A compact sub-microsecond, high current generator for wire explosion experiments and its use for first X-pinch experiments

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The PIAF generator was designed for low total energy and high energy density experiments with liners, X-pinch or fiber Z-pinch loads. The generator scheme is based on an LC circuit including six NWL 180 nF - 50 kV capacitors storing up to 1.3 kJ. The capacitors are connected in parallel to a single multi-spark switch designed to operate at atmospheric… (More)

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