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Implosion and Staging Systems for a Scyllac Fusion Test Reactor

  • R. F. Gribble
  • R. K. Linford
  • K. I. Thomassen

Abstract

The implosion heating and adiabatic compression processes will be separated in future theta pinch devices. The circuit to achieve the fast implosion heating and power crowbar (staging) for the Scyllac Fusion Test Reactor is described here. The plasma is very tightly coupled to the circuit and presents a varying inductive load. Computer-aided circuit designs which achieve a programmed magnetic field waveform are described. The field approximates a two-step waveform, on-off-on, which is ideal for achieving the large initial plasma radius needed for stability. The components for the circuits have been developed and are being tested in experiments at Los Alamos.

Keywords

Inductive Load Shock Heating Compression Field Thermonuclear Burning Control Thermonuclear Fusion 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. F. Gribble
    • 1
  • R. K. Linford
    • 1
  • K. I. Thomassen
    • 1
  1. 1.Los Alamos Scientific LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaLos AlamosUSA

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