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Title: Open-ended magnetic confinement systems for fusion

Magnetic confinement systems that use externally generated magnetic fields can be divided topologically into two classes: ``closed`` and `open``. The tokamak, the stellarator, and the reversed-field-pinch approaches are representatives of the first category, while mirror-based systems and their variants are of the second category. While the recent thrust of magnetic fusion research, with its emphasis on the tokamak, has been concentrated on closed geometry, there are significant reasons for the continued pursuit of research into open-ended systems. The paper discusses these reasons, reviews the history and the present status of open-ended systems, and suggests some future directions for the research.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
104779
Report Number(s):
UCRL-JC--118659; CONF-9411182--3
ON: DE95016051; TRN: 95:020373
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 1. international symposium for evaluation of current trends in fusion research, Washington, DC (United States), 14-18 Nov 1994; Other Information: PBD: May 1995
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION; MAGNETIC CONFINEMENT; OPEN CONFIGURATIONS; MATHEMATICAL MODELS; DESIGN; MAGNETIC FIELD CONFIGURATIONS; OPEN PLASMA DEVICES