Electrothermal plasma source as a high heat flux simulator for plasma-facing components and launch technology studies

Abstract

An electrothermal plasma source "SIRENS" has been designed, constructed, and operated (over 450 shots) to produce high density (>;1025/m3), low temperature (1-3 eV) plasma formed by the ablation of the insulator (Lexan, C16 H14 O3) with currents of up to 100 kA and energies up 15 to kJ. Switchable capacitor modules allow for higher energy inputs (30 kJ) and… (More)

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