Characterization of a theta-pinch plasma using triple probe diagnostic

S. Jung, V. Surla, T. K. Gray, D. Andruczyk, D. N. Ruzic

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Plasma diagnostics were carried out in a theta-pinch device to investigate the applicability for plasma-material interaction under fusion-like conditions. A series of triple probe diagnostics show that the plasma is sustained for approximately 80 μs at each pulse, with 3.0 (10)21 m-3 plasma density and up to 40 eV electron temperature when a 32 μF main capacitor is discharged at 20 kV. In order to increase plasma density and temperature, an RF antenna is installed near one end of a Pyrex tube and a 50 μF preionization capacitor is connected to an electrode placed at the same end as the antenna. In this configuration, several time delays between the main and preionization capacitors are tested. When the preionization capacitor was triggered 45 μs before the main bank discharge, it resulted in high energetic plasma being obtained with a few density spikes at 1022 m -3 and electron temperature around 100 eV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S993-S995
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue number1 SUPPL
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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