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Peaceful uses of fusion

Abstract

Several parallel approaches were undertaken which, between them, amounted to an attack on plasma research. Two of these approaches, the pinch and the stellarator, were based on the idea of containing the plasma in an annular region. Taking an entirely different approach, the advantages of a confinement geometry based on externally generated, cylindrically symmetric magnetic fields were recognized by Richard Post and Herbert York. Starting with these concepts, Post evolved an approach which has come to be called the Mirror Machine, which uses various applications of the magnetic mirror principle in its operation. A comparison of the different approaches is made. There is one additional design which has received serious consideration but on which little experimental work has proceeded. The design is the picket fence or cusp geometry considered by J. Tuck and H. Grad. The problems with plasma instability, effects of impurities and neutrons are also discussed. It is suggested that the interaction of hot plasma with magnetic fields opens up the way to the direct production of electrical energy. Other possible applications of fusion energy are discussed.
Authors:
Teller, Edward [1] 
  1. University of California Radiation Laboratory, Livermore, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1958
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
INIS-XU-021; P-2410-USA
Resource Relation:
Conference: 2. United Nations international conference on the peaceful uses of atomic energy, Geneva (Switzerland), 1-13 Sep 1958; Other Information: 2 refs; Related Information: In: Proceedings of the second United Nations international conference on the peaceful uses of atomic energy. V. 31. Theoretical and experimental aspects of controlled nuclear fusion, 400 pages.
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; CUSPED GEOMETRIES; DESIGN; HOT PLASMA; IMPURITIES; INTERACTIONS; MAGNETIC FIELDS; MAGNETIC MIRRORS; MIRRORS; NEUTRONS; OPERATION; PLASMA CONFINEMENT; PLASMA INSTABILITY; STELLARATORS; THERMONUCLEAR REACTORS
OSTI ID:
21068295
Research Organizations:
United Nations, Geneva (Switzerland)
Country of Origin:
UN
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: XU0800005082387
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 27-33
Announcement Date:
Sep 13, 2008

Citation Formats

Teller, Edward. Peaceful uses of fusion. UN: N. p., 1958. Web.
Teller, Edward. Peaceful uses of fusion. UN.
Teller, Edward. 1958. "Peaceful uses of fusion." UN.
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