Modeling of Present and Proposed Magnetized Target Fusion Experiments

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In the concept known as Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) in the United States and Magnitnoye Obzhatiye (MAGO) in Russia, a preheated and magnetized target plasma is hydrodynamically compressed to fusion conditions. Because the magnetic field suppresses losses by electron thermal conduction in the fuel during the target implosion heating process, the compression may be over a much longer time scale than in traditional inertial confinement fusion. Hence ''liner-on-plasma'' compressions, magnetically driven using relatively inexpensive electrical pulsed power, may be practical. One candidate target plasma known as ''MAGO'' was originated in Russia and is now being jointly developed by the All-Russian ... continued below

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Sheehey, P.T.; Faehl, R.J.; Kirkpatrick, R.C. & Lindemuth, I.R. October 18, 1998.

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In the concept known as Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) in the United States and Magnitnoye Obzhatiye (MAGO) in Russia, a preheated and magnetized target plasma is hydrodynamically compressed to fusion conditions. Because the magnetic field suppresses losses by electron thermal conduction in the fuel during the target implosion heating process, the compression may be over a much longer time scale than in traditional inertial confinement fusion. Hence ''liner-on-plasma'' compressions, magnetically driven using relatively inexpensive electrical pulsed power, may be practical. One candidate target plasma known as ''MAGO'' was originated in Russia and is now being jointly developed by the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Physics (VNIIEF) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Other possible target plasmas now under investigation at LANL include wall-supported deuterium-fiber-initiated Z-pinches and compact toroids. Detailed computational modeling is being done of such target plasmas. In addition, liner-on-plasma compressions of such target plasmas to fusion conditions are being computationally modeled, and experimental and computational investigation of liner implosions suitable for MTF is continuing. Results will be presented.

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  • Megagauss-VIII, Eight International conference on MegaGauss Magnetic Field Generation and Related Topics, Tallahassee, FL (US), 10/18/1998--10/23/1998

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  • Report No.: LA-UR-98-4615
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 759423
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc711906

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Sheehey, P.T.; Faehl, R.J.; Kirkpatrick, R.C. & Lindemuth, I.R. Modeling of Present and Proposed Magnetized Target Fusion Experiments, article, October 18, 1998; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc711906/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.