Magnetic Fusion Experiments at LANL
P-24 Plasma Physics
MS-E526, Los Alamos, New Mexico · 87545 · USA
G. A. Wurden, Scott Hsu, Tom Weber, J. Dunn
*Previous Team members: Auna Moser, Tom Intrator, Yang Feng, Tom Awe, Colin Adams, Ricky Maqueda, Martin Tacetti, Jeff Wang, Lenny Dorf, Ivo Furno, Jaeyoung Park, Jason Sears, Paul Sieck, Catalin Ticos, Richard Renneke, Xuan Sun, W. Waganaar, Shouyin Zhang
|former Magnetized Target
(FRCHX, FRX-L, Pulsed Fusion Power)
MIT (Tokamak Diagnostics)
|former NSTX Collaboration
Princeton U (Spherical Tokamak)
former TCS FRC Collaboration
U Washington (Rotating Magnetic Fields)
(Reconnection Scaling Experiment)
W7-X Stellarator Collaboration
(Plasma Liner Experiment)
former TFTR Collaboration gone, but not forgotten!
A New Vision for Fusion Energy Research: Fusion Rocket Engines for Planetary Defense, G. A. Wurden, et. al., for the Journal of Fusion Energy, LA-UR-15-2319 Ver2, May 2015.
Magneto-Inertial Fusion , G. A. Wurden, et. al. for the Journal of Fusion Energy, May 2015 LA-UR-14-238444 Ver2.
Magneto-inertial fusion white paper for the 2014 FESAC Strategic Planning Subpanel, June 2014. LA-UR-14-238444.
"Techniques to Extend FRC lifetimes for magnetized target fusion implosions in FRCHX", G. A. Wurden, LA-UR-13-20795, invited talk at the Exploratory Plasma Research 2013 Workshop, Ft. Worth, TX, Feb. 12, 2013.
"Fusion Research at Los Alamos National Laboratory", G. A. Wurden, LA-UR-12-26728, invited talk at the Fusion Power Associates 33rd Annual Meeting, Washington DC, Dec. 5, 2012
"Recent Magneto-inertial Fusion Experiments on FRCHX", J. Degnan, et al., LA-UR-13-20426, paper at the 24th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference, San Diego, USA, Oct. 8-13, 2012.
"Realizing Technologies for Magnetized Target Fusion", G. A. Wurden, LA-UR-12-24306, invited talk at the Technology for Fusion Energy (TOFE) 2012 conference, Nashville, TN, Aug 27, 2012
"On the risk and consequences of disruptions in large tokamaks", G. A. Wurden, presented at the MFE Roadmapping in the ITER Era Workshop, Princeton University, Sept 9, 2011.
FRX-L Magnetized Target Fusion papers & presentations
"Current-Driven Rotating-Kink Mode in Plasma Column with a Non-Line Tied Free End", I. Furno, T. P. Intrator, D. D. Ryutov, S. Abbate, T. Madziwa-Nussinov, A. Light, L. Dorf, G. Lapenta, Phys. Rev. Lett., 97, pg. 015002, (2006). (July 7, 2006 issue)
APS-DPP 2005 Meeting, Plasma Expo "Waves are Everywhere" photos
Descriptions of a variety of plasma research
in our group, for 2004 Physics Division research highlights (PDF):
Magnetized target fusion (MTF)
Reconnection Scaling Experiment (RSX)
Laser driven shocks
Radiological, chemical and biological decontamination using atmospheric pressure plasmas
A fast gated X-ray camera
High energy density plasmas
MFE Team Student Posters and Pictures. Summer 2003
FRX-L "machine paper", Rev. Sci. Instr., Oct. 2003, LA-UR-03-1415 (pdf)
Progress report on FRX-L operation (Sept. 2001). LA-UR-01-5301 (pdf)
Construction photos of FRX-L, the new Field Reversed Configuration (FRC) plasma source at LANL for MTF experiments.
APS Division of Plasma Physics meeting Nov 23-27, 2000 at Quebec City, highlights our Magnetized Target Fusion efforts in APS Press Release.
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