Development of Intergral Static Gas Filled/uv Filter Load for Plasma Radiation Simulators

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: DTRA01-02-P-0104
Agency Tracking Number: T021-0088
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
104 Centre Ct., Radford, VA, 24141
DUNS: 101711786
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward Yadlowsky
 (540) 639-4019
Business Contact
 Robert Hazelton
Title: Secretary/Treasurer
Phone: (540) 639-4019
Research Institution
"The perturbation of the plasma density and current flow of an imploding gas puff load by the Rayleigh Taylor (R-T) instability is predicted to be the major impediment to using a long current pulse generator to produce x-rays for radiation simulationapplication. HY-Tech proposes a thin wall low Z cylinder to statically confine a gas puff load in the anode-cathode gap of a plasma radiation source (PRS) to address this issue. This load configuration should provide a radially and axially uniform gasdistribution which should both minimize R-T growth through snowplow damping and eliminate load zippering. Reliable breakdown initiation is expected along the inside surface of the ceramic cylinder which is expected to survive well past the x-ray emissiontime. The surviving cylinder will function as a debris filter by absorbing the UV emitted by the pinch and confine the expanding plasma while transmitting k-shell x-rays whose energies are greater than 3 keV. This dual load/debris filter configuration isexpected to optimize the yield from a PRS and maximize the on target fluence by bringing the coupon closer to the source in present simulators and substantially reduce the cost of constructing the next generation simulator. The load/uv filter combinationwill find wide spread application in Defense Threat Reduction Agency simulators as a research tool to optimize the load configuration for long use time accelerators, in present accelerators to in

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