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Experimental studies of plasma confinement in toroidal systems

Abstract

In this article the closed-line magnetic field approach to the plasma isolation and confinement problem in toroidal systems is reviewed. The theoretical aspects of closed-line magnetic field systems, indicating that topologically such systems are toroidal, are surveyed under the headings; topology of closed-line systems, equilibrium in different configurations and classification of toroidal devices, MHD stability, non-ideal effects in MHD stability, microscopic stability, and plasma energy loss. A section covering the experimental results of plasma confinement in toroidal geometry considers Stellerators, Tokamaks, toroidal pinch -the reversed-field pinch, screw pinches and high-..beta.. Tokamaks, Levitrons and multipoles (internal-ring devices), and miscellaneous toroidal containment devices. Recent achievements and the present position are discussed with reference to the status of Tokamak research, low-..beta.. stellerator research and high-..beta.. research. It is concluded from the continuing progress made in this research that the criteria for the magnetic containment of plasmas can be met. Further, it is concluded that the construction of a successful and economic fusion reactor is within the scope of advancing science and technology. 250 references.
Authors:
Bodin, H A.B.; Keen, B E [1] 
  1. UKAEA, Abingdon. Culham Lab.
Publication Date:
Dec 01, 1977
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
AIX-09-396684; ERA-04-011768; EDB-79-016233
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Rep. Prog. Phys.; (United Kingdom); Journal Volume: 40:12
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; STELLARATORS; PLASMA CONFINEMENT; TOKAMAK DEVICES; TOROIDAL PINCH DEVICES; CLOSED CONFIGURATIONS; CONFINEMENT; ENERGY LOSSES; LEVITRON DEVICES; MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS; PLASMA INSTABILITY; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; REVIEWS; THERMONUCLEAR REACTORS; TOROIDAL CONFIGURATION; ANNULAR SPACE; CLOSED PLASMA DEVICES; CONFIGURATION; DOCUMENT TYPES; FLUID MECHANICS; HYDRODYNAMICS; INSTABILITY; INTERNAL RING DEVICES; LOSSES; MAGNETIC FIELD CONFIGURATIONS; MECHANICS; PINCH DEVICES; THERMONUCLEAR DEVICES; 700101* - Fusion Energy- Plasma Research- Confinement, Heating, & Production
OSTI ID:
6850519
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: CODEN: RPPHA
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
Pages: 1415-1565
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Bodin, H A.B., and Keen, B E. Experimental studies of plasma confinement in toroidal systems. United Kingdom: N. p., 1977. Web. doi:10.1088/0034-4885/40/12/001.
Bodin, H A.B., & Keen, B E. Experimental studies of plasma confinement in toroidal systems. United Kingdom. doi:10.1088/0034-4885/40/12/001.
Bodin, H A.B., and Keen, B E. 1977. "Experimental studies of plasma confinement in toroidal systems." United Kingdom. doi:10.1088/0034-4885/40/12/001. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10.1088/0034-4885/40/12/001.
@misc{etde_6850519,
title = {Experimental studies of plasma confinement in toroidal systems}
author = {Bodin, H A.B., and Keen, B E}
abstractNote = {In this article the closed-line magnetic field approach to the plasma isolation and confinement problem in toroidal systems is reviewed. The theoretical aspects of closed-line magnetic field systems, indicating that topologically such systems are toroidal, are surveyed under the headings; topology of closed-line systems, equilibrium in different configurations and classification of toroidal devices, MHD stability, non-ideal effects in MHD stability, microscopic stability, and plasma energy loss. A section covering the experimental results of plasma confinement in toroidal geometry considers Stellerators, Tokamaks, toroidal pinch -the reversed-field pinch, screw pinches and high-..beta.. Tokamaks, Levitrons and multipoles (internal-ring devices), and miscellaneous toroidal containment devices. Recent achievements and the present position are discussed with reference to the status of Tokamak research, low-..beta.. stellerator research and high-..beta.. research. It is concluded from the continuing progress made in this research that the criteria for the magnetic containment of plasmas can be met. Further, it is concluded that the construction of a successful and economic fusion reactor is within the scope of advancing science and technology. 250 references.}
doi = {10.1088/0034-4885/40/12/001}
journal = {Rep. Prog. Phys.; (United Kingdom)}
volume = {40:12}
journal type = {AC}
place = {United Kingdom}
year = {1977}
month = {Dec}
}