E. Sander Lavine working on Thompson Scattering

Sander is working to fully characterize the imploding plasma sheath in triple nozzle gas-puff z-pinches using Thompson scattering, Zeeman polarization spectroscopy, laser shearing interferometry, and Bdot probe array measurements. Such measurements will be extremely useful for validating simulation codes and should help to explain the different instability growth rates that have been observed for different gas species and initial fill densities.