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Title: NEUTRON SOURCE USING MAGNETIC COMPRESSION OF PLASMA

Abstract

A fusion reactor is described that utilizes compression and heating of an ionized thermonuclear fuel by an externally applied magnetic field, thus avoiding reliance on the pinch effect and its associated instability problems. The device consists of a gas-confining ceramic container surrounded by a single circumferential coil having a shape such as to produce a magnetic mirror geometry. A sinusoidally-oscillating, exponentially-damped current is passed circumferentially around the container, through the coil, inducing a circumferential current in the gas. Maximum compression and plasma temperature are obtained at the peak of the current oscillations, coinciding with maximum magnetic field intensity. Enhanced temperatures are obtained in the second and succeeding half cycles because the thermal energy accumulates from one half cycle to the next. (AEC)

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Originating Research Org. not identified
OSTI Identifier:
4836875
Patent Number(s):
3006835
Assignee:
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission DTIE; NSA-15-031763
NSA Number:
NSA-15-031763
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-61
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
PHYSICS; CERAMICS; COILS; CONFINEMENT; CONTAINMENT; GASES; MAGNETIC FIELDS; NEUTRON SOURCES; OSCILLATIONS; PINCH; PLANNING; PLASMA; PRESSURE; STABILITY; TEMPERATURE; THERMONUCLEAR DEVICES

Citation Formats

Quinn, W.E., Elmore, W.C., Little, E.M., Boyer, K., and Tuck, J.L. NEUTRON SOURCE USING MAGNETIC COMPRESSION OF PLASMA. United States: N. p., 1961. Web.
Quinn, W.E., Elmore, W.C., Little, E.M., Boyer, K., & Tuck, J.L. NEUTRON SOURCE USING MAGNETIC COMPRESSION OF PLASMA. United States.
Quinn, W.E., Elmore, W.C., Little, E.M., Boyer, K., and Tuck, J.L. Tue . "NEUTRON SOURCE USING MAGNETIC COMPRESSION OF PLASMA". United States.
@article{osti_4836875,
title = {NEUTRON SOURCE USING MAGNETIC COMPRESSION OF PLASMA},
author = {Quinn, W.E. and Elmore, W.C. and Little, E.M. and Boyer, K. and Tuck, J.L.},
abstractNote = {A fusion reactor is described that utilizes compression and heating of an ionized thermonuclear fuel by an externally applied magnetic field, thus avoiding reliance on the pinch effect and its associated instability problems. The device consists of a gas-confining ceramic container surrounded by a single circumferential coil having a shape such as to produce a magnetic mirror geometry. A sinusoidally-oscillating, exponentially-damped current is passed circumferentially around the container, through the coil, inducing a circumferential current in the gas. Maximum compression and plasma temperature are obtained at the peak of the current oscillations, coinciding with maximum magnetic field intensity. Enhanced temperatures are obtained in the second and succeeding half cycles because the thermal energy accumulates from one half cycle to the next. (AEC)},
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place = {United States},
year = {1961},
month = {10}
}