Magnetic compression/magnetized target fusion (MAGO/MTF), an update

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Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) was reported in two papers at the First Symposium on Current Trends in International Fusion Research. MTF is intermediate between two very different mainline approaches to fusion: Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) and magnetic confinement fusion (MCF). The only US MTF experiments in which a target plasma was compressed were the Sandia National Laboratory ``Phi targets``. Despite the very interesting results from that series of experiments, the research was not pursued, and other embodiments of MTF concept such as the Fast Liner were unable to attract the financial support needed for a firm proof of principle. A ... continued below

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Kirkpatrick, R.C. & Lindemuth, I.R. March 1, 1998.

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Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) was reported in two papers at the First Symposium on Current Trends in International Fusion Research. MTF is intermediate between two very different mainline approaches to fusion: Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) and magnetic confinement fusion (MCF). The only US MTF experiments in which a target plasma was compressed were the Sandia National Laboratory ``Phi targets``. Despite the very interesting results from that series of experiments, the research was not pursued, and other embodiments of MTF concept such as the Fast Liner were unable to attract the financial support needed for a firm proof of principle. A mapping of the parameter space for MTF showed the significant features of this approach. The All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Physics (VNIIEF) has an on-going interest in this approach to thermonuclear fusion, and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and VNIIEF have done joint target plasma generation experiments relevant to MTF referred to as MAGO (transliteration of the Russian acronym for magnetic compression). The MAGO II experiment appears to have achieved on the order of 200 eV and over 100 KG, so that adiabatic compression with a relatively small convergence could bring the plasma to fusion temperatures. In addition, there are other experiments being pursued for target plasma generation and proof of principle. This paper summarizes the previous reports on MTF and MAGO and presents the progress that has been made over the past three years in creating a target plasma that is suitable for compression to provide a scientific proof of principle experiment for MAGO/MTF.

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  • 2. symposium on current trends in international fusion research: review and assessment, Washington, DC (United States), 10-14 Mar 1997

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  • Other: DE98004249
  • Report No.: LA-UR--97-4896
  • Report No.: CONF-9703109--
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • DOI: 10.2172/677121 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 650327
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc702853

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Kirkpatrick, R.C. & Lindemuth, I.R. Magnetic compression/magnetized target fusion (MAGO/MTF), an update, article, March 1, 1998; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc702853/: accessed October 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.