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The magnetized dusty plasma experiment (MDPX)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 February 2015


E. Thomas
Affiliation:
Physics Department, 206 Allison Laboratory, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5311
U. Konopka
Affiliation:
Physics Department, 206 Allison Laboratory, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5311
D. Artis
Affiliation:
Physics Department, 206 Allison Laboratory, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5311
B. Lynch
Affiliation:
Physics Department, 206 Allison Laboratory, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5311
S. Leblanc
Affiliation:
Physics Department, 206 Allison Laboratory, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5311
S. Adams
Affiliation:
Physics Department, 206 Allison Laboratory, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5311
R. L. Merlino
Affiliation:
Department of Physics and Astronomy, 203 Van Allen Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1479
M. Rosenberg
Affiliation:
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0407, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0407
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Abstract

The magnetized dusty plasma experiment (MDPX) is a newly commissioned plasma device that started operations in late spring, 2014. The research activities of this device are focused on the study of the physics, highly magnetized plasmas, and magnetized dusty plasmas. The design of the MDPX device is centered on two main components: an open bore, superconducting magnet that is designed to produce, in a steady state, both uniform magnetic fields up to 4 Tesla and non-uniform magnetic fields with gradients of 1–2 T m−1 and a flexible, removable, octagonal vacuum chamber that provides substantial probe and optical access to the plasma. This paper will provide a review of the design criteria for the MDPX device, a description of the research objectives, and brief discussion of the research opportunities offered by this multi-institution, multi-user project.


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