Optimizing UNU/ICTP PFF Plasma Focus for Neon Soft X-ray Operation

Saw, S. H. and Lee, P. C. K. and Rawat, Rajdeep Singh and Lee, Sing (2009) Optimizing UNU/ICTP PFF Plasma Focus for Neon Soft X-ray Operation. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 37 (7). pp. 1276-1282. ISSN 0093-3813


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The United Nations University/International Centre for Theoretical Physics Plasma Focus Facility (UNU/ICTP PFF), a 3.3-kJ plasma focus, was designed for operation in deuterium with a speed factor S such that the axial run-down time matches the current rise time at an end axial speed of nearly 10 cm/μs. For operation in neon, we first consider that a focus pinch temperature between 200 and 500 eV may be suitable for a good yield of neon soft X-rays, which corresponds to an end axial speed of 6–7 cm/μs. On this basis, for operation in neon, the standard UNU/ICTP PFF needs to have its anode length z0 reduced by some 30%–40% to maintain the time matching. Numerical experiments using the Lee model code are carried out to determine the optimum configuration of the electrodes for the UNU/ICTP PFF capacitor system. The results show that an even more drastic shortening of anode length z0 is required, from the original 16 to 7 cm, at the same time, increasing the anode radius “a” from 0.95 to 1.2 cm, to obtain an optimum yield of Ysxr = 9.5 J. This represents a two- to threefold increase in the Ysxr from that computed for the standard UNU/ICTP PFF.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dense plasma focus, neon plasma, numerical experiments, soft X-ray (SXR) source
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Centre for Plasma Research
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email masilah.mansor@newinti.edu.my
Date Deposited: 12 May 2016 08:48
Last Modified: 12 May 2016 08:48
URI: http://eprints.intimal.edu.my/id/eprint/271

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