Can inertial electrostatic confinement work beyond the ion-ion collisional time scale?

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Inertial electrostatic confinement systems are predicated on a non-equilibrium ion distribution function. Coulomb collisions between ions cause this distribution to relax to a Maxwellian on the ion-ion collisional time-scale. The power required to prevent this relaxation and maintain the IEC configuration for times beyond the ion-ion collisional time scale is shown to be at least an order of magnitude greater than the fusion power produced. It is concluded that IEC systems show little promise as a basis for the development of commercial electric power plants.

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Nevins, W.M. January 1, 1995.

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Inertial electrostatic confinement systems are predicated on a non-equilibrium ion distribution function. Coulomb collisions between ions cause this distribution to relax to a Maxwellian on the ion-ion collisional time-scale. The power required to prevent this relaxation and maintain the IEC configuration for times beyond the ion-ion collisional time scale is shown to be at least an order of magnitude greater than the fusion power produced. It is concluded that IEC systems show little promise as a basis for the development of commercial electric power plants.

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INIS; OSTI as DE95009530

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  • DOE/EPRI workshop on the physics of spherical continuous inertial fusion, Santa Fe, NM (United States), 12-14 Jan 1995

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  • Other: DE95009530
  • Report No.: UCRL-JC--119584
  • Report No.: CONF-950170--2
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 41400
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc688729

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Nevins, W.M. Can inertial electrostatic confinement work beyond the ion-ion collisional time scale?, article, January 1, 1995; California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc688729/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.