THE PLASMA LINER EXPERIMENT (PLX)

The Plasma Liner Experiment (PLX) is a multi-institutional collaboration that is exploring and demonstrating the feasibility of forming imploding spherical plasma liners to peak pressures of 0.1 Mbar upon stagnation. The liners will be formed via merging 30-60 dense high Mach number plasma jets in spherically convergent geometry inside a nine foot diameter vacuum chamber. We aim for two follow-on applications if this work is successful:

(1) Assembling repetitive, macroscopic plasmas suitable for fundamental High Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas (HEDLP) scientific studies, and

(2) A standoff driver solution for Plasma Jet-Driven Magneto-Inertial Fusion (PJMIF) to generate fusion energy.

Additional information can be found here

This is a staged project where scientific issues will be studied first at modest stored energies (~300 kJ) before attempting to reach HED-relevant pressures (requiring ~1.5 MJ)

FIRST PLASMA GUN INSTALLED ON PLX July 13, 2011
In about two days of hard work, a joint crew from LANL/HyperV finished cleaning and installing the first plasma railgun, HV pulsed power switching/triggering components, and transmission lines for the gun, gas valve, and pre-ionization capacitor banks. A few more weeks of control software development, control/safety systems testing, systems/IWD approval, and wrapping up other loose ends are needed, and then we will begin energized shakedown activities followed by single jet propagation physics experiments!
Shown in the picture from left to right are: Scott Hsu (LANL), David van Doren (HyperV), John Dunn (LANL), Sam Brockington (HyperV), and students Josh Davis and Jacob Schwartz (both LANL). More photos of HyperV's visit to LANL will be posted in the near future.
PLX FIRST PLASMA September 14, 2011

After about 18 months of facility construction, first plasma was achieved on PLX on September 14, 2011. Please click on link below for additional details.

"PLX-First-Plasma.pdf"


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