Bulletin of the American Physical Society
49th Annual Meeting of the Division of Plasma Physics
Volume 52, Number 11
Monday–Friday, November 12–16, 2007; Orlando, Florida
Session CP8: Poster Session II: Reconnection and Non-Neutral I; Spheromaks and MCX; MFC Diagnostics; Simulation: Algorithm; Simulation: Kinetic/Edge
Monday, November 12, 2007
Rosen Centre Hotel Room: Grand Ballroom, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Abstract ID: BAPS.2007.DPP.CP8.60
Abstract: CP8.00060 : Magnetic Field Effects on Accelerator-Region Gas Puffing on CTIX*
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(University of California, Davis)
By puffing axially-localized neutral gas into the accelerator region of CTIX prior to plasma formation and acceleration, high compact-toroid (CT) densities have been obtained. As gas puff density is increased, eventually spontaneous plasma breakdown occurs in the accelerator region, resulting in plasmas with high density, but with unsuitable internal field structure, timing, and location. Motivated by experiments which demonstrate the controlling effect of even weak magnetic fields on plasma breakdown in the formation region, azimuthally-symmetric magnetic fields will be applied in the vicinity of the accelerator valve in an attempt to increase the amount of gas which can be puffed without spontaneous breakdown. The effects of the localized magnetic fields of various configurations will be systematically examined, with the purpose of determining a regime of high density and high gas utilization efficiency during CT density buildup, thereby improving the usefulness of CT injection for fueling, target-compression, and other applications.
*Work supported by USDOE Grant DE-FG02-03ER54732.
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