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Physics demonstration of Magnetized Target Fusion and future directions

Author: Tom Intrator
Requested Type: Consider for Invited
Submitted: 2009-12-04 15:41:40

Co-authors: G. A. Wurden, P. E. Sieck, W. J. Waganaar, J. H. Degnan, E. L. Ruden, C. Grabowski, M. H. Frese

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Los Alamos National Laboratory
SM30 Bikini Atoll Road
Los Alamos, NM   87545
United States

Abstract Text:
The LANL + AFRL collaboration is close to a physics demonstration of Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF). The first MTF shots will use a solid flux compressor shell and be a realization of Magneto Inertial Fusion (MIF). The experimental high density Field Reversed Configuration (FRC) was developed as FRXL at LANL, and its success prompted a parallel implementation at AFRL. Consequently after construction FRCHX has come up in a short time, on the order of 3-4 months. The experimental high density FRC can be translated sufficiently fast to that not much lifetime is used expended prior MTF compression. We show FRXL data that characterize the translated target plasma, and similar results that are observed on FRCHX. We outline our progress for solid liner MIF, which is the longest time scale version of several magnetized, pulsed, fusion schemes that are being pursued. In the MIF context, improvements including better standoff between driver and target and larger areal mass density targets are required for viable scenarios with interesting fusion yield. We describe several possible reseach directions and solutions to these issues.
*supported by DOE, OFES, DE-AC52-06NA25396

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