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Model of the influence of magnetic fields on a plasma electrode Pockels cell
Author(s): Charles D. Boley; Mark A. Rhodes
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Paper Abstract

We describe a model which gives the effects of magnetic fields on a plasma electrode Pockels cell. The fields arise from the return currents to the cathode as well as from neighboring devices such as amplifier flashlamps. In effect, electrons are treated as a static, planar fluid moving under the influence of magnetic fields, the electric field of the discharge, electron pressure gradients, and electron-atom elastic collisions. This leads to a closed 2D equation for the electron density, which is solved subject to appropriate boundary collisions. The model is applied to four cases: the baseline NIF configuration with magnetic fields due to balanced return currents; a case with unbalanced return currents; the reverser configuration containing an external field parallel to the main plasma current; and a configuration with a field perpendicular to both the current and the optical direction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3047, Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion: Second Annual International Conference, (8 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.294361
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Charles D. Boley, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Mark A. Rhodes, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3047:
Solid State Lasers for Application to Inertial Confinement Fusion: Second Annual International Conference

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