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Title: Spherical torus fusion reactor

A fusion reactor is provided having a near spherical-shaped plasma with a modest central opening through which straight segments of toroidal field coils extend that carry electrical current for generating a toroidal magnet plasma confinement fields. By retaining only the indispensable components inboard of the plasma torus, principally the cooled toroidal field conductors and in some cases a vacuum containment vessel wall, the fusion reactor features an exceptionally small aspect ratio (typically about 1.5), a naturally elongated plasma cross section without extensive field shaping, requires low strength magnetic containment fields, small size and high beta. These features combine to produce a spherical torus plasma in a unique physics regime which permits compact fusion at low field and modest cost.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. (Oak Ridge, TN)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
875230
Report Number(s):
US H627
DOE Contract Number:
AC04-76
Resource Type:
Patent
Research Org:
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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