LANL is working on a new experimental program in Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF).
Our embodiment of MTF
involves compressing a few-centimeter scale magnetized (~ 50-100 kilogauss) target plasma
with a fast-moving metal wall. We believe it has the potential to create a burning fusion
plasma in the laboratory for a very low capital cost. In FY00-03
experiments are aimed at demonstrating production of a suitable target plasma.
In FY04-05 we will conduct translation tests, and in follow-on experiments, not yet funded, the plasma target will be imploded on
the Shiva-Star pulsed power facility at the Air Force Research Laboratory in
Albuquerque, NM, using deuterium fuel for the plasma. We are aiming at achieving
a 10:1 cylindrical compression of the plasma, using liner compression technology
at a few megajoules of energy to provide the power to adiabatically heat the
plasma to fusion-relevant conditions.
The new plasma injector experiment for MTF at LANL,
named FRX-L (field reversed
experiment - liner) is operational (9/2001), and makes static
(non-translated) high energy FRC plasmas.
|"Physics Division Research Highlight ---
FRX-L: A Plasma Injector for MTF",
G. A. Wurden, T. P. Intrator, et al., LALP-03-174, Oct. 2003.|
|"A High Density Field
Reversed Configuration Plasma for Magnetized Target Fusion", T. P.
Intrator, J. Y. Park, J. Degnan, et al., IEEE Trans on Plasma Science,
ICOPS 2003 Conference Proceedings (Invited Talk), Feb. 2004.|
|"FRX-L: A Field Reversed Configuration Plasma Injector for Magnetized
Target Fusion", by J. M. Taccetti, T. P. Intrator, G. A. Wurden, et al.
, Rev. Sci. Instrum. Oct. 2003,
|"Progress on FRX-L" Sept. 2001 Paper for US/Japan FRC workshop
in Seattle at U of Washington, by
G. A. Wurden, et al. LA-UR-01-5301.
(workshop occurred in 2002, due to Sept. 11, 2001).|
|2nd Intl. MTF Workshop was held at UNR (Univ. of
Nevada, Reno) on Aug. 7-9, 2001. Photo Gallery|
photos at LANL of the new FRX-L device (4/17/01)|
|Comments Plasma Phys. Controlled Fusion article "Why MTF is a Low Cost Path to Fusion",
Vol. 18, No. 6, pg 363-386 (1999), by R. E. Siemon, I. R. Lindemuth and
K. F. Schoenberg. LA-UR-97-4747|
|July 1999 Community-Based R&D Roadmap
|MTF Proof-of-Principle proposal
|MTF PoP proposal
|LA-UR-99-4517, A Bibliography of MTF or MTF-related papers. (last updated
Paper on MTF, by Lindemuth, Eckdahl, et al. |
|Phys. Rev. Letter,
vol. 75, no. 10, 1953 (1995) on MTF/MAGO, by Lindemuth, Reinovsky, et al.|
|"Magnetized Target Fusion: A Burning FRC Plasma in an Imploded Metal
Can", J. Plasma Fusion Res. SERIES, Vol. 2, 238-241 (1999). 11th Toki Conference,
G. A. Wurden, K. F. Schoenberg, et al. LA-UR-98-5674. (12/10/98)|
|Briefing for SEAB Task Force on Fusion Energy by Richard Siemon
|Another briefing for FESAC (at Princeton)
|The issue of producing Energy with MTF?
|"Magnetized Plasma Configurations for Fast Liner Implosions: A
Variety of Possibilities," by Ryutov and Siemon, paper published
in Comments on Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion,
|2000 High Temp Diagnostic Conference paper, "Diagnostics for a
Magnetized Target Fusion Experiment, by Wurden, Intrator, et al. June 19,
2000 in Tucson, Arizona. Rev. Sci. Instr. (72)1, pg 552 (2001).
IAEA Paper "Measurements of Solid Liner Implosion
for Magnetized Target Fusion", by Siemon, et al. LA-UR-00-4496
Schematic of Field Reversed Configuration plasma injector and
liner compression region.
Contact: Dr. Glen Wurden,
LANL Fusion Program Office, 505-667-5633