Follows 2 Abstract In this paper, we will discuss the use of z-pinch sources for shock wave studies at multi-Mbar pressures. Experimental plans to use the technique for absolute shock Hugoniot measurements are discussed. Recent developments have demonstrated the use of pulsed power techniques for producing intense radiation sources (Z pinches) for driving planar shock waves in samples with spatial dimensions significantly larger than possible with other radiation sources. Initial indications are that using Z pinch sources for producing Planckian radiation sources in secondary hohlraums can be used to drive shock waves in samples with diameters to a few millimeters and thicknesses approaching one millimeter in thickness. These dimensions provides the opportunity to measure both shock velocity and the particle velocity behind the shock front with accuracy comparable to that obtained with gun launchers. In addition, the peak hohlraum temperatures of nearly 150 eV that are now possible ..
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