Supernova remnant simulation experiments on VULCAN.

N C Woolsey, Y A Ali, R Evans, R A D Grundy, S J Peschte, P Carolan, N Conway, R O Dendy, P Helander, K G McClements, J G Kirk, P A Norreys, M M Notley, S J Rose

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Abstract

The VULCAN laser at the Central Laser Facility has been used for laboratory simulations of collisionless astrophysical shocks. By ensuring that the experiment exhibit similar values of key dimensionless parameters similar to those in supernova remnants (SNR) the hydrodynamics and magnetic field of the experiment are scaled to those of SNR. This enables some of the most challenging aspects of shock behaviour to be tested directly against experiment. The experiments provide data against which to test current theory. Collisionless shock formation, and plasma interaction of two counterpropagating colliding foils permeated by a strong magnetic field are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECLIM 2000: 26TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON LASER INTERACTION WITH MATTER
EditorsM Kalal, K Rohlena, M Sinor
Place of PublicationBELLINGHAM
PublisherSPIE
Pages484-491
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)0-8194-4131-7
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Event26th European Conference on Laser Interactions with Matter (ECLIM 2000) - PRAGUE
Duration: 12 Jun 200016 Jun 2000

Conference

Conference26th European Conference on Laser Interactions with Matter (ECLIM 2000)
CityPRAGUE
Period12/06/0016/06/00

Keywords

  • PLASMAS
  • GENERATION

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