131. TRANSPORT OF MAGNETIC FIELD IN PLANAR WIRE ARRAYS

Department: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Research Institute Affiliation: Center for Energy Research (CER)
Faculty Advisor(s): Farhat Beg

Primary Student
Name: Derek A Mariscal
Email: dmarisca@ucsd.edu
Phone: 760-613-3158
Grad Year: 2012

Abstract
The study of jets from astrophysical objects such as YSO's (Young Stellar Objects) is currently limited to observations and modeling. Observations take many years to gather even a small amount of data. In order to properly understand the dynamics of these systems, it is important to create scalable MHD experiments in the laboratory. By using x-pinches on a pulsed power machine, GENASIS, jets are observed to form and propagate. These jets can then be directed toward low density foams and gases which they interact with in a manner similar to an astrophysical jet moving through the inter-stellar medium. Here we present experimental examples along with numerical models exhibiting characteristics which are similar to these astrophysical systems.

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