A platform for flyer plate benchmarking experiments has been developed, with an external X-pinch driver for point projection radiography. The experiments were performed using CEPAGE, a low inductance pulsed power machine at First Light Fusion (2 MA, 1.4 µs), with a new vacuum transmission line and flyer load hardware designed specifically to give a line of sight for radiography. A broadband 10–20 keV x-ray source was produced by a portable X-pinch driver (140 kA, 350 ns) [Strucka et al., Matter Radiat. Extremes 7, 016901 (2021)] and was used to image the flyer. Radiography compliments the pre-existing diagnostic suite, which consists of current probes, velocimetry, and side-on optical probing of the impact shock transmitted into a transparent sample. The platform allows for significant insights into the 2D and 3D nature of the flyer launch, such as deformation and instability formation. It was used to diagnose a 10 × 9 × 1 mm3 aluminum flyer, which reached a peak velocity of 4.2 km s−1 before impact with a poly(methylmethacrylate) sample. The experimental configuration, on-shot source characterization, and the results from two flyer plate experiments on CEPAGE are discussed.

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Rev. Sci. Instrum. 1 February 2024; 95 (2): 023508. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0185351


J. Read , G. Burdiak, S. N. Bland, L. S. Caballero Bendixsen, L. Paxton-Fear, N. Niasse, C. Dobranszki and N. Hawker


Review of Scientific Instruments


X-pinch, CEPAGE, dry-pinch, pulsed-power, X-ray radiography, flyer-plates, projectile launch