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II) Research Rationale of Livermore Mirror Program
As you know, the magnetic mirror fusion program has grown
dramatically over the last several years. The total funding level for
magnetic mirror research in the U.S. is exceeded only by that for the
tokamak. The Lawrence Livermore Laboratory has beer. designated as the
national "Lead Laboratory" for mirror research. As Lead Laboratory,
the Livermore laboratory has responsiblity not only for carrying out
the major U.S. effort in mirror research we are also deeply involved
with university and industrial laboratories that perform related and
supporting work. In my talk I will concentrate mainly on the effort at
Livermore, although there is important mirror-relater1 research being
carried out at several other sites.
For many years mirror research at Livermore concentrated on a
single goal: demonstrating that the magnetic mirror configuration
could confine plasmas at fusion temperatures and at densities high
enough to be useful for fusion power generation. We believe that we
have succeeded in this task, which required the solution of many
difficult problems both of a scientific and of a technical nature. To
motivate what I will later have to say about our present program, I
will briefly review that work.
As with most other approaches to magnetic fusion, the main
scientific problems had to do with the understanding and control of
plasma instabilities. In this we were very fortunate to have the
benefit of the pioneering work in the USSR or the stabilizing effect of
the magnetic well mirror field, carried out by Ioffe under the
direction of and inspired by Academician Artsimnivich. What was not
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Post, R.F. Magnetic mirror fusion research at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, article, February 9, 1979; Livermore, California. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1111120/m1/3/: accessed March 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.