Laser and Particle Beams

MHD simulations of plasma dynamics in pinch discharges in capillary plasmas

N.A.  BOBROVA a1, S.V.  BULANOV a2, D.  FARINA a3, R.  POZZOLI a3a4, T.L.  RAZINKOVA a1, J.I.  SAKAI a5, P.V.  SASOROV a1 and I.V.  SOKOLOV a2c1
a1 Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics, B. Cheremushkinskaya str. 25, 117259 Moscow, Russia
a2 General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vavilov str. 38, 117942 Moscow, Russia
a3 Istituto di Fisica del Plasma, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, via Roberto Cozzi 53, 20125 Milano, Italia
a4 Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Milano, via Celoria 16, 20133 Milano, Italia
a5 Laboratory for Plasma Astrophysics, Faculty of Engineering, Toyama University, 3190, Gofuku, Toyama, 930 Japan


Magnetohydrodynamic simulation results related to the capillary discharge dynamics are presented. The main physical process that should be taken into account is the ablation of the capillary wall material evaporated by the heat flux from the capillary plasma. The possible applications of the capillary discharges related to the physics of the X-ray lasers and the use of the capillary plasma to provide a guiding for ultrashort high-intensity laser pulses over a distance greater than the defocusing length are discussed.

(Received November 10 1999)
(Accepted June 19 2000)

c1 Address correspondence and reprint requests to: I.V. Sokolov, Laboratory of Plasma Astrophysics, Toyama University, Gofku 3190, Toyama, Japan. E-mail: