Direct observation of ion acceleration from a beam-driven wave in a magnetic fusion experiment

Direct observation of ion acceleration from a beam-driven wave in a magnetic fusion experiment

March 2019 | R.M. Magee | Nature Physics | Paper

Efficiently heating a magnetically confined plasma to thermonuclear temperatures remains a central issue in fusion energy research. One well-established technique is to inject beams of neutral particles into the plasma, a process known as neutral beam injection.

Inference of field reversed configuration topology and dynamics during Alfvenic transients

Inference of field reversed configuration topology and dynamics during Alfvenic transients

February 2018 | J.A. Romero | Nature Communications | Paper

Active control of field reversed configuration (FRC) devices requires a method to determine the flux surface geometry and dynamic properties of the plasma during both transient and steady-state conditions.

Achievement of field-reversed configuration plasma sustainment via 10 MW neutral-beam injection on the C-2U device

Achievement of field-reversed configuration plasma sustainment via 10 MW neutral-beam injection on the C-2U device

November 2017 | H. Gota | Nuclear Fusion | Paper

The TAE Technologies experimental program has demonstrated reliable field-reversed configuration (FRC) formation and sustainment, driven by fast ions via high-power neutral-beam (NB) injection.

Suppressed ion-scale turbulence in a hot high-beta plasma

Suppressed ion-scale turbulence in a hot high-beta plasma

December 2016 | L. Schmitz | Nature Communications | Paper

An economic magnetic fusion reactor favours a high ratio of plasma kinetic pressure to magnetic pressure in a well-confined, hot plasma with low thermal losses across the confining magnetic field.