The high-resolution details in these x-ray photographs of a house fly
(a) and a fruit fly (b) help demonstrate the characteristics of an X-pinch
Enlarged parts of the fruit fly image. The parts b.1 and b.2 are as
marked in the top figure. The image captures details as small as several
microns (millionths of a meter).
A hundred thousand amps of current coursing through the slender, crossed
wires in an X-pinch experiment leads to a burst of x-rays that emanate
from one or two small plasma points.
Reported by: S. Pikuz, T. A. Shelkovenko, and D. B. Sinars, 43rd
Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics,
29 October - 2 November 2001, Long Beach California.
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