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Title: Review of field-reversed configurations

Abstract

This review addresses field-reversed configurations (FRCs), which are compact-toroidal magnetic systems with little or no toroidal field and very high {beta} (ratio of plasma pressure to magnetic pressure). Although enthusiasm for the FRC has primarily been driven by its potential for an attractive fusion reactor, this review focuses on the physics rather than on technological or engineering aspects. Major advances in both theory and experiment have taken place since the previous comprehensive FRC review in 1988. Even so many questions remain. In particular, even though FRC experiments have exhibited remarkable stability, how well this extrapolates to larger systems remains unresolved. The review considers FRCs under familiar topical categories: equilibrium, global stability, self-organization, transport, formation, and sustainment.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22046859
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Physics of Plasmas
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 18; Journal Issue: 7; Other Information: (c) 2011 American Institute of Physics; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 1070-664X
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; BETA RATIO; EQUILIBRIUM; FIELD-REVERSED THETA PINCH DEVICES; MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS; PLASMA; PLASMA INSTABILITY; PLASMA PRESSURE; REVERSED-FIELD PINCH DEVICES; REVERSE-FIELD PINCH; THERMONUCLEAR REACTORS

Citation Formats

Steinhauer, Loren C. Review of field-reversed configurations. United States: N. p., 2011. Web. doi:10.1063/1.3613680.
Steinhauer, Loren C. Review of field-reversed configurations. United States. doi:10.1063/1.3613680.
Steinhauer, Loren C. Fri . "Review of field-reversed configurations". United States. doi:10.1063/1.3613680.
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title = {Review of field-reversed configurations},
author = {Steinhauer, Loren C.},
abstractNote = {This review addresses field-reversed configurations (FRCs), which are compact-toroidal magnetic systems with little or no toroidal field and very high {beta} (ratio of plasma pressure to magnetic pressure). Although enthusiasm for the FRC has primarily been driven by its potential for an attractive fusion reactor, this review focuses on the physics rather than on technological or engineering aspects. Major advances in both theory and experiment have taken place since the previous comprehensive FRC review in 1988. Even so many questions remain. In particular, even though FRC experiments have exhibited remarkable stability, how well this extrapolates to larger systems remains unresolved. The review considers FRCs under familiar topical categories: equilibrium, global stability, self-organization, transport, formation, and sustainment.},
doi = {10.1063/1.3613680},
journal = {Physics of Plasmas},
issn = {1070-664X},
number = 7,
volume = 18,
place = {United States},
year = {2011},
month = {7}
}