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Concerning the possibility of a self-sustaining thermonuclear reaction in a mirror machine


An investigation is made of the energy balance in thermonuclear reactors of various types employing magnetic mirror trapping. Only the energy loss due to the escape of particles through the mirrors is taken into account. It is very likely that a self-sustaining thermonuclear reaction cannot be produced in such devices.

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Translated from Atomnaya Énergiya, Vol. 19, No. 6, pp. 510–517, December, 1965.

Report read by G. I. Budker at the International Conference on High-Energy Accelerators (Frascati, Italy).

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Sivukhin, D.V. Concerning the possibility of a self-sustaining thermonuclear reaction in a mirror machine. At Energy 19, 1482–1488 (1965).

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  • Energy Loss
  • Energy Balance
  • Thermonuclear Reactor
  • Thermonuclear Reaction
  • Magnetic Mirror