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Modeling of the LIFE minichamber Xe theta pinch experiment
Author(s): J. O. Kane; M. A. Rhodes; G. A. Loosmore; J. F. Latkowski; J. M. Koning; M. V. Patel; H. A. Scott; G. B. Zimmerman; J. A. Demuth; G. A. Moses
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Paper Abstract

The LIFE minichamber experiment will investigate cooling of the strongly radiating Xe buffer gas protecting the LIFE chamber wall. A theta pinch will inductively heat a few cc of Xe at ion density 2e16/cc to several eV. Thomson scattering will be used to determine electron temperature and ionization state. Modeled is being done using the magnetohydrodynamic code HYDRA with an external circuit model and inductive feedback from the plasma to the external circuit. Coil stresses are being assessed using the 3D MHD code ALE3D. A major challenge to the design is the paucity of opacity and conductivity data for Xe in the buffer gas regime. Results of the modeling will be presented. *This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 February 2011
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7916, High Power Lasers for Fusion Research, 791605 (18 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.877264
Show Author Affiliations
J. O. Kane, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
M. A. Rhodes, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
G. A. Loosmore, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
J. F. Latkowski, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
J. M. Koning, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
M. V. Patel, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
H. A. Scott, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
G. B. Zimmerman, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
J. A. Demuth, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
G. A. Moses, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7916:
High Power Lasers for Fusion Research
Abdul A. S. Awwal; A. Mike Dunne; Hiroshi Azechi; Brian E. Kruschwitz, Editor(s)

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