MAGPIE Gallery

MAGPIE construction

 MAGPIE 1Dr Ian H. Mitchell working on MAGPIE's diode stack (circa 1990).

MAGPIE 2MAGPIE's diode stack with its magnetically-insulated transmission line (MITL) inside it. The background shows the X-ray shielding surrounding the discharge chamber.

 MAGPIE 3View of MAGPIE's lower level, with one of the horizontal pulse-forming lines (PFLs).

MAGPIE 5 One of MAGPIE's capacitor tanks, also known as Marx banks.

MAGPIE 4 X-ray shielding around MAGPIE's discharge chamber.

MAGPIE 6 View of the top of MAGPIE's vertical transmission line.

 

MAGPIE 7 Entrance to MAGPIE's discharge chamber area.

MAGPIE 8 Installing diagnostics around the vertical transmission line.

 

MAGPIE 9MAGPIE and its researchers featured in the news (27 May 1991).  From left to right: Dr Peter Choi, Prof Malcolm Haines, Dr Ian H. Mitchell and John Worley (not Horley!).

MAGPIE 10 MAGPIE team circa 1994.

 
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People

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MAGPIE and friends in 2017. Left to right: (Back Row) Thomas Clayson, Francisco Suzuki-Vidal, Jack Halliday, Jeremy Chittenden, Aidan Crilly, Jack Hare (Front Row) Ellie Tubman, Lee Suttle, James MacDonald, Sergey Lebedev, Simon Bland, Kris McGlinchey, Tanya Shelkovenko, Sergey Pikuz, Alan Finch.

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MAGPIE group in 2017. Left to right: Ellie Tubman, Thomas Clayson, Lee Suttle, Francisco Suzuki-Vidal, Jack Halliday, Sergey Lebedev, Simon Bland, Jack Hare.

 MAGPIE students with Prof Sergey Lebedev in the discharge chamber of MAGPIE (May 2008) 

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MAGPIE group in the Imperial Physics common room 

 

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MAGPIE crew 2009 

 

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MAGPIE crew circa 1994 

 

 
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Experiments

 Wire array inside the discharge chamber of MAGPIE 

 

One of MAGPIE's Marx capacitor banks 

 

 Some of the diagnostics in the discharge chamber of MAGPIE 

 

MAGPIE 6 A cylindrical wire array Z-pinch made of 16 wires mounted on custom hardware designed to allow probing of the plasma dynamics through the axis of the array (end-on view).

 

 MAGPIE students refurbishing the Magnetically-Insulated Transmission Line (MITL) (April 2008) 

 

MAGPIE 4 Refurbishment of MAGPIE's magnetically-insulated transmission line (MITL, the conical piece shown in the centre) and the diode stack, a series of insulator rings surrounding the MITL.

 

MAGPIE 3 View of the water-filled vertical transmission line. 

 

MAGPIE 1 Refurbishment of MAGPIE's magnetically-insulated transmission line (MITL, the conical piece shown in the centre) and the diode stack, a series of insulator rings surrounding the MITL.

 

 

MAGPIE 2  View of the water-filled vertical transmission line. 

 

MAGPIE 43-D CAD design of MAGPIE's load section.

 

 

MAGPIE 3 MAGPIE's discharge chamber open for shot preparation.

 

MAGPIE 5 Inside one of MAGPIE's Marx banks, showing 4 high-voltage switches (also known as spark-gaps) each one in between one pair of capactitors.

 

 

MAGPIE 7 MAGPIE's discharge chamber closed and ready for a shot.

 

MAGPIE 8 MAGPIE's top level: one of the areas for diagnostic setup. 

 

 

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 MAGPIE's lower level: Refurbishment area and firing controls.

 

 

MAGPIE 12MAGPIE's probing laser. 

 

 

 Pulse-forming lines (PFLs)MAGPIE 10 

 

 


MAGPIE 11Discharge chamber area. 

 

 

 MAGPIE 12 Upgrade of one of MAGPIE's Marx capacitor banks.

 

 

MAGPIE 14One of MAGPIE's Marx capacitor banks. 

 

 

 MAGPIE 15 3-D CAD render of MAGPIE's vertical transmission line and load section.

 

 

Wide array design 

 

 

 MAGPIE 16 Magnetically-driven jet inside a magnetic bubble from a radial wire array Z-pinch. Experimental results compared to numerical simulations with the MHD code Gorgon.

 

 
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