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

Abstract

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, theremore » 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.« less

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
650327
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-97-4896; CONF-9703109-
ON: DE98004249; TRN: 98:010124
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 2. symposium on current trends in international fusion research: review and assessment, Washington, DC (United States), 10-14 Mar 1997; Other Information: PBD: Mar 1998
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION; THERMONUCLEAR REACTORS; PLASMA PRODUCTION; COMPRESSION; LINERS; USES; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT

Citation Formats

Kirkpatrick, R C, and Lindemuth, I R. Magnetic compression/magnetized target fusion (MAGO/MTF), an update. United States: N. p., 1998. Web. doi:10.2172/677121.
Kirkpatrick, R C, & Lindemuth, I R. Magnetic compression/magnetized target fusion (MAGO/MTF), an update. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/677121
Kirkpatrick, R C, and Lindemuth, I R. Sun . "Magnetic compression/magnetized target fusion (MAGO/MTF), an update". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/677121. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/650327.
@article{osti_650327,
title = {Magnetic compression/magnetized target fusion (MAGO/MTF), an update},
author = {Kirkpatrick, R C and Lindemuth, I R},
abstractNote = {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.},
doi = {10.2172/677121},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/650327}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1998},
month = {3}
}

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