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Title: Method and apparatus for controlling charged particles

Abstract

A method is described for confining positively charged particles comprising the steps of: generating a magnetic field within a region wherein all the cusps of the magnetic field are point cusps; injecting electrons within the region and using the generated magnetic field to confine electrons within the region and so to generate a negative potential well; and injecting positively charged particles within the region and using the negative potential well to confine the positively charged particles within the region; and maintaining the number of electrons greater than the number of positively charged particles. This patent also describes a device for producing collisional reactions comprising: means for generating a magnetic field within a region, the means including magnetic field coils positioned on edges of a structure forming a polyhedral figure, each vertex of which is surrounded by an even number of faces, the field coils carrying currents such that adjacent faces of the polyhedral figure having opposing magnetic polarities; means for injecting electrons within the region, the electrons having gyro radii effectively smaller than the radius of the region such that the electrons are trapped within the region by the magnetic field, the trapped electrons forming a negative potential well withinmore » a volume of the region; and means for injecting positively charged ions within the region.« less

Inventors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6047443
Patent Number(s):
US 4826646
Assignee:
Energy/Matter Conversion Corp., Inc., Chantilly, VA
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: Filed date 29 Oct 1985
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
38 RADIATION CHEMISTRY, RADIOCHEMISTRY, AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY; CHARGED PARTICLES; CONTROL; CHEMICAL REACTORS; COLLISIONS; DESIGN; INTERACTIONS; KINETICS; MAGNETIC FIELDS; 400600* - Radiation Chemistry

Citation Formats

Bussard, R W. Method and apparatus for controlling charged particles. United States: N. p., 1989. Web.
Bussard, R W. Method and apparatus for controlling charged particles. United States.
Bussard, R W. Tue . "Method and apparatus for controlling charged particles". United States.
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abstractNote = {A method is described for confining positively charged particles comprising the steps of: generating a magnetic field within a region wherein all the cusps of the magnetic field are point cusps; injecting electrons within the region and using the generated magnetic field to confine electrons within the region and so to generate a negative potential well; and injecting positively charged particles within the region and using the negative potential well to confine the positively charged particles within the region; and maintaining the number of electrons greater than the number of positively charged particles. This patent also describes a device for producing collisional reactions comprising: means for generating a magnetic field within a region, the means including magnetic field coils positioned on edges of a structure forming a polyhedral figure, each vertex of which is surrounded by an even number of faces, the field coils carrying currents such that adjacent faces of the polyhedral figure having opposing magnetic polarities; means for injecting electrons within the region, the electrons having gyro radii effectively smaller than the radius of the region such that the electrons are trapped within the region by the magnetic field, the trapped electrons forming a negative potential well within a volume of the region; and means for injecting positively charged ions within the region.},
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