Sandia National Labratories - The Z Machine (Hotter than the Sun)

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Sandia National Labratories - The Z Machine (Hotter than the Sun)

Post  Skwirlinator on Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:17 pm

Wow, technology and scientific experiments. This thing is cool (er,Hot).



http://www.sandia.gov/z-machine/


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The Z machine is located in Albuquerque, N.M., and is part of the Pulsed Power Program, which started at Sandia National Laboratories back in the 1960s. Pulsed power is a technology that concentrates electrical energy and turns it into short pulses of enormous power, which are then used to generate X-rays and gamma rays.

The Z machine is the Earth’s most powerful and efficient laboratory radiation source.

To scientists, this means that in each of the approximately 200 shots Z fires every year, the machine uses currents of about 26 million amps to reach peak X-ray emissions of 350 terawatts and an X-ray output of 2.7 megajoules. To everyone else, however, these numbers simply mean that the Z machine can create conditions found nowhere else on Earth. The implications, of course, are huge.The Z machine is located in Albuquerque, N.M., and is part of the Pulsed Power Program, which started at Sandia National Laboratories back in the 1960s. Pulsed power is a technology that concentrates electrical energy and turns it into short pulses of enormous power, which are then used to generate X-rays and gamma rays. Produced in the laboratory, this controlled radiation creates conditions similar to those caused by the detonation of nuclear weapons, which is why from its earliest days pulsed power has been used to study weapons effects.



in 1997 it reconfigured one of its accelerators to explore the potential of Z pinches instead. Accelerators, in particular the one that came to be known as the “Z machine,” suddenly became an unexpected and very strong contender in the fusion arena.

Sandia is a government Think Tank and experiment facility.
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