happyjack27 wrote:mvanwink5 wrote:You could synchronize firing a laser to ionize the pellet at the right place. Just a thought.
sounds like an excellent idea to me. i would think "the right place" would be at the point inside the wiffleball boundary where the ions will have just enough momentum to be reflect just at the edge of the electrostatic well, with a safe margin. sort of like shuffle-ball.
Change laser to Maser (microwaves) and you are describing efforts already tried, or at least contemplated. Microwaves can magnify the ionization rates.
Using the Z- pinch example. I could see dropping a pellet into the machine and then zapping it to vaporize it. The question then becomes how much of the produced gas is ionized by the by the zapping. If a significant portion remained neutral gas, it would probably have higher velocities than a puff of cold gas, and the edge ionization would suffer. Alternatly, if the zapping created a cloud of hot ions, that would defeat the purpose of havig low energy ions at the Wiffleball edge.