Collisional merging process of field-reversed configuration plasmas in the FAT-CM device

July 2018 | F. Tanaka (Nihon Univ.) | Plasma and Fusion Research | Paper

In order to investigate the collisional merging process of field-reversed configurations (FRCs), the FAT device has recently been upgraded to FAT-CM, consisting of two field-reversed theta-pinch (FRTP) formation sections and the confinement section.


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.


Drift-wave stability in the field-reversed configuration

August 2017 | C. K. Lau | Physics of Plasmas | Paper

Gyrokinetic simulations of C-2-like field-reversed configuration (FRC) find that electrostatic drift- waves are locally stable in the core. The stabilization mechanisms include finite Larmor radius effects, magnetic well (negative grad-B), and fast electron short circuit effects.


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.


Control of ion gyroscale fluctuations via electrostatic biasing and sheared E×B flow in the C-2 field reversed configuration

March 2016 | L. Schmitz | AIP Conference Proceedings | Paper

Control of radial particle and thermal transport is instrumental for achieving and sustaining well-confined high-β plasma in a Field-Reversed Configuration (FRC). Radial profiles of low frequency ion gyro-scale density fluctuations (0.5 ≤ kρs ≤ 40), consistent with drift- or drift-interchange modes, have been measured in the scrape-off layer (SOL) and core of the C-2 Field-Reversed Configuration (FRC), together with the toroidal ExB velocity.


Robustness of waves with a high phase velocity

March 2016 | T. Tajima | AIP Conference Proceedings | Paper

Norman Rostoker pioneered research of (1) plasma-driven accelerators and (2) beam-driven fusion reactors. The collective acceleration, coined by Veksler, advocates to drive above-ionization plasma waves by an electron beam to accelerate ions. The research on this, among others, by the Rostoker group incubated the idea that eventually led to the birth of the laser wakefield acceleration (LWFA), by which a large and robust accelerating collective fields may be generated in plasma in which plasma remains robust and undisrupted.