The physics of the High-Density Z-pinch

A.H. Glasser, J.E. Hammel, H.R. Lewis, I.R. Lindemuth, G.H. McCall, R.A. Nebel, D.W. Scudder, J.S. Shlachter, R.H. Lovberg, P. Rosenau, P.T. Sheehey

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The fiber-initiated High-Density Z-pinch (HDZP) is a novel concept in which fusion plasma could be produced by applying 2 MV along a thin filament of frozen deuterium, 20-30 μm in diameter and 5-10 cm long. The megamp-range currents that result would ohmically heat the fiber to fusion temperatures in 100 ns while maintaining nearly constant radius. The plasma pressure would be held stable by the self-magnetic field for many radial sound transit times during the current-rise phase while, in the case of D-T, a significant fraction of the fiber undergoes thermonuclear fusion. The authors present results of Los Alamos HDZP studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlasma Physics and Controlled Nuclear Fusion Research 1988. Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference Held by the International Atomic Energy Agency,
Place of PublicationVienna, Austria
Pages557 - 63
StatePublished - 1988


  • deuterium
  • fusion reactor fuel
  • fusion reactor ignition
  • pinch effect
  • plasma confinement
  • plasma heating
  • tritium


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