Fusion Science And Technology
An experiment is described that incorporates the use of separate magnetized plasma guns for formation and sustainment of a spheromak. It is shown that energy coupling efficiency approaches unity if the gun and spheromak are of comparable size. A large gun should be able to operate at lower current and therefore lower voltage. In addition, it is expected that a gun matched to the size of the spheromak will cause less perturbation to the equilibrium. It is proposed to use a smaller gun for spheromak formation and a large, efficient gun for sustainment. The theoretical basis for the experiment is developed, and the details of the experiment are described. A prediction of the equilibrium magnetic flux surfaces using the EFIT code is presented.
Michael R. Brown and A. Martin.
"Spheromak Experiment Using Separate Guns For Formation And Sustainment".
Fusion Science And Technology.
Issue 3 Pt. 1.
This work is freely available courtesy of the American Nuclear Society and the author.