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Experimental platform for investigations of high-intensity laser plasma interactions in the magnetic field of a pulsed power generator
AuthorIvanov, Vladimir V.
Maximov, A. V.
Swanson, K. J.
Wong, N. L.
Sarkisov, G. S.
Wiewior, P. P.
Astanovitskiy, A. L.
Covington, A. M.
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An experimental platform for the studying of high-intensity laser plasma interactions in strong magnetic fields has been developed based on the 1 MA Zebra pulsed power generator coupled with the 50-TW Leopard laser. The Zebra generator produces 100-300 T longitudinal and transverse magnetic fields with different types of loads. The Leopard laser creates plasma at an intensity of 1019 W/cm(2) in the magnetic field of coil loads. Focusing and targeting systems are integrated in the vacuum chamber of the pulsed power generator and protected from the plasma debris and strong mechanical shock. The first experiments with plasma at laser intensity >2 x 10(18) W/cm(2) demonstrated collimation of the laser produced plasma in the axial magnetic field strength > 100 T. Published by AIP Publishing.