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Z-Pinch Formation on the ZaP Experiment



  • Neutral gas is injected into the vacuum chamber.
  • A voltage is then applied across the electrodes.

  • The voltage difference ionizes the gas, allowing a current to flow.
  • The current sheet generates a magnetic field.
  • The resulting Lorentz force pushes the plasma out of the acceleration region.

  • The plasma enters the assembly region, where it collapses on axis.

  • Neutral gas remaining in the accelerator feeds the pinch to provide continued axial flow.