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Abstract

The field of plasma science is growing with studies into thermonuclear plasma devices for energy generation. It was recently discovered that ignited plasma could be confined within a chamber surrounded by magnets. If the plasma came into contact with the sides of the chamber it would ultimately reduce its temperature and cause instability in the plasma field. A ring of magnets around the vessel will prevent this from occurring, leaving the plasma in a stable state. The Ignitor device is intended as a vessel in which to ignite and contain plasma. This stored plasma should be stable enough for the incorporation of electricity conversion into the process. The stabilized plasma should reach the condition where its thermonuclear processes are self-sustaining. All the basic processes of thermonuclear plasmas must be studied in order to achieve optimum conditions. Variables such as equilibrium, stability, transport of particles and energy all play an important factor. This project explores the thermal equations necessary to calculate the plasma conditions required to achieve successful ignition and stability within the magnetically confined chambers.

Additional information

Authors: JOHNER J, Association Euratom-CEA sur la Fusion, DÚpartement de Recherches sur la Fusion ContrlÚe, Centre d'Etudes de Cadarache, Saint-Paul-les-Durance (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: EUR-CEA-FC-1694 (2000) 12 pp.
Availability: Available from Association Euratom-CEA, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR)
Record Number: 200012098 / Last updated on: 2000-07-21
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en