Formation of an imploding plasma liner for the plasma liner experiment (PLX) requires individual plasma jets to merge into a quasi-spherical shell of plasma converging on the origin. Understanding dynamics of the merging process requires knowledge of the plasma phenomena involved. We present results from the study of the merging of three plasma jets in three dimensional geometry. The experiments were performed using HyperV Technologies Corp. 1 cm Minirailguns with a preionized argon plasma armature. The vacuum chamber partially reproduces the port geometry of the PLX chamber. Diagnostics include fast imaging, spectroscopy, interferometry, fast pressure probes, B-dot probes, and high speed spatially resolved photodiodes, permitting measurements of plasma density, temperature, velocity, stagnation pressure, magnetic field, and density gradients. These experimental results are compared with simulation results from the LSP 3D hybrid PIC code.
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Research Article| January 15 2013
Merging of high speed argon plasma jets
F. D. Witherspoon;
A. Case, S. Messer, S. Brockington, L. Wu, F. D. Witherspoon, R. Elton; Merging of high speed argon plasma jets. Phys. Plasmas 1 January 2013; 20 (1): 012704. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4775778
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