MiniRailguns for Fusion and HEDP

Period of Performance: 01/01/2008 - 12/31/2008

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Hyperv Technologies Corporation
13935 Willard Road Array
Chantilly, VA 20151
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The study of the merging and implosion of plasma jets can be used to enhance the understanding of the physics behind the generation of fu¬sion energy using Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF). In addition, the study of merging plasma jets can provide insight into basic physical processes of astrophysical interest. This project involves the further development of the Mini-Railgun technology and the construction of a circular array of Mini-Railguns that will ¿re toward a common center point. The hot, dense plasma core generated by the merging jets will be analyzed using an extensive suite of plasma diagnostics. Data from the tests will be compared to computer simulations, providing a check on the validity of the simulation code. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The technologies needed to create merging plasma jets have applications in fusion science, pulsed power, materials science, defense, and space propulsion.