Proposed Generation and Compression of a Target Plasma for MTF
LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LAB NM
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Magnetized target fusion MTF, in which a magnetothermally insulated plasma is hydrodynamically compressed to fusion conditions, represents an approach to controlled fusion which avoids difficulties of both traditional inertial confinement and magnetic confinement approaches. It appears possible to compress a rnagnetothermally insulated plasma to fusion ignition conditions using existing, relatively inexpensive drivers, such as pulsed power devices including explosive pulsed power. Hence, MTF may represent a means to demonstrate and study ignited plasmas with a very small capital investment. An ongoing LANL explosive pulsed power collaboration with the Russian VNIIEF Laboratory at Arzarnas 16 is partly motivated by this application.
- Fusion Devices (Thermonuclear)
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics