LSX, the World's Largest FRC Plasma Physics Experiment
STI OPTRONICS INC BELLEVUE WA
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The summer of 1990 marked the completion on time and under budget of a 14M very large reversed-field theta pinch experiment, called LSX Larges Experiment, at STI Optronics. LSX is currently generating field reversed configurations FRCs with dimensions such that the physics has reactor relevance. The FRCs are formed using slow, programmed formation techniques which rely upon ohmic heating and axial compression-heating rather than the more standard theta pinch method of radial shock heating 1,2. Figure 1 demonstrates the FRC plasma geometry.
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics