Interferometric Study of Pinch Phase in Plasma-Focus Discharge at the Time of Neutron Production
Kubes, P. Paduch, M. Pisarczyk, T. Scholz, M. Chodukowski, T. Klir, D. Kravarik, J. Rezac, K. Ivanova-Stanik, I. Karpinski, L. Tomaszewski, K. Zielinska, E.
1786 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON PLASMA SCIENCE, VOL. 37, NO. 9, SEPTEMBER 2009
Abstract: A plasma column generated in the PF-1000 device working in deuterium gas at a current level of 1 MA was investigated with interferometric diagnostics and scintillation detectors. The beam of diagnostic laser of 527-nm wavelength was optically split into 16 beams with a time delay in the range from 0 to 220 ns. This diagnostic tool makes possible the imaging of the evolution of pinch geometry, the axial and radial distributions of plasma density in the column at the stagnation phase, and their comparison with the evolution of X-ray and neutron production. The evolution of dense structure is described with respect to its importance for fusion processes.