suited for Inertial Fusion Energy, but a rep-rated capability is needed. Recent developments have led to a viable conceptual approach for a rep-rated z-pinch power plant for IFE. This concept exploits the advantages of going to high yield (a few GJ) at low rep-rate (approximately 0.1 Hz), and using a Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL) to provide the necessary standoff between the fusion target and the power plant chamber. In this approach, a portion of the transmission line near the capsule is replaced after each shot. The RTL should be constructed of materials that can easily be separated from the liquid coolant stream and refabricated for a subsequent shots. One possibility is that most of the RTL is formed by casting FLiBe, a salt composed of fluorine, lithium, and beryllium, which is an attractive choice for the reactor coolant, with chemically compatible lead or tin on the surface to provide conductivity. The authors estimate that fusion yields greater than 1 GJ will be required for efficient generation of electricity. Calculations indicate that the first wall will have an acceptable lifetime with these high yields if blast mitigation techniques are used. Furthermore, yields above 5 GJ may allow the use of a compact blanket direct conversion scheme

  13. Z-pinch driven fusion energy

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    SLUTZ,STEPHEN A.; OLSON,CRAIG L.; ROCHAU,GARY E.; DERZON,MARK S.; PETERSON,P.F.; DEGROOT,J.S.; JENSEN,N.; MILLER,G.

    2000-05-30

    The Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) is the most powerful multi-module synchronized pulsed-power accelerator in the world. Rapid development of z-pinch loads on Z has led to outstanding progress in the last few years, resulting in radiative powers of up to 280 TW in 4 ns and a total radiated x-ray energy of 1.8 MJ. The present goal is to demonstrate single-shot, high-yield fusion capsules. Pulsed power is a robust and inexpensive technology, which should be well suited for Inertial Fusion Energy, but a rep-rated capability is needed. Recent developments have led to a viable conceptual approach for a rep-rated z-pinch power plant for IFE. This concept exploits the advantages of going to high yield (a few GJ) at low rep-rate ({approximately} 0.1 Hz), and using a Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL) to provide the necessary standoff between the fusion target and the power plant chamber. In this approach, a portion of the transmission line near the capsule is replaced after each shot. The RTL should be constructed of materials that can easily be separated from the liquid coolant stream and refabricated for a subsequent shots. One possibility is that most of the RTL is formed by casting FLiBe, a salt composed of fluorine, lithium, and beryllium, which is an attractive choice for the reactor coolant, with chemically compatible lead or tin on the surface to provide conductivity. The authors estimate that fusion yields greater than 1 GJ will be required for efficient generation of electricity. Calculations indicate that the first wall will have an acceptable lifetime with these high yields if blast mitigation techniques are used. Furthermore, yields above 5 GJ may allow the use of a compact blanket direct conversion scheme.

  14. Sawteeth in the MST reversed field pinch

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    A dynamo mechanism has been used in astrophysics to explain the self-generation of the magnetic fields observed throughout the universe. This same type of phenomenon is believed to occur in the reversed field pinch (RFP) plasmas. The RFP dynamo has been a major theoretical and experimental investigation since the first observations of the self-reversal process in early pinch research. A discrete dynamo event has been observed in the experimental RFP plasmas; this event is termed the RFP sawtooth. This phenomenon is similar to the sawtooth phenomenon observed in tokamak plasmas, but the two events differ in many respects. Both events are a result of the inward diffusion of the plasma current density. This causes the plasma to become unstable to the m = 1 tearing modes. It has been shown theoretically that the nonlinear interaction of these modes can generate the reversed toroidal field in the RFP. This thesis is a study of the RFP sawtooth phenomenon on the MST RFP. This includes experimental observations as well as 1-D numerical simulations of the sawtooth rise-time. During the rise-time of the sawtooth, the plasma is undergoing a purely diffusive process -- no dynamo is occurring during this phase. The dynamo only occurs during the sawtooth crash. During the rise-time, the m = 1 modes are observed to grow, and nonlinear interactions are observed prior to the sawtooth crash. At the time of the crash, many of the plasma profiles are flattened; these include the current density, the plasma temperature and the plasma density. The period of the sawteeth is observed to increase with the plasma current, as well as the magnetic Reynolds number, S

  15. Dynamics of two microscale DPF devices

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    Dense plasma focus (DPF) devices are coaxial transient discharge devices capable of generating plasma densities greater than 1016 cm−3 with ion temperatures in excess of 1 keV by compression resulting from strong magnetic fields created by high pulsed current. They are predominately used for high energy particle generation, but they are also convenient for investigating pinch dynamics due to their relatively fast repetition rates. These devices have been extensively studied at length scales on the order of cm, and this work helps to bridge understanding of larger low pressure pinches and more recent moderate energy density sources with novel applications like portable sources for high energy particles. In this research, the dynamics of two significantly smaller DPF devices operating in 50–190 torr He at  <5 J/pulse with anode radii of 550 μm and 100 μm have been investigated using a 50 ns gated ICCD to image discharges throughout their lifetimes. Typical discharge stages of breakdown, rundown, pinch and expansion are observed for the microscale DPF. Images during the breakdown process are compared with respect to their symmetry, the velocity of their features, and their relative pinch intensities. Applicable scaling parameters are also compared to those of other DPF devices. In addition, the applicability of Knudsen scaling to DPF operation is introduced. The images show that as the anode radius decreases, breakdown and rundown features tend towards symmetry at higher pressure and near the Paschen minimum. (paper)

  16. Turbulent equipartition pinch of toroidal momentum in spherical torus

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    We present a new analytic expression for turbulent equipartition (TEP) pinch of toroidal angular momentum originating from magnetic field inhomogeneity of spherical torus (ST) plasmas. Starting from a conservative modern nonlinear gyrokinetic equation (Hahm et al 1988 Phys. Fluids 31 2670), we derive an expression for pinch to momentum diffusivity ratio without using a usual tokamak approximation of B ∝ 1/R which has been previously employed for TEP momentum pinch derivation in tokamaks (Hahm et al 2007 Phys. Plasmas 14 072302). Our new formula is evaluated for model equilibria of National Spherical Torus eXperiment (NSTX) (Ono et al 2001 Nucl. Fusion 41 1435) and Versatile Experiment Spherical Torus (VEST) (Chung et al 2013 Plasma Sci. Technol. 15 244) plasmas. Our result predicts stronger inward pinch for both cases, as compared to the prediction based on the tokamak formula. (paper)

  17. The TITAN reversed-field-pinch fusion reactor study

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    This paper on titan plasma engineering contains papers on the following topics: reversed-field pinch as a fusion reactor; parametric systems studies; magnetics; burning-plasma simulations; plasma transient operations; current drive; and physics issues for compact RFP reactors

  18. A Z-Pinch Driven Fusion Reactor Concept

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    Derzon, Mark; Rochau, Gregory; Spielman, Rick; Slutz, Stephen; Rochau, G. E.; Peterson, R. R.; Peterson, P. F.

    1999-11-01

    Recent z-pinch target physics progress has encouraged us to consider how a power reactor could be configured based on a fast z-pinch driver. Initial cost estimates show that recyclable transmission lines (RTLs) are economically viable. Providing 'standoff' between the primary power supply and the target, which is what disposable RTLs provide, has historically been the main obstacle to the consideration of pinches as fusion drivers. We will be introducing basic reactor scaling in terms of shot rate, yield, tritium breeding and neutron flux, etc. This concept has advantages in that z-pinches provide a robust mechanical environment, as well as a chamber which does not require low-pressure pumping between shots and the wall lifetime is expected to be limited factors other than neutron damage. Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the United States Department of Energy under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  19. Behavior of the reversed field pinch with nonideal boundary conditions

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    The linear and nonlinear magnetohydrodynamic stability of current-driven modes are studied for a reversed field pinch with nonideal boundary conditions. The plasma is bounded by a thin resistive shell surrounded by a vacuum region out to a radius at which a perfectly conducting wall is situated. The distant wall and the thin shell problems are studied by removing either the resistive shell or the conducting wall. Linearly, growth rates of tearing modes and kink modes are calculated by analytical solutions based on the modified Bessel function model for the equilibrium. The effects of variation of the shell resistivity and wall proximity on the growth rates are investigated. The modes that may be important in different parameter regimes and with different boundary conditions are identified. The nonlinear behaviors are studied with a three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamics code. The fluctuations generally rise with increasing distance between the conducting wall and the plasma. The enhanced fluctuation induced v x b electric field primarily oppose toroidal current; hence, loop voltage must increase to sustain the constant. Quasilinear interaction between modes typically associated with the dynamo action is identified as the most probable nonlinear destabilization mechanism. The helicity and energy balance properties of the simulation results are discussed. The interruption of current density along field lines intersecting the resistive shell is shown to lead to surface helicity leakage. This effect is intimately tied to stability, as fluctuation induced v x b electric field is necessary to transport the helicity to the surface. In this manner, all aspects of helicity balance, i.e., injection, transport, and dissipation, are considered self-consistently. The importance of the helicity and energy dissipation by the mean components of the magnetic field and current density is discussed. 88 refs., 41 figs., 3 tabs

  20. Impact of PINCH expression on survival in colorectal cancer patients

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    The adaptor protein PINCH is overexpressed in the stroma of several types of cancer, and is an independent prognostic marker in colorectal cancer. In this study we further investigate the relationship of PINCH and survival regarding the response to chemotherapy in colorectal cancer. Paraffin-embedded tissue sections from 251 primary adenocarcinomas, 149 samples of adjacent normal mucosa, 57 samples of distant normal mucosa and 75 lymph node metastases were used for immunohistochemical staining. Stromal staining for PINCH increased from normal mucosa to primary tumour to metastasis. Strong staining in adjacent normal mucosa was related to worse survival independently of sex, age, tumour location, differentiation and stage (p = 0.044, HR, 1.60, 95% CI, 1.01-2.52). PINCH staining at the invasive margin tended to be related to survival (p = 0.051). In poorly differentiated tumours PINCH staining at the invasive margin was related to survival independently of sex, age and stage (p = 0.013, HR, 1.90, 95% CI, 1.14-3.16), while in better differentiated tumours it was not. In patients with weak staining, adjuvant chemotherapy was related to survival (p = 0.010, 0.013 and 0.013 in entire tumour area, invasive margin and inner tumour area, respectively), but not in patients with strong staining. However, in the multivariate analysis no such relationship was seen. PINCH staining in normal adjacent mucosa was related to survival. Further, PINCH staining at the tumour invasive margin was related to survival in poorly differentiated tumours but not in better differentiated tumours, indicating that the impact of PINCH on prognosis was dependent on differentiation status

  1. Linear integrated circuits

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    Carr, Joseph

    1996-01-01

    The linear IC market is large and growing, as is the demand for well trained technicians and engineers who understand how these devices work and how to apply them. Linear Integrated Circuits provides in-depth coverage of the devices and their operation, but not at the expense of practical applications in which linear devices figure prominently. This book is written for a wide readership from FE and first degree students, to hobbyists and professionals.Chapter 1 offers a general introduction that will provide students with the foundations of linear IC technology. From chapter 2 onwa

  2. The ZaP Flow Z-Pinch Project

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    The results from the ZaP experiment are consistent with the theoretical predictions of sheared flow stabilization. Z pinches with a sheared flow are generated in the ZaP experiment using a coaxial accelerator coupled to an assembly region. The current sheet in the accelerator initially acts as a snowplow. As the Z pinch forms, plasma formation in the accelerator transits to a deflagration process. The plasma exits the accelerator and maintains the flow in the Z pinch. During the quiescent period in the magnetic mode activity at z=0 cm, a stable Z pinch is seen on the axis of the assembly region. The evolution of the axial velocity profile shows a large velocity shear is measured at the edge of the Z pinch during the quiescent period. The velocity shear is above the theoretical threshold. As the velocity shear decreases towards 0.1kVA, the predicted stability threshold, the quiescent period ends. The present understanding of the ZaP experiment shows that it may be possible for the Z pinch to operate in a steady state if the deflagration process can be maintained by constantly supplying neutral gas or plasma to the accelerator

  3. Sausage mode of a high density Z-pinch

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    In Z-pinch experiments at Maxwell Laboratories, Inc., growth rates have been measured by observing optical emission along the pinch axis. Growth rates estimated by means of the usual model of a pinch involving an incompressible fluid and a surface current are too large by a factor of 2-4. X-ray pinhole photographs generally have the appearance of a series of beads that would be expected from instability of the sausage mode. In some cases, particularly the implosion of large diameter wire arrays with BLACKJACK 5, the beads disappear and only the kink instability is apparent. Generalizing the pinch model to include compressibility does not significantly alter the predictions. A further generalization to include distributed current has therefore been considered. It seems likely that the current can penetrate significantly during the lifetime of the pinch. We consider a model of the pinch that is initially an infinite cylinder. For the sausage mode, stability is determined by a simple second order differential equation together with the boundary condition that follows from the wave number and the frequency of the instability

  4. Short-lived radioisotopes scaling with energy in plasma focus device

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    Kakavandi, Javad A.; Roshan, Mahmood V.; Habibi, Morteza

    2016-03-01

    The computational investigation of the correlation between the achievable reaction yield and discharge energy for a plasma focus device (PFD) is presented. Radioisotope production in PFDs with applicable activities is highly dependent on establishing the related scaling law. Carbon target is bombarded by high energy deuterons and short-lived radioisotope of 13N is produced through 12C(d,n)13N in which the threshold energy is not very high. Both computed and measured ion energy spectra are used to estimate and optimize the scaling law. It is shown that the number of ions emitted from the pinch region for a device operating under optimized conditions is linearly proportional to the discharge energy of the PFD.

  5. X-pinch Plasma and its Applications%X箍缩放电等离子体及其应用

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    王新新

    2012-01-01

    that are extremely weak in x-ray absorption. The mechanism and discharge of X-pinch were briefly introduced in section 1, then X-pinch device and the matching of X-pinch load to the current were described in section 2. X-ray emission from X-pinch was shown in detail in section 3 and finally the examples of using X-pinch for x-ray radiography were given in section 4.

  6. Numerical simulation of reflectometry density measurements in a reversed field pinch

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    The reflection of an Ordinary Wave from its cut-off at the electron plasma frequency can be exploited to measure the density profile of laboratory plasmas. We present two codes for the numerical simulation of broad band reflectometry on a Reversed Field Pinch. The RAYRFP code evaluates the h.f. field distribution in the geometric optic approximation. It can rapidly simulate a frequency scan by evaluating the optical length of the 'central' ray. It can also be used for example to estimate the angular spread of the reflected wave due to refraction and reflection from a cylindrical convex surface. Because of the large shear characteristic of Reversed Field Pinches, coupling between the ordinary and the extraordinary modes in the plasma can be important. Mode mixing is investigated by solving the full wave equation for nearly equatorial waves with a finite element code FELRFP. The results show that indeed a non negligible amount of power can be transferred from the launched O-mode to the unwanted X-mode (or viceversa). Although stronger in small devices, this effect can also be substantial when the optical path is long, even in plasmas so large that the variation of B per wavelength is small. The mixing coefficient is found to be an oscillating function of frequency, indicating that the excitation of standing waves between the plasma edge and the cut-offs also plays a role. Nevertheless, the implementation of reflectometry should still be possible without difficulty in sufficiently large devices. (orig.)

  7. Roll-to-roll fabricated lab-on-a-chip devices

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    Vig, Asger Laurberg; Mäkelä, Tapio; Majander, Päivi;

    2011-01-01

    We present a high-volume fabrication technique for making polymer lab-on-a-chip devices. Microfluidic separation devices, relying on pinched flow fraction, are roll-to-roll fabricated in a cellulose acetate (CA) film at a volume of 360 devices h−1 for a cost of approximately 0.5 euro/device. The ...

  8. Z-Pinch Pulsed Plasma Propulsion Technology Development

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    Polsgrove, Tara; Adams, Robert B.; Fabisinski, Leo; Fincher, Sharon; Maples, C. Dauphne; Miernik, Janie; Percy, Tom; Statham, Geoff; Turner, Matt; Cassibry, Jason; Cortez, Ross; Santarius, John

    2010-01-01

    Fusion-based propulsion can enable fast interplanetary transportation. Magneto-inertial fusion (MIF) is an approach which has been shown to potentially lead to a low cost, small reactor for fusion break even. The Z-Pinch/dense plasma focus method is an MIF concept in which a column of gas is compressed to thermonuclear conditions by an axial current (I approximates 100 MA). Recent advancements in experiments and the theoretical understanding of this concept suggest favorable scaling of fusion power output yield as I(sup 4). This document presents a conceptual design of a Z-Pinch fusion propulsion system and a vehicle for human exploration. The purpose of this study is to apply Z-Pinch fusion principles to the design of a propulsion system for an interplanetary spacecraft. This study took four steps in service of that objective; these steps are identified below. 1. Z-Pinch Modeling and Analysis: There is a wealth of literature characterizing Z-Pinch physics and existing Z-Pinch physics models. In order to be useful in engineering analysis, simplified Z-Pinch fusion thermodynamic models are required to give propulsion engineers the quantity of plasma, plasma temperature, rate of expansion, etc. The study team developed these models in this study. 2. Propulsion Modeling and Analysis: While the Z-Pinch models characterize the fusion process itself, propulsion models calculate the parameters that characterize the propulsion system (thrust, specific impulse, etc.) The study team developed a Z-Pinch propulsion model and used it to determine the best values for pulse rate, amount of propellant per pulse, and mixture ratio of the D-T and liner materials as well as the resulting thrust and specific impulse of the system. 3. Mission Analysis: Several potential missions were studied. Trajectory analysis using data from the propulsion model was used to determine the duration of the propulsion burns, the amount of propellant expended to complete each mission considered. 4

  9. Azimuthal asymmetries of the unpolarized cross-section at HERMES

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    Giordano, Francesca [INFN, Sez. Ferrara, Ferrara (Italy)

    2009-07-01

    in unpolarized semi-inclusive deep inelastic scattering azimuthal cos{phi} and cos2{phi} modulations of the hadron distributions originate from quark intrinsic transverse momentum and transverse spin. these azimuthal modulations are extracted from data of the HERMES experiment corrected for instrumental and radiative contributions by a multidimensional (x,y,z,P{sub h} {sub perpendicular} {sub to}) unfolding procedure. to access flavor dependent informations about quark intrinsic transverse momenta and spin-orbit correlations, results are presented for hydrogen and deuterium targets and separately for positive and negative hadrons. this flavor sensitivity of the results enhances the discrimination power between the theoretical models in the HERMES kinematical regime.

  10. Azimuthal dependence of collective expansion for symmetric heavy ion collisions

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    Stoicea, G; Andronic, A; Herrmann, N; Alard, J P; Basrak, Z; Barret, V; Bastid, N; Caplar, R; Crochet, Philippe; Dupieux, P; Dzelalija, M; Fodor, Z; Hartmann, O; Hildenbrand, K D; Hong, B; Kecskeméti, J; Kim, Y J; Kirejczyk, M; Korolija, M; Kotte, R; Kress, T; Lebedev, A; Leifels, Y; López, X; Merschmeyer, M; Neubert, W; Pelte, D; Ramires, F; Reisdorf, W; Schull, D; Seres, Z; Sikora, B; Sim, K S; Simion, V; Siwek-Wilczynska, K; Smolyankin, V T; Stockmeier, M R; Wisniewski, K; Wohlfarth, D; Yushmanov, I E; Zhilin, A; Danielewicz, P

    2004-01-01

    Detailed studies of the azimuthal dependence of the mean fragment and flow energies in the Au+Au and Xe+CsI systems are reported as a function of incident energy and centrality. Comparisons between data and model calculations show that the flow energy values along different azimuthal directions could be viewed as snapshots of the fireball expansion with different exposure times. For the same number of participating nucleons more transversally elongated participant shapes from the heavier system produce less collective transverse energy. Good agreement with BUU calculations is obtained for a soft nuclear equation of state.

  11. Azimuthal instabilities of the Gribov-Levin-Ryskin equation

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    2016-01-01

    We introduce the phenomenology of elliptic flow in nuclear collisions, and argue that its scaling across energies, rapidities and system sizes could be suggestive of a QCD-based rather than a hydrodynamical explanation. As a hypothesis for such an explanation, we show that the GLR equation develops unstable modes when the parton distribution function is generalized to depend on azimuthal angle. This generally means the structure function aquires an azimuthal dependence. We argue that this process is a plausible alternative explanation for the origin of elliptic flow, one that naturally respects the scaling experimentally observed.

  12. Tangential soft-x ray imaging for three-dimensional structural studies in a reversed field pinch

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    Tangential soft-x ray (SXR) imaging diagnostic has been developed and three-dimensional (3D) structure of the internal magnetic surface has been deduced by comparing the experimental and calculated two-dimensional SXR images in a reversed field pinch. The SXR imaging system, consisting of a MCP, a fluorescent plate, and an intensified charge coupled device camera, has been installed in REversed field pinch of Low-Aspect-ratio eXperiment (RELAX) machine. Major characteristics of an experimental SXR image could be reproduced by numerical calculations of the image using a single island model, suggesting a helical hot core in RELAX. The SXR imaging system could be useful for 3D structural studies when tangential and vertical simultaneous imaging systems would be installed, with appropriate numerical modeling of 3D structure of the magnetic surfaces.

  13. Complex Dynamics of Line-tied Flux Ropes and Screw Pinches

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    Brookhart, Matthew; Stemo, Aaron; Zuberbier, Amanda; Forest, Cary

    2014-10-01

    It has been suggested that flux ropes - self-contained plasma structures with axial current and magnetic field - may be the basic building blocks of many astrophysical plasmas. Many of these plasmas - including coronal loops, the solar wind, and astrophysical jets - also show ``line-tying'' where the ends of flux ropes are magnetically fixed. The Line-tied Reconnection Experiment is a basic plasma research facility designed to study the behavior, instability, and self-organization of multiple line-tied flux ropes in a variety of geometries and plasma conditions. The recent construction of a 300 coil magnetic probe array has allowed for direct, time and space resolved observations of flux rope dynamics in a wide range of conditions. Complex dynamics of 2 and 3 flux ropes are observed both with and without background plasma. These plasmas exhibit complex instabilities and interactions. Observations show that larger numbers of flux ropes merge into azimuthally-symmetric screw pinch equilibria. High safety factor kink-like instabilities are seen in both hollow and reversed current profile plasmas, akin to tokamak current holes and certain models of solar flares. The equilibria, instability criteria, and dynamics of these plasmas are explored. Supported by DOE.

  14. Application of reversed ultra-fast theta-pinch to a tokamak plasma

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    A reversed ultra-fast theta-pinch using a Blumlein circuit is applied to an ordinary tokamak plasma to provide of further heating. A large amplitude magnetic wave is excited and propagates radially into the plasma and is expected to heat it turbulently by its passage, the plasma cross-section remaining unchanged. A preliminary experiment in a straight machine showed some interesting results. A small, fat torus has been constructed whose major diameter is 50 cm and minor is 24 cm. The conducting shell also serves as the thetatron coil. The toroidal magnetic field is, 7 kG and the plasma current of 30 kA flows for about 10 ms. The Blumlein line charged to 100 kV is closed at the time of the plasma current maximum. The induced azimuthal electric field is estimated to be 0.4 kV/cm along the tube wall in the case of vacuum. The rise time of the magnetic field is 200 ns. (author)

  15. Entropy generation reduction through chemical pinch analysis

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    The pinch analysis (PA) concept emerged, late '80s, as one of the methods to address the energy management in the new era of sustainable development. It was derived from combined first and second law analysis, as a technique ensuring a better thermal integration, aiming the minimization of entropy production or, equivalently, exergy destruction by heat exchanger networks (HEN). Although its ascendance from the second law analysis is questionable, the PA reveals as a widespread tool, nowadays, helping in energy savings mostly through a more rational use of utilities. Unfortunately, as principal downside, one should be aware that the global minimum entropy production is seldom attained, since the PA does not tackle the whole plant letting aside the chemical reactors or separation trains. The chemical reactor network (CRN) is responsible for large amounts of entropy generation (exergy losses), mainly due to the combined composition and temperature change. The chemical pinch analysis (CPA) concept focuses on, simultaneously, the entropy generation reduction of both CRN and HEN, while keeping the state and working parameters of the plant in the range of industrial interest. The fundamental idea of CPA is to include the CRN (through the chemical reaction heat developed in reactors) into the HEN and to submit this extended system to the PA. This is accomplished by replacing the chemical reactor with a virtual heat exchanger system producing the same amount of entropy. For an endothermic non-adiabatic chemical reactor, the (stepwise infinitesimal) supply heat δq flows from a source (an external/internal heater) to the stream undergoing the chemical transformation through the reactor, which in turn releases the heat of reaction ΔHR to a virtual cold stream flowing through a virtual cooler. For an exothermic non-adiabatic chemical reactor, the replacement is likewise, but the heat flows oppositely. Thus, in the practice of designing or retrofitting a flowsheet, in order to

  16. Magneto Rayleigh-Taylor, Sausage, and Kink Instability Experiments on a MegaAmpere Linear Transformer Driver

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    Yager-Elorriaga, D. A.; Steiner, A. M.; Patel, S. G.; Jordan, N. M.; Gilgenbach, R. M.; Lau, Y. Y.; Weis, M. R.; Zhang, P.

    2015-11-01

    At the Michigan Accelerator for Inductive Z-Pinch Experiments (MAIZE) facility, a 1-MA Linear Transformer Driver (LTD) is being used to deliver 500-600 kA to cylindrical liners in order to study the magneto Rayleigh-Taylor (MRT), sausage, and kink instabilities in imploding and exploding Al plasmas. The liners studied in this experiment had thicknesses of 400 nm to 30 μm, heights of 1-2 cm, and diameters of 1-6 mm. The plasmas were imaged using 4-time-frame, laser shadowgraphy and shearing-interferometry at 532 nm. For imploding liners, the measured acceleration was found to be less than predicted from the current pulse, indicating significant diffusion of the azimuthal magnetic field. A simple experimental configuration is presented for ``end-on'' laser probing in the r- θ plane in order to study the interior of the liner. Finally, the effects of axial magnetic fields are determined by modifying the return current posts and incorporating external coils. Experimental growth rates are determined and discussed. This work was supported by DOE award DE-SC0012328. S.G. Patel supported by Sandia National Labs. D.A. Yager was supported by NSF fellowship grant DGE 1256260.

  17. Linear stability analysis of supersonic axisymmetric jets

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Stabilities of supersonic jets are examined with different velocities, momentum thicknesses, and core temperatures. Amplification rates of instability waves at inlet are evaluated by linear stability theory (LST. It is found that increased velocity and core temperature would increase amplification rates substantially and such influence varies for different azimuthal wavenumbers. The most unstable modes in thin momentum thickness cases usually have higher frequencies and azimuthal wavenumbers. Mode switching is observed for low azimuthal wavenumbers, but it appears merely in high velocity cases. In addition, the results provided by linear parabolized stability equations show that the mean-flow divergence affects the spatial evolution of instability waves greatly. The most amplified instability waves globally are sometimes found to be different from that given by LST.

  18. Radial and Azimuthal Anisotropic Structure of the North American Upper Mantle From Inversion of Surface Waveform Data

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    Marone, F.; Romanowicz, B.

    2005-12-01

    Seismic anisotropy provides insight into paleo and recent deformation processes and therefore mantle dynamics. To date, our knowledge of the North American anisotropic structure arises mainly from global tomographic models or SKS splitting studies which lack horizontal and vertical resolution respectively, and are limited to either radial or azimuthal anisotropy. Our goal is a high resolution model for the North American upper mantle incorporating both radial and azimuthal anisotropy. We hope to achieve unprecedented lateral and depth resolution by improving both current methodology and data coverage. In a first step, we inverted long period waveform data simultaneously for perturbations in the isotropic S-velocity structure and the anisotropic parameter ξ=vSH2/vSV2, in the framework of normal mode asymptotic coupling theory (NACT). The resulting 2D broad band sensitivity kernels allow us to exploit the information contained in long period seismograms for body, fundamental and higher mode surface waves at the same time. To ensure high quality of the retrieved regional upper mantle structure, accurate crustal corrections are essential. Here, we follow an approach which goes beyond the linear perturbation approximation and split the correction into a linear and non-linear part. The inverted dataset consists of more than 40,000 high quality 3 component fundamental and overtone surface waveforms, recorded at broad band seismic stations in North America from teleseismic events and provides a fairly homogeneous path and azimuthal coverage. Our 3D radial anisotropic model shares the large scale features of previous regional studies for North America. We confirm the pronounced difference in the isotropic velocity structure between the western active tectonic region and the central/eastern stable shield, as well as the presence of subducted material (Juan de Fuca and Farallon plate) at transition zone depths. Concerning the anisotropic signature, we observe a positive

  19. Reversed-field pinch fusion reactor

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    A conceptual engineering design of a fusion reactor based on plasma confinement in a toroidal Reversed-Field Pinch (RFP) configuration is described. The plasma is ohmically ignited by toroidal plasma currents which also inherently provide the confining magnetic fields in a toroidal chamber having major and minor radii of 12.7 and 1.5 m, respectively. The DT plasma ignites in 2 to 3 s and undergoes a transient, unrefueled burn at 10 to 20 keV for approx. 20 s to give a DT burnup of approx. 50%. The 5-s dwell period between burn pulses for plasma quench and refueling allows steady-state operation of all thermal systems outside the first wall; no auxiliary thermal capacity is required. Tritium breeding occurs in a granular Li2O blanket which is packed around an array of radially oriented water/steam coolant tubes. The slightly superheated steam emerging from this blanket directly drives a turbine that produces electrical power at an efficiency of 30%. A borated-water shield is located immediately outside the thermal blanket to protect the superconducting magnet coils. Both the superconducting poloidal and toroidal field coils are energized by homopolar motor/generators. Accounting for all major energy sinks yields a cost-optimized system with a recirculating power fraction of 0.17; the power output is 750 MWe

  20. Pinch Me - I'm Fusing

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    The process of combining nuclei (the protons and neutrons inside an atomic nucleus) together with a release of kinetic energy is called fusion. This process powers the Sun, it contributes to the world stockpile of weapons of mass destruction and may one day generate safe, clean electrical power. Understanding the intricacies of fusion power, promised for 50 years, ,is sometimes difficult because there are a number of ways of doing it. There is hot fusion, cold fusion and con-fusion. Hot fusion is what powers suns through the conversion of mass energy to kinetic energy. Cold fusion generates con-fusion and nobody really knows what it is. Honestly - this is true. There does seem to be something going on here; I just don't know what. Apparently some experimenters get energy out of a process many call cold fission but no one seems to know what it is, or how to do it reliably. It is not getting much attention from the mainline physics community. Even so, no one is generating electrical power for you and me with either method. In this article 1 will point out some basic features of the mainstream approaches taken to hot fusion power, as well as describe why z pinches are worth pursuing as a driver for a power reactor and may one day generate electrical power for mankind

  1. Pinch Me - I'm Fusing!

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    DERZON,MARK S.

    2000-07-19

    The process of combining nuclei (the protons and neutrons inside an atomic nucleus) together with a release of kinetic energy is called fusion. This process powers the Sun, it contributes to the world stockpile of weapons of mass destruction and may one day generate safe, clean electrical power. Understanding the intricacies of fusion power, promised for 50 years, ,is sometimes difficult because there are a number of ways of doing it. There is hot fusion, cold fusion and con-fusion. Hot fusion is what powers suns through the conversion of mass energy to kinetic energy. Cold fusion generates con-fusion and nobody really knows what it is. Honestly - this is true. There does seem to be something going on here; I just don't know what. Apparently some experimenters get energy out of a process many call cold fission but no one seems to know what it is, or how to do it reliably. It is not getting much attention from the mainline physics community. Even so, no one is generating electrical power for you and me with either method. In this article 1 will point out some basic features of the mainstream approaches taken to hot fusion power, as well as describe why z pinches are worth pursuing as a driver for a power reactor and may one day generate electrical power for mankind.

  2. Reversed-Field Pinch Reactor (RFPR) concept

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    A conceptual engineering design of a fusion reactor based on plasma confinement in a Reversed-Field Pinch (FRP) configuration is presented. A 50% atomic mixture of deuterium and tritium (DT) is ohmically heated to ignition by currents flowing in the toroidal plasma; this plasma current also inherently produces the confining magnetic fields in a toroidal chamber having a major and minor radii of 12.7 and 1.5 m, respectively. The DT plasma ignites in 2 to 3 s and burns at 10 to 20 keV for approx. 20 s to give a fuel burnup of approx. 50%. Tritium breeding occurs in a granular Li2O blanket which is packed around an array of radially oriented coolant tubes carrying a mixture of high-pressure steam and water. The slightly superheated steam emerging from this blanket would be used to drive a turbine directly. Low-pressure helium containing trace amounts of oxygen is circulated through the packed Li2O bed to extract the tritium. A 20-mm-thick copper first wall serves as a neutron multiplier, acts as a tritium barrier, and supports image currents to provide plasma stabilization on a 0.1-s timescale; external windings provide stability for longer times

  3. Reversed field pinch reactor study 3

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    This report, the third of a series on the Reversed Field Pinch Reactor, describes a preliminary concept of the engineering design and layout of this pulsed toroidal reactor, which uses the stable plasma behaviour first observed in ZETA. The basic parameters of the 600 MW(e) reactor are taken from a companion study by Hancox and Spears. The plasma volume is 1.75m minor radius and 16m major radius surrounded by a 1.8m blanket-shield region - with the blanket divided into 14 removable segments for servicing. The magnetic confinement system consists of 28 toroidal field coils situated just outside the blanket and inside the poloidal and vertical field coils and all coils have normal copper conductors. The requirement to incorporate a conducting shell at the front of the blanket to provide a short-time plasma stability has a marked effect on the design. It sets the size of the blanket segment and the scale of the servicing operations, limits the breeding gain and complicates the blanket cooling and its integration with the heat engine. An extensive study will be required to confirm the overall reactor potential of the concept. (author)

  4. Pinch technique self-energies and vertices to all orders in perturbation theory

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    The all-order construction of the pinch technique gluon self-energy and quark-gluon vertex is presented in detail within the class of linear covariant gauges. The main ingredients in our analysis are the identification of a special Green function, which serves as a common kernel to all self-energy and vertex diagrams, and the judicious use of the Slavnov-Taylor identity it satisfies. In particular, it is shown that the ghost-Green functions appearing in this identity capture precisely the result of the pinching action at arbitrary order. By virtue of this observation the construction of the quark-gluon vertex becomes particularly compact. It turns out that the aforementioned ghost-Green functions play a crucial role, their net effect being the non-trivial modification of the ghost diagrams of the quark-gluon vertex in such a way as to reproduce dynamically the characteristic ghost sector of the background field method. The gluon self-energy is also constructed following two different procedures. First, an indirect derivation is given, by resorting to the strong induction method and the assumption of the uniqueness of the S-matrix. Second, an explicit construction based on the intrinsic pinch technique is provided, using the Slavnov-Taylor identity satisfied by the all-order three-gluon vertex nested inside the self-energy diagrams. The process independence of the gluon self-energy is also demonstrated, by using gluons instead of quarks as external test particles, and identifying the corresponding kernel function, together with its Slavnov-Taylor identity. Finally, the general methodology for carrying out the renormalization of the resulting Green functions is outlined, and various open questions are briefly discussed

  5. Azimuthally polarized cathodoluminescence from InP nanowires

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    Brenny, B. J. M.; van Dam, D.; Osorio, C. I.; Rivas, Gomez; Polman, A.

    2015-01-01

    We determine the angle and polarization dependent emission from 1.75 µm and 2.50 µm long InPnanowires by using cathodoluminescencepolarimetry. We excite the vertical wires using a 5 keV electron beam, and find that the 880 nm bandgap emission shows azimuthally polarized rings, with the number of rin

  6. Sparse synthetic aperture radar imaging with optimized azimuthal aperture

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    ZENG Cao; WANG MinHang; LIAO GuiSheng; ZHU ShengQi

    2012-01-01

    To counter the problem of acquiring and processing huge amounts of data for synthetic aperture radar (SAR) using traditional sampling techniques,a method for sparse SAR imaging with an optimized azimuthal aperture is presented.The equivalence of an azimuthal match filter and synthetic array beamforming is shown so that optimization of the azimuthal sparse aperture can be converted to optimization of synthetic array beamforming.The azimuthal sparse aperture,which is composed of a middle aperture and symmetrical bilateral apertures,can be obtained by optimization algorithms (density weighting and simulated annealing algorithms,respectively).Furthermore,sparse imaging of spectrum analysis SAR based on the optimized sparse aperture is achieved by padding zeros at null samplings and using a non-uniform Taylor window. Compared with traditional sampling,this method has the advantages of reducing the amount of sampling and alleviating the computational burden with acceptable image quality.Unlike periodic sparse sampling,the proposed method exhibits no image ghosts.The results obtained from airborne measurements demonstrate the effectiveness and superiority of the proposed method.

  7. Resolving microstructures in Z pinches with intensity interferometry

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    Nearly 60 years ago, Hanbury Brown and Twiss [R. Hanbury Brown and R. Q. Twiss, Nature 178, 1046 (1956)] succeeded in measuring the 30 nrad angular diameter of Sirius using a new type of interferometry that exploited the interference of photons independently emitted from different regions of the stellar disk. Its basis was the measurement of intensity correlations as a function of detector spacing, with no beam splitting or preservation of phase information needed. Applied to Z pinches, X pinches, or laser-produced plasmas, this method could potentially provide spatial resolution under one micron. A quantitative analysis based on the work of Purcell [E. M. Purcell, Nature 178, 1449 (1956)] reveals that obtaining adequate statistics from x-ray interferometry of a Z-pinch microstructure would require using the highest-current generators available. However, using visible light interferometry would reduce the needed photon count and could enable its use on sub-MA machines

  8. The Distribution of the Elements in the Galactic Disk II. Azimuthal and Radial Variation in Abundances from Cepheids

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    Luck, R E; Kovtyukh, V V; Gieren, W; Graczyk, D

    2011-01-01

    This paper reports on the spectroscopic investigation of 101 Cepheids in the Carina region. These Cepheids extend previous samples by about 35% in number and increase the amount of the galactic disk coverage especially in the direction of l \\approx 270{\\deg}. The new Cepheids do not add much information to the radial gradient, but provide a substantial increase in azimuthal coverage. We find no azimuthal dependence in abundance over an 80{\\deg} angle from the galactic center in an annulus of 1 kpc depth centered on the Sun. A simple linear fit to the Cepheid data yields a gradient d[Fe/H]/dRG = -0.055 \\pm 0.003 dex/kpc which is somewhat shallower than found from our previous, smaller Cepheid sample.

  9. Evaluating the Usability of Pinchigator, a system for Navigating Virtual Worlds using Pinch Gloves

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    Hamilton, George S.; Brookman, Stephen; Dumas, Joseph D. II; Tilghman, Neal

    2003-01-01

    Appropriate design of two dimensional user interfaces (2D U/I) utilizing the well known WIMP (Window, Icon, Menu, Pointing device) environment for computer software is well studied and guidance can be found in several standards. Three-dimensional U/I design is not nearly so mature as 2D U/I, and standards bodies have not reached consensus on what makes a usable interface. This is especially true when the tools for interacting with the virtual environment may include stereo viewing, real time trackers and pinch gloves instead of just a mouse & keyboard. Over the last several years the authors have created a 3D U/I system dubbed Pinchigator for navigating virtual worlds based on the dVise dV/Mockup visualization software, Fakespace Pinch Gloves and Pohlemus trackers. The current work is to test the usability of the system on several virtual worlds, suggest improvements to increase Pinchigator s usability, and then to generalize about what was learned and how those lessons might be applied to improve other 3D U/I systems.

  10. Experimental Investigations of current sheet and hotspots in pinch phase in a low energy Plasma Focus

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    A low energy Mather type plasma focus device 4 KJ(140 KA, t/4 ∼ 2μs) has been developed and characterized for Hydrogen and Argon gas mixtures. The evolution of the sheet current and the presence of hot-spots in the pinch phase has been studied. A novel, non invasive diagnostic procedure to study the current sheet has been developed. As a result of these studies, a mean velocity value corresponding to 6.2 cm/μs was obtained. An array of filtered p-i-n diodes (BPX-65) located side and end-on is used in conjunction with a multipinhole and slit-wire X-ray camera. X-ray images were recorded on Ilford HP5 film using a modified Nikonos underwater camera for vacuum tightness. Similar filter combinations were used with the p-i-n diodes and the pinhole slit-wire camera. Axial electron beams were measured with a beam-target scintillator detector. Characteristic positions (6 to 13 mm of the anode), sizes (120 μm) and temperatures (300 eV) of hot-spots formed in the pinched column, were measured. Typical measured durations for the high temperature phase were of the order of 10 ns (au)

  11. Pinch technique self-energies and vertices to all orders in perturbation theory

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    Binosi, D; Binosi, Daniele; Papavassiliou, Joannis

    2004-01-01

    The all-order construction of the pinch technique gluon self-energy and quark-gluon vertex is presented in detail within the class of linear covariant gauges. The main ingredients in our analysis are the identification of a special Green's function, which serves as a common kernel to all self-energy and vertex diagrams, and the judicious use of the Slavnov-Taylor identity it satisfies. In particular, it is shown that the ghost-Green's functions appearing in this identity capture precisely the result of the pinching action at arbitrary order. By virtue of this observation the construction of the quark-gluon vertex becomes particularly compact. It turns out that the aforementioned ghost-Green's functions play a crucial role, their net effect being the non-trivial modification of the ghost diagrams of the quark-gluon vertex in such a way as to reproduce dynamically the characteristic ghost sector of the background field method. The gluon self-energy is also constructed following two different procedures. First, ...

  12. Vlasov fluid stability of a skin current Z pinch with finite electron pressure

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    The linear stability of a Z-pinch confined by a skin current has been studied in the collisionless regime using the Vlasov fluid model for arbitrary m number. The trajectory integrals that are normally so formidable an aspect of Vlasov fluid analyses are greatly simplified in this equilibrium and the eigenvalue equation reduces to a dispersion relation derived from the plasma edge boundary condition. For the case Te=0, an analytic solution is found in the short-wavelength limit for the growth rate, which saturates for all m at a value of π1/2vT/2a, where vT is the ion thermal velocity and a is the pinch radius. This should be compared with the ideal magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) growth rate for the same equilibrium that increases without limit as k1/2, where k is the axial wave number. The solution with finite electron temperature is achieved by a Neumann series expansion, which is shown to converge for all finite values of Γ, the ratio of specific heats. In the short-wavelength limit with Te=Ti, the growth rates are double those for cold electrons. The deviation from this factor of two increase is always less than 10% for longer wavelengths

  13. Detection of X-ray polarization of Ar Z-pinch plasma

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    Shi Jun, E-mail: shijun@cqu.edu.c [Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Technology and System, Ministry of Education, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400030 (China); Xiao Shali; Qian Jiayu [Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Technology and System, Ministry of Education, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400030 (China); Huang Xianbin; Cai Hongchun [Institute of Fluid Physics, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang 621900 (China)

    2010-12-01

    An X-ray polarization spectrometer has been developed for diagnostic applications of X-ray line polarization spectroscopy in Ar Z-pinch plasmas. The diagnosis was based on theoretical modeling of X-ray line polarization-dependent spectra that have been measured simultaneously by a pair of convex crystal analyzers. Surfaces of the crystals were orthogonal with each other in order to diffract the X-ray spectra. The spectrometer was equipped with two pieces of X-ray films that work as the spectral detector. The experimental results have confirmed that there are considerable differences in relative intensities for the Ar XVII resonance line w (1s2p {sup 1}P{sub 1}-1s{sup 21}S{sub 0}), the Ar XVII intercombination line y (1s2p {sup 3}P{sub 1}-1s{sup 21}S{sub 0}) and the Li-like satellites with directions perpendicular and parallel to the Z-pinch axis. Linear polarization of the resonance line and the intercombination line has been calculated according to intensity of the spectra. A value of +0.25 was obtained for the polarization of w and a value of +0.14 for the polarization of y.

  14. Couplers - absorbers of higher wave types for superconducting accelerating sections of linear electron-positron collider

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    One studied rectangular waveguide base devices designed for removing and absorption of the wave higher types (WHT) from the superstructure of Tesla linear electron and positron collider. These devices called couplers are located between the superstructure subresonators and on its end points. WHT-couplers connected to flying tubes via the slots oriented along the tube axis (longitudinal slots), perpendicular to their axis (azimuth slots) and at a certain angle were studied. Two rectangular waveguides were used for damping of WHT of both polarities for every coupler. Paper presents the results of calculations and of experimental investigation into two copper subresonators of the superstructure. The investigations were carried out using models at room temperature and under 3 GHz frequency

  15. Linearly polarized light with axial symmetry generated by liquid-crystal polarization converters

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    Stalder, M.; Schadt, M.

    1996-12-01

    Novel liquid-crystal devices are described that generate linearly polarized light with axial symmetry; the beam propagation axis is the symmetry axis. Such light fields can be characterized by a polarization order number P . For example, P=1 fields represent radially or azimuthally polarized light. The reorientation of the polarization orientation in these polarization converters is due to the twisted nematic effect and the effect of lambda /2 wave plates. A single polarization converter can generate fields of orders 1 and 2. It is shown that one can in principle generate fields of any integral order P by cascading such elements. Devices that generate P=1 fields are achromatic and can be used as polarization axis finders or as versatile tools for studying birefringent or polarizing materials.

  16. Orientations of linear stone arrangements in New South Wales

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    Hamacher, Duane W.; Fuller, Robert S.; Norris, Ray P.

    2012-01-01

    We test the hypothesis that Aboriginal linear stone arrangements in New South Wales (NSW) are oriented to cardinal directions. We accomplish this by measuring the azimuths of stone arrangements described in site cards from the NSW Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System. We then survey a subset of these sites to test the accuracy of information recorded on the site cards. We find a preference recorded in the site cards for cardinal orientations among azimuths. The field surveys show...

  17. How (non-) linear is the hydrodynamics of heavy ion collisions?

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    Floerchinger, Stefan; Beraudo, Andrea; Del Zanna, Luca; Inghirami, Gabriele; Rolando, Valentina

    2014-01-01

    We provide evidence from full numerical solutions that the hydrodynamical evolution of initial density fluctuations in heavy ion collisions can be understood order-by-order in a perturbative series in deviations from a smooth and azimuthally symmetric background solution. To leading linear order, modes with different azimuthal wave numbers do not mix. Quadratic and higher order corrections are small and can be understood as overtones with corresponding wave numbers.

  18. Auger neutralization of He{sup +} on Cu surfaces: Simulation of azimuthal scans

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    Goebl, D., E-mail: dominik.goebl@jku.at [Institut für Experimentalphysik, Abteilung für Atom- und Oberflächenphysik, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, 4040 Linz (Austria); Primetzhofer, D. [Institutionen för Fysik och Astronomi, Uppsala Universitet, Box 516, S-751 20 Uppsala (Sweden); Abad, E. [Departamento de Física Teórica de la Materia Condensada C5, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Monreal, R.C. [Departamento de Física Teórica de la Materia Condensada C5, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Centro de Investigación de Física de la Materia Condensada, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Bauer, P. [Institut für Experimentalphysik, Abteilung für Atom- und Oberflächenphysik, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, 4040 Linz (Austria)

    2013-12-15

    Charge exchange by Auger neutralization (AN) plays an important role in surface analysis techniques such as low energy ion scattering (LEIS). Recent advances in the theoretical description of AN have included a model based on a linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) approach, which is able to calculate accurate neutralization probabilities of He{sup +} due to AN in LEIS. Previous investigations have shown that the neutralization probability is strongly influenced by the distance dependent shift of the He 1s level. In this study simulations of He{sup +} scattered from Cu(1 0 0) and Cu(1 1 0) surfaces at fixed azimuth angles are presented. Additionally, the azimuth dependence of ion- and neutral-yield for He{sup +} scattered from Cu(1 0 0) is simulated and compared to experimental data. Calculations were performed using the LCAO model in combination with molecular dynamics simulations. The excellent agreement between simulation and experiment provides evidence that the obtained values for the level shift are a characteristic property of the surface.

  19. Progress in analytical methods to predict and control azimuthal combustion instability modes in annular chambers

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    Bauerheim, M.; Nicoud, F.; Poinsot, T.

    2016-02-01

    Longitudinal low-frequency thermoacoustic unstable modes in combustion chambers have been intensively studied experimentally, numerically, and theoretically, leading to significant progress in both understanding and controlling these acoustic modes. However, modern annular gas turbines may also exhibit azimuthal modes, which are much less studied and feature specific mode structures and dynamic behaviors, leading to more complex situations. Moreover, dealing with 10-20 burners mounted in the same chamber limits the use of high fidelity simulations or annular experiments to investigate these modes because of their complexity and costs. Consequently, for such circumferential acoustic modes, theoretical tools have been developed to uncover underlying phenomena controlling their stability, nature, and dynamics. This review presents recent progress in this field. First, Galerkin and network models are described with their pros and cons in both the temporal and frequency framework. Then, key features of such acoustic modes are unveiled, focusing on their specificities such as symmetry breaking, non-linear modal coupling, forcing by turbulence. Finally, recent works on uncertainty quantifications, guided by theoretical studies and applied to annular combustors, are presented. The objective is to provide a global view of theoretical research on azimuthal modes to highlight their complexities and potential.

  20. Auger neutralization of He+ on Cu surfaces: Simulation of azimuthal scans

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    Goebl, D.; Primetzhofer, D.; Abad, E.; Monreal, R. C.; Bauer, P.

    2013-12-01

    Charge exchange by Auger neutralization (AN) plays an important role in surface analysis techniques such as low energy ion scattering (LEIS). Recent advances in the theoretical description of AN have included a model based on a linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) approach, which is able to calculate accurate neutralization probabilities of He+ due to AN in LEIS. Previous investigations have shown that the neutralization probability is strongly influenced by the distance dependent shift of the He 1s level. In this study simulations of He+ scattered from Cu(1 0 0) and Cu(1 1 0) surfaces at fixed azimuth angles are presented. Additionally, the azimuth dependence of ion- and neutral-yield for He+ scattered from Cu(1 0 0) is simulated and compared to experimental data. Calculations were performed using the LCAO model in combination with molecular dynamics simulations. The excellent agreement between simulation and experiment provides evidence that the obtained values for the level shift are a characteristic property of the surface.

  1. Architecture of petawatt-class z-pinch accelerators

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    We have developed an accelerator architecture that can serve as the basis of the design of petawatt-class z-pinch drivers. The architecture has been applied to the design of two z-pinch accelerators, each of which can be contained within a 104-m-diameter cylindrical tank. One accelerator is driven by slow (∼1 (micro)s) Marx generators, which are a mature technology but which necessitate significant pulse compression to achieve the short pulses (4 capacitors, store 98 MJ, and erect to 5 MV; (ii) 600 water-dielectric triplate intermediate-store transmission lines, which also serve as pulse-forming lines; (iii) 600 5-MV laser-triggered gas switches; (iv) three monolithic radial-transmission-line impedance transformers, with triplate geometries and exponential impedance profiles; (v) a 6-level 5.5-m-diameter 15-MV vacuum insulator stack; (vi) six magnetically insulated vacuum transmission lines (MITLs); and (vii) a triple-post-hole vacuum convolute that adds the output currents of the six MITLs, and delivers the combined current to a z-pinch load. The accelerator delivers an effective peak current of 52 MA to a 10-mm-length z pinch that implodes in 95 ns, and 57 MA to a pinch that implodes in 120 ns. The LTD-driven accelerator includes monolithic radial transformers and a MITL system similar to those described above, but does not include intermediate-store transmission lines, multimegavolt gas switches, or a laser trigger system. Instead, this accelerator is driven by 210 LTD modules that include a total of 1 x 106 capacitors and 5 x 105 200-kV electrically triggered gas switches. The LTD accelerator stores 182 MJ and produces a peak electrical power of 1000 TW. The accelerator delivers an effective peak current of 68 MA to a pinch that implodes in 95 ns, and 75 MA to a pinch that implodes in 120 ns. Conceptually straightforward upgrades to these designs would deliver even higher pinch currents and faster implosions

  2. A compact, coaxial shunt current diagnostic for X pinches

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    Wang, Liangping; Zhang, Jinhai; Li, Mo; Zhang, Xinjun; Zhao, Chen; Zhang, Shaoguo

    2015-08-01

    A compact coaxial shunt was applied in X-pinches experiments on Qiangguang pulsed power generator. The coaxial shunt was designed to have a compact construction for smaller inductance and more, for conveniently assembling upon the X pinch load structure. The coaxial shunt is also a cheap current probe and was easily built by research groups. The shunt can monitor a 100 kA high current with a 100 ns rise time. The calibration results showed that the probe used in the experiments has a resistance of 3.2 mΩ with an uncertainty of 3%, and its response time to the step signal is less than 7 ns.

  3. Self-pinching of pulsed laser beams during filamentary propagation

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    Competing nonlinear optical effects that act on femtosecond laser pulses propagating in a self-generated light filament may give rise to a pronounced radial beam deformation, similar to the z-pinch contraction of pulsed high-current discharges. This self-generated spatial beam contraction is accompanied by a pulse break-up that can be beneficially exploited for on-axis temporal compression of the pulse. The pinching mechanism therefore explains the recently observed self-compression and the complicated spatio-temporal shapes typical for filament propagation experiments. (authors)

  4. Seeded perturbations in wire array Z-Pinches

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    Controlled seeding of perturbations is employed to study the evolution of wire array z-pinch implosion instabilities which strongly impact x-ray production when the 3D plasma stagnates on axis. Wires modulated in radius exhibit locally enhanced magnetic field and imploding bubble formation at discontinuities in wire radius due to the perturbed current path. Wires coated with localized spectroscopic dopants are used to track turbulent material flow. Experiments and MHD modeling offer insight into the behavior of z-pinch instabilities.

  5. Binaurality and azimuth tun-ing of neurons in the auditorycortex of the big brown bat

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    2002-01-01

    By using a combined closed and free-field stimulation system, binaurality and azimuth tuning of the neurons in the auditory cortex of the big brown bat, Eptesicus fuscus, were studied. A variety of azimuth-tuning functions were demonstrated for the binaural neurons. The large majority of EE (contralateral and ipsilateral excitatory) neurons exhibited azimuth selectivity with the best azimuths (BA) at contralateral 30(- 40(, some at ipsilateral 20(-40( and preferred azimuth ranges (PAR, response amplitude ≥75% of maximum) between 8( and 40(. Sound source azimuths strongly modulate spike counts with a mean modulation depth of 83.8% for EE neurons. EI (contralateral excitatory and ipsilateral inhibitory) neurons have simple azimuth tuning with BA located at contralateral 20(-40( and a broad PAR ranged from 30( to 55(. The present results suggest that azimuth-tuning characteristics of binaural neurons in the auditory cortex of the bat are of significance for acoustic behaviour.

  6. Ultra-low q and reversed field pinch experiments in Extrap T1 with a resistive shell

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    The Extrap T1 device is a high aspect ratio toroidal pinch with the dimensions R/a = 0.5 m/0.057 m. In the experiments described here, the stainless steel bellows vacuum vessels was surrounded by a resistive shell with a perpendicular field penetration time of 75 μs. The ULQ discharges, with toroidal currents in the range 20-50 kA and pulse lengths up to 2 ms, showed the typical step-wise decay of the plasma current. The current steps corresponded to transitions of the edge q-value across rational values 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, and 1. During a step through a rational q value, there was an increase in the fluctuation activity and a corresponding increase in the plasma resistance. As part of the ULQ studies, discharges with four poloidal field nulls were produced by applying an octupole magnetic field, thus demonstrating that it is possible to sustain ULQ equilibria with poloidal field x-points and a magnetic separatix. In another study, the transition from ULQ discharges to relaxed state discharges was investigated. When the initial bias toroidal field was reduced so that q was less than about 1/6, which corresponded to a pinch parameter of about 0.6, a change in the discharge character was observed. The loop voltage required to sustain a given current increased and stochastic fluctuations were seen. Toroidal flux was generated and relaxed state equilibira developed. For higher pinch parameter, in the range of 1.5 to 2.0, a reversed field pinch could be set up if the toroidal field power supply provided a reversed current in the coils. The plasma resistivity was again lower and the pulse lengths in the RFP mode were up to 1 ms, corresponding to over 10 shell penetration times. (au)

  7. Initial state azimuthal anisotropies in small collision systems

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    Lappi, T

    2015-01-01

    Strong multiparticle azimuthal correlations have recently been observed in high energy proton-nucleus collisions. While final state collective effects can be responsible for many of the observations, the domain structure in the classical color field of a high energy nucleus also naturally leads to such correlations. We describe recent calculations of the momentum space 2-particle cumulant azimuthal anisotropy coefficients v_n{2}, n=2,3,4 from fundamental representation Wilson line distributions describing the high energy nucleus. We find significant differences between Wilson lines from the MV model and from JIMWLK evolution. We also discuss the relation of this calculation to earlier work on the ridge correlation obtained in the "glasma graph" approximation, and to the "color electric field domain model."

  8. Photoinduced Magnetic Nanoprobe Excited by Azimuthally Polarized Vector Beam

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    Guclu, Caner; Capolino, Filippo

    2016-01-01

    The concept of magnetic nanoprobes (or magnetic nanoantennas) providing a magnetic near-field enhancement and vanishing electric field is presented and investigated, together with their excitation. It is established that a particular type of cylindrical vector beams called azimuthally electric polarized vector beams yield strong longitudinal magnetic field on the beam axis where the electric field is ideally null. These beams with an electric polarization vortex and cylindrical symmetry are important in generating high magnetic to electric field contrast, i.e., large local field admittance, and in allowing selective excitation of magnetic transitions in matter located on the beam axis. We demonstrate that azimuthally polarized vector beam excitation of a photoinduced magnetic nanoprobe made of a magnetically polarizable nano cluster leads to enhanced magnetic near field with resolution beyond diffraction limit. We introduce two figures of merit as magnetic field enhancement and local field admittance normaliz...

  9. Azimuthal Anisotropies as Stringent Test for Nuclear Transport Models

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    Crochet, Philippe; Donà, R

    1997-01-01

    Azimuthal distributions of charged particles and intermediate mass fragments emitted in Au+Au collisions at 600AMeV have been measured using the FOPI facility at GSI-Darmstadt. Data show a strong increase of the in-plane azimuthal anisotropy ratio with the charge of the detected fragment. Intermediate mass fragments are found to exhibit a strong momentum-space alignment with respect of the reaction plane. The experimental results are presented as a function of the polar center-of-mass angle and over a broad range of impact parameters. They are compared to the predictions of the Isospin Quantum Molecular Dynamics model using three different parametrisations of the equation of state. We show that such highly accurate data provide stringent test for microscopic transport models and can potentially constrain separately the stiffness of the nuclear equation of state and the momentum dependence of the nuclear interaction.

  10. Neutron emission from the ''UTRO'' pulsed thermonuclear device

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    Technique of investigations into neutron radiation in experiments on low-compression heating of dense plasma in the UTRO linear theta-pinch with a strong (B7 neutr/pulse. Dependence of neutron pulse duration on initial deuterium pressure in a discharge chamber in the range of 0.1-1 torr is given as well. It is concluded that there is a possibility for increasing plasma neutron radiation power of the fast linear theta-pinch when increasing magnetic field in the solenoid and initial pressure in the discharge chamber

  11. Measurement of Azimuthal Asymmetries in Deep Inelastic Scattering

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    Breitweg, J; Derrick, Malcolm; Krakauer, D A; Magill, S; Musgrave, B; Pellegrino, A; Repond, J; Stanek, R; Yoshida, R; Mattingly, M C K; Abbiendi, G; Anselmo, F; Antonioli, P; Bari, G; Basile, M; Bellagamba, L; Boscherini, D; Bruni, A; Bruni, G; Cara Romeo, G; Castellini, G; Cifarelli, Luisa; Cindolo, F; Contin, A; Coppola, N; Corradi, M; De Pasquale, S; Giusti, P; Iacobucci, G; Laurenti, G; Levi, G; Margotti, A; Massam, Thomas; Nania, R; Palmonari, F; Pesci, A; Polini, A; Sartorelli, G; Zamora-Garcia, Yu E; Zichichi, A; Amelung, C; Bornheim, A; Brock, I; Coboken, K; Crittenden, James Arthur; Deffner, R; Hartmann, H; Heinloth, K; Hilger, E; Irrgang, P; Jakob, H P; Kappes, A; Katz, U F; Kerger, R; Paul, E; Schnurbusch, H; Stifutkin, A; Tandler, J; Voss, K C; Weber, A; Wieber, H; Bailey, D S; Barret, O; Brook, N H; Foster, B; Heath, G P; Heath, H F; McFall, J D; Piccioni, D; Rodrigues, E; Scott, J; Tapper, R J; Capua, M; Mastroberardino, A; Schioppa, M; Susinno, G; Jeoung, H Y; Kim, J Y; Lee, J H; Lim, I T; Ma, K J; Pac, M Y; Caldwell, A; Liu, W; Liu, X; Mellado, B; Paganis, S; Sampson, S; Schmidke, W B; Sciulli, F; Chwastowski, J; Eskreys, Andrzej; Figiel, J; Klimek, K H; Olkiewicz, K; Piotrzkowski, K; Przybycien, M B; Stopa, P; Zawiejski, L; Bednarek, B; Jelen, K; Kisielewska, D; Kowal, A M; Kowalski, T; Rulikowska-Zarebska, E; Suszycki, L; Szuba, D; Kotanski, Andrzej; Bauerdick, L A T; Behrens, U; Bienlein, J K; Burgard, C; Dannheim, D; Desler, K; Drews, G; Fox-Murphy, A; Fricke, U; Göbel, F; Göttlicher, P; Graciani, R; Haas, T; Hain, W; Hartner, G F; Hasell, D; Hebbel, K; Johnson, K F; Kasemann, M; Koch, W; Kötz, U; Kowalski, H; Lindemann, L; Löhr, B; Martínez, M; Milite, M; Monteiro, T; Moritz, M; Notz, D; Pelucchi, F; Petrucci, M C; Rohde, M; Saull, P R B; Savin, A A; Schneekloth, U; Selonke, F; Sievers, M; Stonjek, S; Tassi, E; Wolf, G; Wollmer, U; Youngman, C; Zeuner, W; Coldewey, C; López-Duran-Viani, A; Meyer, A; Schlenstedt, S; Straub, P B; Barbagli, G; Gallo, E; Pelfer, P G; Maccarrone, G D; Votano, L; Bamberger, Andreas; Benen, A; Eisenhardt, S; Markun, P; Raach, H; Wölfle, S; Bussey, Peter J; Doyle, A T; Lee, S W; MacDonald, N; McCance, G J; Saxon, D H; Sinclair, L E; Skillicorn, Ian O; Waugh, R; Bohnet, I; Gendner, N; Holm, U; Meyer-Larsen, A; Salehi, H; Wick, K; Garfagnini, A; Gialas, I; Gladilin, L K; Kcira, D; Klanner, Robert; Lohrmann, E; Poelz, G; Zetsche, F; Goncalo, R; Long, K R; Miller, D B; Tapper, A D; Walker, R; Mallik, U; Cloth, P; Filges, D; Ishii, T; Kuze, M; Nagano, K; Tokushuku, K; Yamada, S; Yamazaki, Y; Ahn, S H; Lee, S B; Park, S K; Lim, H; Park, I H; Son, D; Barreiro, F; García, G; Glasman, C; González, O; Labarga, L; Del Peso, J; Redondo, I; Terron, J; Barbi, M S; Corriveau, F; Hanna, D S; Ochs, A; Padhi, S; Riveline, M; Stairs, D G; Wing, M; Tsurugai, T; Bashkirov, V; Dolgoshein, B A; Dementev, R K; Ermolov, P F; Golubkov, Yu A; Katkov, I I; Khein, L A; Korotkova, N A; Korzhavina, I A; Kuzmin, V A; Lukina, O Yu; Proskuryakov, A S; Shcheglova, L M; Solomin, A N; Vlasov, N N; Zotkin, S A; Bokel, C; Botje, M; Brümmer, N; Engelen, J; Grijpink, S; Koffeman, E; Kooijman, P M; Schagen, S; Van Sighem, A; Tiecke, H G; Tuning, N; Velthuis, J J; Vossebeld, Joost Herman; Wiggers, L; De Wolf, E; Acosta, D; Bylsma, B; Durkin, L S; Gilmore, J; Ginsburg, C M; Kim, C L; Ling, T Y; Boogert, S; Cooper-Sarkar, A M; Devenish, R C E; Grosse-Knetter, J; Matsushita, T; Ruske, O; Sutton, M R; Walczak, R; Bertolin, A; Brugnera, R; Carlin, R; Dal Corso, F; Dosselli, U; Dusini, S; Limentani, S; Morandin, M; Posocco, M; Stanco, L; Stroili, R; Voci, C; Adamczyk, L; Iannotti, L; Oh, B Y; Okrasinski, J R; Toothacker, W S; Whitmore, J J; Iga, Y; D'Agostini, Giulio; Marini, G; Nigro, A; Cormack, C; Hart, J C; McCubbin, N A; Shah, T P; Epperson, D E; Heusch, C A; Sadrozinski, H F W; Seiden, A; Wichmann, R; Williams, D C; Pavel, N; Abramowicz, H; Dagan, S; Kananov, S; Kreisel, A; Levy, A; Abe, T; Fusayasu, T; Umemori, K; Yamashita, T; Hamatsu, R; Hirose, T; Inuzuka, M; Kitamura, S; Nishimura, T; Arneodo, M; Cartiglia, N; Cirio, R; Costa, M; Ferrero, M I; Maselli, S; Monaco, V; Peroni, C; Ruspa, M; Sacchi, R; Solano, A; Staiano, A; Dardo, M; Bailey, D C; Fagerstroem, C P; Galea, R; Koop, T; Levman, G M; Martin, J F; Orr, R S; Polenz, S; Sabetfakhri, A; Simmons, D; Butterworth, J M; Catterall, C D; Hayes, M E; Heaphy, E A; Jones, T W; Lane, J B; West, B J; Ciborowski, J; Ciesielski, R; Grzelak, G; Nowak, R J; Pawlak, J M; Pawlak, R; Smalska, B; Tymieniecka, T; Wróblewski, A K; Zakrzewski, J A; Adamus, M; Gadaj, T; Deppe, O; Eisenberg, Y; Hochman, D; Karshon, U; Badgett, W F; Chapin, D; Cross, R; Foudas, C; Mattingly, S E K; Reeder, D D; Smith, W H; Vaiciulis, A W; Wildschek, T; Wodarczyk, M; Deshpande, A A; Dhawan, S K; Hughes, V W; Bhadra, S; Cole, J E; Frisken, W R; Hall-Wilton, R; Khakzad, M; Menary, S R

    2000-01-01

    The distribution of the azimuthal angle for the charged hadrons has been studied in the hadronic centre-of-mass system for neutral current deep inelastic positron-proton scattering with the ZEUS detector at HERA. Measurements of the dependence of the moments of this distribution on the transverse momenta of the charged hadrons are presented. Asymmetries that can be unambiguously attributed to perturbative QCD processes have been observed for the first time.

  12. Pseudorapidity Dependence of Anisotropic Azimuthal Flow with the ALICE Detector

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    Hansen, Alexander Colliander

    In ultra-relativistic heavy-ion collisions a new state of matter known as the strongly interacting quark-gluon plasma (sQGP) is produced. A key observable in the study of the sQGP is anisotropic azimuthal ow. The anisotropies are described by ow harmonics, vn. In this thesis, bias arising from non...... Detector and Silicon Pixel Detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The results are compared to other LHC experiments andprevious experiments at lower collision energies....

  13. Deciphering Azimuthal Correlations in Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions

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    Cetner, Tomasz; Grebieszkow, Katarzyna; Mrowczynski, Stanislaw

    2010-01-01

    We discuss various sources of azimuthal correlations in relativistic heavy-ion collisions. The integral measure Phi is applied to quantify the correlations. We first consider separately the correlations caused by the elliptic flow, resonance decays, jets and transverse momentum conservation. An effect of randomly lost particles is also discussed. Using the PYTHIA and HIJING event generators we produce a sample of events which mimic experimental data. By means of kinematic cuts and particle's ...

  14. Rossby wave Green's functions in an azimuthal wind

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    Webb, G. M.; Duba, C. T.; Hu, Q.

    2016-05-01

    Green's functions for Rossby waves in an azimuthal wind are obtained, in which the stream-function $\\psi$ depends on $r$, $\\phi$ and $t$, where $r$ is cylindrical radius and $\\phi$ is the azimuthal angle in the $\\beta$-plane relative to the easterly direction, in which the $x$-axis points east and the $y$-axis points north. The Rossby wave Green's function with no wind is obtained using Fourier transform methods, and is related to the previously known Green's function obtained for this case, which has a different but equivalent form to the Green's function obtained in the present paper. We emphasize the role of the wave eikonal solution, which plays an important role in the form of the solution. The corresponding Green's function for a rotating wind with azimuthal wind velocity ${\\bf u}=\\Omega r{\\bf e}_\\phi$ ($\\Omega=$const.) is also obtained by Fourier methods, in which the advective rotation operator in position space is transformed to a rotation operator in ${\\bf k}$ transform space. The finite Rossby deformation radius is included in the analysis. The physical characteristics of the Green's functions are delineated and applications are discussed. In the limit as $\\Omega\\to 0$, the rotating wind Green's function reduces to the Rossby wave Green function with no wind.

  15. An azimuthal asymmetry in the LkHa 330 disk

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    Isella, Andrea; Carpenter, John M; Ricci, Luca; Andrews, Sean; Rosenfeld, Katherine

    2013-01-01

    Theory predicts that giant planets and low mass stellar companions shape circumstellar disks by opening annular gaps in the gas and dust spatial distribution. For more than a decade it has been debated whether this is the dominant process that leads to the formation of transitional disks. In this paper, we present millimeter-wave interferometric observations of the transitional disk around the young intermediate mass star LkHa330. These observations reveal a lopsided ring in the 1.3 mm dust thermal emission characterized by a radius of about 100 AU and an azimuthal intensity variation of a factor of 2. By comparing the observations with a Gaussian parametric model, we find that the observed asymmetry is consistent with a circular arc, that extends azimuthally by about 90 deg and emits about 1/3 of the total continuum flux at 1.3 mm. Hydrodynamic simulations show that this structure is similar to the azimuthal asymmetries in the disk surface density that might be produced by the dynamical interaction with unse...

  16. Rossby Wave Green's Functions in an Azimuthal Wind

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    Webb, G M; Hu, Q

    2015-01-01

    Green's functions for Rossby waves in an azimuthal wind are obtained, in which the stream-function $\\psi$ depends on $r$, $\\phi$ and $t$, where $r$ is cylindrical radius and $\\phi$ is the azimuthal angle in the $\\beta$-plane relative to the easterly direction, in which the $x$-axis points east and the $y$-axis points north. The Rossby wave Green's function with no wind is obtained using Fourier transform methods, and is related to the previously known Green's function obtained for this case, which has a different but equivalent form to the Green's function obtained in the present paper. We emphasize the role of the wave eikonal solution, which plays an important role in the form of the solution. The corresponding Green's function for a rotating wind with azimuthal wind velocity ${\\bf u}=\\Omega r{\\bf e}_\\phi$ ($\\Omega=$const.) is also obtained by Fourier methods, in which the advective rotation operator in position space is transformed to a rotation operator in ${\\bf k}$ transform space. The finite Rossby defo...

  17. Rayleigh wave azimuthally anisotropic phase velocity maps beneath western Canada

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    Bao, Xuewei; Eaton, David W.; Gu, Yu Jeffrey

    2016-03-01

    The lithospheric evolution of western Laurentia spans several billion years of Earth history and provides an exceptional opportunity for investigating continental deformation during Archean and Proterozoic assembly of the craton and subsequent Phanerozoic orogenic processes along its western margin. In this study we present fundamental-mode Rayleigh wave azimuthal anisotropy in the period range 20-150 s for western Laurentia and the southern Canadian Cordillera. The surface wave phase velocity maps offer new constraints on the depth distribution of seismic anisotropy in this region. At short periods (20-25 s), strong anisotropy with an orogen-parallel fast direction is evident in the Cordillera and neighboring foreland belt, suggesting pervasive ductile deformation in the lower crust during Laramide orogenesis. At periods of 70 s and higher, a zone of low-to-null azimuthal anisotropy is evident in the southern part of the Cordillera. This apparent null region is interpreted to reflect complex asthenospheric flow due to the combined effects of the Juan de Fuca slab window, lithospheric delamination, and small-scale edge-driven convection. Depth-variant azimuthal anisotropy is evident beneath the cratonic part of the study region. The dominant direction of fast wave propagation in the southeastern part of the craton changes from N-S at periods of asthenosphere. The frozen N-S trending fabrics in the middle to lower cratonic lithosphere most likely reflect processes of Paleoproterozoic assembly of western Laurentia.

  18. Effect of particle pinch on the fusion performance and profile features of an international thermonuclear experimental reactor-like fusion reactor

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    Wang, Shijia; Wang, Shaojie

    2015-04-01

    The evolution of the plasma temperature and density in an international thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER)-like fusion device has been studied by numerically solving the energy transport equation coupled with the particle transport equation. The effect of particle pinch, which depends on the magnetic curvature and the safety factor, has been taken into account. The plasma is primarily heated by the alpha particles which are produced by the deuterium-tritium fusion reactions. A semi-empirical method, which adopts the ITERH-98P(y,2) scaling law, has been used to evaluate the transport coefficients. The fusion performances (the fusion energy gain factor, Q) similar to the ITER inductive scenario and non-inductive scenario (with reversed magnetic shear) are obtained. It is shown that the particle pinch has significant effects on the fusion performance and profiles of a fusion reactor. When the volume-averaged density is fixed, particle pinch can lower the pedestal density by ˜30 % , with the Q value and the central pressure almost unchanged. When the particle source or the pedestal density is fixed, the particle pinch can significantly enhance the Q value by 60 % , with the central pressure also significantly raised.

  19. Effect of particle pinch on the fusion performance and profile features of an international thermonuclear experimental reactor-like fusion reactor

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    The evolution of the plasma temperature and density in an international thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER)-like fusion device has been studied by numerically solving the energy transport equation coupled with the particle transport equation. The effect of particle pinch, which depends on the magnetic curvature and the safety factor, has been taken into account. The plasma is primarily heated by the alpha particles which are produced by the deuterium-tritium fusion reactions. A semi-empirical method, which adopts the ITERH-98P(y,2) scaling law, has been used to evaluate the transport coefficients. The fusion performances (the fusion energy gain factor, Q) similar to the ITER inductive scenario and non-inductive scenario (with reversed magnetic shear) are obtained. It is shown that the particle pinch has significant effects on the fusion performance and profiles of a fusion reactor. When the volume-averaged density is fixed, particle pinch can lower the pedestal density by ∼30%, with the Q value and the central pressure almost unchanged. When the particle source or the pedestal density is fixed, the particle pinch can significantly enhance the Q value by  60%, with the central pressure also significantly raised

  20. Acceleration of Hydrogen Ions up to 30 MeV and Generation of 3 × 1012 Neutrons in Megaampere Deuterium Gas-Puff Z-Pinch

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    Klir, D.; Cikhardt, J.; Kravarik, J.; Kubes, P.; Rezac, K.; Sila, O.; Shishlov, A.; Cherdizov, R.; Fursov, F.; Kokshenev, V.; Kovalchuk, B.; Kurmaev, N.; Labetsky, A.; Ratakhin, N.; Orcikova, H.; Turek, K.

    2013-10-01

    Fusion neutrons were produced with a deuterium gas-puff z-pinch on the GIT-12 generator at the Institute of High Current Electronics in Tomsk. The peak neutron yield from DD reactions reached Yn = (2 . 9 +/- 0 . 3) ×1012 at 100 μg/cm linear mass density of deuterium, 700 ns implosion time and 2.7 MA current. Such a neutron yield means that the scaling law of deuterium z-pinches Yn ~I4 was extended to 3 MA currents. The further increase of neutron yields up to (3 . 7 +/- 0 . 4) ×1012 was achieved by placing a deuterated polyethylene catcher onto the axis. Maximum neutron energies of 15 and 22 MeV were observed by radial and axial nToF detectors, respectively. A stack of CR-39 track detectors showed up to 40 MeV deuterons (or 30 MeV protons) on the z-pinch axis. Since the energy input into plasmas was 70 kJ, the number of DD neutrons per one joule of stored plasma energy exceeded the value of 5 ×107 . This value implies that deuterium gas-puff z-pinches belong to the most efficient plasma-based sources of DD neutrons. This work was partially supported by the GACR grant No. P205/12/0454 and by the RFBR research project No. 13-08-00479-a.

  1. Collapse of Z-pinch necks for inertial fusion

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    The ignition is possible under the condition of collapring z-pinch neck up to the diameter 10-4cm. The current pulse with duration 10-7s and 107A must be applied to a cylinder of condensed D-T mixture in order to obtain the parameter ρr≥0.4 g/cm2. 22 refs

  2. Steady state theta pinch concept for slow formation of FRC

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    A steady state high beta plasma flow through a channel along the magnetic field increasing downstream can be regarded as a ''steady state theta pinch'', because if we see the plasma riding on the flow we should observe very similar process taking place in a theta pinch. Anticipating to produce an FRC without using very high voltage technics such as the ones required in a conventional theta pinch, we have studied after the analogy a ''steady state reversed field theta pinch'' which is brought about by steady head-on collision of counter plasma streams along the channel as ejected from two identical co-axial plasma sources mounted at the both ends of the apparatus. The ideal Poisson and shock adiabatic flow models are employed for the analysis of the steady colliding process. It is demonstrated that an FRC involving large numbers of particles is produced only by the weak shock mode which is achieved in case energetic plasma flow is decelerated almost to be stagnated through Poisson adiabatic process before the streams are collided. (author)

  3. Laser emission from an embedded-pinch sheath

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    Hot plasma pinches emit intense vacuum uv radiation. In the embedded configuration cold surrounding gas damps pinch instabilities and insulates the plasma from vessel walls. When such a pinch is formed within a high-Z gas its copious uv production may induce photolytic processes in the surrounding gas blanket. To explore this process we have investigated laser-initiated high-Z gas-embedded pinches both theoretically and experimentally. Focusing on high-Z and high density media leads to a simplification in the problem because the plasma becomes optically dense and energy is lost principally through black-body radiation. Radiated power densities of 107-108W/cm2 have been measured. This flux drives sequential luminous photolytic waves into the enveloping gas at radial velocities in excess of 107 cm/sec. XeF (B-X) laser radiation was generated within the photolytic sheath by installing a 350 nm optical resonator and seeding the gas with XeF2

  4. Investigation of plasma turbulence in a theta-pinch-discharge

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    This thesis is concerned with investigations of plasma turbulence in a 3 KJ Theta-Pinch during implosion by high-frequency Stark-effect and Thomson scattering. The next points are modifications of electron-distribution function by ionization in low preionizized turbulent plasma and energy losses by particle flow and heat flow at the ends. (HT)

  5. A Pinching Strategy for Fabrics Using Wiping Deformation

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper discusses a strategy by which a robotic hand can use the physical properties of a fabric to pinch the fabric. Pinching may be accomplished by using a wiping motion, during which the movement and deformation of a deformable object occur simultaneously. The wiping motion differs from the displacement of a deformable object. During the wiping motion, there is contact, but no relative movement, between the manipulator and the object, whereas, during displacement, there is both contact and relative movement between the object and the floor. This paper first describes wiping motion and distinguishes wiping slide from wiping deformation by displacement of the internal points of an object. Wiping motion is also shown to be an extended scheme of pushing and sliding of rigid objects. Our strategy for pinching a fabric is accomplished with a combination of wiping deformation and residual deformation of the fabric under unloaded conditions. Using this strategy, a single-armed robotic hand can pinch both surfaces of the fabric without handover motion.

  6. Parametric dependences of momentum pinch and Prandtl number in JET

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    Tala, T.; Salmi, A.; Angioni, C.; Casson, F. J.; Corrigan, G.; Ferreira, J.; Giroud, C.; Mantica, P.; Naulin, V.; Peeters, A.G.; Solomon, W. M.; Strintzi, D.; Tsalas, M.; Versloot, T. W.; de Vries, P. C.; Zastrow, K. D.

    2011-01-01

    Several parametric scans have been performed to study momentum transport on JET. A neutral beam injection modulation technique has been applied to separate the diffusive and convective momentum transport terms. The magnitude of the inward momentum pinch depends strongly on the inverse density gradie

  7. Comment on Turbulent Equipartition Theory of Toroidal Momentum Pinch

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    This response demonstrates that the comment by Peeters et al. contains an incorrect and misleading interpretation of our paper (Hahm et al., Phys. Plasmas 15, 055902 (2008)) regarding the density gradient dependence of momentum pinch and the turbulent equipartition (TEP) theory

  8. Parametric dependences of momentum pinch and Prandtl number in JET

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    Tala, T.; Salmi, A.; Angioni, C.;

    2011-01-01

    Several parametric scans have been performed to study momentum transport on JET. A neutral beam injection modulation technique has been applied to separate the diffusive and convective momentum transport terms. The magnitude of the inward momentum pinch depends strongly on the inverse density gra...

  9. Classical transport in a non-circular z-pinch

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    A method is devised, in which particle and heat fluxes are found by solving the heat balance equation self-consistently for specified profiles. The procedure is applied to an equilibrium which corresponds to a non-circular z-pinch. (author)

  10. Nonaxisymmetric experimental modal analysis and control of resistive wall MHD in RFPs : System identification and feedback control for the reversed-field pinch

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    Olofsson, K Erik J

    2012-01-01

    The reversed-field pinch (RFP) is a device for magnetic confinement of fusion plasmas. The main objective of fusion plasma research is to realise cost-effective thermonuclear fusion power plants. The RFP is highly unstable as can be explained by the theory of magnetohydrodynamics (MHD). Feed-back control technology appears to enable a robustly stable RFP operation.  Experimental control and identification of nonaxisymmetric multimode MHD is pursued in this thesis. It is shown that nonparametr...

  11. Microparticles manipulation and enhancement of their separation in pinched flow fractionation by insulator-based dielectrophoresis.

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    Khashei, Hesamodin; Latifi, Hamid; Seresht, Mohsen Jamshidi; Ghasemi, Amir Hossein Baradaran

    2016-03-01

    The separation and manipulation of microparticles in lab on a chip devices have importance in point of care diagnostic tools and analytical applications. The separation and sorting of particles from biological and clinical samples can be performed using active and passive techniques. In passive techniques, no external force is applied while in active techniques by applying external force (e.g. electrical), higher separation efficiency is obtained. In this article, passive (pinched flow fractionation) and active (insulator-based dielectrophoresis) methods were combined to increase the separation efficiency at lower voltages. First by simulation, appropriate values of geometry and applied voltages for better focusing, separation, and lower Joule heating were obtained. Separation of 1.5 and 6 μm polystyrene microparticles was experimentally obtained at optimized geometry and low total applied voltage (25 V). Also, the trajectory of 1.5 μm microparticles was controlled by adjusting the total applied voltage. PMID:26685118

  12. A one-dimensional plasma and impurity transport model for reversed field pinches

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    In this thesis a one-dimensional (1-D) plasma and impurity transport model is developed to address issues related to impurity behavior in Reversed Field Pinch (RFP) fusion plasmas. A coronal non-equilibrium model is used for impurities. The impurity model is incorporated into an existing one dimensional plasma transport model creating a multi-species plasma transport model which treats the plasma and impurity evolution self-consistently. Neutral deuterium particles are treated using a one-dimensional (slab) model of neutral transport. The resulting mode, RFPBI, is then applied to existing RFP devices such as ZT-40M and MST, and also to examine steady state behavior of ZTH based on the design parameters. A parallel algorithm for the impurity transport equations is implemented and tested to determine speedup and efficiency

  13. Separation of cancer cells from white blood cells by pinched flow fractionation

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    Jensen, Marie Pødenphant; Ashley, Neil; Koprowska, Kamila; Mir, Kalim U.; Zalkovskij, Maksim; Bilenberg, Brian; Bodmer, Walter; Kristensen, Anders; Marie, Rodolphe

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, the microfluidic size-separation technique pinched flow fractionation (PFF) is used to separate cancer cells from white blood cells (WBCs). The cells are separated at efficiencies above 90% for both cell types. Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are found in the blood of cancer patients...... challenged by the size overlap between cancer cells and the 106 times more abundant WBCs. The size overlap prevents high efficiency separation, however we demonstrate that cell deformability can be exploited in PFF devices to gain higher efficiencies than expected from the size distribution of the cells....... and can form new tumors. CTCs are rare cells in blood, but they are important for the understanding of metastasis. There is therefore a high interest in developing a method for the enrichment of CTCs from blood samples, which also enables further analysis of the separated cells. The separation is...

  14. Linear integrated circuits

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    Young, T.

    This book is intended to be used as a textbook in a one-semester course at a variety of levels. Because of self-study features incorporated, it may also be used by practicing electronic engineers as a formal and thorough introduction to the subject. The distinction between linear and digital integrated circuits is discussed, taking into account digital and linear signal characteristics, linear and digital integrated circuit characteristics, the definitions for linear and digital circuits, applications of digital and linear integrated circuits, aspects of fabrication, packaging, and classification and numbering. Operational amplifiers are considered along with linear integrated circuit (LIC) power requirements and power supplies, voltage and current regulators, linear amplifiers, linear integrated circuit oscillators, wave-shaping circuits, active filters, DA and AD converters, demodulators, comparators, instrument amplifiers, current difference amplifiers, analog circuits and devices, and aspects of troubleshooting.

  15. Magnetohydrodynamic simulations of noninductive helicity injection in the reversed-field pinch and tokamak

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    Sovinec, C.R.

    1995-12-31

    Numerical computation is used to investigate resistive magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) fluctuations in the reversed-field pinch (RFP) and in tokamak-like configurations driven solely by direct current (DC) helicity injection. A Lundquist number (S) scan of RFP turbulence without plasma pressure produces the weak scaling of S{sup -0.18} for the root-mean-square magnetic fluctuation level for 2.5x10{sup 3}{le}S{le}4x10{sup 4}. The temporal behavior of fluctuations and the reversal parameter becomes more regular as S is increased, acquiring a {open_quotes}sawtooth{close_quotes} shape at the largest value of S. Simulations with plasma pressure and anisotropic thermal conduction demonstrate energy transport resulting from parallel heat fluctuations. To investigate means of improving RFP energy confinement, three forms of current profile modification are tested. Radio frequency (RF) current drive is modeled with an auxiliary electron force, and linear stability calculations are used.

  16. Reversed-field pinch experiments in EXTRAP T2R with a resistive shell boundary

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    The EXTRAP T2R reversed-field pinch has a resistive shell with a magnetic penetration time of 6 ms. This time is intermediate between the dynamo/relaxation cycle time scale (<2ms) and the pulse length (∼20ms). The resonant tearing modes do not wall-lock. They rotate with angular phase velocities in the range of 20 to 600 krad/s. As a result of the rotation the radial component of the perturbations at the shell from the resonant modes is suppressed. Non-resonant (resistive-wall) kink modes are unstable and their linear growth rates have been measured. The measured growth rates follow the trend expected from theoretical estimates for a range of equilibrium parameters. Furthermore, when the resonant modes are rotating, the loop voltage and confinement parameters have values comparable to those of a conducting shell RFP. The poloidal beta is around 10% for a range of current and density. (author)

  17. Magnetic islands at the field reversal surface in reversed field pinches

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    In the reversed field pinch (RFP), magnetic field perturbations having zero poloidal mode number and any toroidal mode number are resonant at the field reversal surface. Such perturbations are a particular threat to the RFP because of their weak radial dependence at low toroidal mode number, and because the toroidal field ripple is essentially of this type. The widths of the resulting islands are calculated in this paper. The self-consistent plasma response is included through the assumption that the plasma relaxes to a Taylor force-free state. The connection with linear tearing mode theory is established for those limits where arbitrarily large islands result from infinitesimal perturbations. Toroidal effects are considered, and application of the theory to RFP experiments is discussed

  18. A simple analytic model of the sausage mode in a resistive Z-pinch

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    A simple analytic linearized theory of the sausage mode is developed, based on resistive MHD, certain long-wavelength assumptions, and in particular the assumption that the perturbations of the radial density profile are self-similar. The perturbations to the magnetic field are not assumed to be self-similar. Time dependences of the equilibrium, e.g., current rising as τα, ohmic heating, and time-varying radius, are included quite generally. The formalism appears to provide a good representation of those modes which lead to coherent sausaging of the entire radial cross section of the pinch, but excludes modes which are localized near a particular radius. The net effect of resistivity and time variation of the equilibrium is to decrease the instability growth rate (but by no more than a factor of two) if α approx-lt 1, or to increase it if α approx-gt 1

  19. Initial reversed-field pinch experiments on ZT-40 and recent advances in RFP theory

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    The ZT-40 reversed-field pinch (RFP) has been operated in several modes: (1) without reversed toroidal field, (2) with self reversal, and (3) with aided reversal. An analytic ohmic heating and ignition model both confirm and provide guidance for transport codes. Nondissipative formation schemes have been analyzed and ideal MHD stable evolution and burn scenarios have been found. Particle and fluid simulations have produced qualitative agreement with respect to the nonlinear behavior of m = 0 resistive g-modes. Helical ohmic reversed field states are produced by a 2-D dynamical simulation, and nonlinear analytic work describes the final state. A fast resistive MHD code for linear stability has clarified the relations between several kinds of resistive instabilities. Ballooning modes and g-modes in systems with arbitrary magnetic shear including resistivity and viscosity, have been studied in a unified treatment with growth rate vs wavenumber showing the existence of important cutoffs

  20. Change of Paradigm for the Reversed Field Pinch

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    The reversed field pinch (RFP) is a magnetic configuration germane to the tokamak, but it produces most of its magnetic field by the currents flowing inside the plasma; external coils provide only a small edge toroidal field whose sign is reversed with respect to the central one, whence the name of the configuration. Because of the presence of magnetic turbulence and chaos, the RFP had been considered for a long period as a terrible confinement configuration. However, recently a change of paradigm occurred for this device. Indeed, when the toroidal current is increased in the RFX-mod RFP in Padua (Italy), a self-organized helical state with an internal transport barrier (ITB) develops, and a broad zone of the plasma becomes hot (above 1 keV for a magnetic field above 0.8 T). The present theoretical picture of the RFP mainly comes from three-dimensional nonlinear visco-resistive MHD simulations whose dynamics has strong similarities with the experimental one, and triggered the experimental search for RFP states with improved confinement. The RFP ohmic state involves a helical electrostatic potential generating, as an electric drift, the so-called dynamo velocity field. The magnetic topology can bifurcate from a magnetic island to kink-like magnetic surfaces with higher resilience to magnetic chaos. This theoretical scenario was found to be relevant when ITB's enclosing a broad hot domain were discovered. The ITBs occur in the vicinity of the maximum of the safety factor. The new paradigm for the RFP supports its reappraisal as a low-external field, non-disruptive, ohmically heated approach to magnetic fusion, exploiting both self-organization and technological simplicity. Furthermore the RFP has the same Greenwald density limit as the tokamak, and it is an excellent test bed for the efficient control of multiple resistive wall modes. Its helical magnetic structure makes it germane to the stellarator too. As a result the RFP is also useful to bring support to the

  1. A Real-Time Pinch-to-Zoom Motion Detection by Means of a Surface EMG-Based Human-Computer Interface

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    Jongin Kim

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we propose a system for inferring the pinch-to-zoom gesture using surface EMG (Electromyography signals in real time. Pinch-to-zoom, which is a common gesture in smart devices such as an iPhone or an Android phone, is used to control the size of images or web pages according to the distance between the thumb and index finger. To infer the finger motion, we recorded EMG signals obtained from the first dorsal interosseous muscle, which is highly related to the pinch-to-zoom gesture, and used a support vector machine for classification between four finger motion distances. The powers which are estimated by Welch’s method were used as feature vectors. In order to solve the multiclass classification problem, we applied a one-versus-one strategy, since a support vector machine is basically a binary classifier. As a result, our system yields 93.38% classification accuracy averaged over six subjects. The classification accuracy was estimated using 10-fold cross validation. Through our system, we expect to not only develop practical prosthetic devices but to also construct a novel user experience (UX for smart devices.

  2. Neutron spectra from beam-target reactions in dense Z-pinches

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    Appelbe, B., E-mail: b.appelbe07@imperial.ac.uk; Chittenden, J. [Centre for Inertial Fusion Studies, The Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom)

    2015-10-15

    The energy spectrum of neutrons emitted by a range of deuterium and deuterium-tritium Z-pinch devices is investigated computationally using a hybrid kinetic-MHD model. 3D MHD simulations are used to model the implosion, stagnation, and break-up of dense plasma focus devices at currents of 70 kA, 500 kA, and 2 MA and also a 15 MA gas puff. Instabilities in the MHD simulations generate large electric and magnetic fields, which accelerate ions during the stagnation and break-up phases. A kinetic model is used to calculate the trajectories of these ions and the neutron spectra produced due to the interaction of these ions with the background plasma. It is found that these beam-target neutron spectra are sensitive to the electric and magnetic fields at stagnation resulting in significant differences in the spectra emitted by each device. Most notably, magnetization of the accelerated ions causes the beam-target spectra to be isotropic for the gas puff simulations. It is also shown that beam-target spectra can have a peak intensity located at a lower energy than the peak intensity of a thermonuclear spectrum. A number of other differences in the shapes of beam-target and thermonuclear spectra are also observed for each device. Finally, significant differences between the shapes of beam-target DD and DT neutron spectra, due to differences in the reaction cross-sections, are illustrated.

  3. The sun azimuth determination on topographic mapping at Rirang West Kalimantan

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    On the topographic mapping program the azimuth of two fixed triangulation point is needed. Actually, at Rirang sector have not those, so the data is necessarily to be created from the sun observation. It is the best way for solve the problem, because the sun azimuth related to the geographic north (NG). Beside that azimuth can give correction value of compass measuring azimuth. The sun observation are carried out at the morning time using T-2 instrument. The result of sun azimuth at A.0 to A.6 in Rirang sector were calculated N 120/degree/ 26/min/ 13 /sec/ and the azimuth generated using the compass Wild T1 is N 120/degree/, to the azimuth reading correction is about 00/degree/ 26/min/ 13/sec/

  4. Parametric characterization and estimation of bi-azimuth dispersion of path components

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    Yin, Xuefeng; Pedersen, Troels; Czink, Nicolai; Fleury, Bernard Henri

    2006-01-01

    In this contribution, we derive a probability distribution suitable for characterizing bi-azimuth (azimuth of arrival and azimuth of departure) direction dispersion of individual path components in the response of the propagation channel. This distribution belongs to the family of generalized von......-Mises-Fisher distributions. The elements in this family maximize the entropy under the constraint that the expectations and correlation matrix of the directions are known. The probability density function (pdf) of the proposed distribution is used to describe the bi-azimuth power spectrum of individual path components. An...... estimator of the parameters of the pdf is derived and applied to characterize the spreads in both azimuth of departure and azimuth of arrival, as well as the correlation between both azimuths of individual path components. Preliminary results from an experimental investigation demonstrate the applicability...

  5. Azimuthal velocity profiles in Rayleigh-stable Taylor–Couette flow and implied axial angular momentum transport

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    Nordsiek, F.; Huisman, S.G.; Veen, van der, J.T.; C. Sun; Lohse, D.; Lathrop, D. P.

    2015-01-01

    We present azimuthal velocity profiles measured in a Taylor–Couette apparatus, which has been used as a model of stellar and planetary accretion disks. The apparatus has a cylinder radius ratio of ${\\it\\eta}=0.716$η=0.716, an aspect ratio of ${\\it\\Gamma}=11.74$Γ=11.74, and the plates closing the cylinders in the axial direction are attached to the outer cylinder. We investigate angular momentum transport and Ekman pumping in the Rayleigh-stable regime. This regime is linearly stable and is ch...

  6. Azimuthally-dependent Finite Element Solution to the Cylindrical Resonator

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    Osegueda, R.; Pierluissi, J.; Gil, L.; Revilla, A.; Villalva, G.; Dick, G.; Wang, D. SantiagoR.

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    The cylindrical cavity resonator loaded with an anisotropic dielectric is analyzed as a two-dimensional problem using a finite element approach that assumes sinusoidal dependence in azimuth. This methodology allows the first finite element treatment of the technically important case of a resonator containing a sapphire element with a cylindrically aligned c axis. Second order trial functions together with quadrilateral elements are adopted in the calculations. The method was validated through comparisons with the analytical solutions for the hollow metal cavity and a coaxial cavity, as well as through measurements on a shielded sapphire resonator.

  7. Hadron azimuthal correlations to be studied at CBM setup

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    An opportunity of studying hadron azimuthal correlations with the CBM detector (GSI, Germany) is considered. The results include the full simulation of the UrQMD events together with a simplified consideration of the calorimeter near the beam-pipe. The expectations of the correlations are presented. The centrality determination is considered via both the charged particles detected in the tracking system and the energy deposited in the calorimeter. The segmentation of the calorimeter is discussed from the point of view of the determination accuracy of the reaction plane

  8. The azimuthal decorrelation of jets widely separated in rapidity

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    We study the azimuthal decorrelation between jets with pseudorapidity separation up to six units. The data were accumulated using the D0 detector during the 1994-1995 collider run of the Fermilab Tevatron at √s = 1.8 TeV. The data are compared to two parton shower Monte Carlos (HERWIG and PYTHIA) and an analytical prediction using the leading logarithmic BFKL resummation. The final state jets as predicted by the parton showering Monte Carlos describe the data over the entire pseudorapidity range studied. The prediction based on the leading logarithmic BFKL resummation shows more decorrelation than the data as the rapidity interval increases

  9. An Inertial-Fusion Z-Pinch Power Plant Concept

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    With the promising new results of fast z-pinch technology developed at Sandia National Laboratories, we are investigating using z-pinch driven high-yield Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) as a fusion power plant energy source. These investigations have led to a novel fusion system concept based on an attempt to separate many of the difficult fusion engineering issues and a strict reliance on existing technology, or a reasonable extrapolation of existing technology, wherever possible. In this paper, we describe the main components of such a system with a focus on the fusion chamber dynamics. The concept works with all of the electrically-coupled ICF proposed fusion designs. It is proposed that a z-pinch driven ICF power system can be feasibly operated at high yields (1 to 30 GJ) with a relatively low pulse rate (0.01-0.1 Hz). To deliver the required current from the rep-rated pulse power driver to the z-pinch diode, a Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL) and the integrated target hardware are fabricated, vacuum pumped, and aligned prior to loading for each power pulse. In this z-pinch driven system, no laser or ion beams propagate in the chamber such that the portion of the chamber outside the RTL does not need to be under vacuum. Additionally, by utilizing a graded-density solid lithium or fluorine/lithium/beryllium eutectic (FLiBe) blanket between the source and the first-wall the system can breed its own fuel absorb a large majority of the fusion energy released from each capsule and shield the first-wall from a damaging neutron flux. This neutron shielding significantly reduces the neutron energy fluence at the first-wall such that radiation damage should be minimal and will not limit the first-wall lifetime. Assuming a 4 m radius, 8 m tall cylindrical chamber design with an 80 cm thick spherical FLiBe blanket, our calculations suggest that a 20 cm thick 6061-T6 Al chamber wall will reach the equivalent uranium ore radioactivity level within 100 years after a 30

  10. An Inertial-Fusion Z-Pinch Power Plant Concept

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    DERZON,MARK S.; ROCHAU,GARY E.; DEGROOT,J.; OLSON,CRAIG L.; PETERSON,P.; PETERSON,R.R.; SLUTZ,STEPHEN A.; ZAMORA,ANTONIO J.

    2000-12-15

    With the promising new results of fast z-pinch technology developed at Sandia National Laboratories, we are investigating using z-pinch driven high-yield Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) as a fusion power plant energy source. These investigations have led to a novel fusion system concept based on an attempt to separate many of the difficult fusion engineering issues and a strict reliance on existing technology, or a reasonable extrapolation of existing technology, wherever possible. In this paper, we describe the main components of such a system with a focus on the fusion chamber dynamics. The concept works with all of the electrically-coupled ICF proposed fusion designs. It is proposed that a z-pinch driven ICF power system can be feasibly operated at high yields (1 to 30 GJ) with a relatively low pulse rate (0.01-0.1 Hz). To deliver the required current from the rep-rated pulse power driver to the z-pinch diode, a Recyclable Transmission Line (RTL) and the integrated target hardware are fabricated, vacuum pumped, and aligned prior to loading for each power pulse. In this z-pinch driven system, no laser or ion beams propagate in the chamber such that the portion of the chamber outside the RTL does not need to be under vacuum. Additionally, by utilizing a graded-density solid lithium or fluorine/lithium/beryllium eutectic (FLiBe) blanket between the source and the first-wall the system can breed its own fuel absorb a large majority of the fusion energy released from each capsule and shield the first-wall from a damaging neutron flux. This neutron shielding significantly reduces the neutron energy fluence at the first-wall such that radiation damage should be minimal and will not limit the first-wall lifetime. Assuming a 4 m radius, 8 m tall cylindrical chamber design with an 80 cm thick spherical FLiBe blanket, our calculations suggest that a 20 cm thick 6061-T6 Al chamber wall will reach the equivalent uranium ore radioactivity level within 100 years after a 30

  11. Combined study of microwave-power/linear-polarization dependence of the microwave-radiation-induced magnetoresistance oscillations in GaAs/AlGaAs devices

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    Ye, Tianyu; Liu, Han-Chun; Wegscheider, W.; Mani, R G

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    We report the results of a combined microwave polarization-dependence and power-dependence study of the microwave-radiation-induced magnetoresistance oscillations in high mobility GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure devices at liquid helium temperatures. The diagonal resistance was measured with the magnetic field fixed at the extrema of the radiation-induced magnetoresistance oscillations, as the microwave power was varied at a number of microwave polarization angles. The results indicate a nonlinea...

  12. Effects of controlled-release fertilizer on leaf area index and fruit yield in high-density soilless tomato culture using low node-order pinching.

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    Takafumi Kinoshita

    Full Text Available To further development of a simplified fertigation system using controlled-release fertilizers (CRF, we investigated the effects of differing levels of fertilizers and plant density on leaf area index (LAI, fruit yields, and nutrient use in soilless tomato cultures with low node-order pinching and high plant density during spring-summer (SS, summer-fall (SF, and fall-winter (FW seasons. Plants were treated with 1 of 3 levels of CRF in a closed system, or with liquid fertilizer (LF with constant electrical conductivity (EC in a drip-draining system. Two plant densities were examined for each fertilizer treatment. In CRF treatments, LAI at pinching increased linearly with increasing nutrient supply for all cropping seasons. In SS, both light interception by plant canopy at pinching and total marketable fruit yield increased linearly with increasing LAI up to 6 m(2 · m(-2; the maximization point was not reached for any of the treatments. In FW, both light interception and yield were maximized at an LAI of approximately 4. These results suggest that maximizing the LAI in SS and FW to the saturation point for light interception is important for increasing yield. In SF, however, the yield maximized at an LAI of approximately 3, although the light interception linearly increased with increasing LAI, up to 4.5. According to our results, the optimal LAI at pinching may be 6 in SS, 3 in SF, and 4 in FW. In comparing LAI values with similar fruit yield, we found that nutrient supply was 32-46% lower with the CRF method than with LF. In conclusion, CRF application in a closed system enables growers to achieve a desirable LAI to maximize fruit yield with a regulated amount of nutrient supply per unit area. Further, the CRF method greatly reduced nutrient use without decreasing fruit yield at similar LAIs, as compared to the LF method.

  13. Effects of controlled-release fertilizer on leaf area index and fruit yield in high-density soilless tomato culture using low node-order pinching.

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    Kinoshita, Takafumi; Yano, Takayoshi; Sugiura, Makoto; Nagasaki, Yuji

    2014-01-01

    To further development of a simplified fertigation system using controlled-release fertilizers (CRF), we investigated the effects of differing levels of fertilizers and plant density on leaf area index (LAI), fruit yields, and nutrient use in soilless tomato cultures with low node-order pinching and high plant density during spring-summer (SS), summer-fall (SF), and fall-winter (FW) seasons. Plants were treated with 1 of 3 levels of CRF in a closed system, or with liquid fertilizer (LF) with constant electrical conductivity (EC) in a drip-draining system. Two plant densities were examined for each fertilizer treatment. In CRF treatments, LAI at pinching increased linearly with increasing nutrient supply for all cropping seasons. In SS, both light interception by plant canopy at pinching and total marketable fruit yield increased linearly with increasing LAI up to 6 m(2) · m(-2); the maximization point was not reached for any of the treatments. In FW, both light interception and yield were maximized at an LAI of approximately 4. These results suggest that maximizing the LAI in SS and FW to the saturation point for light interception is important for increasing yield. In SF, however, the yield maximized at an LAI of approximately 3, although the light interception linearly increased with increasing LAI, up to 4.5. According to our results, the optimal LAI at pinching may be 6 in SS, 3 in SF, and 4 in FW. In comparing LAI values with similar fruit yield, we found that nutrient supply was 32-46% lower with the CRF method than with LF. In conclusion, CRF application in a closed system enables growers to achieve a desirable LAI to maximize fruit yield with a regulated amount of nutrient supply per unit area. Further, the CRF method greatly reduced nutrient use without decreasing fruit yield at similar LAIs, as compared to the LF method. PMID:25402478

  14. PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS OF AZIMUTH ELECTRONIC BEAM STEERING MODE SPACEBORNE SAR

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    Han Xiaodong; Xu Wei; Han Xiaolei

    2013-01-01

    Pointing angle and pattern of the antenna can be changed swiftly to actualize the azimuth beam scanning by using electronic beam steering,which makes the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)system more flexible and achieve a high resolution or cover a long strip within short time span.When the pointing angle is steered away from boresight,some aberrations may appear on the antenna pattern,e.g.,the grating lobe appears,the main lobe gain decrease,and antenna pattern broadens,e.g.,the aberrations result in the worsening of system performance,and complicate the corresponding performance analysis method.Conventional computation methods of performance parameters do not account for the rapid change of the antenna pattern.It introduces remarkable errors when the scanning angle is large.In this paper,a method of calculating performance parameters is proposed for the beam steering mode,which achieves the parameters by the energy accumulation in time domain.Actually,the proposed method simulates the working process of SAR and obtains accurate performance parameters.Furthermore,we analyze the effects of the grating lobe on the Azimuth Ambiguity to Signal Ratio (AASR),and present the generic Pulse Repetition Frequency (PRF) choosing principle which can also prevent the ambiguous area from weighting by the grating lobe.Finally,the effect of the antenna configuration on the performance parameters is analyzed by a system example.

  15. Effect of earthquake locations on Rayleigh wave azimuthal anisotropy

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    Ma, Z.; Masters, G.

    2013-12-01

    We have compiled a large dataset for Rayleigh wave phase arrival times from 5mHz to 35mHz by using cluster analysis method. Estimation of source phase is improved by using a second order approximation of the associated Legendre functions. Currently, we have about 300,000 measurements for 5mHz, 600,000 for 10mHz, 400,000 for 20mHz and 280,000 for 35mHz. We use our new dataset to invert for the 2-phi terms of Rayleigh wave azimuthal anisotropy. We have found differences in the inverted fast directions when using PDE versus CMT source locations, especially near subduction zones where most earthquakes happen. Allowing small changes in earthquake locations (latitude and longitude) in our inversion greatly reduces such discrepancies. Residue patterns and checkerboard tests both indicate that the azimuthal anisotropy patterns in ocean basins are likely coherent over large distances, especially in the Pacific. To model the change of anisotropy amplitudes in the Pacific for different frequencies, we follow the approach proposed by Montagner and Nataf (1986). Values of elastic constants are compiled from Anderson and Isaak (1995) and Abramson et al (1997). The depth extent of anisotropy will be discussed.

  16. Transverse spin azimuthal asymmetries in SIDIS at COMPASS: Multidimensional analysis

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    2015-01-01

    One of the important objectives of the COMPASS experiment (CERN, SPS north area) is the exploration of transverse spin structure of nucleon via study of spin (in)dependent azimuthal asymmetries with semi-inclusive deep inelastic scattering (SIDIS) processes and recently also with Drell-Yan (DY) reactions. In the past twelve years series of measurements were made in COMPASS, using 160 GeV/c longitudinally polarized muon beam and polarized $^6LiD$ and $NH_3$ targets. Drell-Yan measurements with high energy (190 GeV/c) pion beam and transversely polarized $NH_3$ target started in 2014 with a pilot-run have been followed by 140 days of data taking in 2015. The experimental results obtained by COMPASS for azimuthal effects in SIDIS play an important role in the general understanding of the three-dimensional nature of the nucleon and are widely used in theoretical analyses and global data fits. In addition, future first ever polarized DY-data from COMPASS compared with SIDIS results will open a new chapter probing ...

  17. SIDIS transverse spin azimuthal asymmetries at COMPASS: Multidimensional analysis

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    Parsamyan, Bakur

    2015-01-01

    Exploration of transverse spin structure of the nucleon via study of the spin (in)dependent azimuthal asymmetries in semi-inclusive deep inelastic scattering (SIDIS) and Drell-Yan (DY) reactions is one of the main aspects of the broad physics program of the COMPASS experiment (CERN, Switzerland). In past decade COMPASS has collected a considerable amount of polarized deuteron and proton SIDIS data while 2014 and 2015 runs were dedicated to the Drell-Yan measurements. Results on SIDIS azimuthal effects provided so far by COMPASS play an important role in general understanding of the three-dimensional nature of the nucleon. Giving access to the entire "twist-2" set of transverse momentum dependent (TMD) parton distribution functions (PDFs) and fragmentation functions (FFs) COMPASS data are being widely used in phenomenological analyses and experimental data fits. Recent unique and first ever x-$Q^{2}$-z-pT multidimensional results for transverse spin asymmetries obtained by COMPASS serve as a direct and unprece...

  18. Transport and Measurements of High-Current Electron Beams from X pinches

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    Agafonov, Alexey V.; Mingaleev, Albert R.; Romanova, Vera M.; Tarakanov, Vladimir P.; Shelkovenko, Tatiana A.; Pikuz, Sergey A.; Blesener, Isaac C.; Kusse, Bruce R.; Hammer, David A.

    2009-01-01

    Generation of electron beams is an unavoidable property of X-pinches and other pulsed-power-driven pinches of different geometry. Some issues concerning high-current electron beam transport from the X pinch to the diagnostic system and measurements of the beam current by Faraday cups with different geometry's are discussed. Of particular interest is the partially neutralized nature of the beam propagating from the X-pinch to a diagnostic system. Two scenarios of electron beam propagation from X-pinch to Faraday cup are analyzed by means of computer simulation using the PIC-code KARAT. The first is longitudinal neutralization by ions extracted from plasma at an output window of the X-pinch diode; the second is the beam transport through a plasma background between the diode and a diagnostic system.

  19. Transport and Measurements of High-Current Electron Beams from X pinches

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    Generation of electron beams is an unavoidable property of X-pinches and other pulsed-power-driven pinches of different geometry. Some issues concerning high-current electron beam transport from the X pinch to the diagnostic system and measurements of the beam current by Faraday cups with different geometry's are discussed. Of particular interest is the partially neutralized nature of the beam propagating from the X-pinch to a diagnostic system. Two scenarios of electron beam propagation from X-pinch to Faraday cup are analyzed by means of computer simulation using the PIC-code KARAT. The first is longitudinal neutralization by ions extracted from plasma at an output window of the X-pinch diode; the second is the beam transport through a plasma background between the diode and a diagnostic system.

  20. Developments of sausages in a z-pinch with short-wave perturbation of a boundary

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    A numeric simulation of sausage evolution in z-pinch during short-wave excitation of the boundary of plasma column pinch is carried out. The simulation has shown that due to nonlinear development of sausages in a pinch plasma colomn the cavities filled with a magnetic field in a rarefied pinch plasma are formed. Simultaneously compact column of tense plasma whose temperature is much higher than the average temperature of pinch plasma column are formed on the pinch axis. In the region of inlet in the cavity plasma is radially directed due to ponderomotoric force 1/2 x jB up to velocities greatly increasing the thermal velocity of ions in a plasma column

  1. X pinch a point x-ray source

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    X ray emission from an X pinch, a point x-ray source has been studied using a pin-hole camera by a 30 kV, 7.2 μ F capacitor bank. The wires of different material like W, Mo, Cu, S.S.(stainless steel) and Ti were used. Molybdenum pinch gives the most intense x-rays and stainless steel gives the minimum intensity x-rays for same bank energy (∼ 3.2 kJ). Point x-ray source of size (≤ 0.5 mm) was observed using pin hole camera. The size of the source is limited by the size of the pin hole camera. The peak current in the load is approximately 150 kA. The point x-ray source could be useful in many fields like micro lithography, medicine and to study the basic physics of high Z plasmas. (author). 4 refs., 3 figs

  2. Magnetic Pinching of Hyperbolic Flux Tubes I. Basic Estimations

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    Titov, V S; Neukirch, T

    2003-01-01

    The concept of hyperbolic flux tubes (HFTs) is a generalization of the concept of separator field lines for coronal magnetic fields with a trivial magnetic topology. An effective mechanism of a current layer formation in HFTs is proposed. This mechanism is called magnetic pinching and it is caused by large-scale shearing motions applied to the photospheric feet of HFTs in a way as if trying to twist the HFT. It is shown that in the middle of an HFT such motions produce a hyperbolic flow that causes an exponentially fast growth of the current density in a thin force-free current layer. The magnetic energy associated with the current layer that is built up over a few hours is sufficient for a large flare. Other implications of HFT pinching for solar flares are discussed as well.

  3. Bubble Pinch-Off in a Rotating Flow

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    Bergmann, Raymond; Andersen, Anders Peter; van der Meer, Devaraj;

    2009-01-01

    bubbles which are carried down by the flow. Using high-speed imaging we find that the minimal neck radius of the unstable tip decreases in time as a power law with an exponent close to 1/3. This exponent was found by Gordillo et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 194501 (2005)] to govern gas flow driven pinch......We create air bubbles at the tip of a "bathtub vortex" which reaches to a finite depth. The bathtub vortex is formed by letting water drain through a small hole at the bottom of a rotating cylindrical container. The tip of the needlelike surface dip is unstable at high rotation rates and releases......-off, and indeed we find that the volume oscillations of the tip creates a considerable air flow through the neck. We argue that the Bernoulli pressure reduction caused by this air flow can become sufficient to overcome the centrifugal forces and cause the final pinch-off....

  4. Modeling Z-Pinch implosions in two dimensions

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    Ideally, simulations of Z-Pinch implosions should provide useful information about important physics processes underlying observed experimental results and provide design capabilities for future experiments. With this goal the authors have developed a methodology for simulating hollow Z-Pinches in two dimensions and applied it to experiments conducted on the Pegasus I and Pegasus II capacitor banks, the Procyon explosion generator system, and the Saturn and PBFA-Z accelerators. In comparisons with experimental results the simulations have reproduced important features of the current drive, spectrum, radiation pulse shape, peak power and total radiated energy. Comparison of the instability development in the simulations with visible light framing camera photos has shown a close correlation with the observed instability wavelengths and amplitudes. Using this methodology the authors are analyzing recent Saturn and PBFA-Z experiments and applying the 2-D modeling in developing applications such as the dynamic hohlraum

  5. A 600 MW(e) reversed field pinch reactor study

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    The Reversed Field Pinch is an axisymmetric toroidal magnetic system in which the stable confinement of high β plasma has already been demonstrated experimentally. This study has reviewed the plasma physics relevant to a reactor based on the Reversed Field Pinch, defined a possible set of reactor parameters and undertaken a preliminary consideration of the mechanical and electrical engineering problems of this system. The design assumes pulsed operation without refuelling during the burn, ignition by ohmic heating alone, and the use of normal (i.e. not superconducting) magnetic field windings. For the chosen net output of 600 MW(e) and mean neutron wall loading of 1.5MW/m2 the plasma minor and major radii are 1.75m and 16m respectively. The energy multiplication factor Q of the system is 5.9. (author)

  6. Spectroscopic diagnosis of foam z-pinch plasmas on SATURN

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    Solid and annular silicon aerogel and agar foams were shot on the accelerator SATURN to study plasma initiation, acceleration, and stagnation. SATURN delivers 7 MA with a 50 nsec rise time to these foam loads. We fielded several spectroscopic diagnostics to measure plasma parameters throughout the z-pinch discharge. A spatially resolved single frame time-gated EUV spectrometer measured the extent of plasma ablation off the surface foam. A time integrated crystal spectrometer showed that characteristic K shell radiation of silicon in the aerogel and of S and Na impurities in the agar were all attenuated when the foam loads were coated with a conductive layer of gold. The time resolved pinhole camera showed that in general the quality of the pinch implosions was poor but improved with increasing efforts to improve current continuity such as prepulse and conductive coatings

  7. Dense X-pinch plasmas for x-ray microlithography

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    The authors report experimental results from a study of the radiation emission from aluminum and magnesium x-pinch experiments. The single cross x-pinch, driven by the 0.5 TW, 40ns pulse width Lion accelerator, consists of 2-8 fine wires stretched between the output electrodes of Lion so as to touch at a single point. The wires were twisted up to 360 degrees at the crossing point. The number and size of Al and Mg wires were varied in order to optimize the K-shell line radiation. Diagnostics used for the experiments included pinhole photography, streak imaging, filtered photoconducting diodes and x-ray crystal spectroscopy. The source size and distribution are determined through x-ray pinhole photographs. The radiation energy spectrum is determined by x-ray spectroscopy and attenuation through filters. Energy intensities were obtained from the filtered photoconducting diodes

  8. Light detonation wave in a cylindrical Z-pinch

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    Yusupaliev, U.; Sysoev, N. N.; Shuteev, S. A.; Elenskii, V. G.

    2015-09-01

    A secondary compression wave previously observed by other researchers in a cylindrical Z-pinch has been identified in this work as a light detonation wave. It appears on the inner surface of a discharge chamber under the action of the intense ultraviolet radiation from a plasma pinch at the stage of its maximum compression. The condition of the light detonation wave has been determined experimentally. The dependence of its Mach number on a generalized dimensionless variable has been determined taking into account the conservation laws for the light detonation wave including the pressure of the gas, expenses on the formation of the surface plasma, and the energy of ionization of the gas involved in the wave. An analogy with the laser-supported detonation wave created by intense laser radiation has been revealed. The indicated dependence is within the error of measurement in agreement with the experimental data for light detonation waves created by both methods.

  9. Linear theory of microwave absortion in fusion plasmas. A study of the electron cyclotron resonance and its particularization to a helical axis device for magnetic confinement

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    The study of the Linear Theory microwave propagation and absorption in the the frequency range of electron cyclotron resonance, in a magnetized plasma, is developed. This study is particularized to the flexible heliac TJ-II, whose main characteristics are dsetailed in a memory chapter, as an interesting case example for its peculiar magnetic configuration. As a preliminary phase, a cold plasma model is useds to analyze the resonance accessibility and the approximated density limits which will be obtainable in each electron cyclotron resonance harmonic. This analysis was used to find the suitable positions for the microwave injection in TJ-II. An analytical weakly relativistic model for the dielectric tensor is developed, valid for oblique propagation, that takes account of the effect of superthermal electrons. Second order Larmor radius effects are included, so that the Quasi-Electrostatic branch of X mode can be studied. A numerical study is then presented on the absorption properties of TJ-II. Since the TJ-II geometry is complex and its magnetic field distribution is very different from that of a tokamak, ray tracing calculations are necessary to consider refraction effects. The ray tracing codse RAYS, developed in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (U.S.A.), was take and adapted to the helical magnetic configuration of the TJ-II. The absorption model described above was then included in RAYS. For completeness, an introduction to the Quasi Linear Theory, natural prolongation of this work, is included at the end of the memory, ands the effects of taking into account the quasi linear evolution of the distribution function are described. (Author)

  10. Final Technical Report, DOE Grant DE-FG02-98ER54496, Physics of High-Energy-Density X Pinch Plasmas

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    as short as 30 trillionths of a second. Additional experiments have demonstrated that a spherical shell of plasma expands away from the cross point region after the x-ray burst. It reaches millimeter scale in a few billionths of a second, leaving a small (less than 0.1 millimeter) gap in the middle that enables energetic electrons to be accelerated to 10 or a few 10's of kilovolts of energy. In addition to gaining an understanding of the physics of the X pinch plasmas, we have had to develop several new X-ray diagnostic devices in order to obtain and verify the above results. On the non-technical side, 4 students have completed Ph.D.s working under the auspices of this project, including one woman, and another woman has begun her Ph.D. research under this project. In addition, several undergraduate students have worked with us on the X-pinch experiments, including one who is now a graduate student in plasma physics at Princeton University.

  11. Energy integration of nitric acid production using pinch methodology

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    Ivaniš Gorica R.; Lazarević Marija; Radović Ivona R.; Kijevčanin Mirjana Lj.

    2015-01-01

    Pinch methodology was applied to the heat exchangers network (HEN) synthesis of nitric acid production. The integration is analyzed in two ways, and the results are presented as two different solutions: (i) the first solution is based on the original heat transfer equipment arrangement, (ii) in order to eliminate the shortages of the first solution the second HEN was obtained using process simulation with optimized process parameters. Optimized HEN, with ne...

  12. Schlieren measurements of a high density z-pinch

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    The dense plasma phase of a dynamic z-pinch working at a high filling pressure is studied. By using the Schlieren-technique it is found that the compressed plasma column, though macroscopically stable for times less than 1 μs develops quickly from a homogeneous state to a turbulent one with a perturbation scale length of typically some millimeters. Quantitative measurements of light deflection give electron densities of typically 1019 cm-3 at 0.25 torr He filling. (orig.)

  13. Sausage mode of a pinched charged particle beam

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    The axisymmetric oscillations of a self-pinched charged particle beam are analyzed using a dispersion relation derived from a 3/2 dimensional model. This calculation includes the effects of rounded profiles, finite conductivity, a steady return current, and phase mix damping among particle orbits. However, only the lowest order radial mode of distortion is treated, and this is done in an approximate fashion

  14. Hard-core deuterium fibre Z-pinch

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    A novel fusion concept is considered, related to present day deuterium fibre pinch experiments. The hard core is allowed to persist during the discharge, being completely ablated only at the end of the pulse. The Lawson requirement ητΕ> 1022M-3s for the catalysed D-D reaction is exceeded at a plasma temperature >30 keV by using high power generators with short pulse times of order a few ns. (au)

  15. Pinched Material Einstein Space-Time Produces Accelerated Cosmic Expansion

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    M. S. El Naschie

    2014-01-01

    An instructive analogy between the deformation of a pinched elastic cylindrical shell and the anti-gravity behind accelerated cosmic expansion is established. Subsequently the entire model is interpreted in terms of a hyperbolic fractal Rindler space-time leading to the same robust results regarding real energy and dark energy being 4.5% and 95.5% respectively in full agreement with all recent cosmological measurements.

  16. Theory of the striated corona in a theta pinch

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    The radial striations observed in the low density corona surrounding a theta-pinch-confined plasma are explained as due to an instability at the ion plasma frequency driven by plasma rotation in the corona. A nonlocal theory is used to find radially extended modes, as observed experimentally. The observed wavelength of the striations can then be used to deduce the density in this region; this density is in reasonable agreement with estimates from numerical models

  17. X-ray sources by Z-pinch for inertial confinement fusion

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    Inertial confinement nuclear fusion driven by X-ray from Z-pinch plasmas has been developed. Recently, extremely high X-ray power (290 TW) and energy (1.8 MJ) were produced in fast Z-pinch implosions on the Z accelerator (Sandia National Laboratories). Wire arrays are used to produce the initial plasma. The X-ray from Z-pinch plasmas produced by pulsed power has great potential as a driver of inertial confinement nuclear fusion. (author)

  18. Effect of longitudinal applied magnetic field on the self-pinched critical current in intense electron beam diode

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    Liu Guo-Zhi; Huang Wen-Hua; Shao Hao; Xiao Ren-Zhen

    2006-01-01

    The effect of applied longitudinal magnetic field on the self-pinched critical current in the intense electron beam diode is discussed. The self-pinched critical current is derived and its validity is tested by numerical simulations. The results shows that an applied longitudinal magnetic field tends to increase the self-pinched critical current. Without the effect of anode plasma, the maximal diode current approximately equals the self-pinched critical current with the longitudinal magnetic field applied; when self-pinched occurs, the diode current approaches the self-pinched critical current.

  19. Grip and Pinch Strength Norms for Michigan Workers

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    Joel M. Phillips M.S., OTRL

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to create a norm reference of current grip and pinch strength norms for working-age Michigan adults. This normative study included a convenience sample of 179 volunteers who were employees at car plants in South East Michigan or hospital sites in West Michigan. Participants’ ages ranged from between 20 and 62 years of age with a mean age of 49.15 years. There were 78 females (44% and 101 males (56%. Subjects were classified by gender and in the age categories of ages 20 to 49 years and ages 50-62 years. Grip and pinch strength norms were collected following the American Society of Hand Therapy protocol. The norms from these working adults were calculated with descriptive statistics for males and females in two age classifications: ages 20 to 49 and ages 50 to 62 years. Standard Errors (SE are better than the 1985 norms for both males and females ages 20 to 49 years. SEs are higher than the ages 20 to 49 years’ norms for the ages 50 to 62 years age categories in both males and females. These norms offer a point of comparison for clinicians to use for clients in Michigan who are ages 20 to 62 years and who have a goal to improve their grip strength. Clients’ grip and pinch strength could be compared to their age level or gender norms using the comparison for one standard deviation above, below, or at the means.

  20. Diagnostics for Z-pinch implosion experiments on PTS

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    Ren, X. D.; Huang, X. B.; Zhou, S. T.; Zhang, S. Q.; Dan, J. K.; Li, J.; Cai, H. C.; Wang, K. L.; Ouyang, K.; Xu, Q.; Duan, S. C.; Chen, G. H.; Wang, M.; Feng, S. P.; Yang, L. B.; Xie, W. P.; Deng, J. J.

    2014-12-01

    The preliminary experiments of wire array implosion were performed on PTS, a 10 MA z-pinch driver with a 70 ns rise time. A set of diagnostics have been developed and fielded on PTS to study pinch physics and implosion dynamics of wire array. Radiated power measurement for soft x-rays was performed by multichannel filtered x-ray diode array, and flat spectral responses x-ray diode detector. Total x-ray yield was measured by a calibrated, unfiltered nickel bolometer which was also used to obtain pinch power. Multiple time-gated pinhole cameras were used to produce spatial-resolved images of x-ray self-emission from plasmas. Two time-integrated pinhole cameras were used respectively with 20-μm Be filter and with multilayer mirrors to record images produced by >1-keV and 277±5 eV self-emission. An optical streak camera was used to produce radial implosion trajectories, and an x-ray streak camera paired with a horizontal slit was used to record a continuous time-history of emission with one-dimensional spatial resolution. A frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser (532 nm) was used to produce four frame laser shadowgraph images with 6 ns time interval. We will briefly describe each of these diagnostics and present some typical results from them.