Andrea Ciardi, Maître de Conférences - Lecturer, Université Pierre et Marie Curie and his homepage:
On his homepage Andrea notes:
I am interested in both laboratory and astrophysical plasmas, in particular the dense plasmas produced on Z-pinches and laser installations to study astrophysical phenomena connected to star formation and their environment
His publications page is a veritable motherload of Z-pinch research, most of which is available via arXiv. It's going to take awhile to get through it all but a quick look produced the following examples:
http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/090 ... 0268v1.pdf
Considering that most of the experiments, both on laser and on z-pinches, are less than 10 years old, it should not come as a surprise that in many instances the applications to astrophysics are not yet fully developed or very clear.
The ejection of plasma in the form of more or less collimated bi-polar flows (jets) is arguably one of the most spectacular displays staged by a forming star. Over a million years, these outflows trace the creation of stars from their embryonic emergence as proto-stars, still enveloped in their dense parental cloud, to their birth as T Tauri stars surrounded by proto-planetary discs.
Disk formation during collapse of magnetized protostellar cores
There is also a great presentation on jets and young stars here with very informative diagrams etc:
http://www.luli.polytechnique.fr/pages/ ... ciardi.pdf