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Title: Comments on open-ended magnetic systems for fusion

Differentiating characteristics of magnetic confinement systems having externally generated magnetic fields that are open'' are listed and discussed in the light of their several potential advantages for fusion power systems. It is pointed out that at this stage of fusion research high-Q'' (as deduced from long energy confinement times) is not necessarily the most relevant criterion by which to judge the potential of alternate fusion approaches for the economic generation of fusion power. An example is given of a hypothetical open-geometry fusion power system where low-Q operation is essential to meeting one of its main objectives (low neutron power flux).
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6541982
Report Number(s):
UCRL-JC-105056; CONF-9010209--2
ON: DE91000972; TRN: 90-032632
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Workshop on physics of alternative magnetic confinement schemes, Varenna (Italy), 14-15 Oct 1990
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (USA)
Sponsoring Org:
DOE/ER
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; OPEN PLASMA DEVICES; PLASMA CONFINEMENT; DESIGN; LINEAR COLLIDERS; MAGNETIC FIELDS; OPEN CONFIGURATIONS; PLASMA PRODUCTION; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE; THERMONUCLEAR REACTIONS; ACCELERATORS; CONFINEMENT; LINEAR ACCELERATORS; MAGNETIC FIELD CONFIGURATIONS; NUCLEAR REACTIONS; NUCLEOSYNTHESIS; SYNTHESIS; THERMONUCLEAR DEVICES 700200* -- Fusion Energy-- Fusion Power Plant Technology; 700101 -- Fusion Energy-- Plasma Research-- Confinement, Heating, & Production