An Experimental Platform for Pulsed-Power Driven Magnetic Reconnection

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Title: An Experimental Platform for Pulsed-Power Driven Magnetic Reconnection
Author(s): Hare, JD
Suttle, LG
Lebedev, SV
Loureiro, NF
Ciardi, A
Chittenden, JP
Clayson, T
Eardley, SJ
Garcia, C
Halliday, JWD
Robinson, T
Smith, RA
Stuart, N
Suzuki-Vidal, F
Tubman, ER
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: We describe a versatile pulsed-power driven platform for magnetic reconnection experiments, based on exploding wire arrays driven in parallel [Suttle, L. G. et al. PRL, 116, 225001]. This platform produces inherently magnetised plasma flows for the duration of the generator current pulse (250 ns), resulting in a long-lasting reconnection layer. The layer exists for long enough to allow evolution of complex processes such as plasmoid formation and movement to be diagnosed by a suite of high spatial and temporal resolution laser-based diagnostics. We can access a wide range of magnetic reconnection regimes by changing the wire material or moving the electrodes inside the wire arrays. We present results with aluminium and carbon wires, in which the parameters of the inflows and the layer which forms are significantly different. By moving the electrodes inside the wire arrays, we change how strongly the inflows are driven. This enables us to study both symmetric reconnection in a range of different regimes, and asymmetric reconnection.
Copyright Statement: © The Authors
Sponsor/Funder: U.S Department of Energy
Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
U.S Department of Energy
Funder's Grant Number: 675350-9958
Keywords: physics.plasm-ph
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Plasma Physics
Faculty of Natural Sciences

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