Z-Machine at Sandia
- world’s most powerful x-
ray source (2 MJ in 10 ns
200 TW of X-ray power)
We field a small container of gas (O, Ne, Ar, Fe…) near the
pinch, exposing it to x-rays, and create an x-ray
photoionized nebula, which we monitor spectroscopically.
Capacitor bank discharges
during a ‘shot’.
Current implodes a cylindrical wire
array, producing x-rays.