Optimization of Stabilized Imploding Liner Fusion Reactors.
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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In the NRL LINUS concept for controlled fusion systems, a rotating liquid metal cylinder or liner is imploded onto a trapped plasmamagnetic field payload to obtain fusion temperatures and near-megagauss magnetic field levels by adiabatic compression. The combined use of linear rotation and a free-piston driving technique eliminates Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities and permits safe, repetitive implosion-reexpansion cycles. Optimization of system size is accomplished in terms of the implosion radius-ratio and liner compressibility. Trade-offs between reactor size and initial plasma temperature are indicated. Author
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics