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Title: Exploring lower-cost pathways to economical fusion power

This project, the Plasma Liner Experiment–ALPHA (PLX-α)5,is one of nine projects supported by the ALPHA Program6 of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). We use innovative, low-cost coaxial plasma guns (Fig. 1), developed and built by partner HyperV Technologies Corp.7, to launch a spherically converging array of supersonic plasma jets toward the middle of a large, spherical vacuum chamber (Fig. 2). A key near-term goal of PLX-α is to merge up to 60 plasma jets to form a spherically imploding plasma liner, as a low-cost, high-shot-rate driver for compressing magnetised target plasmas to fusion conditions. Our approach is known as plasma-jet-driven MIF (or PJMIF)8. A new startup company HyperJet Fusion Corporation (which recently received seed funding from Strong Atomics, LLC, a new fusion venture fund) aims to develop PJMIF under continued public and private sponsorship.
Authors:
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-17-25642
Journal ID: ISSN 2055-7612
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Open Access Government
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 2017; Journal Issue: August; Journal ID: ISSN 2055-7612
Publisher:
Adjacent Digital Politics Ltd
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY
OSTI Identifier:
1406229

Hsu, Scott C. Exploring lower-cost pathways to economical fusion power. United States: N. p., Web.
Hsu, Scott C. Exploring lower-cost pathways to economical fusion power. United States.
Hsu, Scott C. 2017. "Exploring lower-cost pathways to economical fusion power". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1406229.
@article{osti_1406229,
title = {Exploring lower-cost pathways to economical fusion power},
author = {Hsu, Scott C.},
abstractNote = {This project, the Plasma Liner Experiment–ALPHA (PLX-α)5,is one of nine projects supported by the ALPHA Program6 of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). We use innovative, low-cost coaxial plasma guns (Fig. 1), developed and built by partner HyperV Technologies Corp.7, to launch a spherically converging array of supersonic plasma jets toward the middle of a large, spherical vacuum chamber (Fig. 2). A key near-term goal of PLX-α is to merge up to 60 plasma jets to form a spherically imploding plasma liner, as a low-cost, high-shot-rate driver for compressing magnetised target plasmas to fusion conditions. Our approach is known as plasma-jet-driven MIF (or PJMIF)8. A new startup company HyperJet Fusion Corporation (which recently received seed funding from Strong Atomics, LLC, a new fusion venture fund) aims to develop PJMIF under continued public and private sponsorship.},
doi = {},
journal = {Open Access Government},
number = August,
volume = 2017,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {8}
}