Imploding Liner Fusion Systems in Cusp-Ended Theta Pinch Geometry.
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON D C
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Imploding liner flux compression techniques can be used to create and confine fusion plasmas at megagauss magnetic field levels, thereby allowing compact fusion systems of modest energy. The basic problem is to combine the methods of imploding liner flux compression with plasma configurations of suitable stability and simplicity. In this article, imploding liner fusion systems based on a cusp-ended theta pinch geometry are analyzed and basic scaling relationships are obtained. Reactors operating with a ten percent circulating power ratio appear possible with system lenths of only thirty meters and liner kinetic energies of less than six gigajoules. Concept feasibility could be demonstrated with nine meter long systems, involving kinetic energies of less than 320 MJ. Author
- Nuclear Fission Reactors (Non-Power)
- Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particle Physics
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics