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The goal of the Field-Reversed Configuration Heating Experiment (FRCHX) is to demonstrate magnetized plasma compression and thereby provide a low cost approach to high energy density laboratory plasma (HEDLP) studies, which include such topics as magnetoinertial fusion (MIF). A requirement for the field-reversed configuration (FRC) plasma is that the(More)
Magnetized target fusion (MTF) is a means to compress plasmas to fusion conditions that uses magnetic fields to greatly reduce electron thermal conduction, thereby greatly reducing compression power density requirements. The compression is achieved by imploding the boundary, a metal shell. This effort pursues formation of the field-reversed configuration(More)
We obtained full axial coverage radiography of a deformable contact imploding liner. This radiographic data indicates the feasibility of using a varying thickness in a long cylindrical solid liner, driven as a 12 megamp Z-pinch, to achieve factor- 16 cylindrical convergence, while using 8 cm diameter aperture electrodes. The Al liner was 30 cm long, with(More)
Deformation of the wire used in the solenoidal windings of an inertially confined pulsed high magnetic field generator is potentially the limiting factor for the magnitude and duration of the magnetic field produced. The rising magnetic pressure at the wire surface can become large enough to cause the cross section of the wire to deform on a time scale(More)
The goal of the Field-Reversed Configuration Heating Experiment (FRCHX) is to demonstrate magnetized plasma compression and thereby provide a low cost approach to high energy density laboratory plasma (HEDLP) studies, which include such topics as magneto-inertial fusion (MIF). A requirement for the field-reversed configuration (FRC) plasma is that the(More)
Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) is a means to compress plasmas to fusion conditions that uses magnetic fields to greatly reduce electron thermal conduction, thereby greatly reducing compression power density requirements (1,2). The compression is achieved by imploding the boundary, a metal shell. This effort pursues formation of the Field Reversed(More)
Compression of a field-reversed configuration (FRC) by an imploding solid liner is a possible path to magnetized target fusion. It is critical to the success of such experiments to perform full-up multidimensional computational simulations of them. However, there are numerous difficulties in performing those simulations. The interacting physical processes(More)
Deformation of the wire used in the windings of an inertially confined (single use) solenoid used to produce a pulsed high magnetic field is potentially the limiting factor for the magnitude and duration of the magnetic field produced. The rising magnetic pressure at the wire surface becomes large enough to cause the cross section of the wire to plastically(More)
In experiments at the Air Force Research Laboratory to form, translate, and compress a field reversed plasma configuration (FRC), the initial plasma is formed by driving the main theta coil with a one-quarter MHz current pulse<sup>1,2,3</sup>. In our magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations of the full experiment to date we have assumed an initially uniform(More)
We present and overview the experimental high density Field Reversed Configurationi (FRC) approach for application to a physics demonstration of magnetized target fusion (MTF). This MT target plasma continues to be developed at the Los Alamos FRC experiment FRXL. The first translated FRXL FRC data will be shown, where the translation speeds exceed(More)