skip to main content

SciTech ConnectSciTech Connect

Title: Thermonuclear dynamo inside ultracentrifuge with supersonic plasma flow stabilization

Einstein's general theory of relativity implies the existence of virtual negative masses in the rotational reference frame of an ultracentrifuge with the negative mass density of the same order of magnitude as the positive mass density of a neutron star. In an ultracentrifuge, the repulsive gravitational field of this negative mass can simulate the attractive positive mass of a mini-neutron star, and for this reason can radially confine a dense thermonuclear plasma placed inside the centrifuge, very much as the positive mass of a star confines its plasma by its own attractive gravitational field. If the centrifuge is placed in an externally magnetic field to act as the seed field of a magnetohydrodynamic generator, the configuration resembles a magnetar driven by the release of energy through nuclear fusion, accelerating the plasma to supersonic velocities, with the magnetic field produced by the thermomagnetic Nernst effect insulating the hot plasma from the cold wall of the centrifuge. Because of the supersonic flow and the high plasma density the configuration is stable.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, Nevada (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22493812
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 23; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: (c) 2016 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; GENERAL RELATIVITY THEORY; GRAVITATIONAL FIELDS; HOT PLASMA; MAGNETIC FIELDS; MHD GENERATORS; NEGATIVE MASS; NERNST EFFECT; NEUTRON STARS; PLASMA DENSITY; SUPERSONIC FLOW; ULTRACENTRIFUGES