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Optical Emission Of Exploding Film And Wire Initiated Discharges
Author(s): K. D. Ware; C. R. Jones
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Paper Abstract

Optical sources of several megawatts-cm"" 2 over large surface areas are available from electrical discharges initiated by exploding films and wires immersed in a gas. Discharging high current capacitor banks into the metal conductors causes them to melt, vaporize, and then eventually ionize to a high-conductivity plasma of less than a milliohm/cm-length resistance. As such over 1,000 MW of ohmic heating goes into the discharge, elevating its blackbody temperature up to 35,000 K.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 November 1983
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0380, Los Alamos Conf on Optics '83, (7 November 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.934785
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K. D. Ware, University of California (United States)
C. R. Jones, University of California (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0380:
Los Alamos Conf on Optics '83
Robert S. McDowell; Susanne C. Stotlar, Editor(s)

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