Review of Pulsed Power HEDP on Z Published

July 8, 2020

A "Review of Pulsed Power-Driven High Energy Density Physics on Z at Sandia" by Daniel Sinars et al. has been published in Physics of Plasmas. It summarizes 15 years of research since Keith Matzen's 2005 paper on the early history of Z.

The article is open access and can be downloaded for free. It may be accessed via the link below:
DOI: 10.1063/5.0007476

Pulsed power accelerators compress electrical energy in space and time to provide versatile experimental platforms for high energy density and inertial confinement fusion science. The 80-TW "Z" pulsed power facility at Sandia National Laboratories is the largest pulsed power device in the world today. Z discharges up to 22 MJ of energy stored in its capacitor banks into a current pulse that rises in 100 ns and peaks at a current as high as 30 MA in low-inductance cylindrical targets. Considerable progress has been made over the past 15 years in the use of pulsed power as a precision scientific tool. This paper reviews developments at Sandia in inertial confinement fusion, dynamic materials science, x-ray radiation science, and pulsed power engineering, with an emphasis on progress since a previous review of research on Z in Physics of Plasmas in 2005.