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Title: Physics Criteria for a Subscale Plasma Liner Experiment

Spherically imploding plasma liners, formed by merging hypersonic plasma jets, are a proposed standoff driver to compress magnetized target plasmas to fusion conditions (Hsu et al. in IEEE Trans Plasma Sci 40:1287, 2012). Here, in this paper, the parameter space and physics criteria are identified for a subscale, plasma-liner-formation experiment to provide data, e.g., on liner ram-pressure scaling and uniformity, that are relevant for addressing scientific issues of full-scale plasma liners required to achieve fusion conditions. Lastly, based on these criteria, we quantitatively estimate the minimum liner kinetic energy and mass needed, which informed the design of a subscale plasma liner experiment now under development.
Authors:
ORCiD logo [1] ; ORCiD logo [2]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. HyperJet Fusion Corporation, Chantilly, VA (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-17-30970
Journal ID: ISSN 0164-0313
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Fusion Energy
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Journal of Fusion Energy; Journal ID: ISSN 0164-0313
Publisher:
Springer
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; Plasma liners; Plasma jets; Magneto-inertial fusion
OSTI Identifier:
1427386