A simple model for estimating a magnetic field in laser-driven coils

Gennady Fiksel, William Fox, Lan Gao, Hantao Ji

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Magnetic field generation by laser-driven coils is a promising way of magnetizing plasma in laboratory high-energy-density plasma experiments. A typical configuration consists of two electrodes - one electrode is irradiated with a high-intensity laser beam and another electrode collects charged particles from the expanding plasma. The two electrodes are separated by a narrow gap forming a capacitor-like configuration and are connected with a conducting wire-coil. The charge-separation in the expanding plasma builds up a potential difference between the electrodes that drives the electrical current in the coil. A magnetic field of tens to hundreds of Teslas generated inside the coil has been reported. This paper presents a simple model that estimates the magnetic field using simple assumptions. The results are compared with the published experimental data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number134103
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - Sep 26 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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