High density, high magnetic field concepts for compact fusion reactors

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One rather discouraging feature of our conventional approaches to fusion energy is that they do not appear to lend themselves to a small reactor for developmental purposes. This is in contrast with the normal evolution of a new technology which typically proceeds to a full scale commercial plant via a set of graduated steps. Accordingly` several concepts concerned with dense plasma fusion systems are being studied theoretically and experimentally. A common aspect is that they employ: (a) high to very high plasma densities ({approximately}10{sup 16}cm{sup -3} to {approximately}10{sup 26}cm{sup -3}) and (b) magnetic fields. If they could be shown to ... continued below

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Perkins, L. J. October 11, 1996.

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One rather discouraging feature of our conventional approaches to fusion energy is that they do not appear to lend themselves to a small reactor for developmental purposes. This is in contrast with the normal evolution of a new technology which typically proceeds to a full scale commercial plant via a set of graduated steps. Accordingly` several concepts concerned with dense plasma fusion systems are being studied theoretically and experimentally. A common aspect is that they employ: (a) high to very high plasma densities ({approximately}10{sup 16}cm{sup -3} to {approximately}10{sup 26}cm{sup -3}) and (b) magnetic fields. If they could be shown to be viable at high fusion Q, they could conceivably lead to compact and inexpensive commercial reactors. At least, their compactness suggests that both proof of principle experiments and development costs will be relatively inexpensive compared with the present conventional approaches. In this paper, the following concepts are considered: (1) The staged Z-pinch, (2) Liner implosion of closed-field-line configurations, (3) Magnetic ``fast`` ignition of inertial fusion targets, (4) The continuous flow Z-pinch.

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  • 16. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) international conference on plasma physics and controlled nuclear fusion research, Montreal (Canada), 7-11 Oct 1996

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  • Other: DE97050738
  • Report No.: UCRL-JC--123904-Rev.1
  • Report No.: CONF-961005--12
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 423585
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc688954

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Perkins, L. J. High density, high magnetic field concepts for compact fusion reactors, article, October 11, 1996; California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc688954/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.