Dr Simon Bland, Dept. of Physics, Imperial College London

See what MAGPIE is doing. The largest university-based pulsed-power generator, capable of delivering an electrical current pulse of ~1.4 Million Amperes in ~250 nanoseconds, the equivalent to a Terawatt of electrical power.

This world-leading university group in plasma physics research carries out fundamental research into laser-plasma interactions, plasma spectroscopy and charged particle acceleration.

In particular interactions between plasmas and short pulse lasers (~1 ps) have produced world records in electron acceleration, harmonic generation and self-generated magnetic fields.

Their onsite experimental facilities include the Mega Ampere Generator for Plasma Implosion Experiments (MAGPIE), which is used to study wire array Z-pinch implosions. As the world's most powerful and efficient laboratory X-ray sources these are widely used in indirect drive ICF experiments. To this end, the MAGPIE team has close collaborations with Sandia National Laboratories, the University of Cornell and the US Department of Energy (DOE). The facility is also used to generate plasma jets that resemble those observed in astrophysical situations, providing an experimental basis for astrophysics research (laboratory astrophysics).

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